TIMBRUS | Polifonia | Note #1 | 2016
merlot | saperavi | feteasca neagra


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Tonight we are going to review a red wine blend from the protected geographical region of Stefan-Voda – Polifonia Note #1 2016 by Timbrus. The wine has been released on the market a couple of seasons ago, yet it is still relatively unnoticed by the wine lovers. This is a blend made of merlot , saperavi and feteasca neagra grape varieties and is part of the ‘Polifonia’ wine series, that was released on the market not so long ago – a series made of three wines, each one with its own character and individuality. But enough with the theory side of things, 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:


Noble garnet color, not too deep, with hazy ruby hues towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is rich, filled mostly savory flavours and black fruits: overripe sour cherry, blackcurrant, beetroot, red plum, black soil, ripe redcurrant, overripe red apple, red olive, rotten tomatoes, cherry tree wood and some nuanced irony and meaty hints.


The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels tart, savory and lush, with a nuanced acrid angularity on the mouthfeel. This is a quite supple, lean and plump wine, as it tastes round and young – a wine that lacks a bit of character and structure. It has a fair overall balance, nice tannins and overwhelming acidity.


It has a medium-plus finish and a quite tart aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.2 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 young and angular wine blend that is quite a bit off its balance – definitely still on the rise, as it lacks character and structure. Even though we firmly believe that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late, for this particular wine, we would recommend a couple more months of bottle ageing (6 to 9 months should suffice). Overall the wine feels round and supple, that’s why, we would recommend to counter-balance all the angularity in the wine with slightly sweet and spicy dishes, like for example a ribeye steak with red wine sauce or a grilled steak and shrimp. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Polifonia | Note #1 | 2016

grape: | merlot | saperavi | feteasca neagra |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 89.2 |

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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