ASCONI | Sol Negru | Feteasca Neagra | 2015
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Tonight we are going to review a very rare wine – Sol Negru Feteasca Neagra 2015 by Asconi. This is a single varietal feteasca neagra wine, which is an indigenous romanian variety with moldovan origins. It has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia. Today, feteasca neagra 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, mostly due to their full body and elegant texture, thus resulting in quite distinctive wines, with a pronounced typicity and spiciness. But enough with the theory side, let’s get straight to the tasting!
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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Visual
Deep and noble ruby color, not very opaque, with elegant bright-copper shades towards the rim of the glass.

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Olfactory

The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits and spicy flavours: blackberry, nutmeg, ripe sour cherry, overripe cranberry, redcurrant, wolfberry, marionberry, blackcurrant, rowanberry, cherry tree wood and black soil dust. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of red pepper, sweet tobacco, black pepper, light roasted oakwood and some nuanced hints of green pepper.

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Gustatory

The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels ripe, tannic and complex, with a grippy and seedy mouthfeel. This is a well structured, firm and elegant wine, as it tastes crisp and supple. It has a very harmonious body and a nuanced fruity and a bit woody accent. The wine is quite lean and well balanced and it has a bitter-tart feeling towards the end of the palate.

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Aftertaste

It has a very long finish and an balanced, seedy-crisp aftertaste.
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chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.2 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 very fine feteasca neagra wine in its prime form – complex, elegant and well structured – a wine that can still age for another year or two before it will start its decline. Our suggestion is to drink this wine right here and right now, as long as it is still young and beautiful – expressive and flamboyant. We would recommend to pair this wine with soft and fat-rich beef steaks, like for example a filet mignon steak with red sauce or a tournedos rossini, just remember to keep the filet mignon steak rare. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

ASCONI
Sol Negru | Feteasca Neagra | 2015

grape: | feteasca neagra |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 91.2 |

maturity: in its prime

conclusion: fine | highly recommended

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(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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