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Tonight we are going to review another single varietal pinot noir wine with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ – Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Pinot Noir 2016 by Château Vartely. The wine is part of the ‘Pur Aristocratic’ series, which is the winemaker’s flagship line of premium quality wines and, as is the norm for those kind of wines, it has been aged for 12 months in new oak. Pinot noir is the most sought after red wine in the world, as the grape itself is vulnerable, suffering from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation. Despite the difficulty in growing the grape, pinot noir is capable of producing the very best expressions of ‘terrior’ and in fact, this is the reason why pinot noir is so much appreciated all over the world. But now, on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale and transparent garnet color with hazy copper shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits and savory flavours: tomato leaf, sour cherry, redcurrant, cranberry, red plum, bay leaf, wolfberry, dried tomato, cherry tree wood and black soil. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of sun dried oakwood, red pepper, nutmeg, sweet tobacco and some irony hints of capocollo.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels lean, plump and fruity-savory, with a grippy, fine-tannic accent. This is a quite complex, elegant and well structured pinot noir wine, as it tastes seedy, crisp and bitter-seedy, with a quite tannic mouthfeel. Overall, the wine has a fair overall balance between primary fruit and variety flavours, with some subtle woody hints that derived from the oak ageing process.
The wine has a long finish and a firm, grippy-seedy aftertaste towards the end of the palate.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.7 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 very fine example of a local pinot noir, that is still on the rise, as it has yet to reach the pinnacle of its prime form. The wine feels elegant and rounded up and, it has all the ingredients to become a real classic in the next 2 years, as the potential is there. Despite all the above mentioned, our recommendation is to drink it now, as it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. In order to elevate all it’s elegance, we would suggest to pair this wine with meaty dishes that are rich in natural umami flavours, like for example tournedos rossini or a beef fillet with foie gras. Noroc!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pur Aristocratic | Pinot Noir | 2016
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 91.7 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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