CRICOVA | Crisecco | Gold Edition | Alb Brut | #
viorica | alb de onitcani


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Today we are going to review a very special sparkling wine – Crisecco Gold Edition Alb Brut by Cricova. This wine is made in a non-traditional tank method, also called méthode charmat, exactly the same way as original Prosecco wine is made in Italy, with the sole exception that there is no glera grapes in it, instead, it is made up of viorica and alb de onitcani – two indigenous and quite aromatic white grape varieties. Prosecco is the most famous italian crémant wine that is meant to be enjoyed young and fresh, and Crisecco is no different. 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:


Starbright straw-white color with pastel yellow shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with sweet fruits and some nuanced floral flavours: white pear, white apple, white apricot, peonies, nectarine, yellow pear, white peach, white grapefruit, sweet lemon, straw grass, acacia flower, hay, elderflower, candied pineapple, candied apple, overripe gooseberry, candied apricot and some subtle hints of orange blossom and cherry blossom.


The wine is medium-dry, with medium alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It tastes crisp, lean and bitter-sweet, with a nuanced fruity-floral accent. This is a quite smooth, round and opulent sparkling wine, with a citrusy-zesty mouthfeel – a wine that lacks some character and structure on the palate. It has a fair overall balance, as it feels refreshing, light and quite appealing.


The wine has a medium finish and a quite pleasing, bitter-sweet aftertaste.

96x96This 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 very aromatic and appealing sparkling wine that is right there, at the peak of its form. It has a nuanced fruity-floral profile, yet it feels a bit opulent and slightly sweet on the finish – a wine that lacks some character and structure on the palate. It does taste slightly more sweet than expected from a Brut, which makes it a bit flabby, lacking maybe just a bit of acidity for the balance. That said, the wine is quite versatile and should pair well with a wide range of cuisine, thus we would suggest to try it out with slightly sweet dishes, in order to complement all that sweetness in the wine, like for example a pear salad or some grilled fish tacos with pineapple and lime. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Crisecco | Gold Edition | Alb Brut | #

grape: | viorica | alb de onitcani |

region: Moldova | Codru

overall rating: | 90.5 |

maturity: in its prime

conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)



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