Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wine Review: Quantum Traminer 2015 & Quantum Pinot Noir / Merlot 2014

August is The Third Annual Bulgarian Wine Month thanks to

Quantum Traminer 2015 & Quantum Pinot Noir / Merlot 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.

Out of all the Bulgarian wines I'm reviewing this month, six of them are from the Quantum label by Domaine Boyar. Today I'm tasting their Traminer 2015 with their Pinot Noir & Merlot 2014, then their Sauvignon Blanc 2015 with their Mavrud & Merlot 2015, and finally their Chardonnay 2015 with their Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.


This is the second and final Bulgarian Traminer that I'm reviewing this month. The first was Domaine Boyar Selection Traminer 2015. This guy is also by Domaine Boyar, but under their Quantum label.

The cork is synthetic and the wine is golden yellow. There's a lot of cooked apple on the nose, along with lychee nut, rose pedals, citrus peel, and a hint of Trident Gum. It's medium bodied with a medium acidity and a slightly oily mouthfeel. There's flavors of cooked apples, lychee nut, and canned pineapple. Then it finishes with a touch of heat and the long lasting flavors of cooked apples and peppermint..

Yeah, I really like this! It's a lively summer thirst quencher, and I'm giving it a recommendation!

Price: $13
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)


This wine is 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Merlot. An unlikely combination, no? I'm not really surprised, though. Merlot seems to be the superstar varietal coming out of Bulgaria. I haven't heard much about their Pinot Noir, although I did enjoy the 2013 Pinot Noir by VINI back in the first Bulgarian wine month.

The cork is real and the color of the wine is ruby red. The nose is quite big on this one; you don't need to give any effort at all to give it an analysis. There's cherries and blackberries with mud, greek olives and vanilla. On the palate it's very tight at first, so let it breath. It's medium bodied, has structured tannin, and a tart acidity. The oak is strong on the flavor, and there's also plums, blackberries, cola, and leather. It finishes very dry with an uplift from dark fruit into tart cherries.

It's a little strange, but only because you're looking at a label that says Pinot Noir & Merlot. After thinking about how I would feel about it blind, I would probably guess that this was a blend out of Spain's La Mancha. And I'd like it. For $13, this is a solid offering!

Price: $13
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

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