We recently had the opportunity to taste some fine Bulgarian wines imported to the U.S. by Parallel 43 of Alexandria, VA. Bulgarian wines are not widely available in the US, but we have been impressed by those we’ve tasted, including this selection. The wines are sourced from the Tracian Valley and the Danubian Plain and available in small quantities. They are of very good quality and offered at terrific prices. For more information, contact Rhys Davies at (703) 677-0946.
Line 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Bulgaria ($11) 89+ The Sauvignon Blanc is pleasantly dry and crisp and offers flavors of apple and pear with hints of vanilla. It has good mouth feel and is nicely balanced with refreshing acidity on the finish. Line 2013 Chardonnay Bulgaria ($11) 89 The Line Chardonnay offers a floral nose with a hint of melon and fennel. It is steely and full-bodied on the palate with a creamy mouth feel and virtually no hints of oak. Blended with 5% Muscat it is refreshing and nicely structured on the finish. Circulas 2013 Pinot Noir Rose Bulgaria ($10) 88 This pink-orange-colored rose displays fragrant aromas of red berry/cranberry fruit on the nose. On the palate it is slightly austere with high acidity and crispiness on the finish. Trianguli 2013 Pinot Noir Bulgaria ($11) 88+ Ripe cherry, mulberry and pomegranate define the aromas and flavors of this fruit-forward and easy-drinking Pinot Noir. It is soft on the attack and medium-weight with a pleasant and persistent finish. Quadratus 2013 Syrah Bulgaria ($12) 88+ The Quadrants Syrah is dark ruby in color and fruit forward in style with ripe blackberry, chocolate and black currant aromas and flavors. It is soft on the palate with very high acidity and firm tannins on the finish. Trianguli 2012 Bouquet ($16) 90+ The Bouquet is a charming blend of Mavrud ,an indigenous variety, and Pinot Noir. It is highly perfumed with hints of plum, clove, and baking spices. It is soft and round on the palate with a touch of spice and a fruity finish. A terrific wine at the top of this line up.
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