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Jul
10

in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day thirty-five

Tcherga 2006I’m going to try a Bulgarian wine tonight. Tcherga 2006. It’s 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Mavrud. Mavrud is unique to the Thrace region in Bulgaria (so says Wikipedia), and this wine is from the Thracian Valley Region in Bulgaria. Tcherga, by the way, is pronounced ch er ga (so says the back label). The back label also says, “Tcherga . . . waiting to be discovered.” Well, that’s what I’m going to do now.

The color seems ordinary to me. I can see through it. It’s like a dark Pinot Noir but not as pretty.

I like the nose quite a bit. It has white pepper and dark berries. I feel distracted and can’t get into its nose anymore. Hopefully, I can concentrate on the taste. But then again, this lack of sleep is getting to me.

It’s thick and earthy but not too earthy because the cherries are saving it. I think there might be some green apples in the background, too. It tastes bigger than it looks or smells. (My girlfirend picks up chocolate covered cherries, and once again, she is correct!)

It has a slightly spicy finish on the front of the tongue.

This will probably go well with steak and red sauce pasta or pizza and, dare I say it, chicken wings and blue cheese. Oh chicken wings. I haven’t had your love in about two years.

Anyway, this wine is $7 at Mahan’s in Brockport. It’s worth the price.

I imagine wine critics would give it 86 or 87 points.//


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