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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 – pinot noir. There are a couple of winemakers in Moldova who were not afraid of the challenge, and recently a new one was added to that small list, so we’ve decided to give it ago. It is well known that pinot noir wine is very terrain dependent and it only shines in places that no other grape variety will grow. But let’s get back to our review – the wine we have chosen tonight is Pinot Noir 2014 from Minis Terrios.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
The wine has a clear garnet color, bright, not too deep, not quite opaque, with the rim-color of a hazy indigo shade, which is not a characteristic of pinot noir wines.
The nose is strong 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, violets, red currant, blackberry, red bell pepper and red apple. A bit later comes secondary notes of a sun dried cherry tree bark and dried sour cherries.
The wine is extra dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has strong alcohol level, strong acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste fruity and savory at the same time, seedy and green at first, but extracted and persistent towards the end. This is a crisp, sharp and angular wine, with a nuanced astringency and a dense body. The wine has a weak overall balance – it feels rough, with alcohol, acidity and tannin being the dominant elements, every element trying to top the other two – the wine is too young and lacks balance and harmony.
The wine has a long finish and an tart-astringent aftertaste – it leaves a burning sensation that lasts quite a while.
This is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.0 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 would like to highlight that this is the very first pinot noir wine from the winemaker’s cellar, and to be honest it is a very good start. The wine has a clear new-world profile, but it does lack some of the savory notes of a New Zealand pinot noir. 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. Just keep in mind that nobody ates my pinot noir.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pinot Noir | 2014
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 88.0 |
conclusion: good | recommended
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