Other Slovenian wines made here include fairly uninteresting sparkling wines (Frizzante, Chardonnay, and Rosé), charming white wines made from Malvasia (Malvazija), Beli Pinot, Chardonnay, Laski Riesling (Welsch Riesling), Rebula, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sivi Pinot, and excellent reds from Refosc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Modri Pinot, and Prosecco.
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More than 70% of the production here consists of red wines that are chiefly made from Refošc. This is a Slovenian wine area with a future, although the winery installations are far from ideal owing to shortage of money. Most Slovenian wines are too lacking in freshness to be able to compete in foreign markets, yet there is considerable potential here in the combination of soil and ideal weather conditions.
The dry white Slovenian wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Beli Pinot are not recommended due to their lack of freshness. Much wine is fairly coarse and devoid of either character or style.
If however you should choose an old-fashioned syrupy white Slovenian wine such as Malvazija, Sivi Pinot, Sladki Muskat, or Rumeni Muskat, then you will get value for money. Drinking temperature for this Slovenian wine is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F). This Slovenian wine made from overripe grapes selected by hand and picked late is excellent, whether or not the grapes have been visited by botiytis (the noble rot). Extremely interesting wines include the Chardonnay Izbor (Auslese), Malvazija Pozna Trgatev (Spâtlese), the sweet Sladki Refosc, and an extremely rare Passito made from Cabernet Sauvignon (Suseno Grozdje). The red Slovenian wines like most of the local rosés are of reasonable quality but these red wines could also benefit from more modem vinification methodology. Many of the Slovenian wines give a somewhat overblown appearance (too much wood, too much tannin, lots of alcohol, but otherwise little individual character). Choose from the better crus where possible from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Refosc, Malocrn, Merlot, Modri Pinot, and Prosecco. Drinking temperature for this Slovenian wine is 16°C (60.8°F).
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