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Please name this Serbian wine

50firstdatesguy Jan 4, 2008 06:04 AM

I was at a bar the other day for a quick drink before a function and it turned out to be a popular place for Serbians to socialize. They therefore had a wide array of Serbian drink offerings. The house red was, ... I forget. It was quite flavourful and had a distinct green label. It's not rare or expensive, it was just the house red, but it was actually very good and I even asked her what it was but I forget it now, as it was Serbian and I couldn't pronounce it. I can't even remember the name of the bar now so I can't call them.

Perhaps someone knows it? Relatively inexpensive Serbian red wine, a distinct, darkish bankers-green label.

Thanks in advance if anyone knows what it is.

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  1. Scott M Jan 4, 2008 03:21 PM

    The only thing that comes to mind is Rubin Winery which is the largest winery in Serbia. Their Chardonnay has a dark green label as you describe. The Cabernet label is red.

    1. morrigan Jan 5, 2008 10:52 AM

      Sadly there are only two brands of wine the LCBO lists as being from Serbia and/or Montenegro:

      1. NAVIP CABERNET SAUVIGNON
      Serbia And Montenegro | NAVIP
      LCBO 565887 | 750 mL | $ 7.65

      2. NAVIP MERLOT DIONIS
      Serbia And Montenegro | NAVIP
      LCBO 168138 | 750 mL | $ 7.65

      3. NAVIP MUSCAT OTTONEL
      Serbia And Montenegro | NAVIP
      LCBO 542597 | 750 mL | $ 7.65

      4. NAVIP RIESLING FRUSKA GORA
      Serbia And Montenegro | NAVIP
      LCBO 9548 | 750 mL | $ 7.65

      5. PALNTAZE MONTE CHEVAL VRANAC
      Serbia And Montenegro | DD PALNTAZE
      LCBO 542498 | 750 mL | $ 8.70

      6. PLANTAZE VRANAC PRO CORDE 2005
      Serbia And Montenegro | Dd Palntaze
      VINTAGES 972976 | 750 mL | $ 16.85

      On the plus side, they'e all cheap enough that you could try the reds and see if any has a similar style... The Navip Merlot has a dark blue lable that could technically look dark green in bad lighting...

      Good luck!

       
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      1. re: morrigan
        50firstdatesguy Jan 7, 2008 01:02 PM

        Thanks for the info fellas. It turned out to be this one:

        PALNTAZE MONTE CHEVAL VRANAC
        Serbia And Montenegro | DD PALNTAZE
        LCBO 542498 | 750 mL | $ 8.70

        Yes its quite inexpensive but quite flavourful for a wine at that price point. I'd recommend it if you're looking for something cheap & tasty for casual drinking.

        1. re: 50firstdatesguy
          maria lorraine Jan 7, 2008 06:17 PM

          LCBO spells it PALNtaze.
          Decanter spells it PLANtaze.

          Would you please check the spelling to make sure others outside Canada can find it?

          And, if you're able, can you describe the wine a bit more? In terms of fruit, or
          another varietal it reminds you of? What make you love it and seek it out?

          Thanks.

          1. re: maria lorraine
            morrigan Jan 7, 2008 06:22 PM

            Plantaze is the way it's spelled on the bottle:).

            1. re: morrigan
              morrigan Jan 7, 2008 06:23 PM

              Sorry - for some reason the picture I found won't load...

            2. re: maria lorraine
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              hungry_pangolin Jan 12, 2008 07:53 AM

              It's not a "great" wine, but can be really tasty. I would describe it as a berry/bitter cherry flavour, a definite tannic dimension, herbal/spicy rather than floral nose. I think that it's best aged for a few years, at least three (a bit crunchy and astringent before that), but I've never had one older than about seven years, which was good, but I'm uncertain that it develops beyond that. By then, it was better integrated and smoother. It's a flavour profile that I assocate with better Balkan wines. It's also dirt cheap, so worth the experiment. I like it over an antipasti plate on those hot, humid Toronto summer evenings when cooking is out of the question.

              By way of comparison, this isn't perfect, but think refosco/terlan.

              Hey, 50firstquestions... Where did you have this? I want to test-drive this joint.

              1. re: hungry_pangolin
                maria lorraine Jan 13, 2008 01:05 PM

                Thanks for the description, hungry.

                1. re: hungry_pangolin
                  50firstdatesguy Jan 13, 2008 07:30 PM

                  I'm not too versed in wine, i was going to have it again and then try to fire off a description of some kind but its not available at my LCBO. You can get it at the Summerhill location but I haven't made it there recently.
                  Anyway, I doubt i could have described it any better than hungry_pangolin just did there.

                  I'm fairly sure this is the place:

                   
          2. m
            Montenegro Jan 8, 2009 11:45 AM

            Actually a Montenegrin wine not serbian. Produced by Plantaze dd Podgorica
            ttp://www.plantaze.cg.yu

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