Carski Emporia Blatina Premium Dry Red Wine 2016 750ml (Wines of Illyria)
“Beware of Blatina’s strength,” wine makers in Herzegovina will warn you. This female grape variety, which does not self-pollinate, mesmerizes with a soft and gentle beauty, enticing you to want more of the warm feeling it awakens. The cradle of the Blatina grape is in the Mostar wine region – it grows nowhere else in the world. Despite the efforts of wine makers to extend the range of these vineyards to other areas and ensure regular harvest by cross-pollinating Blatina with other varieties, it has proven to be difficult. When Blatina does produce fruit, these rare vintages are special and desired by the finest wine elite.
The wine is aged in stainless steel to maintain its freshness. It is full of dynamic fruit flavors and earthy notes: dried cherries, fresh picked blackberry, and even slight savory herb notes linger on the front of the palate. The wine is earthy with flavors of autumn leaves and dried flowers, similar to those found in Southern Rhône wines. Pair Blatina with aged cheeses, spicy foods, smoked beef or any red meat.
The personal selection of wines of Austrian emperors Sisi and Franz Joseph come from Carski Vinogradi Vineyards.
Grapes: Blatina 85%, Alicante Bouschet, 5% Vranac 10%. ABV 12%. Serving temperature: 64-68°F.
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