Exploring Croatian Wine – Dingac Plavac 2009 Red

I will always jump at the chance to try a wine from a non-traditional wine region (non-traditional only meaning wine that isn’t regularly found on wine lists and in wine shops across the US).  Last week, I stumbled across a bottle of Dingac Winery Plavac 2009 from Croatia and had to pick it up.  I have heard some good things about Croatian wine but I also know that they haven’t been able to really permeate the American wine market.  This dry, red wine is made from the Plavac Mali grape, which is similar to the Zinfandel grape.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Dingac Winery Plavac 2009 is 100% Plavac Mali from the Peljesac Penninsula.  It has 12% alcohol and retails for around $12.  For more information visit the importer at www.bluedanubewine.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Dingac Plavac Red pours a light ruby color in the glass.  The nose has aromas of sweet raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries with hints of minerality.  The wine is light-bodied and uncomplicated.  Flavors of strawberries, blackberries, and black pepper are followed by a dry, spicy finish.  This wine fell a little flat for me but I think it is worth picking if you want to try something unique…especially since it will barely cost you a $10 spot.

My Wine Rating- B-

Food pairing suggestions – Pair with a pizza with roasted red peppers, a burger with mushrooms, or grilled sausages.

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