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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal feteasca neagra wine – Feteasca Neagra 2016 by Vinaria Dac. Feteasca Neagra is an indigenous romanian variety that has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia and today, this is the most planted red variety in Romania. Wines made from feteasca neagra grapes are usually fruit-forward, structured and complex – wines that often can be compared to cabernet sauvignon, mostly due to their full body, high tannins and elegant textures. There is a rising demand for feteasca neagra wines lately both, on the local market as well as on the international markets. 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:
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black raspberry
__blue fruits: blue plum
fruit character: ripe | overripe
non fruit: spice | oak | earth
__spice: red pepper | black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | mint
__oak: liquorice | tobacco | smoke
__earth (organic): soil dust | turf | compost
__wood: new / roasted
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: dried
non fruit: spice | oak
maturity: in its prime
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 91.6 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.
Verdict: this is a very fine feteasca neagra wine, one that has just reached its prime form – a wine that can still age for another year or two before it will hit the decline slope. It tastes firm, oaky and bitter-seedy, with some of the fruit already on the dried side of the spectrum. Overall it feels noble, well structured and crisp, with nuanced acidity, ripe tannins and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. The wine has an extracted yet very honest fruity accent, with insistent woody flavours that are so well integrated in the overall profile, thus preserving the distinguished varietal characteristics of the grapes.
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