CORCOVA | Reserve | Syrah | 2013


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The wine we are going to review today is a single varietal syrah wine from Romania – Syrah Reserve 2013 from Corcova. Syrah is a rich, powerful, and sometimes meaty red wine, that originated in the Rhône Valley of France and its trademark flavour is black pepper, yet, syrah’s terroir is better expressed in the Hermitage region, where the wine can develop into something more redolent of leather and spice. Apart from France, syrah’s other important dominion is Australia, where it has been known as shiraz for generations, and although the vines are identical to the syrah from France, the wines certainly aren’t, where dark chocolate is the trademark flavour, expressed at its best in the Barossa Valley region, but enough with the 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 deep and opaque purple hues towards the rim of the glass – a very noble and elegant color.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruits: black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, black mulberry, overripe sour cherry and wildberry. An instant later the nose is filled with nuanced notes of red and black pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, black tea, dark chocolate and some elegant hints of anise.


The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels lean, seedy and elegant, with a clear fruity-forward profile and a nuanced spicy accent. This is a firm, ripe and quite bold wine, which has a nuanced new-world style and woody-oaky vector. The wine has a good overall balance and it feels round, fine and quite tannic.


It has a medium-plus finish and a quite balanced, seedy-elegant aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 91.6 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 is still on the rise and has yet to reach the summit of its form, but it’s quite close – firm, noble and round, with a nuanced fruity accent and well integrated ripe tannin – it can easily stand another 2 to 4 years of bottle ageing. For the best wine & food experience, we strongly recommend to pair this wine with spicy meat dishes, like for example a seared-and-grilled steak or a french roast beef, as the later one is an epic pairing indeed. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Reserve | Syrah | 2013

grape: | syrah |

region: Romania | Mehedinti

overall rating: | 91.6 |

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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