FÁUTOR | Aurore | Pinot Grigio | 2017
pinot gris


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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal pinot grigio wine that has been released on the market last summer – Aurore Pinot Grigio 2017 by Fáutor Winery. 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. 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. The wine is part of the Aurore wine series, which is made of wines that are able to reflect the terroir of the Valul lui Traian wine region. But enough with the theory side, 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:


Topaz yellow color with deep and bright yellow shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with citrus fruits and sweet stone fruits flavours: yellow apple, yellow pear, lemon, dried pineapple, quince, yellow mirabelle, ripe apricot, hay grass, pear candy, sencha tea, straw grass, dried orange, mango and some nuanced notes of dried banana.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. This is a ripe, seedy and fruity wine, with a nuanced citrusy-tropical profile. It tastes crisp, firm and a bit rough and angular, with a fair overall balance and a quite extracted mouthfeel. The wine feels just a bit off its balance yet amazingly expressing and appealing.


It has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, a bit green and woody aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.7 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 fine pinot grigio wine that is right on the summit of its prime form, maybe slightly on the decline – crisp, expressive and fine – drink it now as there’s no real reason for bottle ageing. The wine has a fine-tannic grip on the mouthfeel, which leads to a rough mid-palate, firming beautifully on the finish, where the nuanced citrusy-tropical flavors glide well alongside those subtle woody notes. In order to complement the wine’s aromatics, we would suggest to pair it with seafood dishes that are rich in creaminess, like for example some spaghetti carbonara or lobster newburg. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Aurore | Pinot Grigio | 2017

grape: | pinot gris |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 90.7 |

maturity: on the decline

conclusion: fine | highly 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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