Updated: Jan 8
Pinot Noir 2016
Nova Zagora, Bulgaria
Bulgarian wines are the best memories from my weekend in Sofia a couple of years ago. And the sparkling Bulgarian wine by Edoardo Miroglio tasted during the ex USSR wine tasting evening at Pall Mall 67 really impressed me. When I saw this Pinot Noir on the shelves of Hedonism Wines, I didn’t think twice to buy it. This evening, I am glad I did! This nectar is a 100% Pinot Noir from Elenovo village. It ages 18-24 months in French oak barriques, and then 12 months in bottle. Nazdrave!
In the glass the wine has a garnet colour. The intensity is medium to pale. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is pronounced. The note is amazing! It is a triumph of lavender, violet and crunchy red fruits. All these fragrances come out even without swirling the glass. I cannot stop putting the nostrils in the glass. The aromatic palette is so charming. It seems a Spätburgunder, an elegant Spätburgunder. I swirl, and a blaze of prune, green bell pepper and tomato leaf. The secondary aromas are so charming, cedar, smoke, toast and a bit of charred wood. On tertiary, there is a fine leather and a bit of tabacco. The nose keeps enchanting me. There is also some notes of dark chocolate.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium tannins. The tannins are actually surprisingly silky. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13.5%), and actually it is a bit the greatest shortcoming of this nectar. It burns a bit, overwhelming the beautiful fruits. The alcohol is tamed only if you drink the wine with a meal. In that case the nectar will make you glad to be on this planet. The flavour intensity is medium plus while the finish is long… super long.
This is another elegant wine from Bulgaria and this producer. The nose is one of the best I’ve ever enjoyed with the Pinot Noir. The only weakness is the alcohol burning a bit when you drink the nectar by itself. But once you start eating, the wine is the perfect companion for your meal. I had with some salame di cinta senese and gorgonzola (Pinot Noir and gorgonzola is actually one the my most favourite combo!). This nectar is not just good, it is also an excellent value for money!