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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, 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 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 to open. The flavor ... Read More »
From the importer: "Moreno Coronica's Malvazija Istarska is considered a bench mark example of this indigenous variety. It represents almost 2/3rds of his entire production. Vinified in stainless steel with selected neutral yeast it spent approximately 6 months on the lees. Freshly opened, it smells of peppery citrus and sea shells, bright but gentle with its typical note of salt. It is unbeatable with fresh grilled shellfish doused in Istrian olive oil. Enjoyed over the course of a few days it blossoms, becoming fuller, softer and more candied aromatica... Read More »
Fresh, floral white with orchard fruit notes, from this grape varietal (Bogdanjusa, which means, "a godsend,") native to the Island of Hvar, Croatia. Might be just that, on a warm Friday evening as an aperitif.
A peninsula bordering Italy and Slovenia, Istria is crucial to Croatia's wine culture with a long history and indigenous varietals. This bottling is Terzolo's signature white wine, which is comprised of one of these indigenous varietals: 100% Malvazija Istarska. The grapes are grown in Istria's dark red soils which seem to impart the brine of the Adriatic. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and exhibits fresh aromatic charactertistics, but with a creamy mouthfeel associated with time spent on the lees. It could be considered a hypothetical cross be... Read More »
This is winemaker Alen Bibic's homage to his grandfather, sourced fron 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."
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 »
Inventory: San Francisco
Aromatic, lively young wine from Pelješac Peninsula near the Dalmatian Coast. The Plavac Mali grape is related to Zinfandel.
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 stews, and blood sausage. Locals make “Istarska supa,” a slightly warmed broth of wine, toasted country bread, olive ... Read More »
Made from 100% Plavac Mali from the Peljesac Peninsula in Croatia, in a rustic, traditional style. This shows spicy berry and earth aromas and flavors, with smoky mineral undertones and developing notes of savory complexity. Medium-bodied, with firm, chewy tannins, this is just starting to come together and soften at the edges. Decant to enjoy in the near term with hearty beef or game dish, or lay away another half decade for further evolution in bottle. From the importer: "On the beautiful mountainous peninsula of Peljesac, just outside the ancient town... Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
The Teran grape isn't known for its delicacy, but in the hands of Moreno Coronica, from his vineyards in Istria, a peninsula in the Adriatic, the grape's harsh acidity is tamed. Made in barrique, the wine is ink-dark, with an herbaceous, blue-fruited wine that has a fresh mid-palate, grounding tannins and abundant, but not overpowering, spice. Give it a decant, and pair it with smoky or gamy meat dishes.