F’AUTOR | Rhein Riesling | Late Harvest | 2010


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Keeping with the Wine of Moldova trend and in line with the fast approaching winter holidays we’ve decided that the time has come for a very special wine – Rhein Riesling Late Harvest 2010 from F’autor. It is special for two reasons: one would be that this is the only late harvest riesling wine in Moldova that is not presented as an icewine, but rather as a high quality matured off-dry white wine, the other reason would be that, in our opinion, this is exactly how, a real late harvest wine, should be made and marketed.

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


The wine has a pure, translucent yellow color, with the rim color of a deep yellow-green.


The nose is strong with some hints of cork taint in the beginning, which luckily disappears after just few minutes of aeration. The first nose is quite sharp, which brings notes of sweet fruits and honey: quince and quince jam are the dominant ones, fresh white mulberry and yellow apple, pineapple and elderflower, all of them twisted into a delightful flavored mix, topped up with a hint of fresh spring-honey.


The wine is sweet, with quite an amount of residual sugar, exactly this much a late harvest wine should have. With moderate alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin, the wine has a very good balance between these elements, turning it into a bitter-sweet, zesty and quite refreshing elixir. It has a velvety-like, elegant body with a smooth, silky texture.


The wine has a long, creamy finish and a velvety, bitter-sweet aftertaste – if there would be one word to describe this wine, it would be ‘delicious’.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.7 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 an accolade in a regional wine competition, which speaks a lot about it’s quality, but what fascinates us most is the winemaker‘s attitude towards us, the consumers, and it’s marketing approach. They could easily bottle this wine in a slim 375 ml wine bottle, present it as a premium quality, late harvest icewine and sell it at a double market price, but they didn’t, and for that they earned our utmost respect. There are no words of new vintages of this wine, that’s why let us give you an advice – try it know, as long as it’s still available in wine shops.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Rhein Riesling | Late Harvest | 2010

grape: | riesling |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: 90.7 |

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.

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