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We are still discovering Wine of Moldova for the time being and this time we’ve decided to review something special – a wine that is already a legend alive – Amaro de la Valea Perjei 2004 from Acorex Wine Holding. It’s vinification style is very much the same to that of the iconic italian wine – Amarone della Valpolicella – 100% hand picked grapes that are dried for several months to lose water and concentrate sugars, those adding to the resulting wine structure and concentration, needless to mention that this is reflected in it’s price tag.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a clear ruby color, it is soft and transparent, with the rim-color of a pale copper – a clear tell of an aged wine.
The nose is clean and strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings clear notes of sweet black cherry, sweet sour cherry, black cherry jam and cherry stones. Then come the secondary, savory flavor of tomato leaf, medium roasted oak wood and a hint of dark chocolate.
The wine is bone-dry, with no signs of residual sugar, but because of high sugar concentration in the dried grapes, it feels sweet. The alcohol level is high but it does not feel aggressive at all, just a little bit astringent. High acidity and dry tannin form a very well balanced and, at the same time, quite complex body. Bitterness is the key to this wine – all it needs is a well spiced beef steak or some roasted lamb ribs.
The wine has a long finish with a velvety and quite brave aftertaste, which fills your mouth with bittersweet grape passion. That’s a wine style we will be missing in the near future, when the vast majority of wines tend to be more fruit-forward, with medium body and elegant aftertaste, but none so brave and honest as an amarone style blend.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.3 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 gold medal by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles – one of the top 5 world’s most appreciated wine-tasting competitions, also, the previous vintages of this same wine were awarded a gold medal by Mundus Vini International Wine Award and a silver medal by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, a simple fact that says a lot about this wine’s potential. The 2004 vintage can still be found in wine shops with quite a price tag attached, but if you appreciate this style of wine – brave, bitter but honest – you may think to spend some, because if you ask us – it’s wort it.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Amaro de la Valea Perjei | 2004
overall rating: | 88.3 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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