Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wine Review: Quantum Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Quantum Mavrud / Merlot 2015

August is The Third Annual Bulgarian Wine Month thanks to

Quantum Sauvignon Blanc 2015 & Quantum Mavrud / Merlot 2015

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. I started a few days ago on their Traminer 2015 with their Pinot Noir & Merlot 2014, now I'm on to their Sauvignon Blanc 2015 with their Mavrud & Merlot 2015, and finally in a few more days I'll have their Chardonnay 2015 with their Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.


This Sauvignon Blanc is from the Danube Plain of Bulgaria and has a 12% ABV. The color of the wine is a pale yellow with a greenish hue. On the nose there's grass, lime, pear and crisp celery. On the palate it's light bodied, crisp and clean but with a little dab of sweetness, and has a tart acidity. There's flavors of lime, lemon, pears and grapefruit. It finishes with salivating acidity and flavors of lime and mint. This is a very serviceable Sauvignon Blanc. My wife, who usually dislikes Sauvignon Blanc, really liked it.

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


This blend from Thracian Valley is 60% Mavrud and 40% Merlot, and has an ABV of 13%. The color of the wine is a garnet more on the purple end than the red end. On the pour it smelled rather dirty (in a good way) and floral, but that pulled back after swirling to a big old box of blackberries, with notes of plums, vanilla and chocolate. For a 13%er the ethanol is rather strong in aroma as well. In the mouth it's surprisingly high in acidity with a medium body and smooth tannin. There's flavors of black cherries, plums, blackberries, and chocolate. It finishes with plums and a dusty mouthfeel. This is a solid and very versatile food wine for $13. I give it a recommendation that you pick it up if you see it!

Price: $13
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (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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