Brkic Čitlučka Žilavka – 2009 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A wondrous wine that is a delight for food–shellfish: oysters and crab, cod, halibut, Monkfish.  Vegetarian dishes like pasta or gold beet salad; cheese and I’m thinking Pecorino.

This wine is produced without the touch of oak and it certainly does not need it.  A great and clear expression of the wine varietal that is distinctly unique-you know you are not drinking a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling or Gewürztraminer.

This wine is packs a lot of finesse and elegance–roasted Comice pear-Meyer lemon,Thyme, allspice, and freshly roasted New Mexico pine nut.  This wine is 12% alcohol and a beautiful gold coloration.

We live in great times–though it may not feel like it.  No other time in history have we had wines that are true and great expressions of terroir, high quality, and a vast array of styles and numerous varietals.

This part of Europe is finally gaining acclaim for producing lovely wines.   Though this part of the world has a very long history of producing wine.  Many of wine my wine text have given barely a page to page and half and treated each varietal as merely an incidental wine.

This wine has a suggested retail of $14.95 and is completely worth it.  It is time to get to know the other “Z” wine–Žilavka.





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