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Wines from Croatia Grand Tasting

The 2013 International Wine Tourism Conference included a tasting of Croatian wines led by Caroline Gilby MW. Ten Croatian wines were tasted along with a Slovenia wine and a wine from the Friuli region of Italy. I continued to keep with tradition by writing haikus instead of typical wine notes.

Bolfan Riesling 2011

Bolfan Riesling
Refreshing yellow stone fruit
Slightly sweet finish

Agrolaguna Festigia Malvazija 2011

Malvazija white
Minerals dominate taste
Where is the seafood?

Degrassi Malvazija Bomarchese 2011

Lemon, vanilla
Velvet mouthfeel minerals
Sweetens then drying

La Tunelia Biancossesto 2011

Friulano blend
Ribolla Gialla
Nice combination

Marof Sauvignon Breg 2009 

Different Sauvignon
Vanilla and tropicals
Aged Slovinia

Kutjevo Grasevina De Gotho 2012 

Grasevina white
More to offer than others
Longer aftertaste

Vina Belje Goldberg Grasevina 2011 

Danube produced white
Reflects the region in east
Fruit and mineral

Ilok Cellars Traminac 2011

Eastern Croatia
Very aromatic wine
Like drinking flowers

Roxanich TeranRre 2007

Teran dark color
Dark fruits and tannins abound
Violets play around

Jako Vino Plavac Mali 2009  

Small blue ancient grapes
Bold tannins can coat one’s teeth
Drinking and sailing

Korta Katarina Plavac Mali 2008 

Tamer than last wine
Plavac fruity with tannins
Food further will tame

Capo Aries 2009 

Istria Cab Franc
An international grape
Finds a home climate

Badel 1862 Korlat Syrah 2009 

Syrah shows Badel’s interest
Compare to others


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