As mentioned in this introduction, Pinela is an autochthonous white varietal grown almost exclusively in Slovenia’s Vipava Valley district: dry, crisp and fresh, with soft floral aromas and ample citrus notes, and usually at its best in its youth.
Usually light lemon or yellowish in color, Colja’s 2015 Pinela leans more toward the golden end of the yellow spectrum, with grapefruit and apricot lingering on the slightly buttery finish.
Medium-bodied, it spent about 18 months in stainless steel prior to release. Well-made and pleasant, delightful even, for the €8.50-9.00 price tag. It’ll likely drink well for another year. 2000 bottles produced.
Located in the village of Steske in the Branik valley that runs almost parallel just to the south of the larger Vipava Valley, the Colja family farms about 6.5 hectares (16 acres) of vineyards, producing about 60% white varietals and 40% red. Like elsewhere in the Vipava Valley district, you won’t find too much Pinela produced.
How little is grown? Pinela, together with its native (non-related) sibling Zelen, account for just 6% of the white wine produced in the Vipava district. If you come across it, try it.