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We are still on the Wine of Moldova theme, but this time we’ve decided to step on the sacred ground of viticulture – the mesmerizing pinot noir. There are a couple of winemakers in Moldova who accepted the challenge to test their skills on this quite delicate grape variety. We’ve decided that the day has come to get back to pinot noir wine, so the wine we have chosen today is Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Pinot Noir 2009 from Château Vartely.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a clear, maybe just a bit hazy, ruby-copper color, with the rim-color of a clear brick shade.
The nose is rich and elegant, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear and nuanced notes of red fruits and herbs: sour cherry, tomato leaf, cranberry, wolfberry, wormwood, red currant and red cherry. A bit later comes secondary notes of a medium roasted oak wood, red pepper and black tea.
The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, moderate acidity and medium tannin, which makes it taste savory but quite fruity, woody and wide. This is a light, lean and elegant wine – it is old world and new world at the same time. The wine has a fair overall balance – it feels a bit rough at first, with alcohol being the dominant element, but quite balanced on the finish.
The wine has a medium finish and a balanced aftertaste. It is astringent and spicy towards the end, and it leaves a quite hot and lasting sensation overall.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 87.5 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 not a young wine anymore, and, as the majority of old wines, this one will also express itself better if decanted at least 30 minutes before serving, but here’s the tricky part – while the aeration will bring out red fruits and spicy notes, it also amplifies astringency and alcohol. The temperature is of paramount importance too – if served a little cooler than recommended, the wine will taste less aggressive and a bit more elegant, the warmer it gets, the bolder it feels – muscular, astringent and even pleasantly rough. Also, not to be left out is that fact, that an older vintage of this same wine have been awarded a commended accolade by International Wine Challenge.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pur Aristocratic | Pinot Noir | 2009
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 87.5 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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