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The Conductor
2019 MERLOT
DANUBE PLAINS PGI, BULGARIA

REGION:

Danube Plains, Bulgaria

 

AROMAS:

Violet

Blueberry

Clove

 

FLAVORS:

Tart red cherry

Blueberry

Vanilla

 

COLOR:

Dark ruby red

 

VARIETALS:

100% Merlot

ALC. BY VOL.:

13%

PERSONALITY:

Distinctive, idiosyncratic, plump, resonant.

 

DESCRIPTION:

We love the unique expression of Merlot found in our Bulgarian red. Tasted blind, it is a mind-bender; Merlot unlike anything produced anywhere else - totally unique. Bulgaria had been on our radar for many years, but when hunting for quality in unfamiliar regions, a personal introduction is needed to ensure quality and consistency in a wine that shows potential interest.

 

It was during a French blind tasting of Merlot that one of our producer friends snuck in this ringer, produced by a former intern. A few phone calls later, a visit to Bulgaria was arranged. We were blown away by the facility – totally modern with state-of-the-art equipment and a young, motivated winemaker that had trained overseas in some of the world’s greatest wine cellars. The Bulgarian wine industry is re-developing almost from scratch, and Flying Blue Imports is very glad to be along for the ride.

THE CONDUCTOR -
ROOTING FOR THE UNDERDOG:

The Conductor Merlot represents another surprise entry from a formidable, yet under-appreciated wine region. We are absolutely amazed at Bulgaria's ability to offer very high quality, modern-styled wines at jaw-dropping prices. Lying on the same latitude as Italy and Spain and blessed with a combination of continental and Mediterranean climatic influences, Bulgaria is perfectly situated for fine wine production.

 

After a period of decline, Bulgaria is back and fighting for a place on your table. Acknowledging their position as a viticultural unknown, Bulgaria has made staggering advances by relying on a grassroots, artisanal approach. We are very grateful to be the conduit that brings these very special wines from the incredible vineyards of Bulgaria to your table.