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The wine we are going to review tonight is a bit special, as it is a wine made of feteasca neagra, which is an indigenous local grape variety, a variety that is not yet explored at its full potential. More than that, there is no definite style for this wine yet, winemakers are still trying to find the perfect formula, as a result, every here and there, we get feteasca neagra wines that assemble different wine styles and profiles, from crisp light-bodied to spicy full-bodied wines. This is exactly what makes feteasca neagra so special these days. The wine under review tonight is Feteasca Neagra 2013 from Vinaria Nobila.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
Deep garnet color with shades of ruby towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruit: black cherry, black currant, blackberry, dried cherry, black raspberry, black mulberry and some hints of black currant jam. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red and black pepper, cinnamon, black tea and the elegant flavor of a roasted oakwood mixed with some subtle hints of truffle.
The wine is dry, with high but very well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin. It tastes crisp and seedy, with a nuanced fruit-forward profile. This is definitely a new-world blend – fruity, tannic, complex and extracted, with overwhelming acidity. The wine has a fair overall balance between barrique and fruit, as neither dominates, but the woody-spicy hints are still well highlighted.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, a bit tart and seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.7 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 is a wine in its peak form, ready to drink now, a fine and complex wine that still has some ageing potential due to its nuanced acidity and smooth tannin. We would not recommend to keep it any longer in the bottle, as this is a wine to be enjoyed right here and right now, alongside some rib-eye steak meat. Also, keep in mind that a feteasca neagra wine will pair well with some local meat-based dishes as well, like for example some roasted pork shoulder.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Feteasca Neagra | 2013
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 90.7 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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