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Tonight we are going to review a special wine – Anima Sauvignon Blanc Fumé 2017 by Aurelia Visinescu. This is a barrel fermented sauvignon blanc wine from the Dealu Mare, that has been aged in romanian oak barrels. Anima is the winemaker’s flagship line that encapsulates the passion for the wine and the evolvement of mind, body and soul in the winemaking process. Oaked sauvignon blanc wines are called ‘fumé wines’ – a name created by Robert Mondavi in an effort to increase the popularity of sauvignon blanc wines in the United States. He came up with the term ‘Fumé Blanc‘, which is a word-game that derives from the famous Pouilly-Fumé region of France and the name of the grape variety that made this region so famous all over the world. But let’s get rid of all that boring theory and, 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-green color with some pastel-yellow hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits and citrus flavours: white pear, quince, lemon, lime, kiwi, fresh oakwood, lemon grass, elderflower, fresh cut grass, hay, acacia blossom, straw grass, pineapple, chalkstone and some nuanced hints of pomelo.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. This is a crisp, lean and refreshing sauvignon blanc wine, with a citrusy-woody profile. It tastes round, noble and a bit opulent, with a fair overall balance and quite zesty mouthfeel due to its nuanced, seedy-crisp acidity and ripe tannins. The feels wine is more fruity than oaky, with a very appealing, fresh and fine palate and a subtle oaky accent.
The wine has a long finish and a quite pleasing, seedy-crisp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Romania and, with a total of 90.7 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is a very fine oaked sauvignon blanc wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that does not require any more bottle ageing. The wine feels round, lean and citrusy-crisp, with an elegant oaky accent – this is the right example of a well made barrel fermented sauvignon blanc wine. In order to explore the wine’s elegance at its best, we would recommend to pair it with fine-textured crisp dishes, like for example arugula pear salad with goat cheese or smoked salmon bruschetta. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Sauvignon Blanc | Fumé | 2017
grape: | sauvignon blanc |
overall rating: | 90.7 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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