Thracian Valley Region, Bulgaria; 13.5% ABV
imported by Bulgarian Master Vintners, LLC, of Sonoma
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 6 Nov
I was wary because of the cheesy bottle (see the wavy grooves at top and bottom) and the simple red color of the wine through the bottle, but curiosity and the low sale price ($4) got the better of me. Although I’m not sure I’d recognize it as Cabernet, he wine was actually pretty good for the price.
Upon pouring, the color was actually a pretty, blackish, dark red. It was tasty enough after about 10 minutes of air that rather little survived to be fully aired after about an hour. Then, the tangy, dark red / black cherry fruit thickened in texture and became much more satisfying. The wine also had complexities of wood, tar, and dark herbs (rosemary? sage?). The back label describes “ripe aromas of stewed black plums, fine tannins and a lovely core of liquorish [sic], and black fruit flavors, some cedar wood.” This slightly exaggerates the complexity of the wine, but it is not a bad description. This Bulgarian red is not as quite good as I recall the only other one (Enira blend) we’ve had here being, but especially at the sale price, this is a nice wine for daily drinking.
The saved single-glass screwcap bottle really improved my opinion of this wine. The fruit and other flavors are more forward and integrated into a nicely balanced wine. Definitely Thumbs Up!