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Tonight we are going to review a wine that conquered our hearts from the first glimpse – Owner’s Choice Maria Feteasca Alba 2017 by Jidvei. This is a single varietal feteasca alba wine from Transylvania, Romania, a region famous for its complex white wines. Owner’s Choice is the winemaker’s flagship line that contains four top-of-the-line wines, all of them meant to express local terrior in a rustic yet elegant way. Feteasca Alba is an indigenous romanian variety with moldovan origins, it is a very old variety, as it dates back for almost two thousand years and is a variety that is little known outside of Moldova and Romania, but enough with all that theory, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pastel straw-white color with delicate greenish hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is rich, filled mostly with sweet fruits and herbal flavours: gooseberry, lemon, wormwood, green pear, green apple, lime, white apricot, white nectarine, hay, straw grass, quince, elderflower, lemon grass, melisa and some subtle hints of vanilla.
The wine is medium-dry, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. This is a lean, opulent and round feteasca alba wine, with a supple body and woody-noble accent. It tastes fruity-herbal, with a fair overall balance and quite mineral and a bit floral mouthfeel. The wine feels a bit flabby and a bit soft, as it lacks character, complexity and some structure on the palate.
It has a medium finish and a balanced, crispy-supple aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Romania 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 supple and lean feteasca alba wine that is right at the summit of its prime form, a wine that does not require any more bottle ageing. It might lack some structure and complexity, yet, make no mistake, this is a classic feteasca alba wine – fruity-herbal, elegant and noble, with some delicate hints of minerality. We would highly suggest to try and pair this wine with dishes that are rich in creamy textures, like for example garlic & butter shrimp or scallops with bacon cream sauce. Noroc!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Owner’s Choice | Maria | Feteasca Alba | 2017
grape: | feteasca alba |
overall rating: | 90.0 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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