Crljenak Kaštelanski is the same grape known as Zinfandel, Primitivo, and Tribidrag.  This has been confirmed by DNA testing.  The grape originated in Croatia and spread around the world.  That said, while there are some similarities, there are differences.  And, to be fair, even in California, there are many different styles of Zinfandel.  This is purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with a lot of earthiness.  Also cherries, tart blackberries and some black pepper.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has some acidity.  It is not robust but there is plenty of cherry and black cherry fruit with a nice pepperiness.  Of course, this is also nine years old and it has held up nicely.  Probably a bit past peak, it should be consumed sooner than later over the next five years.  It will work well with a burger, pizza or pasta.  

Grade: 
B+
Score: 
88
Vintage: 
2011
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

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