Edi Simcic Rebula White Wine 2018, Goriska Brda, Slovenia

Largely unknown in the U.S., the Rebula varietal (aka Ribolla Gialla) is a classic white grape from Goriska Brda. While not known for breath-taking aromatics when it’s young, bottle aging can lead to remarkable layers of citrus and pome fruits. In classic Edi Simcic style, this layered and complex wine spends 10 months fermenting in oak and has a pleasing, oily palate-weight. Driven by its fascinating terroir, it speaks to both its subalpine origins and the estate’s proximity to the sea. The soil is rich in salts and minerals. Brda is written white wines: exotic Mediterranean, mineral, full and fresh at the same time. Wines capable of maturing for up to ten and more years. Slovenia: – 3 wine-growing regions (Primorska, Podravje, Posavje) – 20,000 ha of vineyards – annual wine production: 70-100 million litres – 70% white, 30% red varieties. Primorska Wine Region: – 6500 ha of vineyards – 4 wine-growing districts (Brda, Vipava Valley, Karst, Slovenian Istria). Wine-growing district Brda: – 1800 ha of vineyards – 60% of white varieties – the most important white variety: Ribolla – 40% of red varieties – The most important red variety: Merlot. Creating wines that challenge convention and boggle the senses, father and son Edi and Aleks Simcic are among the happiest, talented, and most intuitive winemakers we know. Their farm sits on land that once belonged to Italy, and they may draw upon the French example, but their style is all their own.