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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Wine Review: VINI Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & VINI Pinot Noir 2013

July is Bulgarian Wine Month thanks to!

VINI Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & VINI Pinot Noir 2013

You can read about the history of Bulgarian wine in "Part 1: Three-Thousand Years of Wine History" and read about what's going on with it today in "Part 2: The Current State of Bulgarian Wine".

I know my reviews are rather lengthy and I go on a bunch of tirades and I say crazy stupid things sometimes, but I've got a bunch of wine to review this month. An insane amount. I've already written about Bulgaria at length and most of these wines are international varietals, so it's not like I'll be telling you about something you don't already know, except if the wine is good or not.

I'm going to keep it quick and simple. VINI was created by Vance Petrunoff, president of Bulgarian Master Vintners, as an affordable introduction of Bulgarian wine to the American mainstream market. Only one of them is more than $9. They're all from Thracian Valley and they're all screw-top.


This Sauvignon Blanc has a 12.8% ABV. The color is a super-light straw yellow.

And it smells great! A nice minerality with some hay, chives and pear. It even has a little bit of jalapeno on the nose. I love the aromas coming out from this wine.

If only it would stay as great as the nose, though. The palate is bright with lemon-lime and melon, but there's a bitterness to it. And then there's the finish... as soon as you swallow there's the taste of oxidization and it's just unpleasant.

Apparently this wine does well with other reviewers so one of us has to be crazy. (It's probably me.) But still, unfortunately I have to give it a 2 out of 5 on my price vs quality scale for "Not Impressive". Sorry, Vance.

Price: $9
Rating: 2/5 = Not Impressive. (what does that mean?)


This Pinot Noir has a 13.1% ABV, was fermented in stainless steel, and then was aged in stainless steel with oak staves for five months. The color is a dark ruby. The depth leads me to believe there's a good amount of a bigger grape in there, like Syrah or Petite Sirah, or it's just the Thracian Valley heat.

The nose is big and fruity with plums, cherries and violets. This isn't your Old World style Pinot Noir! This is a warm climate fruit-bomb! The body is light but the palate is juicy. There's flavors of raspberries, tart cherries and a Swiss-cheese twang. Then it finishes with those plums and cherries from the nose.

I could drink this all summer, goddamnit! Give it a slight chill and put a platter full of cheeseburgers infront of me and watch me go to town on chowing down!

I give it a 4 out 5 on my price vs quality rating. It's also received 88 points from Wine Enthusiast, and Silver Medals in the World Value Wine Challenge and Sommelier Challenge.

Price: $10
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended. (what does that mean?)


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