F’AUTOR | Traminer | 2014


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Today we are going to review a wine that is both, rare and unique, as it is a single varietal gewürztraminer wine. Gewürztraminer is like the grown-up version of muscat blanc, but with higher alcohol, more striking aromatics (think of rose petals) and lower acidity. All of these characteristics make gewürztraminer more complex and adult. But enough theory, let’s get back to the wine we’ve selected for the review today – Traminer 2014 from F’autor – a local winemaker famous for its high quality white wines.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Straw green color with nuanced lime hues towards the rim.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with citrus fruit: lemon, straw grass, pomelo, fresh cut grass, yellow apple, fresh rose flowers, wormwood, acacia, white pepper, fresh oakwood and some nuanced hints of rubber or petroleum.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm, ripe tannin. It tastes citrusy, sharp and quite tart, with a nuanced spicy-woody accent. This is an aromatic, crisp and a bit austere wine with a fair overall balance.


The wine has a long finish and a balanced, a bit sharp and a bit spicy, aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova 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 in its prime, ready to drink now, as it feels just the right time to uncork it (no more bottle ageing required). It has a nice aromatic profile and a nuanced citrusy mouthfeel. To be honest, this wine is surprisingly good – persistent, zesty and spicy and it pairs well with some gorgonzola salad with pears/apples and walnuts. It will also do just fine if paired with Thai or Indian cuisine, as gewürztraminer flavour profile is so reach, that it does not succumb to the spiciness in the dish, on the contrary, it adds an extra layer of sweetness (even though the wine is bone dry) and fruitiness. Enjoy.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Traminer | 2014

grape: | gewurztraminer |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 90.0 |

conclusion: great | 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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