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A medium-bodied, spicy dry red that is somewhat akin to a cold climate Syrah. The native Eastern European grape, Vranac, has long been known for making high quality wines with good aging potential. This exemplar is made at a monastery in Herzegovina (the southern fifth of the Balkan country of Bosnia and Herzegovina). The large fermentation barrels are over a 100 years old and the tradition of winemaking here is much older than that.
From the mouth of the importer (Blue Danube):
"Monastery Tvrdos is located in Herzegovina, only 15 miles from the Adriatic Sea. It has a tremendous history and a centuries long winemaking tradition. Today, the wine is still being kept in an old stone cellar from the 15th century.
Aged for 24 months in old monastic oak barrels, this classic Vranac from Herzegovina has distinctive flavors of dried cranberry and pleasant notes of baked bread. The taste is very refreshing, with particular tones of fresh berries. Acids are living, vibrant, and lasting with a distinguished finish of ripe cherry. This wine pairs well with grilled poultry, prosciutto and cheese, as well as lamb and veal specialties."