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Cabernet Franc,Cabernet Sauvignon,Merlot,Syrah,Wine

Wine of the Week ~ From Croatia ~ Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée Superior 2013

PREFACE:

  1. THE HEART OF THE DEAL ~ THE WINERY: info is coming from the company’s own statements
    1. I can’t make up their history
    2. Nor am I to try
  2. THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL ~ WINEMAKING
  3. THE SOUL OF THE DEAL ~ SAMPLE
    1. Imported by The Wine and More

If you love wines and also enjoy traveling, Croatia will be a true gem to discover. The geography and climate of this country are home to numerous grape varieties. There are breathtaking vineyards, I’m told, and there’s truly delicious wine varieties. I’ve had the pleasure of tasting a few wines from Croatia, and I did get to add one more to my list:

 

Josić Ciconia Nigra Cuvée Superior 2013

THE HEART OF THE DEAL:

The region – Wiki: Slavonia is, with Dalmatia, Croatia proper, and Istria, one of the four historical regions of Croatia. Taking up the east of the country, it roughly corresponds with five Croatian counties: Brod-Posavina, Osijek-Baranja, Požega-Slavonia, Virovitica-Podravina and Vukovar-Srijem.

In 1999, the Josić Family, from Osijek, bought an old wine cellar built in 1935. They restored the old building, while equipping it with modern technology. Still, they preserving the traditional look and charm of the original wine cellar.

Josić is now one of the fastest growing wineries in Baranja, and a new Slavonian favorite among wine lovers, especially the more adventurous Millennials. We’re all becoming increasingly aware that Millennials are gravitating toward anything they want, carving their own path into wine, just as my generation thought drinking wine from a sheep skin sack was cool and groovy. Whatever path is taken, expansion is always the name of the game, and this wine has all of the earmarks of becoming a classic.

 

THE SCIENCE OF THE DEAL:

Simultaneously to the winery being restored, they bought four acres of old vineyards. This is a top quality, dry red wine from Cabernet Franc (35%), Syrah (30%), Merlot (20%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) grapes. At 13.5 percent alcohol, this wine is a truly food friendly wine.  I don’t have any other info on winemaking practices, so you’ll just have to try it to taste the clean, fruit forward wine, that’s really well balanced, and lingering finish, and a truly enjoyable experience.

THE SOUL OF THE DEAL:

As I just wrote, this Josić Ciconia Nigra is a real keeper. If you have an American palate, you’ll have to take a few extra seconds to taste and come to realize… It’s not an American fruit bomb. It’s delicate, in its boldness of varietal types…. A cleverly disguised vamp that comes into its own, once you’ve taken the time to discover for yourself its lusciousness. It’s a flirty wine and it was all mine, as I enjoyed one glass after another. I highly recommend this wine to those among us with adventurous sous, those who want to discover what the world of wine has to offer… stepping outside of the box and right into enjoyment. And, make sure you have great foods to enjoy with this red wine. It was made for good times, great food, and complementing the total package.

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