SELENE | Feteasca Neagra | 2013
feteasca neagra


WineStatistics will be evaluating wines in no particular order on no particular schedule. Just stay tuned and you will never miss one. If the wine is tasted more than once, the rating table will be updated so as to reflect all the new impressions and observations. The logic is simple – the more we taste, the more we learn.

The wine we are going to review today is a bit special, as it is a wine made of feteasca neagra, which is an indigenous local grape variety, that is not yet explored at its full potential. More than that, there is no definite style for this wine yet, 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 and we are very eager to present you the wine we will review tonight – Selene Feteasca Neagra 2013 from Cramele Recas.

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


A bit hazy garnet color with shades of pale ruby towards the rim.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with savory and vegetal notes, mixed with some ripe black fruit: leather, blackcurrant, rare beef meat, green walnut, blackberry, wormwood and some hints of violets. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of oregano, dates and the elegant flavor of a roasted oakwood.


The wine is dry, with high, but very well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin. It tastes earthy and leathery, with a nuanced old-world profile. This is a complex, elegant and firm wine, with well balanced alcohol and acidity. The wine has a good overall balance between barrique and variety, as neither dominates, which lets the fruit and earthy notes express themselves at its best.


The wine has a medium-plus finish and a balanced-velvety aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 91.5 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, yet, with a good ageing potential – a fine and complex wine with a nice balance between all its elements. We would strongly recommend to decant this wine for at least 30 minutes, as it will do wonders to the wine’s aroma and taste profiles – the fruit will express itself more clearly, while the earthy notes will make you want to pair it with some filet mignon with red wine sauce – that’s an epic food’n’wine pairing.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Feteasca Neagra | 2013

grape: | feteasca neagra |

region: Romania | Banat

overall rating: | 91.5 |

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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