The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Month: March 2020

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Jakončič – Uvaia 2017

This is a turbo-charged Pinot Grigio, skin fermented in wooden eggs. It’s nicely aromatic and full of ripe red berry notes on the nose, but overbearingly sweet and heavy on the palate – furthermore the fruit feels a little confected, Read more

Prinčič – Aurei Rebula 2018

There’s bright Rebula fruit and acidity here, with a creamy texture that suggests ripness, whilst retaining the variety’s leaner more sculpted profile. The wood influence is quite noticeable right now. Some butterscotch hints and very mild oxidation – not troubling. Read more

Prinčič – Aurei Pinot 2018

Attractive tawny colour, not hugely expressive on the nose but there is nice red fruit on the palate. Really bone dry, and actually on the austere side. The alcohol sticks out a bit. On the one hand, this feels like Read more

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Emeran Reya – Rebula 2017

Proving that it really is the king of maceration – and the star variety in Brda – this five day macerated Rebula is easily the best from this rebooting producer (organic conversion in progress). I wish he’d pushed the maceration Read more

Emeran Reya – Malvazija 2017

Subtle aromas of fresh tarragon and a hint of apricot don’t prepare you for the rich, salty attack on the palate. Really interesting to taste Malvasia harvested at this modest ripeness level – it’s taut and lean, but retains the Read more

Emeran Reya – Yakot 2017

Yet another alternative spelling for one of my fave grapes – Friulano, once Tokaj Friulano, sometime Jakot (Stanko Radikon’s invention) and now Yakot. Wispy whitecurrant aromas, but missing the aromatic punch that I long for with Friulano. Certainly fresh and Read more

Emeran Reya – Pynot Rosso 2017

Beautiful deep rose colour, really showing off Pinot Grigio’s red alter ego. Juicy fruit with a lovely tart redcurrant note. Tight and slightly reductive right now – which endears me to it, I must say. Lots of fun, and very Read more

Erzetič – Anfora Belo 2015

With six months skin contact in qvevris, this Rebula-heavy blend has a refined but grippy texture. There’s good citrussy acidity too, but also a slightly stale feeling – some hints of oxidation and some rather over-developed vegetal/dried herb activity. I Read more

Erzetič – Anfora Sivi Pinot 2012

I’m not a fan of the amphora shaped bottle, which makes this feel a little cheap (and it’s most definitely not!). Smells of tinned fruit (peaches and apricots), and there’s a slight sensation of wood (sawdust). Overall though, holding up Read more