2015 Zlatan Otok Plavac, Croatia, Hvar, Plenkovic, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$19.00USD

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.  

2016 Volarević Plavac Mali Syrtis Gold Edition, Croatia, Dalmatia, Komarma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$53.00USD

This is 100% Plavac Mali which is a genetic child of Zinfandel.  It clocks in at 15% abv, so perhaps that is not unexpected though it certainly is not a Zin.  In a tasting of five Plavac Mali's, this was middle of the road in style between being a full throttle wine and a more old school style wine.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is nice with black cherries, slight black pepper, and a bit of black raspberries.  Also a slight bit of baking spice.  On the palate, this is full bodied.  Black raspberries and black cherry fruit.  Firm tannins.  A bit of pepperiness.  Nice finish.

2017 Bura-Mrgudić Plavac Mali Marica, Croatia, Dalmatia, Peljesac, Postup, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$21.00USD

This is 100% Plavac Mali, a genetic descendant of Zinfandel.  It was fermented with indigenous yeast and saw partial oak ageing for six months.  As with all the Plavac Mali's tasted, there is some resemblance to Zinfandel but a lot that is different too.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose shows cherries, slight salinity with a slight spice/pepper note.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, the cherries come thru along with slight cranberries.  There is a bit of pepperiness but less than the nose.  Good acidity.  Shorter finish.  This wine will drink better with food.  There are slight t

2016 Saints Hills Black Dalmatian, Croatia, Dalmatia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This appears to be the base Plavac Mali from this producer (they also make single vineyard wines).  In a tasting group five, this was slightly more popular with many than the more robust single vineyard expressions.  It does bear a slight family resemblance to its parent, Zinfandel.  Deep ruby in color with purple swirls.  The nose has slight black cherries with a slight bitterness that is nice.  There is also a slight herbal streak to it (Chervil?).  Those qualities carry thru to the palate.  Slight tannins.  It seems tight and after a couple of hours of air, this loosened up a bit.  It dr

2015 Saints Hills Plavac Mali Sv. Roko, Croatia, Dalmatia, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$58.00USD

This is 100% Plavac Mali from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.  Palvac Mali is a descendant of Zinfandel (as proven by DNA evidence).  There is some resemblance but not completely.  Among five tasters, this proved to be love it or hate it (well, no one really hated it but average at best for some).  I really liked it.  13.5% abv according to the label.  Purple in color with ruby hues, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is peppery with black cherries.

2015 Grgić Vina Plavac Mali, Croatia, Croatia, Pelješac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$28.00USD

From famed winemaker Mike Grgich's winery project in Croatia.  Plavac Mali has been proven, thru DNA, to be a child of Zinfandel and another unknown grape.  The resemblance is noticeable.  This clocked in at 15.5% abv.  It certainly drinks like an American styled Zinfandel.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is spicy with cherries, black cherries and an touch of mint.  On the palate, this is sweet/ripe fruit - black cherries and raspberries.  There is a touch of salinity and underlying char.  It doesn't seem to have much acidity but drinks very easily.  It is unclear wher