Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Nero 2007

Growing vines in the Thracian region of Bulgaria, near Turkey and the Black Sea, may seem like a strange place to make wine. However, after visiting the region Edoardo Miroglio, formerly an Italian textile producer, decided to set up a winery. His dream was accomplished in 2002 when he established the eponymously named Edoardo Miroglio Wine Cellar. The winery is based near the village of Elenovo, where they grow a range of varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Mavrud and Pinot Noir.

This week’s wine is his Pinot Noir. It is aged for 12 to 15 months in barrel, and has a further 6 months ageing in bottle before being released. An interesting twist of the 2007 vintage is the addition of the “Nova Zagora” PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) to the label. This PDO came into existence on January 26th 2007 and appears to only have one restriction – the grapes must be grown in the nominated region.

I first tasted this wine in 2004 and have enjoyed several vintages since. I re-tasted it recently in Pollen Street Social with Ollie (my flatmate). He was very taken aback by the fact I had ordered a Bulgarian wine. However, upon tasting it his initial fears were allayed and we were able to enjoy a great wine with some superb food. In fact, he enjoyed the wine so much that he bought a case, and it is one of those bottles (thanks Ollie) that I’m using to write this review.

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The Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Noir has lovely aromas of red cherries, raspberries, and an almost meaty note. The palate is firm yet juicy, with the ripe fruit being complemented perfectly by gorgeous spicy flavours, particularly cloves. The racy acidity keeps the fruit balanced, the tannins are soft and almost silky, the finish is long and elegant. As with last week’s wine (Lapalu Brouilly) don’t be afraid to serve this wine slightly chilled, especially in warm weather.

July 2011

Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Nero 2007
Country: Bulgaria
Region: Nova Zagora, Tracia
Vintage: 2007
Alcohol: 13.5%
Grape Variety:
Pinot Noir
Where To Buy:
Harrods, Swig, Theatre of Wine – not a direct link, Wine-Searcher
Tags: Wine of the Week, Bulgaria, Tracia, Nova Zagora, Pinot Nero, Edoardo Miroglio, Red Wine