CRICOVA | Feteasca Neagra | 2018
feteasca neagra


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The wine we are going to review today quite special, as this is a single varietal rosé wine, made of feteasca neagra grapes, that has been released on the market this summer – Feteasca Neagra 2018 by Cricova. The wine is part of the ‘Limited Edition‘ wine series, made of single-varietal wines that are addressed mostly to wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Feteasca Neagra itself is an indigenous romanian grape variety, which has been grown for hundreds of years in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia. Today it is the most famous variety of Romania, that is famous all over the world, but enough with the theory, 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:


Pastel pink color, with bright peach hues towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits flavours: raspberry, strawberry, red currant, wolfberry, sweet cherry, pink mirabelle, passion fruit, ripe cranberry, peonies, berberry, red delicious apple, loganberry, berberry candy and raspberry candy.


The wine is dry, with strong alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It tastes firm, bold and angular. The wine has a fair overall balance, as it feels fruity, yet gren and austere, with a seedy accent and a quite aggressive, rough and muscular mouthfeel. This is a rosé wine that is quite a bit off its balance – a wine that feels too powerful and angular for a rosé, with a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through.


The wine has a long finish and an angular, austere and rough aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.8 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 fresh and quine nuanced rosé wine that has yet to reach its prime form, therefore we would suggest 6 to 9 more months of bottle ageing, so that the wine will get enough time to settle down. This is one of a few single varietal rosé wines made with indigenous grape varieties. We believe that this rosé wine style is a perfect match for seafood based dishes that are rich in natural fat and flavour, like for example shrimp saganaki, baked red salmon or lobster tails with honey & garlic butter sauce. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Feteasca Neagra | 2018

grape: | feteasca neagra |

region: Moldova | Codru

overall rating: | 89.8 |

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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