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Today we are going to review a very special wine, a wine with a history behind the bottle. It is a homage to the man who believed in his dreams, the man who rediscovered feteasca neagra variety – the most popular indigenous grape variety in Romania. It all started in 1993, when Count Guy Tyrell de Poix, mesmerized by the potential of feteasca neagra wines, left behind his homeland and moved to Romania to start a wine business from scratch. Love for feteasca neagra wines was what moved him, and as so, it comes natural that his best and last wine bears his name. This is why we are very eager to present you the wine we will review today – Terra Romana Cuvée Guy de Poix 2012 from SERVE.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep ruby color, with shades of noble ruby towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with savory notes mixed with some ripe red fruit: petrichor, overripe black cherry, dried cranberry, cherry seeds, asparagus, ripe sour cherry, wet gravel and some hints of violets. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of torf, dried cherry tomato, nutmeg and tomato leaf.
The wine is dry, with high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It tastes earthy, savory and rustic. This is definitely an old-world type of wine – firm, dense and complex, with a persistent finish. The wine has a good overall balance and a nice, smooth accent towards the end, with seedy-crisp tannin.
It has a medium finish and a velvety-smooth aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 90.9 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, right at the summit of its potential. No more bottle ageing required, as it is always better to drink it a year too soon than a day too late. We would strongly recommend to pair this wine with smooth, but flavour-rich, meat dishes, like for example tournedos rossini with foie gras and truffle dressed up in sweet cabernet sauvignon sauce, or a coppa meat and soft cheese board, as the savory notes in the wine will be well complemented by the meaty and cheesy flavours in the dish. As a side note, we would like to mention that decanting this wine for at least 30 minutes prior to serving is a must, as it will amplify the fruit flavours, while also elevating those delicate earthy notes to some new levels of elegance. Simply mesmerising.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Terra Romana | Cuvée Guy de Poix | 2012
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 90.9 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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