UNICORN ESTATE | Symbioz | Private Collection | Rara Neagra | 2009
rara neagra


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Tonight we are going to review an unique wine – Symbioz Private Collection Rara Neagra 2009 from Unicorn Estate. This is a very rare and 100% indigenous wine made of rara neagra grapes – a quite famous local variety, which is in high demand in the last couple of years and which is steady reaching its full potential by nicely highlighting the local terroir. Last but not least, what makes this wine special, is the fact that it was aged for 36 months in oak barrels, made from local oak wood. Quite impressive, but enough theory, let’s move on with the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep, but 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: nutmeg, sour cherry, red plum, red currant, cranberry and some nuanced hints of petroleum. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, leather and some subtle bloody-iron hints of raw veal meat.


The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels complex and firm, with a nuanced bitter-crisp body. This is a fine and well structured 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 long finish and an balanced, bitter-seedy aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.7 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 bold and complex rara neagra wine, quite close to its top form, a wine that may still benefit from a couple more months of bottle ageing. It may sound a bit strange, but it feels like this wine is yet too young despite its age. This is great wine indeed – one of the best wines with the label ‘Made in Moldova’. Our recommendation would be to pair this wine with red sauce based dishes, like for example a filet mignon steak dressed in red wine sauce. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Symbioz | Private Collection | Rara Neagra | 2009

grape: | rara neagra |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 91.7 |

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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