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2010 Plavac Mali, Grgic Vina
The Wine: When Mike Grgich came to the Napa Valley in 1958 to make wine, he noticed a remarkable resemblance between the Zinfandel and Plavac Mali of his native Croatia. Some 35 years later, Mike worked with scientists at University of California, Davis, to prove that Zinfandel was actually Crljenak Kastelanski, a grape native to Croatia and parent of Plavac Mali. Grgic Vina was established in 1996 by “Mike” Grgich and his daughter, Violet. They started the winery to produce the nest wines from native Dalmatian grapes and concentrate on crafting Croatia’s very best varietals: Plavac Mali and Posdip. Old World in style, this well-structured wine displays hearty tannins with aromas and avors of Mediterranean herbs and cherry tobacco. Enjoy with grilled or cured meats, hard cheeses and pizza.
Vintage: The Dingac appellation has an arid, Mediterranean climate, but the 2010 growing season was unusually rainy. Luckily, September and October turned dry and the vineyard’s well-drained mix of rocky and clay soils allowed excess water to evaporate immediately. Only the best-looking grapes were picked to create an impressive wine.
Vineyard: We grew our Plavac Mali (“little blue" in Croatian, referring to its small, bluish grapes) in the prestigious Dingac? appellation, a small, steep area of vineyards perched above the Adriatic Sea on the south-facing slopes of the mountainous Peljes?ac Peninsula. The winery is just north of the historic walled city, Dubrovnik, in the southern Dalmatian wine region.