Amfora

Kabaj Amfora 2006

Kabaj, Goriška Brda (Slovenia)
White (12.7%)
Rebula, Malvazija, Zeleni Sauvignon
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Amber in color, a distinctive perfume of dried fruits, tea leaf, smoke and earth, and a fine tannic texture make Amfora remarkable. Hand harvested in late September, only the best clusters are used. After de-stemming, the grapes are poured, skins and all, into buried 3500 liter clay ‘Qvevri.’ Hand coated with wild bees wax and scored with special twigs with anti-bacterial properties, the Qvevri acts as a giant lung for the wine. After wild fermentation they are sealed shut and left alone for 10 months – 20% is lost due to the porous walls. Slowly the skins, seeds, juice and lees separate and the contents can be cleanly racked out for bottling.

92 Points Wine & Spirits MagazineFermented 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.

3 Stars New York TimesRich, complex and distinctive with a raspy texture and herbal, anise flavors.

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