GITANA WINERY | La Petite Sophie | 2013
chardonnay | feteasca regala | riesling


WineStatistics will be evaluating wines in no particular order on no particular schedule. Just stay tuned and you will never miss one. If the wine is tasted more than once, the rating table will be updated so as to reflect all the new impressions and observations. The logic is simple – the more we taste, the more we learn.

We continue to review Wine of Moldova and keep up with the white wine theme, but this time it’s different, this time we are going to review a white blend. Blending is a technique, used by the winemakers, meant to improve the overall quality of their wines – it is useful there, where it is desired to highlights all the good sides of a wine, obscuring it’s dark sides at the same time. But enough theory, the wine that we are reviewing today is a bottled poem – beauty and romance at a glance – La Petite Sophie 2013 from Gitana Winery.

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


The wine has a bright, pure yellow-white color, with a translucent yellow-green rim-color.


The nose is strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is amazingly intense and it brings notes of sweet fruits mixed with mesmerizing floral scents – jasmine, yellow apple, white pear, straw grass, pamela, pineapple, lemon and white mulberry. This wine is a delightful time machine, that will take you away, back into those early summer days of your childhood at the country side.


The wine is medium-dry, with some hints of residual sugar. It has moderate alcohol level and high to medium acidity, which makes the wine taste smooth, round and crisp – this is a very friendly and delicious wine. Dry tannin makes it taste bittersweet and refined, while the good overall balance makes the wine taste rich, fair and lean – like a summer rain after a hot and sunny midday.


The wine has a long finish and a bitter-velvety aftertaste – it tastes noble, fresh and silky at the same time.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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, it is to be mentioned that this is a quite delicate blend – it consists of a classic, buttery chardonnay, blended with an indigenous feteasca regala variety and finished with a noble riesling variety, that usually can stand on its own as a crisp dry, or as a sweet late harvest wine. To be honest, this wine is quite appealing – it’s unbelievable smooth – the chardonnay profile dominates the palate, but the other two grape varieties add something extra, something that transforms the wine into a fresh and easy to drink summer infusion. This is indeed a great wine and, forgive me this flashback into the fantasy world but, as all the great swords do have a name so does this wine – poetry in its finest incarnation – la petite Sophie.

WineStatistics tasting results:

La Petite Sophie | 2013

grape: | chardonnay | feteasca regala | riesling |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: 90.0 |

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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