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We are tasting Wine of Moldova once again and we’ve decided to try something new, a 100% indigenous grape variety – Feteasca Neagra 2014 from Minis Terrios. It’s a single-variety feteasca neagra wine and even though this is a grape variety that has it’s origins in Moldova, only a few local winemakers do grow feteasca neagra grapes, but things are changing fast, and every new season there’s a new feteasca neagra wine released on the market.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a deep garnet color, with the rim-color of a clear purple shade, which is common for quality feteasca neagra wines.
The nose is rich, at first it’s quite reductive, with nuanced barnyard notes. The first nose reveals a mixture of black and blue fruits: sour cherry, blackberry, blue plum, wildberry, cranberry and a hint of violets. The secondary nose brings those barnyard-savory notes of leather saddle, beetroot, wet dirt, bell pepper, red pepper, roasted wood and black olive.
The wine is bone dry with no hints of residual sugar. It has high, but well integrated alcohol level, moderate acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste sharp, bold and expressive. The wine has a fair overall balance – this is a muscular, a bit austere, but quite delicate, wine. It feels closed at first, but it evolves into an angular, at times rough, firm and dense wine.
The wine has a medium finish with a balanced, bitter-seedy aftertaste. It tastes a bit astringent, jammy and quite spicy.
This is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.6 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 highlight that this is the very first feteasca neagra wine from the winemaker’s cellar, and to be honest it is a very good one. The wine has a clear new-world profile, but it does not lack the earthy-savory notes of a local terroir. We would also like to highlight the hard work and the potential of Moldova’s small wine producers, with ambitions that ads personality to the wines they produce. On our part, we can only admire their drive and determination, enjoy their wines and share it with the ones we love.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Feteasca Neagra | 2014
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 88.6 |
conclusion: good | recommended
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