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Today we are going to review a very special sparkling wine from Moldova – Feteasca Alba Extra-Sec by Cricova. This is a single-varietal crémant wine, made from feteasca alba grapes, using the authentic ‘méthode traditionnelle‘ style, with manual bottle remuage and long term ageing ‘sur lie’ – the same way sparkling wines are made in the world’s famous Champagne region. Due to long term second fermentation in the bottle and further bottle maturation, the wine develops creaminess on the palate and has an elegant ‘perlage’, which are the two most essential characteristics of a sparkling wine. But enough theory – without further ado let’s move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale, straw-yellow color with straw-white hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruit flavours: quince, lemon, white pear, pomelo, gooseberry, pineapple, white apple, apricot, white peach, nectarine, white mulberry, fresh baked bread, crème brûlée, lees, butter and some hints of straw grass.
The wine is medium-dry, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It tastes yeasty, smooth and quite elegant, with a nuanced fruity-sweet accent. This is a fine, lean and citrusy-crisp crémant wine with an fair overall balance – very appealing, a real crowd-pleaser.
The wine has a medium finish and a velvety-smooth aftertaste, that makes it taste round and rich.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.6 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 wine that is right there, on the peak of its form – creamy, round and lean, with a fruity-yeasty profile and a nuanced citrusy-zesty accent. It may lack some structure and firmness on the body, still it feels quite well balanced and appealing, with a slightly seedy finale. 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 creamy dishes that are rich in smooth textures, like for example salmon-avocado bruschetta or garlic salmon & shrimp, as the creaminess in the dish will be well complemented by the smoothness of the wine. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Feteasca Alba | Extra-Sec | #
grape: | feteasca alba |
overall rating: | 90.6 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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