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Benjamin Zidarich founded his winery in 1988 although his family have been winemakers in the Carso region of Italy (against the Slovenian border) since the 1800s; they have recently become certified biodynamic. The vines grow in the classic iron- and calcium-rich red soils of the area, extending deep into the limestone that looms just below the surface. Running through all of Zidarich’s wines is a driving, dancing, powerful yet balletic minerality—an essence of pure stone.
Teran is an indigenous red grape variety that has existed in the Carso since Roman times. There is a certain Barbera-like quality to the crunchy, earth-tinged red fruits and the bright, appetizing acid profile, yet there is more finesse and purity . Fresh herbs and red licorice on the palate add complexity, and the concentration and energy of this wine is surprising given its exceedingly modest alcohol level. Aged entirely in large Slavonian botti.
The previous vintage received 91 points from Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Teran has an ample, broad and horizontal bouquet. Plummy and black fruit make up the majority of this mid-weight red, along with cassis and sour cherry. It's not a very long wine in terms of mouthfeel, but it does show nice overall brightness and primary fruit clarity. It is a slender, almost fragile red you might have with some fresh bread and charcuterie." (Aug 2019)