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Tonight we’ve decided to step on the sacred ground of viticulture and taste some pinot noir wine. It is the most delicate grape to grow and the hardest wine to make, as pinot noir grapes have a very thin skin, thus making the bruises vulnerable to frost, heat, fungi, birds and insects. More than that, pinot noir is very terrain dependent and it only shines in places that no other grape variety will grow. In other words, it’s the spoiled child of viticulture, nonetheless, there are a couple of winemakers in Moldova who were not afraid of the challenge. One of those rare pinot noir wines with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ we’ve chosen for the review tonight – Pinot Noir de Purcari 2014 from Purcari.
Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:
Clear and transparent garnet color with shades of ruby towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruit: sweet cherry, sour cherry, red currant, red plum, mirabelle prune, raspberry, red grapefruit, pomegranate, cranberry and some hints of sicilia orange.
The wine is medium-dry, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin. It tastes fruity, lean and crisp, with some delicate earthy notes. This is a quite delicious wine, friendly and round, with grainy and smooth tannin. It has a fair overall balance between fruit and oak, as neither dominates, which is nice.
The wine has a medium finish and an acrid-like aftertaste, velvety and a bit tannic.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.3 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 more than ready to drink now. Even though it does display some signs of ageing potential, we would not recommend to keep it any longer for bottle ageing. What we can recommend is to pair it with umami-rich or tart dishes, like for example medium-rare meat or any vinegar dressed salads. Just remember to keep it simple, don’t overdo it, as too much acid in the dish or a very nuanced bloody taste in the meat may ruin the pairing – balance is the keyword to your perfect dinner.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pinot Noir de Purcari | 2014
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 89.3 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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