Vinprom Yambol Persona Syrah 2008, Thracian Valley, Bulgaria


Bulgaria’s Vinprom Yambol’s vineyard in the the Thracian Valley enjoys a very hot climate.  Vinprom Yambol’s Persona line of wines are grown on these lowlands and their ’08 Syrah is very affordable, polyvalent red.  When smelling the wine, you really have to use your nose to dig for definite fragrances as it has a very neutral olfactory impact.  Some wood, some savoury spice and hint of berry opera clap in the nose, and not even a polar bear’s incredibly sensitive nose could pick up a hint of alcohol.  In the mouth, the action picks up.  The bottle does a great job of describing the taste, “Soft, full bodied wine, with hints of plum, ripe cherry and clove, spicy and juicy on the taste.” Credit Vinprom Yambol with giving an honest product description as opposed to tarting it up with exaggerated superlatives.  This wine is a real pleasure to swish around the mouth as the tannins are nice and soft and allow you to enjoy a savoury berry burst.  The only taste note that I would add to that found on the bottle is dark chocolate.  I find the finish bitter, but I like bitter so that is more than fine with me.  Compared to a French St. Joseph, this wine has less accent on the fruit and more on the savoury, and compared to popular entry level Aussie Shiraz, this has a very natural and restrained feel.  Good Stuff.

Musical Match: Duran Duran’s Hungry Like The Wolf.  Soft and full bodied describes the best of Duran Duran and their ability to make rock that is enjoyable, accessible, familiar yet distinct.  This song is sung from a misogynist point of view, but Duran Duran keep it interesting for ladies, and I think the wine does the same thing.  This would be the perfect house red in most casual restaurants, and I am sucker for 80′s rock while I dine.

Let me know what wine you would match with Duran Duran’s Hungry Like the Wolf.

Part 2/3 in the 2010 BottleDJ Fall Classic Focus on Eastern Europe.

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