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Today we are going to review a single varietal pinot noir wine with the label ‘Made in Moldova’, from the Codru wine growing area – Pinot Noir 2017 by Crescendo. Pinot noir is the most sought after red wine in the world, a variety that is very difficult to grow, as the grape itself is vulnerable, suffering from a variety of diseases and its genetics make it highly susceptible to mutation. Despite the difficulty in growing the grape, pinot noir is capable of producing the very best expressions of ‘terrior’ and in fact, this is the reason why pinot noir is so much appreciated all over the world. This particular wine has been produced at the Professional School of Nisporeni by its students, using the modern winemaking techniques, like for example the use of french oak for wine ageing. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale garnet color, quite transparent, with hazy crimson and grey shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is rich, filled mostly with red fruit flavours: red cherry, redcurrant, red plum, tomato stem, cranberry, red mulberry, wild cherry, red apple, jostaberry and cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper and some hints of anise.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, strong acidity and fine tannin. It tastes grippy, tart and seedy, with a firm and quite youthfully-acrid accent. The wine has quite appealing, fine-grained tannin that stick to the teeth, which forms a chewy and a bit angular sensation on the mouthfeel. Overall it feels quite complex, with a fair balance between primary fruit and oak-infused flavours – this is a nice pinot noir wine, one that lacks some harmony between its elements, as in its current state it feels unpolished.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a quite tart, astringent and seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.2 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 quite youthful pinot noir wine – tart, grippy and seedy – a wine a good ageing potential, as in its current state the wine screams for more bottle time – it definitely lacks harmony on the palate. We suggest to keep the wine uncorked for another 18 or 24 months, so that it will get enough time to round up its edges, but make sure not to overdo it, as this is a pinot noir after all. That said, if you still decide to give it a go today, just pair it with fat-rich meaty dishes, like for example a beef fillet with foie gras or a butter roasted strip steak, in order to allow all that acidity and tannins in the wine to cut through those soft textures and fatyness of the meat. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pinot Noir | 2017
grape: | pinot noir |
overall rating: | 90.2 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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