R6 Riserva

Bibich R6 Riserva 2009

Bibich, North Dalmatia (Croatia)
Red (13.3%)
Babić, Lasin, Plavina
$18.95
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The lithe, mineral R6 is a roughly equal parts blend of Babić, Plavina, and Lasin, native red varieties each somehow related to California’s Zinfandel, itself originally Croatian. Skradin is the northern most region these sorts are commonly grown, so naturally R6 exhibits a greater degree of freshness compared to the generally riper, heavier, reds from the south. Grapes were harvested together and co-fermented. After pressing the wine was aged 12 months in American oak. It is consistently about 13% alcohol. The dry low yielding 09 vintage produced a more extracted longer lived version. While young it gently rumbles with aromas of cooked red fruits, tobacco and Mediterranean herbs. In time this will blossom into a perfume to match its full, harmonious, lightly savage structure. Exceptionally food friendly pair it with anything from goat cheese to smoked meats to raw tuna.

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