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.
To be drunk with:
Ideal with local salumi and tajarin and other kinds of pasta. Perfect also with fresh cheeses.
Colour: ruby red with intense violet hues
Bouquet: strong and rich typical aromas of blackberries, raspberries and ripe cherries
Taste: a mouthfilling elegant character with excellent balance
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“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
Last year this wine came top in the Wine Spectator Magazine Tasting for ‘Best Value Portuguese Wine out of hundreds of wines. Rich blackberry and mulberry fruit, with a dark black cherry undercurrent. In the mouth the wine has a wonderful dry richness and smoothness on the palate, and a brightness thanks to excellent acidity. Flavors of black cherry, wet earth, mulberries. Delicious!
Winemaker David Guffy selected grapes from three of California’s premium Cabernet winegrowing regions — Mendocino County, Lake County and Napa Valley — to create this wine. Mendocino fruit contributes spice and mid-palate weight, lake County adds the classic red fruit profile of Bing cherry, and Napa Valley maintains our signature style and structure, and flavors of black fruit and cassis.
Our Estate Biodynamic Petite Sirah is full-bodied and rich with flavors of caramel, cocoa, and berries. A choice blend of 81% Petite Sirah, 16% Zinfandel, 3% Syrah. Enjoy its spicy character with grilled mushrooms, thick marinara sauces and rich choco- late or creamy desserts.
Alcohol: 11.9% by volume. Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0ppm. Total production: 400 cases.
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