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Tonight we are going to review one of the rising stars of local crémant wines – Spumante Extra Brut 2016 by Et Cetera. This wine is reproducing the famous italian Prosecco wine, which is made with glera grapes, produced using the non-traditional tank method, also called méthode charmat – a wine style that is growing in popularity with each passing season. Prosecco is the most famous italian sparkling wine – meant to be enjoyed young in order to experience its full potential – a wine style that, de facto counters the famous champagne wine. But enough theory, without further ado let’s move on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale pastel yellow color with pale green hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with citrus and herbal flavours: green apple, cherry blossom, green pear, asparagus, lemon, gooseberry, lime, underripe quince, green apricot, baked bread, polenta, lees, butter, cherry seeds, yellow mirabelle, apple seeds, pomelo, wormwood, daisy and some nuanced hints of bread crumbs.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. It tastes seedy, crisp and herbal, with a quite nuanced yeasty accent. This is a quite fresh, green and a bit bitter sparkling wine that feels off its balance – angular at first but appealing and mineral towards the end of the palate – it does lack some firmness and structure on the mouthfeel, as it feels lean and a bit too wide.
It has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, seedy-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.4 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 fine sparkling on the peak of its form – lean, round and opulent, with a citrusy-herbal profile and a nuanced green accent. It may lack some structure and elegance, yet it feels quite refreshing and very appealing. We would recommend to drink it now, as this wine is not meant for long term bottle ageing. In order to round up its angularity, we would recommend to pair this wine with dishes that are rich in smooth textures with slightly sweet accents, like for example a pear, arugula & blue cheese salad or a baked apple, walnut & honey salad. All you need is just one try. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Spumante | Extra Brut | 2016
grape: | glera |
overall rating: | 90.4 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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