Thursday, August 3, 2017

Wine Review: Domaine Boyar Selection Traminer 2015 & Domaine Boyar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

August is The Third Annual Bulgarian Wine Month thanks to

Domaine Boyar Selection Traminer 2015 & Domaine Boyar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

For the third year in a row, it's Bulgarian Wine Month thanks to! Check out the reviews from the first year (2015), the second year (2016), and this year (2017).

To read about the fascinating history of Bulgarian wine, check out Bulgaria - Part 1: Three-Thousand Years of Wine History. To learn about the grapes, wine regions and Bulgarian wine's place in the market, read Part 2: The Current State of Bulgarian Wine. And if you'd like to see what Bulgaria's national drink is all about, find out in Part 3: Invincibility of Rakia.

I'm kicking off the month with some wines by Domaine Boyar. Domaine Boyar was established in 1991 and was the first private winery in Bulgaria to be founded after communism. Although the winery is based out of Sofia, all of the wines I'll be reviewing from them are from Thracian Valley.


I reviewed Boyar's 2013 Traminer two years ago, and it's time to revisit with the new vintage. It was ferrmented in cold temperatures in 100% stainless steel and kept on the leese to be stirred for more flavor. After that it was racked and filtered. It has a 12% ABV and the cork is synthetic.

There's more character to the 2015 than the 2013. That was just simple lychee nut and nothing else to offer, but now there's flavors and aromas of lychee nut, grapefruit, ginger and cardamom. It has a light body with low acidity, and all flavor vanishes immediately on the crisp, clean finish. It's an improvement over the 2013.

Price: $11
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying. (what does that mean?)


Chalk ball
Another revisit. I thought the Boyar 2012 Reserve Cabernet was good for the price and gave it a 3 out of 5 in price vs quality.

The 2014 is garnet in color. There's a minerality on the nose overlaying aromas of black cherries, licorice, sweet pipe tobacco, and green peppers. I really enjoyed the nose, but the mouthfeel of this wine is a real turn-off. It's grainy and dusty and not appealing at all. It even finishes disturbingly chalky, like somebody dropped a chalk ball in the barrel. Past that there's flavors of black cherry and plum, but it's kinda hard to focus on that. This was not an improvement over their 2012.

Soooo... the third annual Bulgarian wine month started off okay and then not so okay. But hang in there, because I know for a fact we've got some amazing wines to try this month!

Price: $11
Rating: 1/5 = Terrible. (what does that mean?)

The bottles used were supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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