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On the Ageability of Vipava Valley Whites: Saksida Carisma Cuvee White 2008

Vipava Valley District, Primorska, Slovenia

Or, Saksida Cuvee Carisma Belo, as it’s known here. In any case, I’m very happy with myself right now.

I knew when I first tasted and experienced Saksida wines in the early years of the last decade that they’d age well. I’ve gotten stubborn even, belaboring the point to anyone who’d listen. Not only about the ageability of Saksida’s wines, but Slovenian wines from the western Primorska districts in general –and from the Vipava Valley in particular– that are made by newer generations of winemakers who know the ins, outs and nuances of oak.

Saksida’s reds that I’ve kept and laid down in the past have improved considerably from five, six, and seven years on their sides. In a few tastings, ten years took absolutely nothing away.

I haven’t kept the whites quite as long but have been nearly as stubborn; this 2008 Carisma Cuvee, a blend of Rebula ((Ribolla Gialla), Malvazija (Malvasia) and Chardonnay, was the last bottle of a Saksida white I had. I wish a had a couple more.

This was delightful from the outset. An attractive light gold in color, it’s buttery on the nose, crisp. Exuberant, even. Rich. Honey nut notes. Rich. Its elegance is more pronounced than the last time we had it, about a year ago, but still restrained for a nine-year-old white. The finish is pleasant but not excessively long; I can’t say it’s going to improve more with a little more time, but that’s not a fault because it is already quite good.

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For a wine that sold for €11-12 upon release, it’s performed and lived on very well.

Next up from Saksida? Reds. I have a pair of Cabernet Sauvignons from 2003, and Merlots 2004 and 2008. For the winter months.

Vina Saksida
Zalošče 12 a, 5294 Dornberk
Vipava district, Primorksa, Slovenia

Tasted: November 2017
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