Thursday, August 25, 2016

Wine Review: Bessa Valley Winery 2006 Enira Reserva

August is The Return of Bulgarian Wine Month thanks to BulgarianWine.com, following up last year's original Bulgarian Wine Month!

Bessa Valley Winery 2006 Enira

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.

This is the fifth of six reviews of Bulgarian wine this month, and the last of two by Bessa Valley Winery. Those wines by Bessa Valley are the 2008 Enira and this 2006 Enira.

The Bessi were a tribe of Thacians. The Bessa Valley within the Thracian Valley of the Thracian Lowlands is their namesake. Bessa Valley Winery was founded in 2001 when 800 properties were purchased for its creation. German Count Stephan von Neipperg, owner of Bordeaux's Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere and La Mondotte, assists with the winery's production. The Count wanted to be a part of bringing quality wine back to Bulgaria. He's quoted as saying "I’ve chosen Bulgaria because of the magnificent terroir. With Enira we revive the image of the Bulgarian wines worldwide."

ENIRA'S BARREL CELLAR
IMAGE CREDIT: harrogatewine.wordpress.com
The 2006 Enira Reserva is 73% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. It saw sixteen months of aging in French oak.

I've been obsessed with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' new single Dark Necessities for like a month now so this review of my most beloved dark necessity will be written to the Red Hot Chili Peppers channel on Pandora.

The color of the wine is brown. Yup. Brown. Hey, it's been ten years. I don't look as good as I did back then either. But I do taste better. *raaaar*

The most aggressive characteristics of this wine, in aroma and flavor, at this point in its life is raisinated fruits, licorice and menthol. There's also juicy tomato, the inside of an acoustic guitar, and fine black table pepper. It has sweet tannins and a creamy full body, but it's so silky smooth that it can feel light as a feather. I kept taking sips just to feel it. On the finish there's menthol, it gains a tart cherry flavor and the tannins turn up the heat drastically.

Sweet on the nose, elegant on the palate, strong on the finish. Seriously, yo. This is some goddamn impressive vino. Hands down the best I've had from Bulgaria yet.

You can buy this wine on BulgarianWine.com here: bulgarianwine.com/en20bybevawi.html
It's usually $40 but, at the time of this review, it's on sale for $30. I suggest you take advantage of that sale and get yourself some!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $40
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

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

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