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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal saperavi wine – Furo Saperavi 2017 by Vinaria Dac. Saperavi is Georgia’s main red variety, that is also planted on substantial areas in Moldova. Saperavi is a teinturier grape variety, which means that the flesh of the berry is also dark, therefore the wines are very deep in color with nuanced acidity and lots of tannin, which makes them respond well to ageing. In fact the resulting wines are so deep in color that some wineries in Georgia label them as black wines instead of red wines. This particular wine has been aged for 15 months in oak barrels, but enough theory. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Very deep purple color, with bright indigo hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and spicy flavours: black cherry, black plum, blackcurrant, black mulberry, overripe sour cherry, blackberry and some hints of aronia berry. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of charred oakwood, black pepper, nutmeg, licorice, black tea, sweet tobacco, charcoal and nuanced irony hints.
The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannins. It feels supple, round and crisp, with a quite opulent, fruity-seedy accent and overwhelming acidity on the mouthfeel. This is a quite peppery, tart and a bit woody saperavi wine, that tastes plump, firm and a bit too youthful. Overall, the wine has a fair balance between primary fruit and oak-infused flavours and it creates the impression of a very well made saperavi wine, lacking maybe just a bit of elegance and finesse on the palate.
The wine has a medium-plus finish and a quite pleasing, tart but lean aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.6 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 saperavi wine that is still on the rise – fruity, spicy and bitter-seedy, with subtle irony-meaty hints. It might lck a bit of elegance and finesse on the palate, thus a couple more years of bottle ageing is highly recommended, so that the firm tannins and nuanced acidity will get enough time to settle down and round up. Despite its angularity, the wine has plenty of tannic grip on the mouthfeel and a very pronounced fruity profile, thus we would suggest to pair this wine with spicy meaty dishes with slightly sweet accents, like for example a pepper steak or a filet mignon steak with red wine sauce, so that all that fruitiness in the wine will be complemented by the spiciness and sweetness of the dish. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Furo | Saperavi | 2017
grape: | saperavi |
overall rating: | 90.6 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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