2014 Coronica Crno, Istria, Croatia

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2014 Coronica Crno, Istria, Croatia

This tasty ‘Crno’ is a blend of 80% Teran, 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon that was fermented and aged in stainless steel. There is a bit of confusion over whether the Teran grape is also Refosk, or Refosco as it's called in Italy, however both grapes have distinct aromatic profiles on the floral, lightly peppery side of the spectrum, making for a truly lovely and pretty bouquet. Which is what comes through mostly on the nose of this fascinating wine. It's also what keeps the wine light and bright and the texture silky, even with the influence of the more boldly flavored Merlot and Cabernet. Not allowing any wood/oak aging to interfere also allows the wine to end with great acidity instead of grippy tannins. This is a neat, very well made wine that is worth anyone's attention looking for cool European reds or for those just wanting to explore new varietals.

The Coronica family has deep seated roots going back 600 years in the village of Koreniki along the Istrian peninsula of Croatia. Moreno Coronica founded Coronica Wines, a 75 acre estate of vineyards planted in the famous rust colored red clay soil or “Terra Rossa” in 1992 after the fall of communist Yugoslavia. This special soil, along with the 'mistral' warm afternoon winds keeps the acidity level high in the grapes and adds a distinctive minerality to the finished wines.

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