CRICOVA | Reserve | Feteasca Neagra | Brut Roz | #
feteasca neagra

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Tonight we are going to review a sparkling wine that was recently revealed on the market – Reserve Feteasca Neagra Brut Roz by Cricova. This is a single-varietal rosé sparkling wine, made of feteasca neagra grapes and produced in accordance to the italian transfer method. This method is identical to the traditional method except that wines are not riddled and disgorged in the same manner, instead, the bottles are emptied into a pressurized tank and sent through pressurized filters to remove the dead yeast bits (the lees), then the wines are bottled using pressurized fillers. This is in fact one of the most used methods nowadays, but enough with all that theory. That said, without further ado, let’s move on straight to the tasting results.
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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sight
//Visual
clarity: clear | hazy | cloudy | misty
brightness: dull | hazy | bright | starbright
concentration: translucent | pale | medium | deep | opaque
color: pink| straw | yellow | gold | amber
hue: silver | green | yellow | orange | amber

//Sight
stain: light | medium | heavy
viscosity: low | medium | high
fizziness: light | fine | heavy
sediment: yes | no

compound
//Olfactory
outset: clean | faulty [TCA | volatile sulphur | ethyl acetate | geosmin | oxidation | VA]
intensity: delicate | light | moderate | rich | powerful
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits | red fruits
__green fruits: gooseberry | kiwi | apple | pear | quince | wild apple | wild pear
__citrus fruits: orange | tangerine | grapefruit | pomelo | lemon | sicilia orange
__stone fruits: apricot | peach | nectarine | pluot | mirabelle plum | honey melon
__red fruits: sour cherry | red plum | red apple |  red currant | cranberry | berberry
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried

//Flavor
non fruit: other | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | lactic | earth
__other: moist wood | sour cabbage | sour strawberry | sour raspberry
__vegetal: hay | wheat | nettle | dill | bell pepper | asparagus
__herbal: straw grass | green grass | eucalyptus | currant leaf
__spice: white pepper | cloves | anise | rosemary | ginger | mint
__oak: coconut | vanilla | dried banana | cinnamon | smoke | menthol
__sweet: corn | honey | caramel | toffee | marmalade | jam | candy
__lactic: baguette | crème brûlée | panna cotta | butter | yeast | yogurt
__earth (organic): soil dust | turf | forest floor | compost | mushrooms | truffle
__earth (inorganic): limestone | chalk | slate | flint | aspirin | petroleum | varnish
__wood: [old | new | none] / [dried | roasted | charred]
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary

graph
//Palate
sweetness: bone dry | dry | off dry | sweet | extra sweet
acidity: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
alcohol: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
tannin: none | low | med(-) | medium | med(+)
__grip: fine | ripe | firm | green | rough
texture: creamy | round | lean
body: light | medium | full
balance: bad | poor | fair | good | fine
__dominant: sugar | acidity | alcohol | tannin | none
complexity: simple | moderate | complex

//Taste
fruit profile: malic | citric | stone | red fruits | lactic
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried
non fruit: other | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary
finish: short | med(-) | medium | med(+) | long
aftertaste: rough | astringent | seedy | appealing | velvety

rate
//Scoring
CRICOVA | Reserve | Feteasca Neagra | Brut Roz | #
variety: feteasca neagra
origin: old world | new world
climate: cool | moderate | warm
country: Moldova
region: Codru
rating: 88.5

//Conclusion
maturity: on the rise | in its prime | past its prime | on the decline
verdict: fair | good | fine | great | exceptional
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96x96This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and with a total of 88.5 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.

Verdict: this is a sparkling wine that is ready to be enjoyed today or in the next 3 to 6 months, it tastes fresh, angular and austere at the same time. The wine feels too sweet for a brut, closer to an off-dry wine, respectively it is off-balanced, with alcohol and sugar dominating over the palate, leading to a quite ‘hot’ finale. It does have a very nice acidity, but it definitely lacks balance and harmony between all its elements. Overall a good sparkling wine that will go well with an oven baked salmon with butter & garlic dressing.

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