CRAMA BASILESCU | Golem | 2011
feteasca neagra | merlot | cabernet sauvignon


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The wine we are going to review tonight is a legend alive – a blend made of feteasca neagracabernet sauvignon and merlot grape varieties, where the first one is the key, as it is an indigenous romanian variety that adds local terroir into the final blend and that extra something that no other famous wines have. We have already mentioned the enormous potential of indigenous local varieties, especially when blended with international ones, and this time we are talking about absolute harmony in a blend. The wine that we have picked for the review tonight is Golem 2011 from Crama Basilescu.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep garnet color, with shades of ripe pomegranate seeds towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe red fruit: ripe sour cherry, red plum, red currant, black cherry, black currant, blackberry, candied sour cherry, cranberry jam and some nuanced hints of cloves. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, chocolate, cinnamon, roasted oakwood and some subtle hints of nutmeg.


The wine is dry, with high and well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. The wine feels velvety, well structured and quite muscular. It tastes fruity and complex, as it is definitely a new-world style wine – extracted, firm and elegant. It has a good overall balance between barrique and fruit, with a nicely highlighted oaky-tannic accent towards the end.


The wine has a long finish and a velvety-fruity aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 92.2 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 great wine indeed – drink now or age for another 6 months. Just The wine is on its peak form right now, so don’t overdo it with the ageing, as it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. We would strongly recommend to pair this wine with umami-reach meat dishes, like for example some rare grilled steak or some black beef worcestershire fillet. This pairing is intended to preserve the elegance of the wine, while adding some light smoky-charred flavours into the mix. Enjoy.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Golem | 2011

grape: | feteasca neagra | merlot | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Romania | Dealu Mare

overall rating: | 92.2 |

conclusion: excellent | (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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