PURCARI | Anniversary Edition | Negru de Purcari | Vintage | 2009
cabernet sauvignon | saperavi | rara neagra

PURCARI | Anniversary Edition | Negru de Purcari | 2009

WineStatistics will be evaluating wines in no particular order on no particular schedule. Just stay tuned and you will never miss one. If the wine is tasted more than once, the rating table will be updated so as to reflect all the new impressions and observations. The logic is simple – the more we taste, the more we learn.

For our prime wine-tasting review we’ve chosen one of our all time favorites Wine of Moldova – Negru de Purcari Vintage 2009 from Chateau Purcari. It’s expensive (in fact it is the most expensive premium dry wine on the market today), it’s red, it’s dry and it’s damn good. This wine is a limited edition, made only in good vintages and only with the best selected grapes.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a noble-pure garnet color, it is dense and opaque, with the rim-color on the purple side of the spectrum.


The nose is clean and strong with no signs of wine faults. On the first nose there are sharp, mouth-watering notes of black fruits – black currant, sweet black cherry and black raspberry, with a noble odor of a slightly roasted french barique towards the end.


The wine is definitely dry, but sweet enough to make you salivate a while, with no signs of residual sugar. The sweet notes comes from moderate alcohol level, strong enough for a good wine, but not disturbing or dominating your palate, with moderate to high acidity and dry tannin. Speaking of tannin level, it is this much one desires from a fine, dry red wine. The overall balance is very good, with just a bit more nuanced tannin and acidity in contrast with other elements. To be mentioned here is that the wine is near his best right now, with a just couple of years of bottle maturation away from his peak form, when high acids will smoother the tannin level, and as a result, the word balance will turn into harmony.


The wine has a long finish with a velvety, almost elegant, aftertaste, which fills your mouth and makes you desire one more sip, and then one more, until your glass is empty. This is that kind of wine, when you don’t take your fingers off the glass, because there’s little to no time between every sip you take.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, this wine was already awarded a silver medal by Decanter World Wine Awards – one of the top 5 world’s most appreciated wine-tasting competitions, a simple fact that says a lot about this wine. The 2009 vintage is sold out as expected, but good things come to those who wait – the 2011 vintage is already available in wine shops. Just don’t wait for too long before you get one – a limited edition is called so for a reason.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Anniversary Edition | Negru de Purcari | Vintage 2009

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | saperavi | rara neagra |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 91.7 |

conclusion: great | a must try



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

3 thoughts on “Purcari | Negru de Purcari Vintage 2009

  1. A great blog. Very insightful and easy to follow. Wine is quite an intimidating world, so simplifying it and trying to express it in a couple of simple charts, is certainly welcome. The snobs may object wine can’t be reduced to some numbers (and there’s some truth to this), but we as consumers surely have a lot to gain. Keep up the good work!
    P.S. And yes, fully agree, NdP 2009 is a hell of a wine and will only get better as it ages!


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