UNICORN ESTATE | Symbioz | Private Collection | Pinot Noir | 2009
pinot noir


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Tonight we are going to review a quite unique and rare wine – Symbioz Private Collection Pinot Noir 2009 from Unicorn Estate. This is a wine that was sold out instantly because of its high demand on the market, then, there’s the grape variety – pinot noir – the most difficult grape to grow and the most difficult wine to make. Last but not least, what makes this pinot noir wine special, is the fact that it was aged in oak barrels, made from local oak wood, for 36 months. If you ask us, this is impressive, 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:


Clear, but not quite transparent garnet color, with noble shades of ruby towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits flavours mixed with some savory notes: red currant, sour cherry, cranberry, cherry tomato, red pepper and some hints of ripe red cherry. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of cinnamon, forest floor and some subtle bloody-iron hints of raw veal meat.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes crisp and firm, with a nuanced bitter-tart body. This is a quite light, but complex pinot noir wine, with overwhelming acidity and a well preserved body. The wine has a fair overall balance and a quite nuanced fruity accent.


It has a medium finish and an balanced, a bit tart aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.4 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 well rounded pinot noir wine, quite close to its top form, a wine that will still benefit from a couple more years of bottle ageing. It may sound a bit anathemic, but it feels like this wine is yet too young. This is one of the best pinot noir wines with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ that we’ve tasted so far. Our recommendation would be to pair this wine with fat-rich meat dishes, as for example a sirloin steak or some roasted pork chops. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Symbioz | Private Collection | Pinot Noir | 2009

grape: | pinot noir |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 90.4 |

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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