We discovered Movia wines during a special four-city West Coast dinner tasting tour by Sergio Esposito of Italian Wine Merchants - a New York City wine merchant that specializes in Italian wine. Sergio brought Ales Kristancic (Aleš Kristančič), the owner and winemaker of Movia with him. This event in San Francisco was at Bacar in 2003. Sergio told us how a 50 or 60 year old Movia Ribolla had recently received a standing ovation from a group of Italian winemakers at an event in Italy.
The 1997 Pinot Nero was poured that evening. It was very bright and not appealing with the food. But Joanne saved some in a glass and we re-tasted it an hour or so later - wow! It had totally changed and was now very pleasurable to drink. It was unlike any pinot noir we'd ever had. It was remarkable and tasted like the essence of cherries.
This wine is not for everyone. It’s not like any pinot noir you’ve ever tasted. You also get a sense of purity of fruit. It has an amazing taste, but at this very young age, it doesn’t have great complexity or a very long finish. It also holds our in-house record for the longest number of days open without declining in taste - 20 days.
Movia wines are made from grapes which are picked late. The wines aren’t sweet. Their alcohol levels are moderate.
Movia's US importer is Domaine Select. They also import Movia crystal stemware.
A friend recently visited who travels quite a lot, especially to Italy. He has been to Movia and has a 50's bottle of their Merlot in his cellar. He had a '66 recently which he described as amazingly fresh and wonderful.
New notes: The pinot noir wines were planted 180 years ago. Ales first vintage was the 1993. The vineyards were converted to biodynamic in 1988. The wine is unfined and unfiltered; it is bottled when the moon is waning - it is a very clear wine.
Incidentally, the 1999 Pinot Nero has not yet been released - Ales releases his wines when he believes they are ready, not in a sequential year order.
Ales & Mirko Kristancic
Another Movia wine we adore
- it is an interesting, long aging White!
One of Movia's own stemware (Burgundy) -
they have a whole line of cool stemware!
(They are manufactured by Rogaska.)
Some History: The Movia estate has been making wine for more than three centuries. In 1820 it was purchased by the Kristancic family. The entire estate was in Italy until the end of World War I, when 18 of the 38 acres became part of Slovenia, including the physical winery.
Movia wines are biodynamic, and you'll even get to taste them at the large biodynamic tastings which occur every so often. Ales started making wine 20 years ago working side by side with his father.
A note on the wine's name and appellation: The vineyards are right on the Italian/Slovenian border. But because the winery (and mailbox) are on the Slovenian side, the wines appellation are Brda rather than Collio. Pinot Nero is Pinot Noir in Italian, while Modri Pinot is Pinot Noir in Slovenian. Movia wine sold to the Slovenian market has the Slovenian names for the grapes.
on Movia at Matkurja: Interestingly, they say the best vintages are 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1993, and 1994. (I have no idea what the upper and lower year cut-off was.) This website has a tremendous amount of information on Slovenian wine.