UNIQATO Rubin BIO
The authentique Bulgarian variety Rubin is a crossing of the varieties Nebbiolo and Syrah created in Bulgaria in 1944.
"The chatter about alternative varieties grows increasingly clamorous these days as wine lovers sniff out ever more obscure grape varieties. And few are more alternative and obscure than Rubin, a 1944 cross of Nebbiolo and Syrah from Bulgaria.
I was struck by how the 2010 Uniqato from Damianitza managed to meld some of the best qualities of its parent grapes, showing the firm structure of Nebbiolo with the savoury, meaty flavour of Syrah and an aromatic floral quality common to both. While not unfamiliar by themselves, the combination makes for a most unusual experience, with an additional rubbery sort of texture that is very particular.
I loved it for its individuality and esotericism, which may be too oddball to appeal to mainstream wine drinkers, but which I fancy will really pique the curiosity of the wine savvy. Furthermore, it is showing attractive, mature complexity, helped in part by 10 months' ageing in 50% new French oak."
Colour: Beautiful garnet colour with a brick rim;
Aroma: Multi-layered nose with accents of tobacco leaf, smoke, dark chocolate;
Taste: Balanced, soft and delicate taste. Fresh, fruity, tight and very smooth body with long elegant finish;
For current vintage, alcohol percentage and more details go to the tab Specification.
HOW TO DRINK IT
Food: BBQ or any other succulent grilled or baked red meats, couscous, duck, ham, hamburger, lamb (grilled, broiled), pasta with tomato sauce, pates, spicy Chinese, tuna, veal, venison;
Cheese: Brie, Camember, Danish Blu, Gouda, Gruyere, Pecorino Toscano, Sharp Cheddar;
Suitable for ageing. Keep the bottle in horizontal position.
|Grapes varieties||100% Rubin|
|Oak aging||10 months|
|Oak barrels type||225 l new French oak barriques|
|Region||Protected Geographical Indication, Struma River Valley|