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Today we are going to review a single-varietal merlot wine with the label Made in Moldova – Pe Cal Alb 2018 by Etnovin. Merlot is the world’s most underrated grape variety, usually regarded as the underdog to cabernet sauvignon, but make no mistake, merlot wine is first class. The story of this wine is genuinely simple – its creator is nature itself, where the winemaker reduced human intervention to a minimum in order to express the variety in the best way possible, thus resulting in a wine with a very high phenolic extract (30 units to be precise). But enough theory, 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 | blue fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | red plum | red currant | cranberry
__blue fruits: blue plum | blueberry
fruit character: ripe | dried
non fruit: spice | animal | earth
__spice: red pepper | nutmeg | cherry tree wood
__animal: gravy | leather
__earth: soil dust | turf
fruit profile: red fruits
fruit character: ripe | overripe
non fruit: spice | earth
maturity: in its prime
This is definitely a good 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.
Verdict: this is a very fruit-forward and honest wine that is right there, at the peak of its form – rich, dense and extracted – a wine that is meant to be enjoyed today rather than tomorrow. It feels expressive, plump and extremely appealing on the palate, with a round and supple body and a slightly bitter-seedy yet crisp finale. What makes this wine stand apart from its peers, is the wilderness within it, both, on the nose, with ripe red fruits, and in the mouth, in terms of opulence and richness. That said, the wine does lack structure and firmness on the plate, therefore it is not meant for long term bottle ageing – just enjoy it today, as long as it is young and rich.
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