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Today we are going to review a single varietal feteasca neagra wine – Feteasca Neagra 2017 by Poiana Winery. Feteasca Neagra is an indigenous romanian grape variety that has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia and today, it is the most planted variety in Romania – a variety that has not been yet explored at its full potential in Moldova. This particular wine has been aged for 12 months in french oak barrels. Wines made from feteasca neagra grapes are usually fruit-forward, well structured and complex – wines that can be compared to new world cabernet sauvignon, mostly due to their full body, high tannins and elegant textures. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the tasting notes!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep, but not opaque, purple color with hazy indigo shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is rich, filled mostly with red & black fruits and some subtle savory flavours: blackcurrant, sour cherry, blue plum, underripe blackberry, redcurrant, red plum, aronia berry, cranberry, wolfberry and some insistent meaty-irony notes. An instant later the nose is filled with nuanced flavours of lightly roasted oakwood, red pepper, nutmeg, white pepper, leather, cherry tree wood and some subtle hints of cloves.
The wine is medium-dry, with medium alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannins. It feels supple, plump and round, with a crispy-seedy mouthfeel and a fine-tannic grip. This is a quite lean, appealing and slightly opulent feteasca neagra wine, that tastes noble, a bit youthful, with hints of elegance. Overall, the wine has a fair balance between primary fruit and oak-infused flavours and it creates the impression of a very nicely executed and harmonious wine, lacking maybe just a bit of character and structure on the palate.
The wine has a long finish and a quite pleasing, crisp and lean aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.5 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 fine feteasca neagra wine that is still evolving – one that has yet to reach the summit of its prime form. It is nicely balanced, with hints of elegance and harmony – a wine that can still age for another year or two, yet we would recommend to drink it today rather than tomorrow. We’ve already mentioned it before that it is of paramount importance to understand a wine’s limits, as it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. There are wines that might gain some much desired elegance and finesse with age, but there are also wines that are elegant enough in their yearly stages and age will only take its toll on them. That said, pair this wine with soft, fat-rich meaty dishes, like for example a filet mignon steak with red sauce. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Feteasca Neagra | 2017
grape: | feteasca neagra |
overall rating: | 90.5 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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