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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wine Reviews: Best of Summer 2017

Today is the last day of summer and tomorrow brings the autumn! So here are the top five wines that I reviewed between June 20th and September 21st!

August being the third annual Bulgarian Wine Month (thanks to, Bulgarian wine dominates the list.

#5. Lieb Cellars Reserve Pinot Blanc 2015

Lieb Cellars Reserve Pinot Blanc 2015Region: North Fork, Long Island, New York, USA
Review Release: June 25th, 2017

I'm not getting as much pear on the nose as I did with the 2014, although it's still one of the major aromas. With it there's also tangerine, lemon peel, rose pedals and beach sand. This vintage has a lot more going on with its nose. In the mouth it's medium to full bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel and a tart acidity. On the palate there's flavors of green apple, pear juice and steel. It has a lengthy finish of green apple and chalk.


Price: $22
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Ferrari-Carano Napa Valley Carneros Reserve Chardonnay 2012
Region: Carneros, Napa Valley, California, USA
Review Release: September 3rd, 2017

It's a gorgeous golden yellow in color with a tilt towards green. Graham cracker and burnt caramel are all over this mother on the nose. Yeeeeeeessssss. There's also aromas of bruised apple, pineapple, cinnamon and butter. Dude, so far this is exactly what I desire out of a Chard at this price. Exactly.

It's full bodied and just gosh-dang beautiful in the mouth. Perfectly balanced in oak and acidity. There's flavors of bruised apple, cinnamon, yellow pear, pineapple, and bay leaf. It's like a fall cider and it's so good! It finishes with bruised apple, cinnamon and a need to have more. This is some awesome Chardonnay, and for your money it'll wet your noodle. Inside joke. Don't ask.

Price: $24
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Gorchivka Merlot 2014Region: Danube River Plains, Bulgaria
Review Release: August 10th, 2017

The color of the wine is cherry red. The nose has this earthiness and funk that reminds me of Right Bank Bordeaux, but beyond that it's definitely not Bordeaux in style. There's a cooked dark fruit profile for the fruit in the aromas, like stewed plum and blueberry sauce. There's also vanilla extract and cinnamon powder. It essentially smells like fruit pastry. It takes a step back with the sauciness on the palate as it's not as thick as I was expecting. There's a medium body, soft tannin and balanced acidity. There's flavors of juicy black cherries, blueberries and plums, as well as vanilla and cola. On the finish you can taste the alcohol, almost like you just took a sip of vodka, even though it's only 13.5% in ABV.

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

Region: Danubian Plain, Bulgaria
Review Release: August 24th, 2017

This bottle just looks BADASS with a legionnaire in the background of the label. And it's also a blend of my two favorite red varietals! Its 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc out of the Danubian Plain, with an ABV of 13.5%. This guy is a blackish ruby red, if that's even a thing. And oooooooooh lordy lordy LORDY what a nose it has! It's one of those noses that makes your eyeballs roll into the back of your head in an olfactory orgasm. Black pepper, spearmint, black cherries, plums, vanilla, black tea, and toasted oak ride strong ethanol vapors up into your nostrils. It's full bodied and lush with a bit of a perky acidity. There's flavors of cranberries, plums, seasoned tomatoes, wet autumn earth and cocoa powder. It finishes silky smooth with flavors of cranberries, plums and earth. Nomnomnomnomnom! This is SPECTACULAR! I'm in love with this wine, and I think you should get on and buy it!

Price: $16
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

Version Plaisir divin Mavrud 2013Region: Thracian Valley, Bulgaria
Review Release: August 30th, 2017

This wine received a gold medal at the 2016 Concours Mondial Bruxelles. It has a 14.5% ABV and is from Mavrud's favorite place on the planet: the tiny area of Assenovgrad, north of the Rhodope Mountains in Thracian Valley. The color of the wine is ruby red with vibrant highlights. The head aroma in charge is toasty oak, followed by black cherries, blackberries, black olives and mint. The tasting notes on say there's juniper berries but I'm not getting that. Maybe you will. The midpalate is just lovely. Medium bodied, lush and silky smooth with soft tannin and flavors of black cherries, cranberries, vanilla, and chocolate covered raisins. It finishes super long with all of those flavors and a silky, sensual mouthfeel.

Wow! WOW! This. Is. Outstanding. Here's the link to buy it now because you need to try it for yourself:

Price: $17
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)
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