October 26, 2013
Special Saturday Night Wine Tasting 7-10 PM: KABAJ
Please join us tonight, 7-10 pm, for an incredibly special tasting with Jean-Michel Morel, the winemaker at Slovenian winery Kabaj. Meg was fortunate enough to enjoy these wines with Jean-Michel and his daughter over lunch last week and learn a little about the region of Goriška Brda and its rich history. We’re excited to give you an opportunity to do the same! These unique and spectacular wines and the man behind them are not to be missed. All Kabaj bottles will be sold for 10% discount during this special event.
"Long prized for its vibrant character and uncanny ability to age, ‘Ravan’ is the house name for the local variety formerly known as Tocai Friulano. Grapes were hand harvested in late September, de-stemmed, fermented with wild yeast in large oak vats, and then transferred to mostly used French barrique for malolactic fermentation. After 12 months on the lees the wine was bottled unfiltered. For those who like Northeastern Italian whites, this will push you comfortably out of your comfort zone. The 2010 vintage lends a certain “grapey” honesty coupled with fresh herbs and tangy citrus. Pairs well with cured salty flavors and spring vegetables." $25
"Along with the rest of the Bordeaux varieties, Merlot has existed in Brda for over 200 years and resides on the steepest and most exposed portions of the vineyards Belo, Grbunovo, Neblo-Vh and Jez. With an average vine age of 40 years, grapes are hand harvested in early October, quickly transported to the winery, de-stemmed, and placed into concrete vats. After spontaneous primary fermentation and a minimum of 21 days of maceration, the wine is then transferred to neutral French barrique for malolactic fermentation and 24 months of aging. Compact, intensely mineral and savory, it unites this ideal site with the spirit of a Grand Chateau. The Kabaj family also ferments turnips with the grape skins from their Merlot before adding them to a traditional pork and bean soup called "Jota"." $45