Batič Pinela 2013

Batič, Vipava Valley (Slovenia)
White (13.4%) , Organic
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Our Notes: Pinela is an ancient, indigenous grape and without question the most noble of the Estate. Without the unique climate of the Vipava, Pinela would not survive. Not surprisingly, Ivan Batič devoted his soul to this grape variety. Vines are planted only in the best terroirs and according to the old Vipava Valley winemaking tradition, macerated at an unregulated temperature for five days with its own yeast. It is then matured for twenty-four months in Slovenian oak barrels. Bottled in the time of the old moon this vintage is full bodied, textured, mineral driven, and shows a sophisticated spiciness. It’s truly unique. The Batič family pairs it with the richness of duck, herbed egg dishes, and roasted fennel.

94 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine for the 2009: Ivan Batic considers pinela the top variety on his estate, relying on the windy conditions of his higher elevation vines to keep the fruit healthy and disease-free (he installed a "physics-based cropping system" to blast hot air at the lower vines, so he doesn't need to spray with pesticides or herbicides). He ferments this without temperature control or added yeast in open, upright Slovenian oak vats, then ages it in barrel for two years, producing something that tastes like a nourishing food. What seems brash and astringent at first reveals itself as structure when the fruit begins to open in the glass. Luscious baked pear flavors come forward, gingery, creamy and delicious, racing through the finish with floral scents. The wine's rustic intensity would match tea-smoked chicken or duck.

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