Family Vuina comes from Kaštela near Split, surely not one of the most famous winemaking locations in Croatia, but Neven Vuina will prove you wrong. Variety Babica (related to the more famous Plavac mali) is a rare and indigenous grape and Vuina is the only producer to bottle it and put it on the market.
Plavac Mali: A native grape to Croatia that is grown almost exclusively in the region of Dalmatia. The name literally means, “little blue” in Croatian, which refers to the small, bluish grapes that the vines grow. The wine is actually a hybrid that descends from Crljenak Kaštelanski and Dobričić. The former wine is the Croatian version of what is known as Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel in California.
Deep flavors of blackberries, pepper, and other spices. Plavac Mali pairs very well with foods and takes very well to aging. It is also one of the few wines that is rarely blended due to its great all-around strengths.
Intense red colour with a purple rim. A spicy profile with ripe black fruit and violets. Smooth and rich on the palate with soft tannins, good density and a hint of oak. A well balanced, unpretentious wine made for easy drinking.
A Unique Blend of Zinfandel, Syrah & Petit Syrah Wine…
From the guys who brought your daughter home late comes the fourth release of Sexual Chocolate Wine! Made in Napa, Sexual Chocolate is a true California wine, blending old vine Zinfandel from Napa with northern California Syrah and Petit Syrah. The Zinfandel presents a rich, warm feel that could be confused with biting into a chocolate covered cherry, while the Syrah adds a finish that does not linger after the party is over. The Petit is blended perfectly to display aromatics of magic and love. Sexual Chocolate pairs well with late nights, friends, and a second bottle of Sexual Chocolate.
If you try to find the exact cepage on this always-fantastic red blend, you might find yourself gazing up at the heavens for an answer, since you won’t get one from the winemaker. The Pleiades might be the only super allocated, cult California wine for under $35, and it’s sure to sell out quickly, as previous vintages have. From “One of California’s most iconic and mystical winemakers,” says Robert Parker, “Sean Thackrey has logged in 20 or more vintages of consistently stunning wines that perhaps say it all with the simple quote on his label: -Sean A. Thackrey, Vintner, Bolinas, California.” (08/09)
Bright herbal and spiced aromatics, with notes of baking spices, fajitas, black cherries, plums, and a long black tea finish.Corvina is great with traditional Veneto dishes such as flour gnocchi with mountain cheese, pasta and bean soup, and sausage risotto. It also pairs nicely with red meat, roasts, spiced pork sausage, heartier poultry dishes, and ripe cheeses.
Ruby red color coats the glass. Slightly floral with a punch of concentrated plum, dark berry fruit and orange peel. Dense and rich, an unforgettable saturation of voluptuous, jammy flavors fold together. Sweet layers of black fruit build depth on the back palate. Finishing with nuances of vanilla and boysenberry jam that encourage another taste.
92 Rating – Wine Enthusiast
“With its reliance on old-vines vineyards, Renacer often comes out with great wines. This is one of them. Smoky, leathery berry aromas are inviting, while the mouthfeel is silky and plush. Oaky flavors of chocolate, smoked meat and vanilla accent ripe berry flavors, then clove and baking spices pour onto the finish.” — 04/01/2014
89 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
(includes 10% cabernet franc): Good bright red. Aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry and licorice pastille. Sweeter and more pliant than the Punto Final Malbec, with fat blackcurrant and licorice flavors sexed up by a note of oaky torrefaction. Finishes with sweet tannins and lingering notes of bitter chocolate and violet. (4/ 2014)
89 points Wine Enthusiast
Rubber and minerally aromas settle on ripe black plum and berry. In the mouth, this Malbec is firm and fresh, with full-force flavors of blackberry, plum, leather and salt. A strong, steady finish confirms overall quality. (4/ 2014)