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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal feteasca neagra wine, which is an indigenous romanian grape variety with moldovan origins – Sol Negru Feteasca Neagra 2016 by Asconi. Feteasca Neagra has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia. Today, it is the most planted red variety in Romania, a variety that has not been yet explored at its full potential in Moldova. Feteasca Neagra wines are usually bold and complex – wines that can be compared to new world cabernet sauvignon, mostly due to their full body and elegant texture. But enough with all that theory, without further ado – on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble ruby color with pale garnet shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red and black fruit flavours: ripe sour cherry, black cherry, ripe red plum, blackberry, black plum, blackcurrant, cherry tree wood and black soil dust. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of red and black pepper, nutmeg, anise, allspice, roasted oakwood and some subtle hints of vanilla.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels tastes fruity, wide and a bit opulent, with a bitter-seedy grip on the mouthfeel. This is a complex, well structured and firm feteasca neagra wine, as it feels round and lean. It has a fair overall balance, as it is a wine that lacks some character.
The wine has a long finish and an balanced, seedy-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.1 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 noble yet youthful feteasca neagra wine that is still on the rise – a wine that can age for another year or two before it will reach its full potential. It has a fine tannic grip on the mouthfeel, a nuanced fruity profile and inevitable, overwhelming acidity, which is characteristic for red wines in their youth. We would suggest to pair this wine with soft and lean meaty dishes that are rich in smooth textures, like for example tournedos rossini or a pan seared new york strip with garlic butter and onions. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Sol Negru | Feteasca Neagra | 2016
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 91.1 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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