2012 Tikves Barovo Red, Macedonia

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An intriguing single vineyard (Barovo) wine from the southern slopes of the highlands of the FYR of Macedonia. This full-bodied, black fruit laden wine with hints of oak and an almost Italianesque herbal note can easily deal with anything a summer barbecue would throw at it. The intrinsic freshness of the local Vranec grape helps balance the alcohol of its blending partner, Tribadeg, which is more universally known as Zinfandel! The grapes are picked early in the morning to preserve this freshness and then transported to the modern winery in the outskirts of the capital Skopje. Tikves are the