VINARIA DIN VALE | Feteasca Neagra | 2013
feteasca neagra


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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 100% indigenous grape variety from Moldova – Feteasca Neagra 2013 from Vinaria din Vale. It’s a single-variety feteasca neagra wine and even though this is a grape variety that has it’s origins in Moldova, it is hard to admit it, but the truth is that only a few winemakers here in Moldova do grow feteasca neagra grapes, which means that this wine is still in his early stage of life cycle.

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


The wine has a clear ruby color, it is light and just a bit hazy, with the rim-color of a clear garnet shade.


The nose is clean and rich with some strong oxidation hints. The first nose brings clear notes of red fruits and barique – candied cherry, red cherry, peonies, red currant, red apple and a strong moist wood scent, which is a clear tell that the wine was barrel maturated at some stage.


The wine is medium dry or off-dry, with some hints of residual sugar left after fermentation. It has high alcohol content and high acidity, which makes it taste austere, sharp and green. With soft tannin, the wine forms an overall fair balance and it taste quite opulent, a bit tight and reductive.


The wine has a medium finish with an astringent, just a little mouldy aftertaste, and it still leaves a lasting sensation of a tart-mousy feeling.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 80.0 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 young wine, it still needs some good years of bottle maturation. Also, the overall feeling is that this wine is made of some very young grapes, harvested form new vines, which means that the winemaker gets a quite non-homogeneous quality of grapes at the very best. What we want to say here is that sometimes, a little patience is all it takes to get what we want and patience is exactly what this wine needs right now. A good wine may become great one day – it just needs to prepare itself for that leap.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Feteasca Neagra | 2013

grape: | feteasca neagra |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 80.0 |

conclusion: good | 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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