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Two Strong Red Wine Values

We recently tried these two wines and felt that they both represent strong value.  They are also a bit unique.  The Domaine Boyar is from the first private wine company established after the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria.   Today there are three wineries with this wine produced at the Korten Winery in the Thracian Valley.  The Rio Madre is solely produced from Graciano.  This is a grape I usually encounter as just one part of a Rioja wine blend.  I recommend you try both. They will stand up to a bit of scrutiny and shake up your mid-week daily drinkers.  The Domaine Boyar is available at MacArthur Beverages and the Rio Madre is available at Unwined.

2009 Domaine Boyar, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve, Thracian Valley – $9
Imported by Bulgarian Master Vintners.  Alcohol 13%.  The light to medium nose reveals greenhouse notes, pepper, red and blue fruit, all delivered with a little texture.  In the mouth the wine starts off with moderate weight to the structured red fruit.  Then a bit of incense comes along with drying, ripe tannins, a little heat and a long incensed, greenhouse aftertaste leaves tannins on the mouth.  ** Now-2016.

2011 Rio Madre, Graciano, Rioja – $11
Imported by The Country Vintner.  This wine is 100% Graciano sourced from 20-year-old vines.  Alcohol 14%.  The color is a medium, grapey ruby with some purple.  The light to medium nose reveals cherry, berries, and something else!  In the mouth the youthful fruit stands on the tongue at first.  There is a backbone of acidity to this moderate bodied wine.  The fine+ grapey tannins mix with tart, red fruit in the middle.  It is a little rough in the finish followed by a slightly earthy, long aftertaste.  Quite drinkable with half an hour of air and a solid value.  *** Now-2015.

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