Pinot Blanc 2
Hello wine lovers!
Let me start this with a toast, a toast to Jean Kabaj, as the occasion calls with his Luisa, vintage 2010. I’ve presented briefly Jean and his Amfora in one of my previous posts and the toast this time is well deserved. Jean made it to the top 100 wineries of the year according to Wine & Spirits magazine! And lucky as I am, I managed to catch him at home right after his return from the tour around US, having the pleasure of exchanging few words with him and his wife Katja.
Chatting with Jean, a French oenologist who years ago moved to Goriška Brda, is always a pleasant experience, decisive, focused, deep and straight forward those are the adjectives that would best describe him … And so are his wines.
I’m toasting with Luisa, 2010 vintage – a blend of Pinot Blanc, Chardonay and Rebula. It is named after his grandmother – Luisa. Earlier this wine was called Luisa Prestige and it was the first wine that introduced me to Jean’s wines. Luckily I still hold one bottle of the 2001 vintage carefully stored as it has great aging potential.
Luisa fermented in large (2.400 liters) oak vats, then it was laid in French oak barriques for 12 months and 4 months in bottles before entering the market. Its color is of a deep golden yellow notes, is dense and crystal clear, literally shining in the glass.
The nose is intense and very fine, with aromas of mature fruit like peaches, apricots, pears, you also sense a citrusy aroma of lemon. A lovely aroma of thyme in the background, but also aromas of vanilla and acacia flower. A very reach bouquet.
On the taste it is dry, hot and soft and on the other side fresh and tasty – confirming its brilliance. A balanced wine of with an intense and elegant taste that has a long finish and a full body.
A harmonious wine that can be easily enjoyed now or left for a couple of years to mature even more.
Jeans wines are available in the US at Blue Danube Wine for ordering on-line but it should also be easy to find them in some of the best wine bars over there. If you find yourself cruising through Goriška Brda make sure to stop at Šlovrenc where you’ll be able to also enjoy in some of their exquisite cuisine – in this period you’ll probably stumble across Jean in front of the oven making some delicious pot-roasts.
And if you’re near Gorizia – It this week-end come to Corso Verdi 65, you’ll be able to taste Kabaj wine.
This post is about one of those wines you don’t just open at any occasion. And such was this case. It was a special celebration among friends and family joining together and having a nice time, celebrate and learn something new about wine. This Pinot blanc was the surprise of the night and judging by the feedback it left a huge impression.
This wine pictures itself in a godlen tone of old gold with intense shades of older gold on borders, it is crystal clear and of a rather density.
It is intense and very fine on the nose, with a very rich bouque of aromas like honey, acacia, over dried fruit like pineapple, citruses, dried camomile, straw, varnish and they keep coming. Well it was sealed for 31 years.
It is dry, rather hot and soft. Rather fresh with a distinct mineral presence making it a rather balanced wine, the harder side is prevailing. It is a noble, intense and persistently robust one for sure. A harmonious, mature Pinot Blanc which still hasn’t said it’s last word and can easily be stored for a couple of years more … A must try!
You can find it in vinska klet Goriška Brda‘s stores, I advise you first check the availability.