MOLDA | Pinot Noir | 2012
pinot noir


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Tonight we are going to review a wine that is special in many ways. First of all, this is a wine that is not yet released on the market – a kind of ‘en primeur’ tasting, then, there’s the grape variety – pinot noir – the most difficult grape to grow and the most difficult wine to make. As a result, pinot noir wines hit record prices per bottle with every new vintage. The wine that we’ve selected for the review tonight is a Pinot Noir 2012 from Berhord-Vin.

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


The wine has a pure garnet-ruby color, light and transparent, with the rim-color of a translucent pomegranate shade.


The nose is strong and elegant, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear and nuanced notes of red fruits: red cherry, cherry tomato, pomegranate, jostaberry, red apple, a hint of fresh strawberry and a hint of watermelon. Later on, the nose is delighted with some notes of wormwood and roasted oak-wood.


The wine is dry to medium dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has moderate-plus, but quite well integrated, alcohol level, high acidity and medium-plus tannin, which makes it taste round, elegant and crisp. This is an expressive, delicious and friendly wine – quite complex, but at the same time light and refined. The wine has a good overall balance – it feels lean, fair and harmonious.


The wine has a long-minus finish and velvety aftertaste. It is a bit bitter and a bit zesty towards the end, but it leaves you with a smooth and lean mouth-feel that will wake your desire for one more sip.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.0 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 do want to mention that this is a great pinot noir wine, it has a clear new world character, identical to the wines made in New Zealand, but quite different from the ones from the Bourgogne region in France, a region that dictates the trend and prices for all the great pinot noir wines. Pinot noir grape itself is very difficult to grow, maintain and preserve, it is susceptible to weather and diseases, but when managed properly, the resulting wines are an expression of terroir. So why is pinot noir so famous and desired after all? We could not find a better explanation than this: because it’s a pinot noir.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pinot Noir | 2012

grape: | pinot noir |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 91.0 |

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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