2006 No Man’s Land Red

Price: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by L. Watson Inc.

What They Said:

Per Purple Liquid on the 2003: “The wine is produced by Damianitza, a winery established in 1940 and located in the Struma river valley in Southwest Bulgaria. The Struma river valley is a warm and dry region with hilly terrains of volcanic origin, maybe one of the best wine regions in the country. The 2003 No Man’s Land Silver Label is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It had a dark color and a mix of herbal and dark fruit scents on the nose. On the palate, it was medium-bodied and bone dry (we were afraid it would be sweet). The wine worked nicely with our grilled lamb chops and tasted better served slightly chilled.”

What I Think:

This is my second experience with wine from Bulgaria. The first one was interesting but not worth repeating. But when I saw this Bordeaux type blend (69% Merlot, 31% Cab) I decided to grab it. While this was again interesting I am now convinced that in Bulgaria when they say dry they mean dry! This wine showed some nice fruit and some cloves on the nose but they quickly disappeared on the palate and left me smacking my tongue… 0-2. Wonder what will happen next time I see one!

Rating: Skip It

2005 Uniqato Rubin Dry Red Wine

Price: $7.99 @ TJ’s imported by ????

What They Said: 

Per quaffability, “I am feeling pretty skeptical as I pull the cork on this wine. Thinking I needed to be a little more adventurous in my choices at Trader Joe’s, I had yanked this Bulgarian wine from a dusty upper shelf, but now that the corkscrew is in my hand, fear of the unknown has kicked in, especially since it’s the last bottle on the kitchen counter, and all the wines in the vinotemp have been put into boxes for an upcoming move.

No worries; the dark red stuff in the glass smells like wine, kind of non-specific, like bargain Cab, Tempranillo or maybe even California Syrah. Cherry, plummy, earthy fruit on the nose — simple but reasonably pleasant. More of the same in the mouth, medium bodied, turning a touch sweet on the short finish. Not bad at all. This would be a solid choice at $4.99 — and I think that’s where it needs to be priced for TJ shoppers to pay much attention.”

What I Think:

Bulgarian, I have some friends down at the local coffee shop from Bulgaria and they never mentioned wine.  Thought maybe I could finally teach them something about their country.  Unfortunately don’t remember to many specifics on this one.  I do remember that the first day it wasn’t so good.  Day by day it got better and lasted almost a week at which point it was a very unique wine.  Does this mean I should buy this and age it?  It means if you do buy it be sure to open it early when you plan to drink it.

Rating: Skip It (but guessing it finds my cart again)