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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, 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 – Anima 3 Fete Negre from Aurelia Visinescu – a Romanian winemaker, famous for its wines that have a certain philosophy behind every bottle. More than that, this is the first multi-vintage wine we are tasting, as it is a blend of feteasca neagra grapes from three separate vintages: 2013, 2014 and 2015. But enough theory, as we cannot wait to get directly to the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep, but not opaque ruby color, with shades of garnet towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with savory and vegetal notes, mixed with some ripe red fruit: leather, nutmeg, red currant, fig, red pepper, dried plum, wormwood and some hints of violets. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of oakwood, wet clay and some hints of vanilla.
The wine is dry, with high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It tastes earthy, savory and woody. This is definitely an old-world type of wine – firm, delicate at first, but complex and elegant after some aeration. The wine has a good overall balance and a nice spicy accent towards the end, with bitter-smooth tannin.
It has a medium-plus finish and a balanced-silky aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 91.7 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 definitely not on its peak yet, as it needs a couple more years of bottle ageing, a wine with a good ageing potential for sure. We would strongly recommend to pair this wine with umami rich dishes, like for example a tagliata salad or a prosciutto and cheese salad, as the savory notes in the wine will be well complemented by the meat and cheese in the dish, amplifying those irony-spicy flavors. Just try it yourself, the key factor for this pairing is to not overdo it, and keep the dish more savory than spicy. As a side note, we would like to mention that this wine is a nice point of reference for those who want to discover and explore the feteasca neagra variety at its true potential.
WineStatistics tasting results:
3 Fete Negre | 2013 + 2014 + 2015
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 91.7 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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