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Plavac Mali is a well-known red wine grape in its homeland of Croatia, providing the basis of many of the nation's most sought-after red wines. It is one of Croatia's most planted varieties, and is known for producing dense and robust reds with black cherry flavors and notes of pepper, smoke and spice. Plavac Mali wines are high in alcohol and tannins, and have excellent aging capabilities, a trait not often seen in Croatian wines.
Produced by the Bibich Winery in Skradin, this red wine offers an eclectic blend of grapes native to Northern Dalmatia (Babich, Plavina, Lasin) that are related to Zinfandel (itself a Croatian varietal). Aged for one year in American oak barriques. Light and smooth, with lively acids and aromas of dark fruits and berries, spices and black pepper. Serve with meats, tuna or aged cheese.
Plavac is a grape varietal that is a crossing of Zinfandel (native to Croatia) and another red grape native to the Dalmatian coast. From the importer: "Longevity is synonymous with the Milos name. Collectors of his wines are still enjoying the youthful '94 Plavac. Frano's eloquent description of the 2008: 'This wine is a pure reflection of variety and terroir from which it comes. It is typical for the Peljesac Peninsula and our style of wine. It has a very thick aromatic profile with dark fruit, minerals, herbal notes with sage domination. Deep and slow ... Read More »
Like most single-owner Croatian wineries, the story of Toreta on Korcula is all about a family history of winemaking that stopped during Communism and is now producing again. In this case, the man at the helm is the young Frano Banicevic, who has begun to run the winery that his great-grandfather built at the turn of the 20th century. Like most of the new generation in Croatia, he is full of ideas. Unlike his predecessors, Frano is keenly aware of how much label design affects the decision of the consumer, and has completely modernized the bottles' look.... Read More »
From the importer: "Ambra is a sweet wine made in the style of Dalmatian Prošek. Typically produced from white grapes much in the same style as the more well known Italian Passito wine and Vin Santo. Hand picked late harvest and partially dehydrated grapes are either dried indoors or on straw mats. Ambra is then made from healthiest bunches from this selection and carefully crushed and aged for years in small oak cask. Non vintage Ambra is blended yearly from barrels as they become ready. Heavy and smooth in texture with notes of burnt toffee, caramel, s... Read More »
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This is winemaker Alen Bibic's homage to his grandfather, sourced from a single vineyard of old growth debit that his grandfather planted. From Blue Danube, Alen's importer: "Fermented and nurtured in American oak for more than a year, flavors are concentrated, it’s warm without being hot, and impossibly unique. Once fully opened, the perfume of desert flowers, scorched rocks and candied citrus demand equally full flavored foods like fig stuffed pork loin or squid ink risotto. Will age very well and best served at cellar temperature."
Decanter called Croatia's Istria region the "new Tuscany" for the exciting wines it's currently producing. (09/2014) From the importer: "A light-bodied, low-alcohol wine with acidity built for the Istrski pršut (Istrian Prosciutto) that happens to hang from the ceiling of the winery. While Refošk is in the Refosco family, it differs in that it ripens later and often has more pronounced ripe fruit. Historically, Refošk was given to woman after childbirth to combat anemia due to the rich iron content. A great pairing with charcuterie, oily cured fish, fish... Read More »