Recent quotes on my wine:
Andrew Jefford, UK, journalist of Decanter, Fine Wine Magazine, Financial Times:
Paul Balke, Goriska Brda belo 2015
50% Sauvignonasse, 30% Rebula, 15% Pinot Blanc, 5% Pinot Gris.
Color: Mid gold.
Aromas: weighty, autumn fruits in soft-contoured guise, gentle, rounded, unintimidating. Not a huge wealth of aroma, but some subtle charm and understated fruited sweetness.
Intense, bright, dramatic here, thanks to rousing acidity. Searching but full, not raw, resonant. The weave of flavor is subtle, different, unusual, gastronomic; ample fruited weight to offset the shaft of acidity; some finishing nuttiness, without an overt oxidative character (autumn apple but not cider). Just a touch of tannin; some cleansing bitterness, too. An unusual, wine lover’s wine with real finesse; well blended, well judged. The green countryside in autumn. Delicious and rewarding, though not ‘crisp’ or easy – not a beginner’s wine.
91 points at under 25 euros.
Paul Balke, Piemonte DOC Rosso 2017
40% Nebbiolo, 30% Freisa, 25% Barbera, 5% Croatina.
Color: clear and limpid; more red than brick.
Lovely aromas: warm, refined fruits, redcurrants, warm earth, cut mushroom liquorice spice. Draws you in! Just a little dusty withal.
Light, graceful, fine-grained, elegant, vivid, rounded, and warm. Lovely poised, gathered fruit; fine tannins, real tannins. Great wealth and purity and energy of fruit, a delight to drink. Super wine, gastronomic, refined, with an intricacy of fruit but also an intricacy beyond fruit.
Ronald de Groot, journalist of Dutch magazine Perswijn (NL, May 2018):
Paul Balke Goriska Brda belo 2015, 15,5 pt € 14,50
50% Sauvignonasse, 30% Rebula, 15% Pinot Blanc, 5% Pinot Gris
Honey, apricots, a light herbal note, flowers, quite strong, good acidity, a nice glass of wine, depth.