Sampling Crljenak

by  |  20-04-2011

Crljenak (Kaštelanski) is not the easiest wine to find, at least in Croatia. In California, it’s Zinfandel and in Italy, it’s Primitivo. These are pretty much household names at this point. But in Croatia, where the wine is originally from, it had all but died out until the famous research was done to link a couple of stray vines near Split to Californian Zinfandel. These stray vines in turn led to more planting and eventually for Zlatan Plenković to grow a whole vineyard of the grape in his winery on Hvar. When we last dropped in to Plenković & Company, these vines were not yet producing. Now they are and while in NYC a couple of weeks ago, we got the chance to taste the wine which is something we’ve been looking to do ever since we heard that Vinum had started importing it. But before we get to how […]
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