F’AUTOR | Merlot Rosé | 2013


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We continue with Wine of Moldova and we still keep the rosé wine theme – that delicious, light and refreshing wine style that is growing in popularity with each passing season. Wine of Moldova is gaining more and more followers on its own, and so does the popularity of rosé wines out there. The wine that we’ve selected today is Merlot Rosé 2013 from F’autor.

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


The wine has a very clear pink color – bright and transparent – with the rim-color of a pale salmon pink shade.


The nose is strong and sharp, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear notes of sweet berry fruits – strawberry, raspberry, wolfberry, jotsaberry and a hint of mirabelle and roses. Later on the nose is delighted with some sweet notes of candied strawberry, raspberry jam and candied wolfberry.


The wine is medium-dry, with some hints of residual sugar. The alcohol level is higher than desired from a rosé wine, which makes the wine taste bitter-seedy and a little aggressive. High acidity and medium tannin makes it taste crisp and light, while the overall balance is good. The wine is quite refreshing and a little opulent towards the middle of the palate.


The wine has a medium-plus finish with a velvety aftertaste, that brings back memories of home made wolfberry juice and candied raspberry.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 87.8 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 has been already awarded a bronze medal by Decanter World Wine Awards – the leading wine-tasting competitions of the world. It is no small feat if you ask us – only a couple of rosé wines from Moldova managed to get a bronze medal at DWWA. We also couldn’t miss out on the fact that this is the first rosé wine from the winemaker’s cellars, and as the saying goes – all good things must come in pairs – so does this one, it has a twin, but if this one is made of 100% merlot grapes, its sibling is made of 100% cabernet sauvignon grapes. We do like the character this wine has, and we are quite intrigued about the other one – but that’s a different story for a different time.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Merlot Rosé | 2013

grape: | merlot |

region: MoldovaValul lui Traian

overall rating: | 87.8 |

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.

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