PURCARI | Vinohora | 2015
feteasca neagra | montepulciano


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are still on the rosé wine theme, , because tonight we picked a wine, that is both, new and intriguing – Vinohora 2015 from Purcari. It is part of the famous ‘Vinohora’ wine set, which is driven by the new philosophy in winemaking – blending indigenous varieties with international ones. This is quite a trend these days and the most curious thing about this wine is that it is a blend of feteasca neagra and montepulciano varieties. While we are quite familiar with feteasca neagra, montepulciano is a dark horse, a variety we haven’t met before, this is why, without further theory, let’s get directly to the review.

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


The wine has an eye-pleasing orange color, with shades of salmon pink and hints of onion peel, with the rim-color displaying nuanced peach hints.


The nose is strong and delicious, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings strong notes of sweet fruits and berries: strawberry, peach, mirabelle, red bell pepper, candied currant, pink mulberry, red grapefruit, plum candy and caramel – mid summer and it’s deliciousness right inside your glass.


The wine is dry with some hints of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste fruity, with lots of citrus notes, bitter-crisp and rich. The wine has a fair overall balance, as it feels quite crisp, maybe a bit too zesty, fresh and a bit angular – this is a wine that can dominate over you from the first sip to the very last one – you just can’t deny it, no matter how hard you try.


The wine has a medium finish with a balanced, bitter-crisp aftertaste – this is a fresh and very young wine.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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.

Conclusion: this wine is quite unique, it is different from the vast majority of rosé wines released this past summer. It brings quite controversial feelings – on one side this is a friendly wine with lots of fruits and citrus, on the other side it is too sharp, too bitter and too crisp. What we can definitely state about this wine is that it will not improve with age, which is to be expected as it is a rosé after all. The blend is also quite unique, on our memory there are only a few winemakers that are offering rosé wine made of feteasca neagra grapes, and none that produce a montepulciano based rosé. To be honest, we did enjoy this wine quite a lot, maybe because it is different, but maybe simply because it is a great wine indeed.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Vinohora | 2015

grape: | feteasca neagra | montepulciano |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 90.0 |

conclusion: great | a must 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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