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Vila Marija, Pinot Grigio, 2006

January 28, 2009

~$15US, 100% Pinot Grigio, Brda, Slovenia

Vila Mirja is Ales Kristancic’s (of Movia) project to create lighter, easier-drinking wines in his vineyards spanning the Italian-Slovenien border. While less serious than his Movia wines – these are equally distinctive and noteworthy for their organic / biodynamic viticulture – but slightly more modern (stainless steel fermentation).

This is another Pinot Grigio that is far from the norm.  It poured a light amber – almost pale orange. Complex aromas of orange peel, lemon jelly, dried flowers, dried apricots and a slight oxidative – almost fino-sherry nuttiness. Medium bodied on the palate – very fresh – lighter than the Lis Neris, but spicier and lightly oily. Tight acidity. Lots of minerality in the finish, with the spiciness cleanly pushing through.

This is not for everyone (it’s not terribly fruity), but should be tried alongside white meats, fish and pasta to bring out its charm. For the price, an amazing value for truly artisinal, unique, and real wine. For wine geeks and open-minded foodies.

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 7, 2009 11:11 am

    Thanks for the post. Looks like a good cheap wine I’ll have to try.

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