ALBASTRELE | Merlot Rosé | 2013


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We switch back to Wine of Moldova and we will keep the rosé wine theme for a while – 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 for today’s review is Merlot Rosé 2013 from from Albastrele Wines.

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


The wine has a pure, peach 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 notes of sweet berry fruits: strawberry, nectarine, mirabelle, red apple and a hint of peach blossom. Later on the nose is delighted with some sweet notes of white cherry, yellow pear and candied fruits.


The wine is medium-dry, with some hints of residual sugar. The alcohol level is medium-plus, a bit 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 fresh. It also has a good overall balance, the wine tastes a bit reductive, but quite fruity and smooth.


The wine has a long finish with a velvety aftertaste, which turns bittercrisp toward the end – it feels amazingly refreshing.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.7 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 would like to mention that this is a single variety rosé wine, made completely of merlot grapes, quite a popular approach these days and we see the reason why – merlot, if harvested and processed with care, can result in very rich and aromatic rosé wines, with body and texture similar to those of blended rosé, which are more expensive and a lot more difficult to produce. This is a kind of win-win situation, as consumers can enjoy delicate rosé wines at a very attractive price, while at the same time, winemakers can sell more while spending less.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Merlot Rosé | 2013

grape: | merlot |

region: MoldovaValul lui Traian

overall rating: | 88.7 |

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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