CRICOVA | Orasul Subteran | Viorica | 2016
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CRICOVA_Orasul_Subteran_Viorica_2016

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Tonight we are going to review a wine that is both, rare and unique, as it is a single varietal viorica wine – Orasul Subteran Viorica 2016 from Cricova. Viorica grapes are little known outside of Moldova, as it is mainly used in production of local sparkling and table wines. Viorica is an indigenous grape variety and it was long considered the visit card of Moldova’s wines. It is distinguished by an expressive and intense aromatic bouquet, reminiscent of wild flowers and sweet fruits and it mainly makes light, fresh and easy to drink wines. Local winemakers tend to produce off-dry or demi-sweet viorica wines due to its nuanced aromatics, this is why this wine is a rare find, as it is a dry one. But enough theory, let’s find out just how good this wine is.
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Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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Visual
Pale yellow color with shades of straw color towards the rim of the glass.

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Olfactory

The nose is rich, filled mostly with floral and herbal flavours: wormwood, daffodil, moist wood, yellow mirabelle, gooseberry, pear leaf, oakwood, avocado and some nuanced hints of kiwi.

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Gustatory

The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. It feels quite herbal, green and seedy with a nuanced woody accent. The wine tastes a bit austere, angular and unripe, with a fair overall balance.

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Aftertaste

It has a medium finish and a balanced, seedy-green aftertaste.
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chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.2 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 form or nearabout, definitely ready to drink now and not worth of any kind of ageing, as it feels a bit shrp, a bit austere and quite green. In order to smoothen its edges, we would recommend to pair this wine with sweet summer dishes, like for example a pear & blue cheese salad or some oven-roasted sea bass with couscous and tomato vinaigrette. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

CRICOVA
Orasul Subteran | Viorica | 2016

grape: | viorica |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.2 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended

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© 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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