GITANA WINERY | Rosu de Gitana | #
rara neagra | cabernet sauvignon


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Tonight we are going to bring up something new for the review, a wine that is relatively new on the local market – Rosu de Gitana by Gitana Winery. This is a red blend made of rara neagra and cabernet sauvignon, where the first one is an indigenous local variety that is raising in popularity with each passing season, while the second one is the world’s most famous red variety. This wine is part of the newly released entry-level wine series, made of three wines: a red blend, a white blend and a rosé wine. The aim is to fusion the generosity of nature with the human love for wine, backed up by an exceptional terroir of the Valul lui Traian wine region, but enough theory, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep garnet color, with bright indigo shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with blue and red fruits flavours: blue plum, sour cherry, redcurrant, blueberry, boysenberry, lolyberry, blackberry, black raspberry, loganberry, wolfberry, rose hips and leather. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of raw meat, salami, red pepper, salted meat, nutmeg, cloves and some subtle hints of tobacco.


The wine is medium-dry, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. It feels lean, supple and opulent, with a nuanced tart and seedy accent. This is a quite leathery, meaty yet quite appealing wine, as it tastes fruity, salty and a bit unripe. The wine has a fair overall balance, with a green and savory feeling on the mouthfeel.


It has a medium-plus finish and an balanced, tart and seedy-green aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.4 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 quite appealing wine that is still on the rise – too young to drink now as it still lacks complexity and structure. It feels angular and green, with a very nuanced acidity – a wine that has yet to round up. We would recommend 1 or 2 more years of bottle ageing, so that the wine will get closer to its prime form. Despite its youthfulness, the wine feels lightly spiced on the palate with a nice and pleasant bitterness on the finish. We suggest to pair this wine with spicy meat dishes with red sauce, like for example a swiss steak or a pizzaiola steak with tomato sauce. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Rosu de Gitana | #

grape: | rara neagra | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 89.4 |

maturity: on the rise

conclusion: good | recommended



(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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