2015 Kabaj Beli Pinot (Skin Contact Pinot Blanc)Tabula Rasa
Jean Michel is a boisterous man - you know when he's in the room. His wines however are supremely elegant. Jean Michel moved to Slovenia from Burgundy when he married Katia Kabaj and joined her family estate to make wines from their grapes (instead of selling them off).
Kabaj is located in the gorgeous rolling hills of Goriška Brda in Western Slovenia. One evening, years ago, when my wife and I were traveling in the area we stopped here for the evening and while we watched the sun setting behind the vineyard she told me that she was pregnant with our first child. What a memory!
The 2015 Beli Pinot is 100% Pinot Blanc, macerated on the skins for a couple weeks yielding a golden hued wine with considerable freshness as well as depth.