50% Chardonnay, 30% Dimiat, 20% Muscat; 13.0% ABV
“Regional white wine from the Thracian Valley”
produced and bottled in Bulgaria by Vinex Slavyantsi
imported by Texavino LLC, Wilmington, DE
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 15 April
I am pretty sure I’ve never had a Bulgarian wine before, and I had never heard of the Dimiat (димят) grape. I was a bit wary, but the possibilities of wines like this are, for me at least, a lot of my enthusiasm for shopping at the GO. While this wine was rather different from any I can recall, I thought it was delicious!
On the nose, I smelled mostly the perfumed, floral aromatics of Muscat, with some yellow and white fruit. On the palate, this totally dry wine showed full but delicately balanced flavors of light yellow apple / melon and white pear, with juicy acid of yellow lime / grapefruit and white nectarine. I couldn’t detect any wood. This could pair with white fish or fresh cheeses, but is delightful on its own.
The next day, the wine was more forwardly fruity, adding a little more bitterness of grape skin, but still delicious.