This week unveiled a wonderful white from Slovenia. Let’s see a show of hands of those who were aware of a Slovenian wine trade. I was hipped to it by a recent online story I found while Tweeting about, hyping Slavic value and quality. It took some work to find offerings in the Philly area and I resorted to ordering through the PLCB website, choosing a bottle from Quattro Mani (you’ve heard of Two Hands from Oz; this is Four Hands from Italy, also producing wine sourced from its easterly neighbor).
The wine promptly shipped to the King of Prussia store, I paid the UPS fare (which irks me to no end), picked it up and kind of forgot about it. Thankfully the wine has a bold label that caught my eye from the basement rack. Into the fridge it went.
This Quattro Mani, a 2008, is unlike most whites I’ve sampled. It’s 100% Tocai grape juice that puts off a tropical, sweet citrus scent and flavor that’s subtle and refreshing. Best known as an Italian varietal and wholly unconnected to Tokaji, the Hungarian dessert wine, Tocai is focalized and semi-dry. It’s predilection for minerality is offset with pear, banana, melon, grapefruit and a low-key herbaceousness that reminds me of Lillet Blanc (I make the connection not entirely because of my recent write-up on the tasty aperitif).
For those partial to Riesling, the qualities of this Tocai could suit as a quality choice for a warm evening coming soon. Take it straight or with grilled fish or fowl, Chinese food or sushi.
Going the Commonwealth route will require patience. A trip across the border would be more instantly gratifying, and Frank’s Union Wine Mart in Wilmington tends to keep Slovenian wines in stock. When I last checked with Frank he had two in store: A 2007 Marof Renski Rizling for $19.99 and a 2007 Movia Ribolla for $29.99.
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