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Testament Winery The Dalmatian Dog Babic 2016 Wine Review

Testament Winery The Dalmatian Dog Babic 2016

Testament Winery The Dalmatian Dog Babic 2016

Dalmatia, Croatia

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 5

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Price: $17.95

Drink: 2018-2023

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Organic wine

Winery: Testament Winery

Agent: Croatia Unpacked

Natalie's Score: 89/100

A full-bodied, smooth red wine made from the Babic grape. Aromas of dark fruit and smoke. Pair with grilled meats.

The Dalmatian Dog Babic food pairings: tourtière, bison burgers, ribs, beef brisket.

This Testament Winery The Dalmatian Dog Babic 2016 was reviewed on March 5, 2021 by Natalie MacLean

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Diana Becevello WSET 2, WSET 3 in p rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This 100% organic Babic red wine is ruby in color with a scent of Maraska sour cherry and aromatic herbs. The taste is fruity with a vibrant and fresh medium body. The spontaneous malolactic fermentation creates a rounder, fuller mouthfeel with soft tannins. I paired this with truffle mac n' cheese.

This wine is a fantastic value for the price. Don't let the price tag fool you. I would recommend decanting this wine at least for one hour before drinking.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

An organic red wine from Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, made from the Babic varietal. Fragrant and fruit-forward, it shows Maraska sour cherry and herbal notes on the nose. The lively medium-bodied palate repeats these notes and shows bright acidity. A great match for a pork stir-fry or spicy charcuterie and olives. Fun fact: Historically, Dalmatian dogs, originally an ancient breed from Croatia, were used to guard the horse-drawn firefighters’ carriages. They are considered to be intelligent and easy to train.
Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS IWS rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

The Dalmatian Dog’s 2016 vintage was crafted in an organic vineyard from Babic, a blue-skinned varietal indigenous to Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Subtle aromas of wild berries and currants framed with herbal touches introduced a full-bodied palate marked with red fruit flavours, soft tannins and a fruit centred finish. This creation is unoaked, letting the fruit and herbal notes to express themselves fully. Enjoy.

Reviewed on October 3, 2020.
From the Testament Winery, this is a 100% Babic red wine with bright raspberry and fresh plum red plum aromas on the nose. Fresh and intense with ripe black fruit, dark berry , sous-bois and spicy flavours on the palate. Tannins are rounded. - Community Wine Reviews

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