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The wine we are going to review tonight is neither new nor old, as it was released on the market a couple of seasons ago – Fiori Feteasca Neagra & Syrah 2016 by Radacini. This wine is a blend of feteasca neagra and syrah grape varieties, where feteasca neagra forms the main body and brings local terrior to the blend, while syrah adds primary fruit flavours and builds the wine’s structure. This wine is part of the Fiori wine series, which is made of 3 wines that are easy to drink and enjoy without too much fuss. But let us skip past the theory side and move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble garnet color, with hazy rubby shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruit flavours: overripe sour cherry, ripe blackcurrant, ripe black plum, overripe blackberry, black mulberry, black raspberry, dried plum, dried cherry and cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with noble notes of roasted oakwood, nutmeg, black pepper and some hints of sweet tobacco.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels grippy, firm and seedy, with a nuanced acrid-tart accent. This is a quite bold and tannic, as it tastes youthful and quite spicy. The wine is a bit angular and off-balance, as it lacks harmony and elegance, with a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through on the mouthfeel.
It has a long finish and a balanced, yet acrid-seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.0 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 quite youthful wine that is still on the rise – fruity, tart and seedy, with a bit more angularity that expected, nonetheless – a fine wine blend indeed. We would suggest 12 to 24 more months of bottle ageing, so that the tannins and acidity will get enough time to settle down, as the potential is there. Despite its angularity, the wine has plenty of tannic grip on the palate and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through. Our recommendation is to pair this wine with spicy meaty dishes with smoky accents, like for example a grilled venison steak or a smoked ribeye steak, so that all the youthfulness in the wine will be tempered by the nuanced flavours of the meat. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Fiori | Feteasca Neagra & Syrah | 2016
overall rating: | 91.0 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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