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The wine we are going to review tonight is a single varietal feteasca neagra wine from Romania – Feteasca Neagra 2015 from 1000 de Chipuri. Feteasca neagra is an indigenous romanian grape variety with moldovan origins, which has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia. Today it is grown in most regions of Romania and Moldova and is the most planted red variety in Romania – a variety that has not been yet explored at its full potential in Moldova. Feteasca Neagra can produce quite bold and complex red wines, wines that can be compared to new world cabernet sauvignon. Due to its rich body and texture, feteasca neagra wines are usually aged in quality oak barrels, resulting in quite distinctive wines, with a pronounced typicity and spiciness, but enough with the theory, let’s get straight to the tasting and find out just how good this wine really is.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and opaque garnet color, with noble bright ruby hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruits: overripe sour cherry, black mulberry, black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, candied sour cherry and wildberry. An instant later the nose is filled with nuanced notes of red and black pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, dark chocolate and some nuanced jammy hints: blackcurrant jam and black mulberry jam.
The wine is extra-dry, with very high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels heavy, bold and muscular, with a clear fruity-forward profile and a nuanced jammy accent. This is a firm, ripe and quite strong wine, which has a nuanced new-world style and s oaky accent. The wine has a fair overall balance and it feels extracted, complex and tannic.
It has a very long finish and a balanced, bittersweet, at times even off-dry aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 90.9 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 wine that is quite close to its prime form – clearly on the rise one that will reach the summit in about 2 to 3 years. What makes this wine special is the alcohol content – 17% courtesy of a very hot season in the Dealu Mare wine region, as a result the grapes were harvested overripe. All the region’s winemakers were facing a big challenge: harvest the grapes a week earlier and you get green tannins due to unripe stems and seeds, or harvest the grapes a week later and you get grape berries that are overloaded with residual sugars and as a result a very high alcohol content in the final wine, if you want to make the wine dry. For the best wine & food experience, we strongly recommend to pair this wine with spicy and sweet meat dishes, like for example an asian steak seared with sweet butter sauce or some balsamic pork chops. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
1000 DE CHIPURI
Feteasca Neagra | 2015
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 90.9 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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