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Tonight we are going to review one of the rising stars of local crémant wines – Rose Spumante Extra Brut 2016 by Et Cetera. This is a single-varietal sparkling wine, made with only pinot noir grapes, produced using the non-traditional tank method, also called méthode charmat – a wine style that is growing in popularity with each passing season all over the world. This is the same method that is used in producing the famous prosecco wines – a wine style that is meant to be enjoyed young in order to experience its full potential. But enough theory, without further ado let’s move straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale salmon color with pearl-pink hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet stone-fruits flavours: strawberry, red cherry, red delicious apple, cranberry, redcurrant, watermelon, sour cherry, wolfberry, berberry, rose hips, sicilia orange, pink mirabelle, red grapefruit, dragonfruit, passionfruit, butter and some delicate hints of brie cheese and toasted bread.
The wine is medium-dry, with light alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes zesty, crisp and refreshing, with a quite nuanced yeasty accent. This is a quite elegant, a bit citrusy and quite velvety wine. It feels well balanced, round and lean towards the end of the palate – it might lack some firmness and structure on the mouthfeel, yet it feels very appealing overall.
It has a medium finish and a balanced, seedy-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.5 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 fine sparkling in its prime form – lean, round and elegant, with a fruity-citrusy profile and a nuanced zesty accent. It may lack some structure and firmness, yet it feels quite refreshing and very appealing. We would recommend to drink it now, as this wine is not meant for long term bottle ageing. In order to amplify its elegance, we would recommend to pair this wine with dishes that are rich in smooth textures and high on acidity, like for example fresh oysters with red caviar or some oven-baked salmon with spinach and garlic. All you need is just one try. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Rose Spumante | Extra Brut | 2016
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 90.5 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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