The $10 Veni Vidi Vici merlot shows Bulgaria knows a thing or two about making fine cheap wine
The Bulgarian Veni Vidi Vici merlot was one of the most wonderful surprises in the history of the blog, an amazing $10 wine that disappeared from the U.S. after I wrote about the 2009 vintage. It was everything a great cheap Old World merlot should be – earthy, almost rustic, and with just enough fruit so you could tell it was merlot and not zinfandel.
So imagine my joy when I got an email from the importer saying the 2015 vintage was available in this country. And if this version of the Veni Vidi Vici merlot ($10, sample, 13%) is a little softer and not quite what the 2009 was, it’s still a terrific cheap wine.
The Veni Vidi Vici merlot remains a quality Old World style effort, where a little earthiness combines with fresh and not too ripe berry fruit. The oak isn’t overdone, and the tannins are merlot-soft. Drink this on its own, since it’s a red wine that’s light enough for summer, as well as with any hot weather grilled meat or barbecued chicken.
Finally, that this wine can be so well made and come from Bulgaria – hardly the center of the wine making universe – speaks volumes about how sad so much cheap California wine is.