Santomas LNG Refošk 2016, 1 liter bottle
The people. Santomas, the family estate run by father and daughter Ludvik and Tamara Glavina, is located in the hills overlooking the Adriatic and Koper, Slovenia’s only port city. Refošk, possibly the same grape the Romans called Puccinum, is the local red variety and the focus of their production. From it, they produce dramatic wines, full of savory and bright fruit, often resinous, even minty, with precocious acidity and a gamey bite. They are complex even when they are simple, elevating most any dish earthy and rich. Tamara asserts that Refošk is unusually high in heart healthy substances like resveratrol, which supports its historically “medicinal” role. More a family of related grape varieties rather than one specific type, Refošk in Slovenia is related to both Refosco in Italy and what Croatians call Teran. Santomas farms about 20 hectares of vineyards across six sites plus a few groves of olive trees, all within minutes of the winery. Their top wines are sourced from their oldest vines should the aging potential of Refošk while the stainless steel fermented LNG liter is a bright fresh unvarnished interpretation.
The grapes for this wine were manually harvested. Fermented in submersible inox roto tank at the controlled temperature. Maceration duration: 3-4 days. Aging in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Ruby red with violet hints. Quite complex and refreshing nose. The fragrances of wild berries prevail, above all blueberry, black berries and brambleberries. In the background white pepper and plum. Extremely fresh and elegant on the palate; altogether soft, tannins are exceptionally smooth and tender, almost velvety. Tastes of raspberries as well as red berries marmalade. Long and fruity aftertaste.
Essential companion of good smoked ham and other smoked products. With its unobtrusive freshness matches grilled and roast meat, blue fish (tuna fish, mackerel, fried anchovy), pasta with red sauce (Bolognese, Trevisian chicory sauce, tuna sauce with tomato), meat lasagna, meat or vegetable moussaka as well as poultry. Excellent for cooking (sausages in refosco, "drunken istrian", pasta and meat in refosco sauce, gaudy bread with refosco) with applying the unwritten rule: the same wine for cooking and drinking.