Cabernet sauvignon and merlot are two international red grapes that produce robust red wines from the Dalmacija region of Croatia along with a slew of indigenous varieties such as Plavac Mali and Tribidrag. These Cabernet grapes came from the Vizzulin vineyard close to Drnis where the warm aspect is cooled by the wind allowing the grapes to ripen while developing greater dimension. Made with a focus on the keeping the fruity appeal of Cabernet, this wine has seen partial maturation in oak sourced locally from Slavonija and the rest in stainless steel.
Fresh cassis, dried mint, warm nutmeg and vanilla characters are wrapped around a core of morello cherry fruit. The fruit is right up front and has some toasted oak shining through adding weight to the fuller body and gives the wine a dry oak finish. The warm alcohol pops its head up and it lends a brightness to that varietal Cabernet fruit. Serve this wine up with a juicy steak or wild boar sausages and its dry finish will work well. Drink now.
Quickie review «A good introduction to Croatian red wines being approachable and right within its drinking window now with a few years bottle age already. Bright, up front fruit and rich toasted oak.»
Country of Oigin: Drnis, Croatia
Tasting Date: November 2018
Price: 140 kn
Drink: now – 3 years
Needs food: it is better
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