2012 Kabaj Rebula Slovenia
Wine & Spirits
The color of a tropical sunrise, this gained its orange hue from 30 days macerating on the skins. And like Jean-Michel Morel’s best wines, it improves over the course of several days. It starts with light floral aromas and densely textured flavors of peach and apricot edged in savory herbs and roasted nuts. More intense aromas appear after exposure to air—orange blossom, beeswax and tangerine—with flavors of barely-ripe nectarine, kiwi and citrus, the fruit flavors taking over as the savory notes recede. Still going strong on the third day, the fruit gains intensity as more layers of flavor appear—jasmine, wildflower honey, fresh and dried apricot, with a cool citrus character that keeps the flavors fresh. A textural wine that buzzes with energy, never feeling heavy or oxidized, this delicious and compelling ribolla is worth seeking out.
From the Importer: "The border between Northeast Italy, and Western Slovenia, runs from the Alps, to the Adriatic Sea, dividing a terroir important to both. Known as 'Collio' in Italy, and ‘Brda’ in Slovenia, their shared meaning is 'hills'. While Collio is famous, particularly for its age worthy white wines, Goriska Brda (Gor-eesh-Ka Bur-duh) is little known...Generations of Kabaj (Ka-bye) tended vineyards in Goriska Brda, but the family had never bottled wine commercially. In the late 80's Katja Kabaj met French-enologist, Jean-Michel Morel, while he was working at an Italian estate, eventually they married and settled in Katja's family village of Slovrenc, to raise their family. In 1993, the first vintage of Kabaj was released...Kabaj maintains 29 acres of mainly terraced, marl vineyards. 70% are planted to white varieties, with an average vineyard age of 30 years, and yield of 1.5 kilos per vine. Single Guyot trellising is preferred, but older vineyards pruned otherwise, remain...At the core of their production are the local white varieties, Rebula ‘the queen of Brda’ and ‘Ravan’, an old local name for the grape formerly known as, Tocai Friullano."