CRICOVA | Vin Virgin | 2011


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We are still reviewing Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we’ve even decided to stay on the merlot theme, but this time we’ve selected a quite different merlot wine to review – Vin Virgin 2011 from Cricova. This one is special – it is the only merlot wine in Moldova, which winemaking technique is very close to that of an amarone wine or a late harvest new world wine, when the grapes are harvested a couple of weeks later after the point when they reach full ripeness.

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


The wine has an opaque and quite dense purple-garnet color, with the rim-color of a very clear purple shade.


The nose is strong and delightful, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear and sharp notes, where sour cherry is the queen. First come the jammy notes of candied sour cherry and very ripe and fresh sour cherry. Then, like a firework, more fruits bombs are coming out: sun-dried notes of dried sour cherry, dried red cherry and dried black currant, then come the jammy notes of black plum jam and black currant jam, while towards the end there are fresh, mesmerizing notes of overripe red cherry and ripe black currant. All of this is capped by a very delicate aroma of a light roasted wood and smoked black plum.


The wine is bone dry with just a hint of residual sugar. This is a powerful, bitter-seedy, austere but quite complex and very well structured wine. High alcohol level, moderate acidity and strong tannin makes the wine taste quite astringent, nonetheless, the overall balance is still good, with a very delicate harmony, that fusion into a delicate, fruit-forward wine.


The wine has a long, quite velvety finish, with some hints of astringency and very ripe summer fruits. This is one of those wines that fits into the love/hate category, where there is no middle ground.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.9 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, it is to be mentioned that this wine has been awarded a silver medal by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, which is no small feat. Also we would like to highlight a couple of aspects related to this wine. The first one is that this is a 2011 vintage wine, which was a very good year for red wine in general in Moldova. The second aspect is related to the winemaking technique – it seems that the winemaker decided to keep the wine as wild as possible – there’s the late harvest of overripe grapes, there’s little to no oak used in aging and as a result we were delighted with one of the most pure flavored wines that we’ve ever tasted to date. That ripe sour cherry flavor is something to be remembered.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Vin Virgin | 2011

grape: | merlot |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 88.9 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(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.

2 thoughts on “Cricova | Vin Virgin 2011

  1. Hi guys , great review and this wine deserves it . Why nothing is written about you , you like to fly under the radar ) the only thing that is written that you’re from Ciocana and that explains a lot because ” la Ciocana se bea vin cu cana ” 😀 . Very good wines , very good reviews and it all overall looks honest and fair ,thank you and keep it going


    • Hi Ramon,

      well, we did not write more about us because this community is all about wine, 🙂
      and to be honest, we’re not from Ciocana either – it’s just a bug – when we set up the location, it always returns Ciocana, even if we indicate another location – seems to be an IP related bug. 😉

      Thank you for the feedback. 😉


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