Tikve Vranec "Special Selection" 2010
"Hand-crafted with passion and patience, Tikves wines are emblematic of Macedonia's ancient tradition of winemaking. Located in the heart of Macedonia's wine country, their wines reflect over 120 years of a culture that celebrates the entire wine experience - from growth, to harvest to fermentation to the most significant part, enjoyment with family and friends. The Tikves winery is the oldest winery in Macedonia; it began in 1885. Today is the exemplar of a modern and innovative winery. The winery uses sustainable practices throughout its operations including limiting the use of treatment of the vines, reducing consumption of both energy and water, building solar panes for self-sustainable energy and a commitment to recycling waste and turning it into natural fertilizer. Philippe Cambie is an advisor for the property." "Aged in premium quality oak barrels this dry red wine has luscious aromas of overripe berries and dry plums, with hints of oak, smoke, chocolate and fresh spices. The taste of the wine reveals excellent balance of alcohol, acids, tannins and extracts that reach their peak in a perfectly harmonious finish." "The vineyards are located at an altitude of1500 feet so temperatures remain cool, due to a constant breeze. Humidity is very low, averaging 30% in the summer months." - Importer Tasting Notes "Intense ruby red color with rich aromas of wild berries. The taste reveals dry plums and matured morello cherries in good harmony with sweet tannins. Overall, this wine is complex and intense. It pairs well with spicy and strong dishes and grilled meat, including beef, lamb, duck and wild game." - Importer
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If you are looking for a delicious, unique wine, look no further. Produced from 100% Vranec, a varietal indigenous to Macedonia and the Balkans, this wine boasts an aroma of dark berry and liquorice. Inky red in color, the wine opens with notes of blackcurrant and raspberry, and finishes softly with white pepper spice. Medium bodied, this wine is delicate enough to enjoy on its own, pair with a red meat entrée, or savor with a rich chocolate dessert.
Made by consulting oenologist Philippe Cambie, who has been telling me for years, “Wait until you taste my wines from Macedonia,” this 100% Vranec (an indigenous varietal) reveals a high quality California Zinfandel-like, briery, raspberry, earthy, peppery fruit character as well as a southern Rhone garrigue and spice box note. The wine possesses gorgeous fruit, medium to full body, supple tannins and outstanding purity as well as length. This remarkable value exhibits a deep ruby/plum color, abundant black currant fruit, and an unmistakable personality. It comes from 30 to 60-year-old Vranec vines from the oldest winery in Macedonia, first established in 1885. How long will it last? I have no idea, but there is certainly enough fruit and body for it to hold up for at least 2–4 years. But, why wait?
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