Reasons to go crazy over this wine:
• Screw top.
• It costs $8.
• It’s from Bulgaria (and the back label notes that “Since we haven’t seen you in Bulgaria lately. …”)
• It’s actually available, which was really surprising given how many $10 wines that the Wine Curmudgeon likes that aren’t available.
• It may be the best-made cheap merlot I’ve ever had. It’s certainly the best I’ve had in a long time, with enough tannin and structure to complement the cherry and plum fruit. Best yet, it wasn’t cloying and jammy, like so many inexpensive California merlots. It’s pleasant enough to drink on its own, but it would also complement barbecue, beef fajitas, and meat loaf. Most definitely a candidate for the 2010 $10 Hall of Fame.