The Piquentum Rouge 2011 from Croatia is a very different red wine. The Teran grape is native to northern Croatia and Slovenia, and found in the truffle regions. The iron-rich soil is reflected in the wine, with a definite iron tang to it. It’s juicy, savory, aromatic, with lots of acidity. Not fruity, and with a mineral edge, and light tannins, the Teran is soft yet intriguing. With aromas of cherry candy, licorice, and subtle sour cherries, and an earthy finish, it goes well with steak, sausages, charcuterie, pasta with ragu, and truffles. Heirloom LA put their own spin on it, serving a rustic bean salad, with zucchini, baby eggplant, and feta.
The Kabaj Merlot Goriska Brda 2009 is a Slovenian Merlot in a burgundy bottle, and holy smokes, is it delicious! It packs the wow factor. An exquisite, savory red wine, with aromas of tree bark, pomegranate, thyme, and cassis, it’s structured, meaty, with a good amount of smooth tannins, and some acidity. This is a delight, channeling Bordeaux through the lens of Adriatic and Alpine terroir, giving it a mineral spin. This is a wine that drinks well now but will benefit from some age. Heirloom LA paired free range turkey in molé sauce with rice and beans, bringing out the meatiness of the wine.
The Tokaj Nobilis Koverszolo Szolobirtok 2009 is a fat white wine, off dry, with lots of body, but not fruity. Take a sip, wait 30-45 seconds for the taste of volcanic soil to develop, a very mineral wine, that is great with all food, from simple to spicy, light to heavy. Heirloom LA served organic ravioli, filled with zucchini, Swiss chard, and parmesan cheese, an amazing taste sensation with this wine.
Acidity, minerality, and fruit with a savory spin, these captivating wines imported by Blue Danube Wine Company are a hit, and something that fits well with food. Seek them out at Silverlake Wine or K & L Wines in Hollywood, and experience high quality wines with a unique pedigree of unusual grapes, crafted by family winemakers for hundreds of years, with over 2,000 years of tradition and history.