Black Lamb / Zaro Eazy Refosk Red Wine 2020


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Refosk is quite reactive to the conditions under which it is grown and this translates into the wines. Gastronomic quaffing wines that are light, tart and gupable can be fashioned from it, as well as powerful deep late harvest wines with astonishing structure and bracing acidity. The exceptional location of Zaro’s vineyards on Pivol has been prized, at least as long as Venice has stood. Zaro Refosk smells of fresh mountain berries, camphor, pepper, violets, charcuterie and pulverized rocks. It is simultaneously structured and refreshing. The fermentation was spontaneous without temperature control in 2000l Slovenian oak. Maceration was 20 days after which wine was racked back into the 2000l tonne and aged for 1 year. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. Serving Refosk with salt cured ham is almost automatic in Slovenia, but we will open it for almost for lamb, dry aged beef, venison or even tuna due to the salty twang imparted by the vines proximity to the sea. The vineyards were planted in the early 2000’s. The rocky terraces are approximately 200 meters above sea level. This is the optimal position within the special Cru of Pivol. The micro appellation is centered in an amphitheater that over looks Izola and the Adriatic. The stony flysch soils combined with the windy, dry well exposed position are so conducive to organic cultivation that certifying the vineyards was more a matter of paperwork than adjusting farming practices.