JELNA | Pinot Noir | Wild Yeast | 2017
pinot noir


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Today we are going to review yet another single varietal pinot noir wine, but this time a wine from Lechinta wine growing area in Transilvania – Pinot Noir Wild Yeast 2017 by Jelna. This is a wine that has been fermented on wild yeasts. A wild-fermented wine uses native yeasts that are found on the berries and in the vineyard. Wines made with native yeasts often taste different from the wines made with cultured yeasts. Nowadays, cultured yeasts are the norm – most winemakers use yeast products that are specially designed to make the perfect sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. When wild yeasts are used, the results are not always as consistent as with the traditional process, but they are always interesting and wines tend to have unmatched identity. 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:


Bright and transparent garnet color with translucent ruby shades towards the rim of the glass.

The nose is strong, filled mostly with earthy and herbaceous flavours: sour cherry, tomato leaf, red plum, forest floor, cranberry, capocollo meat, redcurrant, iron, wolfberry, brown olive, cherry tomato, cherry seeds and tomato stems.


The wine is dry, with medium alcohol level, high acidity and fine-grained tannin. It feels smooth, supple and rustic, with a quite opulent, savory-earthy accent. This is a quite fine, light and very appealing pinot noir wine. It has a very fine, crisp, maybe even a bit tart, grip on the mouthfeel. Overall, the wine has a fair balance between varietal fruit and those nuanced earthy-savory flavours, with a quite supple and opulent body.


The wine has a long finish and a quite pleasing, smooth and a bit tart aftertaste.

96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Romania and, with a total of 91.0 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: overall this is fine example of a pinot noir wine with identity – fermented on native yeasts and produced in a cool climate, it does tell the story of the its growing area – light in body, savory on the nose with a supple and opulent mouthfeel, this is a wine in its prime form. We are strongly recommending to drink it today rather than tomorrow, as this wine is not meant for long-term bottle ageing. What this wine lacks today, is maybe a bit more structure on the palate, but then again, coming from a cold-climate and fermented on wild yeats, this wine have its own identity, and as so, structure maybe be superfluous. That said, we would recommend to pair this wine with meaty dishes that are rich in natural savoriness and smooth textures, like for example a very-rare filet mignon steak or tournedos rossini with foie gras, so that all those rustic flavours in the wine will be perfectly complemented by the fat, smooth textures of the dish. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pinot Noir | Wild Yeast | 2017

grape: | pinot noir |

region: Romania | Lechinta

overall rating: | 91.0 |

maturity: in its prime

conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)



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