Kabaj Cuvée Morel 2010
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Kabaj Cuvée Morel 2010
Jean Michel Morel is a Frenchman producing wine in Goriška Brda, Slovenia. He married his wife Katja and together in the 1990’s they decided to start bottling Slovenian wines from her family estate. They produce mostly varietal wines and the whites are macerated for at least a few days and then aged in oak for two years. There are no “fresh” wines produced at Kabaj.
We first visited the estate in the summer of 2017 and walked away impressed with the wines. During the summer of 2018, we were in the area and decided to stop by for a second visit. Jean opened a combination of new vintages and archive wines. Three wines impressed us during this visit: the Kabaj Rebula 2009, Kabaj Rebula 2002, and a Bordeaux blend.
It’s been a great 5-day #winetrip in #Slovenia. While we respect many producers of fresh #Rebula wine, the macerated and more oxidative style of Rebula is certainly more exciting to us. #slovenianwine #orangewine #kabaj #amberwine #ribollagialla #wino #goriskabrda #ifeelslovenia
Kabaj produces two reds, a varietal Merlot and a blend called Cuvée Morel. As far as Slovenian wine is concerned, Merlot is usually more exciting than Bordeaux blends. At Kabaj this often holds true, the Merlot is always juicy and delicious while the Cuvée Morel is more tannic and structured. We’re not fans of the Cuvée Morel every vintage but this new release is something special.
The Kabaj Cuvée Morel is a Bordeaux blend dominated by Merlot. It also contains Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot which is aged in oak for at least three years before being bottled. It’s full of black cherry, violets, black olive, and tobacco notes. It’s medium bodied and rich fruit and firm tannins. This is has a slight lavender finish which adds to the complexity. This wine would cost a helluva lot more if it was a Bordeaux. Fantastic effort by Jean.
90/100 (You can find out more about our scoring system on the Wine Rating page.)
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