Clai, Ottocento Crni 2015Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Refosco and Merlot
This is our first producer from Croatia, which is just across the Adriatic pond from Italy. Clai is from the northern part of the Istria peninsula. The production of the wines is very small, encompassing just ten hectares of vines and five hectares of olives trees. Their goal is clear: to make quality wines, not quantity. Vineyard work is meticulous, with the winery being certified organic, and the process for the wines is a natural one. Something unique to their perspective is their belief that there is no such thing as good or bad wine when it’s done naturally, the vintage is just different. They grow traditional varieties, though they vinify international varieties as well.
This is a blend of the traditional Refosco and the nontraditional Merlot. The minerality in the soil comes through, which is why Merlot does so well there. The wine is made in a natural style, and spends two years in large oak barrels before release.