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July 25, 2014

"The western wines [of Slovenia] are made in the image of the best of Friuli just over the border in north-east Italy, with a distinctly Burgundian artisanal attention to detail."
- Jancis Robinson, MW

Our offer today is what we call "Sommelier Stumpers". Why? Because these are the wines that would put a puzzled look on the faces of sommeliers. Wouldn't it be great to be able to say that you have stumped the sommelier? In fact, we would be surprised if your favorite sommelier has ever tasted (or even seen) Slovenian wines.

We started selling Edi Simcic wines about five years ago, and there is no doubt that these wines play at a higher level than most whites on the market. Located just 500 yards from the Friulian border, this small producer only makes about 2,500 cases annually. The traditional farming methods are employed here, including no irrigation and harvesting by hand.

Today we are featuring two whites from Edi Simcic: Rebula (aka Ribolla Gialla) and Malvazija (aka Malvasia). The 2013 Edi Simcic Rebula Rubikon is the only white in his portfolio that is fermented in stainless steel, followed by 11 months of barrel aging and 3 months in bottle. The fruit is sourced from 10-35 year old vines, grown in Marl soil. This is the lighter, more refreshing white of the two since it's fermented in stainless steel. Unlike the Italian Ribolla Giallas, this Rebula is more minerally driven, with well-integrated acidity which lifts the fruit profiles. The oak aging balanced out everything, making this the perfect summer sipper.

If you think that was enticing, the 2010 Edi Simcic Malvazija takes it to a whole new level. The nose immediately gives off white floral notes mixed with tropical and stone fruits. On the palate, however, is where it throws you for a loop. The complexity of this wine begins to unfold with layers of ripe stone fruits, zest, citrus, melons, roasted nuts, and ginger spice. There is plenty of minerality and salinity with the bright acidity. Is it a white Burgundy? Or a white Rhône? How about a dry Vouvray? Wrong! It's a white Italian varietal grown in Slovenia and made with Burgundian methods. This is 100% Malvazija, with each plant yielding enough fruit for half a bottle. It is fermented in wooden barrels, followed by 11 months of barrel aging and 6 more months in the bottle. With an annual production averaging about 300 cases, this wine is indeed rare.

These are unique and complex whites that deliver much more than their price. We brought in a small chunk of each wine, and there won't be anymore after this. While supplies last.

add to cart $17.99   add a case $215.88

Tasting notes: "From Slovenia, just meters over the Italian border, Edi Simcic has been hailed by critics as the finest winemaker in Eastern Europe, and one of the very best in ALL of Europe. His wines, worth every penny, are never inexpensive–until now. In our opinion, no grape is more important, or more profound in this appellation, than Rebula. Bright, fresh and mineral-laden, it also has a delightful sweet cream essence to it, derived from local autochthonous yeas... read more
add to cart $29.99   add a case $359.88

Tasting notes: "Edi Simcic has achieved near legendary status as the standard-bearer for emerging-market wineries from the Old World. The work of Aleks Simcic, son of Edi and chief winemaker, is redefining what is possible and expected from Slovenia. As Jancis Robinson states it, 'It is the white wines that are by far Slovenia’s most original gift to the world of wine'; and Simcic is no exception. His Malvazija (bianca) is absolutely spectacular -- and the best... read more

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