PURCARI | Alb de Purcari | 2016
chardonnay | pinot gris | pinot blanc

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The wine we are going to review tonight is a famous white wine blend with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ – a wine that has acquired a legendary status over the years – Alb de Purcari 2016 by Purcari. The blend is composed of chardonnaypinot gris and pinot blanc varieties, made from grapes harvested and selected by hand. It was produced using traditional methods, thus, the wine was aged for 6 months in french oak barrels. This blend is is part of the winemaker’s flagship line of premium wines that are famous all over the world. Without further ado, let’s move on, straight to the tasting!
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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Visual
Pale lemon-yellow color with nuanced lime-green hues towards the rim of the glass.

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Olfactory

The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits and citrus flavours: green apricot, green pear, fresh cut grass, ripe gooseberry, lemon, green apple, green melon, quince, lindenflower, straw grass, wild pear, elderflower, pear candy and some nuanced notes of fresh oakwood.

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Gustatory

The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. This is a quite creamy, silky and crisp wine, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy yet oaky profile. It tastes smooth, round and oily, with a fair overall balance and a quite woody-oaky mouthfeel. The wine feels very noble, elegant and well structured, as this is a fine example of a full-bodied white blend – one that maybe lacks just a bit of complexity.

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Aftertaste

It has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, crisp and quite oily aftertaste.
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chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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 noble and fine white blend, that is right in its prime form – crisp, oily and oaky – drink it now or in the next 2 to 3 years. The wine may lack a bit of complexity, yet even so, it is right there, amongst the best local white blends – velvety, elegant and amazingly appealing. In order to complement the wine’s complex aromatics, we would strongly suggest to pair it with dishes that are rich in natural creaminess, like for example spaghetti vongole cooked with white wine or mediterranean-style herring linguine, as the last one is an epic pairing indeed. Noroc!

WineStatistics tasting results:

PURCARI
Alb de Purcari | 2016

grape: | chardonnay | pinot gris | pinot blanc |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 90.0 |

maturity: in its prime

conclusion: fine | highly recommended

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(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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