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Weekly Wine – Boyar (again)

16 Mar

SONY DSCDomaine Boyar Cabernet Sauvignon
2014
Bulgaria
750ml
13% ABV
$8.90 (LCBO)

I had consumed this wine and sat down to write it and only then realized that I reviewed it a while ago. But that was way back in 2013 and that wine was a 2011 vintage.
I must have been thrown by the new and very elegant label when I purchased this bottle.
No matter – it is still Bulgarian wine.
This wine still has a harsh edge to it, that has not gone away. The sourness is still there but it is not as pronounced although still quite unpleasant. This washes out any flavour the wine might have.
I take sip after sip and try to find some distinctive flavor. The label claims that there are ripe berries and “hints of chocolate.” I don’t feel this.
The more I drink this the more unpleasant it becomes. I’m struggling to find some redeeming quality of this wine, besides price and label, but I can’t.
It is wine.
It is red.
It won’t kill you.

Weekly Wine – Boyar

19 Jun

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Domaine Boyar Cabernet Sauvignon
2011
Bulgaria
750ml
13% ABV
$7.95 (LCBO)
Bulgarian wine. To some this might sound like a frightening idea since Bulgaria is not well known as a wine producing country. I’ve had Bulgarian wine before. While I was in Poland as the whole system was crumbling in the late eighties and early nineties. You bought wine to have a change of pace from the vodka/beer standards. The wine that was readily available was Sophia — named after the capital of Bulgaria no doubt. All I remember is that this wine did not make anybody sick. It was unremarkable to say the least.
Now this wine is remarkable in that it is the first wine that I have tried since starting these reviews where the taste matches the price. There is a harsh edge to it. A kind of strange feeling, a sourness, as it washes down the back of my throat. The label proclaims there are sulphites and I think they are here in spades.
I took a look at all the reviews I’ve done so far and this is not the least expensive wine but this is the first wine that I’m not impressed with.
Drinkable? Sure. But only if you are normally ping-ponging in a vodka/beer loop.