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Vinalia x Marof, Rdeče

Slovenia, 2017
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Indulge in the captivating allure of an earthy, spicy red blend crafted around the Slovenian grape variety, Blaufränkisch. Produced in Eastern Slovenia, this exceptional wine emanates from one of the nation's most esteemed wineries, showcasing a true embodiment of winemaking expertise. Its remarkable character lies in its ability to strike a perfect balance, making it light enough to relish during the warmer months while promising a delightful evolution with age. Whether enjoyed in the present or cellared for the future, this wine offers a gratifying experience that will only improve over time.

GRAPE VARIETY: 50% Blaufränkisch, 40% Zweigelt, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon (blau-frank-ish)
REGION: Goričko, Slovenia
DRINK IF YOU LIKE: Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Bierzo
ALCOHOL: 13.5%

Special Serving Instructions: Give this wine some time to breath. Either decant, open a few hours early, or enjoy slowly over the course of an evening and watch it transform.

While fresh and laden with crunchy berry flavors, this Slovenian red blend is deceptively structured, ageworthy, and complex, revealing itself in time. You get all the classic earthiness that Blaufränkisch always delivers with notes of fallen leaves, fresh soil after the rain, paprika and soft spices. The splash of Cabernet adds some extra herbaceousness—tobacco, pencil shavings, graphite—as well as some tannic muscle.

Anything with mushrooms—especially Istrian black truffles, lighter meats, lasagna, roasted vegetables, and springtime vibes.

Among the most celebrated wineries in Eastern Slovenia, Marof is also perhaps the most ambitious in the Prekmurje region and its Goričko subzone. The winery is a collaboration between founder Stanko Polanič, who dreamed of demonstrating the tremendous potential of this long overlooked region, and Uroš Valcl, who grew up in his mother’s vineyard and joined Marof in 2009 for its third vintage. Valcl and Polanič steward their land with a gentle hand, seeking minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar, where they focus on both native Slovenian and international grape varieties.

Vinalia x Marof, Rdeče

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