2008 Coronica Gran Teran Istria Croatia (Previously $39)
A dark, blueberry and herb-scented wine. Majestic presence. Deft tannins tether wild fruit, giving it a sleek gloss not often associated with this rugged grape.
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.