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Tonight we are going to review a wine that truly unique wine, a wine we were searching for such a long time and at long last we found it – Principesa Margareta 2011 from Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea. This is a single varietal marselan wine – a very rare red grape, with very small berries that creates wines with intense deep purple hues – a rarity found in tiny amounts around the world, mainly in France and Spain. What makes this wine unique is the fact that it comes from Romania, and is the first single-varietal marselan wine, crafted on special demand of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Margareta of Romania, who instantly became a symbol for all those values that were lost in the country for almost half a century – honesty, respect, passion, modesty and humanism, but enough theory, let’s get straight to the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble garnet color, with bloody-crimson hues towards the rim of the glass – a color of such elegance, that it gets a perfect 10 out of 10.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruits: blackberry, blackcurrant, overripe sour cherry, ripe black plum, wildberry, black cherry, black mulberry, roasted oakwood, nutmeg and dried cranberry. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of tobacco, charred game meat, leather and some nuanced hints of dried olive.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels bold, meaty and complex, with a nuanced bitter-seedy accent. This is a full-bodied, fruity and quite harmonic wine, as it tastes supple, spicy and oaky. The wine has a good overall balance and it feels very well structured, round and fine, made in a very noble, new-world style.
It has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, bitter-seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 91.5 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 that has just passed the summit of its prime form – firm, noble and elegant, with a nuanced fruity but savory accent, that fusion into a mesmerizing, irony-bloody final. It does not feel the need for any more ageing, as it already developed into a genuine and complex wine, that offers an explosion of fruit and tannin, yet, it will easily stand another 5 to 7 years of bottle ageing. More than that, the previous vintage of this wine (Principesa Margareta 2009) was awarded 90 Parker points, which made it the only romanin wine to reach those heights. For the best experience, pair this wine with some veal chops with rosemary and thyme or a hanger steak with charred scallion sauce, as one cannot go wrong with any of these two. Hai noroc!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Principesa Margareta | 2011
grape: | marselan |
overall rating: | 91.5 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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