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The wine we review tonight is made of feteasca neagra, which is an indigenous grape variety that is not yet explored at its full potential, this is exactly what makes feteasca neagra so special these days and we are very eager to present you the wine we are talking about – Feteasca Neagra 2013 from from 1000 de Chipuri. More than that, this is the first late harvest feteasca neagra wine we are tasting, as the grapes were left on the vine even after they’ve reached their peak ripeness, thus resulting in very concentrated wines, with high alcohol content and overripe fruit. But enough theory, without further ado let’s head directly to the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep garnet color, with shades of noble-garnet towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruit: black cherry, black currant, wild cherry, black plum, dried cranberry, nutmeg, cloves and some hints of allspice. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, black tea, roasted oakwood and some hints of vanilla.
The wine is extra-dry, with strong alcohol level, moderate acidity and ripe tannin. It tastes fruity, a bit opulent and oaky. This is definitely a new-world type of wine – firm, expressive and extracted, with overwhelming alcohol. The wine has a fair overall balance and a nice spicy accent towards the end.
It has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, but quite astringent, aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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 definitely on its peak, ready to drink now, and not meant for any more bottle ageing, as there is not enough acidity to support the overwhelming level of alcohol. We would recommend to pair this wine with spicy and sweet dishes, like for example a rosemary & garlic lamb shoulder or some ginger & honey chicken wings, as the overwhelming alcohol in the wine will be moderately amplified at first and then smoothly countered by the dish’s spiciness and sweetness. Just try it yourself, the key factor for this pairing is to not overdo it, and keep the dish more sweet than spicy, because a sharp spiciness in the food, in coupe with the alcohol in the wine, will burn out your test buds.
WineStatistics tasting results:
1000 DE CHIPURI
Feteasca Neagra | 2013
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 90.0 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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