2013 Batic Pinela Vipava Valley Slovenia (Previously $30)
Pinela is an ancient, indigenous grape and without question quite noble. Without the unique climate of the Vipava Valley, it would not survive. Vines are planted only in the best terroirs and, according to the old Vipava Valley tradition, macerated at an unregulated temperature for five days with its own yeast. It is then matured for twenty-four months in Slovenian oak barrels. Bottled in the time of the old moon, this is full bodied, textured, mineral driven, and shows a sophisticated spiciness. Truly unique! The signature methodology of the Batic estate is knowing when and how to do nothing. Highly selective hand harvesting, extended maceration (particularly native white grape varieties), fermenting in open topped Slovenian wooden vats without temperature control, and only using indigenous yeast are the major means to this end. While the rosé is made in stainless steal, all of the other wines see only Slovenian oak from primary through malolactic. All wines are bottled unfined, often unfiltered, and in some cases bottled without additional sulfur (SO2). Lunar cycles and seasons are strictly observed and determine releases and bottling dates.