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  • Writer's pictureJane Staples

Favourite Wine of the Year! Stina Plavac Mali 2016 "For Inspiration" 93pts.

Updated: Nov 7, 2020

Dalmatian Coast, CROATIA

This ripe and luscious Plavac Mali was my favourite wine discovery of the year. It is crafted from hand-picked grapes grown on Croatia's beautiful island of Brac, along the Dalmatian coast. Bright garnet red and fragrant, it is known as the "King of Croatian Reds". Highly aromatic with notes of plum, dark fruit, regional herbs, dark chocolate and vanilla. Bursting with flavour, it opens up beautifully and becomes more fruit-forward mid-palate. Polished, soft tannins, silky smooth mouthfeel and perfect acidity make it exceptionally versatile with food. Lingering plum, herbs and mocha on the lengthy finish. I have so far enjoyed it paired with grilled octopus, scallop carpaccio, roast duck and roast turkey; it was excellent with each of these dishes. It was the ideal accompaniment to our Thanksgiving dinner. I have to say, if I could wring this empty bottle out and extract a few more drops, I would! Highly recommended!

Tasted Oct. 2020

Fun fact: The island of Brac is known for its natural beauty along the Adriatic Sea, making it a magnet for artists, poets and scultors. Sometimes this wine carries a blank label, like a blank canvas. To see how one artist was inspired by the colours of the Adriatic Sea, check out this link: @vanessastudioart.

Dry Alcohol: 14.5% Drink: 2019‐2026

Available by order: or LCBO product #696467

Jane Staples - Wine, Food & Travel Writer, Accredited Sommelier


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