Ludvik Nazarij Glavina "LNG" Refosco 2014
At once nimble and deep. Forest fruit is accented by a spicy Mediterranean twang. It's a light but highly expressive, surprisingly absorbing wine. Bottles like this are customarily consumed with local ham (Prshut) that benefits from the dry "Bora" wind which imparts the same savory notes found in the wine, but is quite versatile elsewhere. Even with some seafood.
100% Refosco. Produced by Vinska Klet Santomas. The family estate is run by father and daughter, Ludvik and Tamara Glavina. It is located in the hills overlooking the Adriatic and Koper, Slovenia's only port city. Refosco, 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. Tamara asserts that Refosco 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, Refosco in Slovenia is related to both Refosco in Italy and what Croatians call Teran. Santomas farms about 50 acres of vineyards across six sites plus a few groves of olive trees, all within minutes of the winery. LNG are the initials for Ludvik Nazarij Glavina who reestablished the Santomas estate in 1997.