Although pleasant aromatically with notes of toasted oak, dark cherries and black pepper spice, the dark cherry flavors of this Bulgarian Merlot are overpowered by gripping wood and grape tannins and an aggressive, sour acidity. Overall, it's choppy and disjointed, but the earthy, fruity finish isn't bad.
Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010. A former attorney turned beverage devotee, she holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She is also an Advanced Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council with an enduring love for saké and shochu.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org