Zidarich Teranno Venezia Giulia 2016

Organic/Natural. This indigenous red grape variety has existed in the Carso since Roman times, and it is an addictively delicious and light-on- its-feet counterpart to the strikingly mineral white wines of the area. Benjamin explained that Teran has the most anthocyanins of any red grape variety in the world, and its alcohol levels rarely broach 12%. There is a certain Barbera-like quality to the crunchy, earth-tinged red fruits and the bright, appetizing acid profile of this 2014, yet there is more finesse and purity here. Fresh herbs and red licorice on the palate add complexity, and the concentration and energy of this wine is surprising given its modest alcohol level. Aged entirely in large Slavonian botti.