CRICOVA | Prestige | Pinot Grigio | 2017
pinot gris


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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal pinot grigio wine – Prestige Pinot Grigio 2017 by Cricova. Pinot Grigio is famous for its refreshing citrus flavours and zesty acidity and is enjoying a wave of popularity perhaps greater than it has ever known, even if it is relatively rarely known by its true french name Pinot Gris. Technically speaking, pinot grigio and pinot gris are the same, yet stylistically some winemakers and connoisseurs use the italian name to highlight the crisp style (usually totally dry with brilliant acidity) and the french name to underline the creamy (sometimes a bit off-dry with a smooth and unctuous body) of winemaking. But enough theory, let’s move on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Pale straw-yellow color with white hues towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with citrus fruits and herbal flavours: moist oakwood, white pear, yellow apple, straw grass, hay, apricot, almond, margaret, wormwood, sweet lemon, quince, peony, camomile, jasmine, iris, white tea, gooseberry and chalkstone.


The wine is dry, with strong alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. This is a sharp, angular and quite austere wine with a nuanced citrusy-herbal profile. It tastes green, rough and mineral, with a fair overall balance and a zesty-crisp mouthfeel. The wine feels wide, opulent and off its balance with a touch of alcoholic warmth on the palate.


It has a medium-plus finish and a sharp, tart and green aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.7 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 young pinot grigio wine that has not yet reached the summit of its prime form, as it feels crisp, green and opulent. We strongly recommend to drink it now, as the wine does not display any signs of ageing potential – it tastes too austere and too opulent, clearly off its balance. Still, one can give it a go and re-taste it again in up to a year time from now, to see if it rounds up a bit. At the moment the wine has a green-tannic grip on the mouthfeel, which leads to a rough mid-palate, closing in with some subtle herbal-mineral notes towards the end. Our suggestion is to pair this wine with slightly spicy seafood dishes, like for example some sweet & sour shrimp with sesame. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Prestige | Pinot Grigio | 2017

grape: | pinot gris |

region: Moldova | Codru

overall rating: | 88.7 |

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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