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The Babić Grape


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About Babić

(Synonyms: Babić Crni, Rogoznička.)

Background

Map showing Croatia

Babić is a red-wine grape originating in the southern part of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. It is an old grape, but—like so many others—is now receiving some attention and care, with careful clonal selection and replantings as ongoing projects in the area’s vineyards.

(Per the Odd Bacchus blog: [pronunciation of Croatian is] easier than it seems – if you see a diacritical mark on a consonant, just add an “h” to it: š becomes sh, ć or č becomes ch, and ž becomes like the s in “pleasure”.)

Babić Wines made from grapes grown under good conditions (that is, not on deeop, fertile soil, which promotes over-growth) make big, dark-colored, full-bodied reds with thick berry-fruit flavors enhanced by a peppery quality. Typically, tannins are soft, so the wines can be drunk young; but they take well to oak-barrel aging, which greatly enhances their palate appeal.

Regrettably, Babić—like many fine grape varieties from less-familiar corners of the world—is scarcely even known, much less available, in the U.S. market. One can only hope that it (like its stablemate in Dalmatia, Plavac Mali) will soon enough become better known, as they deserve to be.

Factoid: Babić is a descendant of Plavac Mali and thus a grandchild of the ur-Zinfandel grape known locally as “Tribidrag” (and as “Primitivo” in nearby Italy).

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Some Descriptions of Babić Wines

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Some Babićs to Try

(About this list.)

Babić is so little known (or appreciated) in the U.S. that only one maker’s line can be found, and even that is rather scarce. What you see is (at least according to the wine search engines) Hobson’s Choice.


Piližota “White Label” Babić
(They also bottle a rather more expensive and even scarcer “Black Label”.)

• This wine’s Wine Searcher “Tasting Notes” page.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
• This wine’s CellarTracker review pages.
  (CellarTracker has two separate listings for this wine.)
• Retail offers of this wine listed by Wine Searcher
• Retail offers of this wine listed by 1000 Corks

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For a Splurge

We could find no reasonably available Babić wines better enough than those listed above as to justify a “splurge” price.

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