About Red Wines from Bulgaria

About Red Wines from Bulgaria
Wine production has always held a special place in Bulgaria. The first wines were made there almost two thousand years ago and until the fall of communism, Bulgaria was the second largest wine-producing nation in the world. There are five major wine districts in the country, with the Black Sea being the leading region in terms of acreage. Most of the wines produced here are red, with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon being the principal varieties; most bottles are inexpensive (in the $10 range) and meant to be consumed within two to three years of their vintage date.

Top Picks for Bulgaria

Red Wines

Stamp 2014 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized coconut and plantain, spicy berry reduction, grassy loamy earth, and hint of tar with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish that presents notes of ripe pomegranate, cassis, meyer lemon, and tree bark. A remarkably pure and vibrant cabernet with a great sense of place and finesse; this drinks a bit like a more tannic Merlot from a cool climate.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Bulgarian Wine Exceptional Value
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
VINI 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Roasted aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, chocolate espresso beans, berry crust, and gravel farm roadside with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits nuances of cedar pencil shavings, cassis coulis, pepper, and earth. A finely balanced cabernet with attractive understated fruit and artful oak aging.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under'
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Logodaj 2017 55 Melnik
89 points
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Interesting aromas and flavors of banana coconut keffir, black raspberry pie, and hint of apple balsamic with a supple, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with shades of spicy berry compote, banana chip, and dusty bark. A nicely fruity and tannic Bulgarian wine that will work well at the meat lover’s table; reminiscent of zinfandel.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Assenovgrad 2013 Special Reserve Mavrud
84 points
Brown brick red color. Exotic, smoky aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee bean and wood, smoked sturgeon, wood sap and herbs, and cardamom with a supple, bright, medium body and a tingling, short-to-medium finish with nuances of pomegranate seed, apple skin, and mulch. A sturdy, mellow red wine for the table.
84 points $11.99