Two years ago I happened upon a terrific story about a post-Communist comeback, of a family reclaiming its heritage after a Marxist dictator took it away. I'm sorry it took me so long to tell it, but better late than never.
Semi-transparent red purple wine, easy to open with its modern screwcap, despite being made by the oldest winery in Slovenia which dates from 1239. Warm, inviting aroma of cooked fruit with a trace of earthiness. Medium-light body, light structure. Flavor starts out mild but grows in intensity, with strawberry notes. Finishes long and hot—though it’s only 12.5% alcohol—and ultimately plummy. A cross between new world and old world pinot noir, in the best way. Good summer drinking. Recommended.
Having tasted through several of the current vintage of Pullus wines, I was pleased to find this 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. Other Pullus wines seemed to wander back and forth between traditional (AKA old-fashioned) and modern styles. This Sauvignon Blanc has an herbal and limestone nose which flows consistently through its flavors. It’s balanced and crisp with a touch of fruit and a medium-short finish. It’s also good with hard-to-pair foods like salads and broccoli. Recommended.
There is a red track that runs through the Carso (Karst) region of northeastern Italy and neighboring Slovenia, a red track like a native bloodline. It is a native vine: terrano, also known as “Blood of Carso” for its color. The region is situated on a plain above modern-day Trieste, caressed by winds from sea.
From grapes left to dry until Easter, this sweet Terrano evokes the richness of aromas and the body of a Porto wine. The colour is dark violet, nearly dark brown, but the nose is fresh, with aromas of dried orchard fruits, nuts, dried figs and a lot of dates. In the mouth, there’s coffee cream, dates, dried figs again. A very tasty wine which can be paired with chocolate, and also with some cold cuts if you like.
“Adriatico” is the name of this new line of three white wines. Each wine is made from a different native vinifera grape, in regions (now countries) which border each other on the northern Adriatic Sea: malvasia from the Istrian peninsula in Croatia, ribolla from Slovenia, and friulano (of course) from the Friuli region of Italy.