Tikves Bela Voda 2015
This terroir wine comes from the Bela Voda region which is composed of clay soils enjoying soft Mediterranean climate. As a blend of the Vranec and Plavec varieties, this wine exhibits cocoa and wild black fruit aromas as well as a rich fruity structure.
Blend: 50% Plavec, 50% Vranec
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The saturated purple colored 2015 Belavoda is made from 50% Plavec and 50% Vranec aged in 75% new French oak. It offers loads of blueberries and jammy blackberry fruits as well as notes of crushed rocks and spring flowers, full-bodied richness, present, yet polished tannin, and a great finish. While a big, rich wine, this beauty has remarkable purity of fruit, is impeccably balanced and has a great finish. At 21 dollars, it’s a smoking value.
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