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Three Alternative Wines

Today’s post features wines from Mexico and Croatia.  The 2010 Vinicola L.A. Cetto, Petite Sirah is an improvement over the 2008 vintage which I tasted almost two years ago.  It is a solid wine for the price and worth trying if you want something affordable and different or you have never tried a Mexican wine.  The pair of Trapan wines represent further offerings from The Balkan Wine Project.  Of the two, the 2012 Trapan, Ponente was my favorite.  It had an interesting combination of tropical flavors, waxiness, some vibrancy and texture.  It is reasonably priced and may be drunk over several days.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.


2010 Vinicola L.A. Cetto, Petite Sirah, Valle de Guadalupe – $10
Imported by International Spirits and Wines LLC.  This wine is 100% Petite Sirah.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a light to medium purple ruby.  In the mouth there were grapey flavors of purple and black fruit.  The flavors were somewhat lifted with a grapey middle, some ripe tannins, and a moderately ripe level of personality.  The wine became a little savory with air.  It has strength and ruggedness.  ** Now-2016.


2012 Trapan, Ponente, Istria – $16
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is 100% Malvazija sourced from vines planted in 2005 which was fermented and aged in stainless steel.  Alcohol 13%.  The color was a light straw yellow.  The subtle nose first had aromas of skin contact, waxy, and nutty.  In the mouth the wine was slightly vibrant with lively fruit at first, stones, and some tropical white fruit in the middle.  It was almost creamy before the texture picked up leaving a waxy impression in the aftertaste.  It held up well in the refrigerator.  ** Now-2016.


2011 Trapan, Terra Mare, Istria -$26
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is 100% Teran sourced from vines planted in 2005 which was aged for 12 months in used French oak.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose revealed a combination of different aromas, wood notes, and vanilla.  In the mouth there was moderately focused fruit, firm and tart, with red and black flavors.  The wine tastes wood aged with the fruit existing within the structure.  There were vanilla notes and sweetness but not too much.  After the middle there were drying flavors and a little vibrancy on the tongue.  This modern wine finished with a vanilla note.  ** Now-2016.


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