SERAFIM | Feteasca Neagra | 2013
feteasca neagra


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The wine we are going to review tonight is made of feteasca neagra grapes, which is an indigenous local 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. The wine we have selected for the review tonight is Serafim Feteasca Neagra 2013 from Licorna Winehouse – a relatively new romanian winemaker.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Clear ruby color, quite transparent, with some hints of copper towards the rim.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with red fruit: sweet cherry, red currant, dried cranberry, dried red cherry, dried red currant, nutmeg and some hints of sweet oakwood. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, sweet tobacco and some hints of cloves.


The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes fruity, a bit jammy and oaky, with a nuanced new-world profile. This is a round and quite fair wine, with a baked-fruit taste. The wine has a fair overall balance and a nice spicy accent.


It has a medium finish and a balanced-smooth aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 89.0 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 that is a bit over its peak form, definitely ready to drink now, and not meant for long-term bottle ageing – a fine and complex wine with a well structured body and fine-grained tannin. It is strongly recommended to decant this wine in advance for at least 30 minutes in order to bring out the best it has to offer in terms of fruit and spice. We would recommend to pair this wine with dishes based on mushrooms sauce, like for example some pappardelle bolognese with mushroom and lentil or a mushroom risotto, as the smooth tannin and the rest of residual sugar in the wine will cut nicely through the dish’s creaminess.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Feteasca Neagra | 2013

grape: | feteasca neagra |

region: Romania | Muntenia & Oltenia

overall rating: 89.0 |

conclusion: fine | highly 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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