RADACINI | Vintage | Merlot & Syrah | 2016
merlot | syrah


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The wine we’ve selected for the review tonight is neither new nor old, as it was released on the market last summer – Vintage Merlot & Syrah 2016 from Radacini. It is a rosé wine blend, made of 2 varieties: merlot, which adds body and structure and syrah, which is responsible for extra flavours and spiciness. Rosé wines are growing in popularity with each passing season here in Moldova and we are eager to try as many different styles as we can. That said, let’s find out just how good this wine is.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Pale cherry red color with shades of grey and blue towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with sweet red fruit flavours: sour cherry, cranberry, red currant, raspberry, canned strawberry, candied red cherry, ripe red apple and some nuanced hints of wildberry.


The wine is off-dry to sweet, with high alcohol level, high acidity and rough tannin. This is a sharp, austere and angular rosé wine, with a quite aggressive, bitters profile and very nuanced alcohol level. It has a poor overall balance and it feels too rough and too green for a rosé wine.


The wine has a medium finish and a quite rough aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fair Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 84.9 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 quite flavoured rosé wine, which is definitely not in its peak form and it is difficult to predict if it can get there at all, because it feels too austere and aggressive, which makes any further assumption so much difficult. Our recommendation is to drink now and not age it any longer. In order to smoothen its angles, pair this wine with spicy or aromatic and sweet dishes, like for example a spicy Thai chicken salad or some strawberry fool dessert. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Vintage | Merlot & Syrah | 2016

grape: | merlot | syrah |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 84.9 |

conclusion: fair | worth a 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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