2009 Movia Pinot Nero Slovenia

SKU #1243774

The 300-year-old Movia estate is located on the Italian/Slovenian border and has been run by the Kristancic family since 1820. It's led today by the inimitable Aleš Kristancic, who farms the land by the same biodynamic principles his ancestors did--though they didn't call it that. His wines are stunning representations of "natural wine," but moreover they are just stunning. Named one of the 100 Top Wineries of 2009 by Wine & Spirits Magazine, editor Wolfgang Weber wrote: "If I were to shoot a documentary about the natural wine movement, Movia's Aleš Kristancic would be the lead interview. Sure, Kristancic employs organic and biodynamic practices in his vineyards, and believes in minimal intervention when it comes to working in the cellar. But he is also a singular personality, a talented winemaker with a zest for life and a knack for promotion."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.