2011 Kabaj "Luisa" Slovenia

SKU #1370038 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Like many Kabaj whites, this 2011 is reticent at first, the flavors masked by a meaty texture and lactic notes that recall washed-rind cheese. The wine raised some controversy among our panelists, yet it emerged over several days of re-tasting as one of this issue’s most compelling white wines. Winemaker Jean-Michel Morel changes the composition of Luisa depending on the vintage, this one a blend of co-fermented Friulano, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon Blanc, and Ribolla that macerated on the skins for a full month. Exposure to air transforms it into a gorgeously expressive wine with scents of fresh pineapple, lemon and tangerine and flavors of peach that warm into rich baked pear, ginger and honey. The texture is chewy and dense, cooled by a stream of acidity that keeps the flavors juicy and bright. Decanted and served at cellar temperature, it’s a dynamic match for the gamey flavors of roast pheasant or guinea hen.  (10/2016)

92 points James Suckling

 I like the phenolic tension to this white with apple skin, lemons and hints of walnut character. Medium to full body and lovely fruit.  (1/2017)

K&L Notes

*Natural Wine, Orange Wine*


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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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Slovenia

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