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Hello! Welcome to As Drunk by Exotic Wine Travel, a weekly column where we feature interesting wines that we encourage you to seek out. The reviews featured in this series may be written by either one or the both of us. The featured wines can be from obscure or well-known wine regions. We hope that these wine recommendations will keep you gastronomically curious and your palate invigorated.
Clai, ‘Baracija’ Refošk & Malvazija
The ‘Baracija’ is the entry-level line of Clai’s current three-tier portfolio. This line consists of a macerated Malvazija (aka ‘baby Sv. Jakov’) and ‘Refošk’/Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso (aka ‘baby Brombonero’). The first vintage of Baracija is 2017. Those wines are fabulous as is the latest 2018 vintage.
The Clai, ‘Baracija’ Refošk 2018 showcases a classic and accessible example of Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso. Wonderfully spicy with defined hints of black pepper, blueberry, blackberry, and green stem; lurking behind is a smoky, savory quality. The luminous fruit is ultimately the most attractive character here—as is the case for all Clai’s wines; harmoniously intense and fresh. A mid-weight wine with light tannins and juicy acidity. Drink now; that said, for a ~€13 wine, it’s impressive that this wine definitely shows assured short-term aging potential.
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The Clai, ‘Baracija’ Malvazija 2018 is a little reductive now but there’s a gorgeous wine underneath. Notes of dandelion, yellow peach, white pepper, and grass. This has a lot of concentration for an entry-level wine. It’s a baby Sv. Jakov but a fine wine in its own right.
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