2013 Kabaj Rebula Slovenia
Wine & Spirits
Jean-Michel Morel keeps his ribolla on the skins for 30 days, resulting in a dense and textured white, the flavors of juicy pineapple and tangerine streaming around and through the tannins. Scents of dried flowers and saffron add delicacy, while notes of chai tea, anise and truffle add savor and spice. The tannins give the wine a tensile character that suggests it will deliver even more with time in the cellar.
Kabaj (Ka-bye) have farmed their vineyards for many generations. When Katja Kabaj met French oenologist Jean-Michel Morel after his stint at an Italian winery, they fell in love and eventually married. Jean-Michel brought some of those Italian and French sensibilities to the winery along with his fondness for working with amphorae. Those who have tasted Kabaj whites know that these wine range from light to full skin contact for the whites and the Rebula is probably one of their most noteworthy. It is aged for 30 days on the skin and then for about a year in neutral barrels before bottling. Rebula is the Slovenian name for Ribolla Gialla and it is a grape that takes well to this style of winemaking. Honeyed texture with beautiful phenolics of lemon pith, tangerine skin and passion fruit tea. It is in the "orange" category of wines but maintains its fresh lively appeal.