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Primož Štoka Kras Izbrani Teran 2013

Primož Štoka Kras Izbrani Teran 2013

Izbani Teran is a native grape of Slovenia's Kraz region, a very small appellation bordering Northern Italy. The vines are grown in iron-rich terra rosa soils, and that iron note translates on the nose and palate. This is a wine that is an acquired taste, Izbani Teran has very high acidity and that translates too, it's spare on fruit, with tart, with fresh cranberries and some black plum skins to flesh it out. Pine resin, dried mint and rusty nail complicates the nose, in the mouth, saline and herbal undertones. 11.9% ABV | Sample Primož Štoka 8.8 Points...

Kabaj Sivi Pinot 2012

Kabaj Sivi Pinot 2012

For orange wine enthusiasts, the 2012 Kabaj Sivi Pinot, technically a Pinot Grigio, is this intriguing Slovenian example. Extended skin contact followed by full malolactic fermentation and aging in French oak barrique have endowed this wine with it's orange hue. The aromatics are subtle and layered—a fusion of cling peaches, decaying rose petals, and coriander. On the palate, oxidative notes are married to nervy acidity and pleasant, slightly bitter flavors of pear seeds, dried pink grapefruit peal and saline-rich minerality. 12.5% ABV | Sample Kabaj Winery 9.0 Points...