PELICAN NEGRU | Soft Red Blend | 2013
cabernet sauvignon | malbec


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The wine we are going to review tonight is one of those wines, we’ve been eager to try for quite some time – Soft Red Blend 2013 from Pelican Negru. This is a non-regular Bordeaux blend, as it is made of only cabernet sauvignon and malbec grape varieties, where cabernet sauvignon forms the body and structure, while malbec adds complexity and some noble character to the final blend. But enough theory, let’s move on with the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep garnet color, with some noble garnet shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with black and blue fruit: sour cherry, black cherry, wolfberry, red currant, black mulberry, blackberry, cranberry, wildberry, black currant, black raspberry and some hints of pomegranate. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, wormwood, roasted oakwood, leather, tobacco and some subtle hints of smoke and truffle.


The wine is dry, with high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It tastes a bit tannic, but quite fruity and leathery – this is a new-world type of wine, but it doses have some subtle hints of old-world within, with those subtle earthy notes towards the end. This is a firm, dense, a bit tart and quite expressive wine, with a fair overall balance and a quite nuanced woody accent.


The wine has a medium finish and a balanced, zesty-tannic aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.4 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 yet too young to be uncorked, as it is 1-2 years away from it’s potential top form. It does have a good ageing potential courtesy of its high acidity and bitter tannins, which will soften with time and will add more complexity to the wine. Pairing this wine with food is a bit of a dilemma for us, because this is a bold, complex and at the same time velvety wine, as a result it will do amazingly well with any rare steak meat but, on the other hand, it will do wonders if paired with the famous home-made dark cherry pie from Moldova – it’s unbelievable how good this pairing is.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Soft Red Blend | 2013

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | malbec |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 90.4 |

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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