PURCARI | Freedom Blend | 2013
bastardo | saperavi | rara neagra


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The wine we are going to review tonight was released as an act of protest against Russian economic and military intervention in the three East European countries – Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, as a result, the three grape varieties that make the blend originate from those countries: bastardo from Ukraine, saperavi from Georgia and rara neagra from Moldova. This wine is the first of it’s kind, a wine that was not dedicated to history of winemaking, culture or art, but rather a wine with a clear geopolitical vector, a manifest of solidarity – Freedom Blend 2013 from Purcari.

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


Deep purple color with shades of opaque garnet towards the rim.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe blue fruit: blue plum, sour cherry, cranberry, beetroot, eggplant, currant leaf, baked cherry, blueberry jam, leather notes and some hints of violets.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin. It tastes sharp, green and angular, with a nuanced savory profile. This is a quite delicate blend, astringent and rough, that has both, new-world and world-world characteristics. The wine has a fair overall balance between earthiness and fruit, as neither dominates, which is quite uncommon.


The wine has a medium finish and an astringent, quite sharp and a bit acrid aftertaste.

chartsThis 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.

Conclusion: in our opinion this wine is still too young to drink now, as its acidity and tannin are not displaying any signs of balance at the moment. But, we would not recommend it for bottle ageing neither, as there are a bit too many savory notes in the aroma profile of this wine, so it’s a bit of a dilemma. What we would strongly recommend is to pair it with fat dishes, like rib-eye steak or seared foie gras, just remember to keep the dish spicy and fat, to counter balance acidity and tannin in the wine.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Freedom Blend | 2013

grape: | bastardo | saperavi | rara neagra |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: 88.6 |

conclusion: good | 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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