Gracin Babić

Gracin Babić 2009

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Our Notes: Only a few bottles left! While never has there been so much access to good wine, opportunities to drink the legends are rare. Few of us ever drink icons like Bordeaux's Pétrus or Burgundy's Romanée Conti. Suha Punta's Gracin Babić, the definitive example of Dalmatia's tiny costal region of Primošten and the signature wine of enologist and winemaker Dr. Leo Gracin, is one of these opportunities. An image of the stone lace of Primošten, a UNESCO World Heritage site, hangs at the United Nations as an ode to human labor.

Impossible to work with machines and extremely low yielding, this primitive system remains in use today because it is how Babić, the rare native red sort, reaches its full potential. Sourced exclusively from Bucuvac, a site selected for the unparalleled long term capacity of its wines to age and develop, what is an opulently fruity, spicy, complex and powerful wine, will by time be transform into something perfumed, elegant, and fine. Buy 3 bottles, open 1 today, 1 in 5 years and 1 in 10 and watch what may be the evolution of a legend.

92 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine Leo Gracin's vines grow in Primošten, which is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage site nominees for its unusual planting scheme. The area is so rocky that vine growers need to dig out enough rock to fit the vine in; it's also so windy they use those rocks to build small walls around the vines. The result is a landscape latticed with white limestone lines. Babić is the grape of choice here, and this 2009 demonstrates how elegant it can be: it's dark yet brisk, the plummy fruit seasoned with oak and firmed with a cool stoniness. Still fresh, it feels vibrant enough to last another decade.

89 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine:: Dried tobacco leaf, fresh red cherry and a touch of saddle leather adds interest to the fruity flavors of Babic. Medium bodied, with an exciting astringent finish.