CRICOVA | Orasul Subteran | Rara Neagra | 2012
rara neagra


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We will keep tasting Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we’ve decided to keep within the indigenous grape variety trend. The wine that we are going to review tonight is Orasul Subteran Rara Neagra 2012 from Cricova. There aren’t many winemakers in Moldova who offer rara neagra wines on the market these days, but that is subject to change as wines made of indigenous grape varieties are growing in popularity with each passing day. Rara neagra is the most promising of those local varieties and the one with the best quality potential.

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


The wine has a noble garnet color, it is deep and intense, with the rim-color of clear garnet shade.


The nose is rich with no signs of wine faults. The dominant flavors on the first nose are those of red confied fruits mixed with some oxidative notes: candied sour cherry, ripe cherry, confied black currant, blackberry, black plum, mulberry jam and black tea.


The wine is dry, with no obvious signs of residual sugar. It has strong alcohol, high acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste bitter-seedy, angular and tart at the same time. The overall balance is weak, with alcohol and acidity as the dominant elements. That makes the wine feel rough, but fair, dense and jammy towards the end.


The wine has a medium, a bit astringent finish, with a sharp and muscular aftertaste that can compete with the most hot and spicy dishes.

chartsThis is definitely a fair Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 87.0 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, taking into consideration it’s age, the wine is definitely on the declining slope, which means that it’s about time to be uncorked. Also we would like to mention the overall profile of rara neagra wines, as we’ve tasted quite some of them, and every single sample proved to be a niche product. What that means is that every winemaker is imposing its own vision on how a rara neagra wine should taste like, and this is not a bad thing at all, as it proves that indigenous grape varieties do have a great potential for development.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Orasul Subteran | Rara Neagra | 2012

grape: | rara neagra |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 87.0 |

conclusion: fair | worth a 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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