PURCARI | Vinohora | 2014
rara neagra | malbec


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Back to Wine of Moldova and back to wine blend theme, and there’s a reason why – tonight we are going to review a wine, that some of you were asking for a while – Vinohora 2014 from Purcari. This is one of the first local wines that were driven by the new philosophy in winemaking of blending indigenous grape varieties with international ones. This is quite a trend these days, as every now and then a new ‘fraternité’ wine is hitting the shelves. So, let’s surf the trendy waves and see how good of an idea this one is.

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


The wine has a noble deep-garnet color, pure and opaque, with the rim-color of a translucent purple shade.


The nose is clean and strong, with no signs of wine faults. The very first nose reveals a mix of black fruits and some nuanced savory notes: sour cherry, black currant, black cherry, smoked plum, blackberry, fig, cloves, black tea, vanilla, black peeper and a mesmerizing aroma of a medium roasted wood.


The wine is extra-dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and strong tannin. This is a sharp, bold and angular wine – a bit austere, a bit seedy and quite spicy. The wine has a fair overall balance – it has a nuanced fruit-forward profile, a clear example of it’s new-world ideology – velvety and smoky.


The wine has a medium finish and a balanced aftertaste. It is sharp and astringent towards the end, but it leaves a quite pleasing feeling overall.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.9 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.

Conclusion: this wine is still too young to drink now, we would recommend to keep it a little longer for bottle ageing, as it display a good ageing potential, but is still too angular and sharp. Time will round up its edges and will soften its overall profile. We would also like to mention that this wine was already appreciated on the international scene, as it has been awarded a commended award by Decanter World Wine Awards and a bronze medal by Challenge International du Vin – two of the leading wine-tasting competitions in the world of wine.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Vinohora | 2014

grape: | rara neagra | malbec |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 89.9 |

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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