Eazy from Izola!
Refošk squashed, fermented naturally, aged for 1 year in steel, and bottled. Low extract and lip smackingly fresh, with just a kiss of sea breeze. From young vines ecologically cultivated right on the
Wine maker: Matej Zaro
Farming of Vineyard: ORGANIC CERTIFIED
Variety Composition: 100% REFOŠK
Region, Sub-Region & Village SLOVENIAN iSTRIA - IZOLA, PIVOL APPELLATION
Total Ha of Vineyard: 4HA
Altitude of Vineyard(s): 50M
Harvest: SEPTEMBER 15, 2021
Length of Maceration: Destemed maceration of 7 - 10 DAYS
Fermentation/Aging Vessel(s): INOX VATS
Length of Aging: 1YEAR
Fining & Filtration Methods: UNFILTERED
Date of Bottling: August, 2021
Slovenia’s idyllic slice of the Adriatic, dotted with seaside villages and vineyards, is the intercies of the ancient Refošk grape variety and coastal Adriatic cuisine. This combination has resulted in a wine unique to the region and very useful to have on hand when it comes to seafood. Tourists drink oceans of Istrian Malvazija, but the locals will often opt for red Refosk depending on the dish. Especially if the restaurant has a good “open” Refosk. This is a reference to a wine that does not make it to bottle but instead is sold locally on draft. While ubiquitous to the region, a red wine of this style and function is a rarity here in the US. What other red wines enhance strong seafood? With tinned fish, mussels, mackerel, squid ink risotto, raw tuna, cured anchovies costal Refošk shines. This is not to say it is for seafood alone. It is often the accompaniment of choice with local salt cured ham Pršut.
Importer....We are a California / New York based importer of low technology wines and fermentables primarily from Georgia and Central Europe. These are not well known regions and their wines even less so. Ironically, it is this lack of attention that insulates the wines of these regions from the homogenization that defines modern wine. We are not interested in homogenous wine. We seek singular wines of imagination that communicate something about the place and people who made them. As importers, it is our job to bend the market to these wines rather than the wines to the market. Doing this protects the diversity of wine on our table and yours while encouraging, if not providing a livelihood for, the artisan crafts people who produce them.
Negociant...wine is a craft, a commodity, a consumable, something social, it is an object, an essence of place, it is enduring, ephemeral, stimulating, inebriating; a strange and fantastic aesthetic. Negociant is our creative outlet where we workshop with makers.