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Today we are going to review a 100% genuine Wine of Moldova – Feteasca Neagra & Rara Neagra 2017 by Castel Mimí. This is a wine blend that is made of only local, indigenous grape varieties – feteasca neagra and rara neagra, aged for 12 months in french oak barrels and produced in a relatively limited edition of 15858 bottles. The two varieties are blended in order to deliver more complexity and bring a touch of terroir from the Codru wine growing area to the final blend, where feteasca neagra forms the main body and structure, while rara neagra adds savoriness and red fruits to the mix. 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:
Very pale and transparent garnet color with hazy copper shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is rich, filled mostly with red fruit flavours: sour cherry, cranberry, redcurrant, wolfberry, red plum, candied sour cherry, candied red plum and some nuanced hints of cherry tree wood. An instant the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, nutmeg, dried oakwood, eucalyptus and some insistent hints of wood polish.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, strong acidity and fine tannin. It feels very youthful, plump and acrid, with a quite edgy and plain body. This is a quite angular, tart and austere wine, with bitter-seedy accent and overwhelming acidity on the mouthfeel. The wine is quite off its balance, as it lacks structure and any form of harmony amongst all its elements, with a touch of alcoholic warmth on the palate.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a quite rough, bitter and acrid aftertaste.
This is definitely an acceptable wine of Moldova and, with a total of 84.0 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: this is an acceptable wine blend that is yet too young to be enjoyed – a wine that is quite a bit off its balance as it lacks structure, character and any form of harmony between its components. The wine feels austere, seedy and tart, with nuanced bitterness and angularity on the mouthfeel. Due to its unpolished aggressiveness, we would suggest to ge it for another 9 or 12 months and pair it with fat-rich meaty dishes with slightly spicy accents, like for example a very-rare T-bone pepper steak or a grilled pepper-crusted ribeye steak, so that all that acidity and bitterness in the wine will be counter-balanced by the spiciness and soft textures of the dish. Noroc!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Feteasca Neagra – Rara Neagra | 2017
overall rating: | 84.0 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: acceptable | (not bad)
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