PURCARI | Vinohora | 2014
feteasca alba | chardonnay

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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are still on the white wine blend theme. The wine that we’ve selected this time is both, appealing and intriguing – Vinohora 2014 from Purcari. It is part of the famous ‘Vinohora’ wine set, which is driven by this new philosophy in winemaking, of blending indigenous varieties with international ones. Therefore, tonight we are going to review a blend of feteasca alba and chardonnay varieties, this is why, without any 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:

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Visual
The wine has a bright topaz-green color, with some brilliant-clear yellowish shades towards the rim of the glass.

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Olfactory

The nose is rich, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is very insistent, with nuanced herbal and sweet fruits notes: nettle, green apple, green pear, lemon, quince, underripe apricot, underripe persimmon, green bell pepper, grapefruit and some nuanced hints of celery.

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Gustatory

The wine is medium-dry, with no hints of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, high acidity and quite dry tannin, which makes the wine taste green, crisp and herbaceous – it feels woody, oily and silky at the same time. The wine has a fair overall balance – this is a young, a bit green and very well structured wine, with a quite smooth and firm body.

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Aftertaste

The wine has a medium finish and a balanced aftertaste – zesty and tannic but quite refined 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 in its prime, fruit-forward and herbaceous, with some strong seedy accents and some clear signs of barrel maturation. At the same time, this wine has a very good ageing potential – it can definitely last at least half an year more in the bottle. We would also like to highlight that fact, that this wine has been awarded a silver medal by Decanter World Wine Awards, another silver medal by International Wine & Spirit Competition and one more silver medal by Mundus Vini International Wine Award – those are three of the world’s most prestigious wine tasting competitions. This is a fine wine indeed, a wine that displays the true potential of Moldova region on international scene, a wine that we all can be proud of.

WineStatistics tasting results:

PURCARI
Vinohora | 2014

grape: | feteasca alba | chardonnay |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: 89.9 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended

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(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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