CHÂTEAU VARTELY | Winemaker’s Selection | Rara Neagra & Merlot & Syrah | 2012
rara neagra | merlot | syrah


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We are still on the Wine of Moldova theme for the time being and we have chosen quite a different wine this time, a blend of an indigenous grape variety from Moldova – rara neagra, with two international grape varieties – merlot & syrah – Winemaker’s Selection Rara Neagra & Merlot & Syrah 2012 from Château Vartely. It is part of famous Winemaker’s Selection series and it is one of the pioneers for blending indigenous grape varieties with international ones – a practice that brought world’s recognition for Italian wines, now known as Super Tuscans, so why not try and emulate this experience here in Moldova.

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 quite opaque, the rim-color is of a deep garnet shade.


The nose is clean and strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear notes of sour cherry, blue plum, blackberry, black mulberry and black cherry. The second nose is more delicate, with sharp notes of roasted wood, cherry stones, wormwood, red and black pepper and black olive – a clear sign that this wine was maturated in a medium roasted french barrique.


The wine is dry, with no hints of residual sugar, moderate – well integrated alcohol level and moderate acidity, which makes the wine taste sharp, complex, extracted, insistent and just a bit crisp. With dry tannin, the overall balance is good, the wine feels quite insistent in the mouth, a little angular but quite dense and spicy – we would say even woody.


The wine has a long finish with a velvety, just a little bit bitter-seedy aftertaste, and a very nuanced flavor of overripe black summer fruits.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.0 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, we did really enjoyed this one – the blend is well balanced – light and zesty like a rara neagra, dense and insistent like a merlot, spicy and complex like a syrah – a Super Tuscan of our own, or should we call it a Super Moldovan. The important thing is that the first step was made, an indigenous grape variety can be blended quite well with international grape varieties without any damage to the wine’s profile, and this is not the only Wine of Moldova that chose this approach. We can only welcome such initiatives, as long as the final results are a bottled delight.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Winemaker’s Selection | Rara Neagra & Merlot & Syrah | 2012

grape: | rara neagra | merlot | syrah |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.0 |

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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