Mavrud is a grape that dates back to the Greek times.  The name comes from a Greek word meaning blacks the  skin is bluish-black.  It is one of the prized indigenous grapes in Bulgaria.  The winery is built on the site of an ancient Monastery that was destroyed by the Turns in the fifteenth century.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, some raspberries, plums and strawberries.  Some spice as well.  On the palate, this is medium bodied with good acidity.  Black cherry fruit.  Light tannins.  Some depth and complexity.  This is a really nice value.  Somewhat Pinot-like but with more body and "cab-like" structure, if that makes sense.  It drinks well on its own and would work well with burgers of chicken off the grill.  Drink over the next three to six years.  

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