Kudos for Kabaj, Kogl, and Batič

Wine & Spirits Kabaj & Kogl

Wine & Spirits Magazine recently published excellent reviews of our Slovenian producers Kabaj, Kogl, and Batič:

91 Points Kabaj 2006 Goriška Brda Cuvée Morel: Winemaker Jean-Michel Morel bases this blend on merlot (60 percent) along with cabernets sauvignon and franc and a small amount of petit verdot. But it is not merlot-easy. The musky scent and potent, gravelly tannins made it austere, a powerful, chewy red that needs bottle age. Already sophisticated, with a bit of a swagger in its personality, this is built to cellar.
91 Points Kabaj 2009 Goriška Brda Ravan: Ravan is another name for zeleni sauvignon, which is [tokaj] friulano across the border in Friuli. This one is golden in color and massively fruity, balancing its grassy passionfruit flavors with a clean, tense line of acidity. It ends on a smoky note. A match for roast partridge.
88 Points Kabaj 2009 Goriška Brda Rebula (Best Buy): Deep gold in color and smoky in its scent, this wine focuses on lees and tannins, holding juicy apple flavors underneath. The structure lends it a pleasing textual roundness, finishing firm, almost gruff. For braised dark meat chicken.
92 Points Kabaj 2007 Goriška Brda Amphora: Fermented as whole berries in buried clay amphorae, this rests and clarifies in sealed vessels for ten months before racking to oak tanks for another year. The blend is primarily ribolla along with malvasia and friulano, coming together in something grand. The texture is juicy, the structure tannic and tight, the flavors more meaty than fruity, somewhere between halvah and the crown roast of pork with which it would be delicious.
91 Points Kogl 2010 Podravje Mea Culpa Pinot Gris (Best Buy): a pinot gris with clean flavors of the grape, this layers pears and whetstone scents with pale wheat. It’s lush and creamy while holding to freshness. Serve this cellar temperature with an oyster pan roast.
86 Points Kogl 2010 Podravje Belo (Best Buy): equal parts riesling, sauvignon and chardonnay, this packs floral scents of lilies into a crisp white with spice to match its vibrant acidity. For afternoon, sipping.
90 Points Batic 2009 Vipavska Dolina Pinot Gris: the color is a rosé tawny, the grape flavors edging toward red as well, with a hint of cranberry and tangerine. This is austerely dry, a meaty, full-bodied, flinty white to serve with roast veal.