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Tonight we are going to review a 100% indigenous wine – Rara Neagra 2014 from Vinaria Dac. It is made of rara neagra grapes – a quite rare but famous local variety, which is in high demand in the last couple of years. Although rara neagra wines can be also found in Romania, it is in Moldova that the variety exploded to its full potential, displaying great promises to highlight the local terroir like no other variety. But enough theory, let’s move on to the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep but not opaque garnet color, with shades of ripe pomegranate towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits flavours: sour cherry, red currant, cranberry, nutmeg, blackberry, dried plum, dried cranberry and some hints of overripe pomegranate. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, black tea, roasted oakwood and some hints of chocolate.
The wine is dry, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It tastes lean, crisp and elegant, with a nuanced fruit-forward profile and a medium body. This is an easy to drink, a bit tart but complex wine, with overwhelming acidity and mouth-watering tannin. The wine has a fair overall balance and a quite nuanced fruity accent.
It has a medium finish and a balanced, a bit astringent aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.8 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 yet too young to drink now, as we firmly believe it is 1 year away from reaching its peak form, thus additional bottle ageing is highly recommended. We would recommend to pair this wine with light meat dishes dressed in sweet wine sauce or, why not, pizza. Enjoy.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Rara Neagra | 2014
grape: | rara neagra |
overall rating: | 89.8 |
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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