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The Wines of Bulgariana


I first came across the wines of Bulgariana this past March when I wrote about the 2009 Bulgariana, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah in my post Michel Rolland in Bulgaria.  I recently met with imported Robert Hayk of G&B Importers to discuss the wines and subsequently taste five different bottles.  All of these wines are may be drunk now and should have broad appeal both in taste and in price.  There is care given to the production of these wines for my three favorites come from three different vintages.  I suggested you start with the 2012 Bulgariana, Sauvignon Blanc then move on to the 2009 Bulgariana, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah and the 2008 Bulgariana, Imperial Red Blend.  These two red wines are drinking well right out of the bottle and should continue to do so for a few years.  Both offer a lot of flavor for the price with the Imperial Red Blend a little more robust perhaps from the inclusion of the indigenous Rubin and Mavrud.  I have included the suggested retail prices below.

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2012 Bulgariana, Sauvignon Blanc, Thracian Valley – $10-$11
Imported by G&B Imports.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was light to medium in strength with ripe, grassy aromas.  In the mouth there was a hint of yeast and sharper acidity on the tongue before round, stone flavors came out.  This pleasant, modern wine had fine, ripe spiced flavors in the finish along with integrated acidity.  There were more stone notes in the aftertaste.  ** Now-2014.

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2012 Bulgariana, Thracian White Blend, Thracian Valley – $10-$11
Imported by G&B Importers.  This wine is a blend of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Riesling, and 10% Gewurztraminer.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose was of white, tropical fruit that was higher in tone.  In the mouth there was a round start with a touch of glycerine to the body.  The flavors then followed the higher toned nose with a little acidity on the bottom of the tongue and some attractive grip in the finish.  ** Now.

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2011 Bulgariana, Cabernet Sauvignon, Thracian Valley – $9-$10
Imported by G&B Imports.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Alcohol 14%.  The wine was grapey with younger tasting fruit.  In the mouth there was a hint of greenhouse surrounding a core of ripe fruit.  The wine was complete in a way with its flavors of black fruit, ripe tannins, black acidity, and a little spicy tannins.  * Now.

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2009 Bulgariana, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah, Thracian Valley – $12-$13
Imported by G&B Imports.  This wine is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah.  Alcohol 14%.  This was a very approachable wine with mixed fruit closer to black fruit.  It had a little grip in the middle with a wood note and integrated acidity.  The flavors turn redder in the finish.  Already throwing sediment.  ** Now – 2015.

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2008 Bulgariana, Imperial Red Blend, Thracian Valley – $12-$13
Imported by G&B Imports.  This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Rubin, and 5% Mavrud.  Alcohol 14%.  The nose contained soft and dark aromas of mulberries.  In the mouth were round, mixed berries which took on robustness with air.  The flavors built in the mouth becoming a little inky with a grainy, berry note in the finish.  This modern wine left an aftertaste of spices and texture on the gums.  Already throwing sediment.  ** Now-2015.

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  1. October 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Do you know if Bulgariana is simply a relabeling of the Telish wines, or is it something different, made to suit American tastes?

    • October 7, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Information was a little opaque. My understanding is that Telish and the other wineries, look at my picture of the corks, make a lot of different wines some of which are labeled as Bulgariana. I do not know if the wine itself is made specifically for American tastes. There is a strong interaction between the importer and the winery owner to develop an American market. They are starting with international varieties instead of unknown indigenous varieties. The bottles, corks, and labels are chosen for our market and to keep costs down so they can present good wine which may be drunk now at $10-$13 per bottle.

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