Vranac

An ancient variety of grape that is native to Macedonia and Montenegro which produces a dry red wine, typical of the region. It is a cousin to Plavac Mali.
Young fruit has a vibrant purple hue to to it mellows in to ruby colors after one to two years of aging. As the wine ages, it gets more complex, developing flavors and aromas of cinnamon, chocolate, licorice, and herbs. It is a wine that takes very well to oak barrique aging which works to counteract the strong tannins and acidity. Because of the strong qualities to the wine, it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Served at room temperature, the wine is very well paired with smoked, cured or grilled meats, and strong well-aged cheeses.
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