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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.
Dingac is the name of the best known Croatian premium quality red wine of controlled origin. Only wine made from grapes that were grown on the famous vineyard named "Dingac" may be called Dingac. Naturally, this means that quantities of Dingac wines are always extremely limited and make the wine highly sought after. The distinguished vineyard Dingac lies on a steep hillside on the Peljesac peninsula dramatically dropping into the Adriatic Sea just a few miles from the famous medieval city of Dubrovnik in the southern tip of Croatia. The terroir of this p... 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 »
100% Zlahtina. Producer: Sipun (pronouned "shee-poon"). Appellation: Otok Krk (pronounced Oh-talk Kirk), Karst limestone soil. From the importer's website: "For thousands of years, humans have relaxed on the Mediterranean island paradise of Krk, and drank its wines. Once planted to 250,000 hectares of vineyards, today there are just 250, 95% of which are planted to the native white varietal Zlahtina. Vigneron Ivica Dobincic is the biggest champion of this grape, and is actively re-introducing other varietals as well." The bright red rose on the label is ... Read More »
Plavac is a grape varietal that is a crossing of Zinfandel (native to Croatia) and another red grape native to the Dalmatian coast.
Istria is sparsely populated, colorfully green, hilly countryside. Away from the popular coastline on the Mediterranean, where houses spill down slopes towards the vast smooth bay that lies between the peninsula and the mainland, stone farmhouses and villages sit in a rural landscape dotted with oak, olive and blue splashes of lavender, with pretty, hilltop towns and houses clustered around the obligatory towering Roman Catholic church spire. Much of it reminds you of central and coastal Italy. Malvasia flourishes here as a crisp dry white, a Croatian an... Read More »
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 »
From importer Blue Danube: "Genetic analysis has found that Malvasija Dubrovacka was the same variety as Malvasia di Lipari, an aromatic white grape of Sicilia, possibly introduced by the Greek. Grown in the Konavle valley—a small wine region just southeast of Dubrovnik—since the 15th century, Malvasija Dubrovacka has returned to the wine scene 10 years ago. This wine is sourced from low-yield vines, harvested early to preserve the fresh fruit aromas. The grapes are immediately pressed and the juice is cold fermented in stainless steal without maceration... Read More »
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."
Produced by the Bibich Winery in Skradin, Croatia, this white wine offers an eclectic blend of grapes native to Northern Dalmatia (primarily Debit, Posip, and Marastina). It harkens back to an Old World style before the age of refrigeration and stainless steel in the cellar in which the wine is allowed to subtly oxidize in its oak barrels. The nose of the wine shows an expectedly sherried characteristic with buttery shades of hazelnut and Mediterranean herbs. However the palate strikes a contrast of distinctive brightness and spicy tones from nicely inte... Read More »
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 »