Plavac Mali is an offspring of Zinfandel (confirmed by DNA testing). It is one of the most important native grapes to Croatia. Garnet/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is earthy with cherries, black cherries and slight black pepper. Light to medium bodied. On the palate, nice cherry and black cherry fruit with some pepperiness. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own and will work with food. Spicy tacos are a difficult match but would work well. Drink over the next five to seven years.
This is drinking great right now. Mature, but absolutely no hurry. Decanted for sediment and served. Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. No browning. The nose is classic with cherries, cassis, tobacco, leather, slight funk and cigar box. Full bodied. Light but present tannins. On the palate, lots of cherries, black cherries and cassis with earthiness and spice underneath. Layers of complexity. Great balance. Long finish. Contemplative. Great on its own, this would work great with slow braised beef. Based on this bottle, at least a decade left.
A nice white from Bordeaux. A blend of Sémillon 20%, Sauvignon Blanc 40%, Sauvignon Gris 30%, and Muscadelle 10%. Medium golden in color, clear and bright. The nose has a nice lemon streak with a Schist rock quality to it. On the palate, this has a slightly oily texture. Lemon fruit although there is a bit of a bitter quality especially on the finish. Also a touch of lemon candy. Drinking well now, but this probably should be consumed in the next year or so. Nice on its own, it will work with lighter foods.
Zweigelt is a cross between St.
The grape in this one is Plavina which is a child of Tribidag (Zinfandel) and Verdeca. It grows in the coastal areas of Croatia. Ruby in color, mostly clear but a bit flat. The nose has cherries and a touch of barnyard.
From the island of Brac in the Adriatic Sea, this white wine is a blend of Pošip 70%, Chardonnay 20%, Vugava 10%. It is done in Stainless steel. 12.5% ABV. Light green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose is light with some tropical fruits and citrus and a bit of salinity. Very clean. On the palate, this has a nice minerality. Also, a slight husk cherry (those little yellow berries with the husks on them) quality. This wine does seem to have a hint of noticeable residual sugar. Overall, it is very easy to drink on its own and will work well with sea food.
Grasevina is another name for Welschriesling (no relation to Riesling). It is the most grown white grape in Croatia.
This is 100% Pušipel which is another name for Moslavac, Šipon, Mosler, or Furmint. It is light golden in color with the slightest copper hue to it. The nose is interesting with some pear but also some hay and a slight melon note. On the palate, this turns more to tart grapefruits with a bit of an herbal streak. The wine itself is weighty with a perception of sweetness yet it drinks tart. Looking it up later, there is apparently 7.7 g/l of residual sugar. The finish does have just a hint of sweetness that gets lost among the tart grapefruit notes. 12% ABV on the label. Another very
This is 100% Plavac Mali from the island of Hvar in Croatia. Zlaton Otok is one of the larger wineries in Croatia. This is purple in color, ruby at the rim and mostly opaque and bright. The nose has some barnyard along with ripe cherry fruit. On the palate, it drinks a bit cleaner with straightforward cherry fruit. Moderate finish. This is pleasurable and drinks easy. It will work better with a burger or some pizza. It probably should be drunk in the next few years.