Two blends from Bulgaria and Armenia
Both of the wines featured in this post are blends featuring an unusual variety. You will find a small proportion of Regent, a cool-weather grape created in the 1960s, in the 2014 Saedinenie Winery, F2F, Bulgaria. I could not tell you what Regent smells or tastes like. The wine, though, is a gentle, blue-fruited, low-acidity wine that should please many. The 2014 Tierras de Armenia, Karas, Armenia features a splash of the native grape Khndoghni. I wish there was more, so I could taste it, but this is a crazy international blend which also includes Syrah, Tannat, and Montepulciano amongst other varieties. It is made by Gabriel Rogel, who comes from Argentina, with consulting help from Michel Rolland. This is a wine worth checking out. It is flavorful, lively, and has texture. It might even develop over the short-term to better integrate the cocoa notes. These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Saedinenie Winery, F2F, Bulgaria – $15
Imported by VP Brands International. This wine is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah, and 10% Regent. Alcohol 13%. There are rounded blue fruit flavors, gentle supporting structure, and just enough acidity to move things along. There are no edges to the blue fruit. There is a bit of interest in the finish where black fruit and minerals come out. *(*) Now – 2018.
2014 Tierras de Armenia, Karas, Armenia – $13
Imported by G+B Imports. This wine is a blend of 40% Syrah, 18% Tannat, 15% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 10% Montepulciano, and 3% Khndoghni. Alcohol 14%. Chocolates and blue fruit precede the ripe textured middle. This is a good, flavorful wine with lively acidity, some weight, and cocoa. **(*) Now – 2019.