Exploring more of the PM "natural" wine portfolio, I tried last night:
1. Stekar sivi pinot (14.5%; Bio; www.VinaStekar.Si; 48 hrs skin maceration; no added SO2) Jure Stekar/Snezatno/GoriskaBrda/Slovenia 2016: Deep burnished bronze color; rather strong phenolic/resiny/skin-contact some orangey/honeyed/graham cracker slight PG/floral bit earthy rather complex nose; very tart/tangy/metallic some honeyed/honey grahams/orangey some earthy rather rich/lush some phenolic/skin-contact/resiny complex flavor w/ modest tannic bite; very long/lingering tart/tangy/bit metallic honey grahams/honeyed/slight orangey light PG/floral/marigolds/pungent/musky some phenolic/resiny/skin contact rich/lush complex finish w/ some tangy tannins; nice balance between PG fruit and skin-contact phenolics; a great introduction to skin-contact whites for those who have not tried "orange" wines.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. There are two Stekar wineries in Snezatno. This is Hisa Stekar. Just up this side road is Kmetija Stekar, only a 100 meters away. We have stayed at Kmetija and tasted the Janos Stekar wines and liked them quite a lot. They are not, to my knowledge, imported into the USofA. Both winemakers make "natural" wines.
I had this wine several months ago when Paul & Martha presented it at Pig+Fig and liked it. I was even more impressed by it this time around. It is a "natural" wine (by whatever definition you choose), but has none of the funky character that often accompanies those wines. This wine was absolutely delicious and had none of that austere/painful/tannic character on the palate that skin-contact whites can oft show.
Had this w/ a broiled Kasekrainer from DrFieldGoods Butcher Shop and it paired beautifully. I'm going back for more (Kasekrainer and sivi pinot).
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