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Today we are going to review a single varietal pinot noir wine – Sol Negru Pinot Noir 2015 by Asconi. Pinot noir is the most sought after red wine in the world, as the grape itself is vulnerable, suffering from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation. Despite the difficulty in growing the grape, pinot noir is capable of producing the very best expressions of ‘terrior’ and in fact, this is the reason why pinot noir is so much appreciated all over the world. This wine is part of the ‘Sol Negru’ wine series – the winemaker’s flagship line, made of wines that can express local terrior in an unique and genuine way. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Clear and deep ruby color, with bright copper shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is rich, filled mostly with red fruits and savory flavours: overripe cherry tomato, sour cherry, ripe wolfberry, cranberry, red plum, redcurrant, tomato leaf, red delicious apple, ripe marionberry, pomegranate, currant leaf and cherry seeds. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, nutmeg, anise, cherry tree wood and some irony hints of raw veal meat.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels firm, seedy and quite bold, with a fruity but savory accent. This is a complex and elegant pinot noir wine, as it tastes velvety, crisp and maybe just a bit tart. The wine feels well balanced with a fine tannic grip on the mouthfeel.
It has a medium finish and an balanced and quite velvety aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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: round, smooth and refined with a dominance of fruit – a fine pinot noir wine indeed, one that can still age for another 6 to 12 months. It has a harmonious structure and it feels well balanced overall. Its grippy tannins and the mouth-watering acidity makes it an ideal pairing partner for any dishes that are rich in irony-umami flavours, like for example a beef tartare or some beef carpaccio, as this is exactly how one can complement the wine’s delicate meaty-savory flavours. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Sol Negru | Pinot Noir | 2015
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 90.0 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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