DAC | Rosu Domnesc | 2015
feteasca neagra | cabernet sauvignon | merlot


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Today we are going to review a wine blend that really shows how the whole is more than the sum of its parts – Rosu Domnesc 2015 by Vinaria Dac. This is a blend of feteasca neagra, cabernet sauvignon and merlot, where feteasca neagra forms the wine’s main body, cabernet sauvignon brings on structure and firmness, while merlot is all about up-front richness and red fruit flavors. These three varieties are blended so well, that only their best characteristics are on display. The wine has been aged oak barriques and is part of the winemaker’s flagship line, made of six red wines, from which three are blends. 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:

clarity: clear
concentration: deep
colour: garnet
hue/rim: garnet

stain: light
viscosity: medium
sediment: none

outset: clean
intensity: powerful
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black raspberry
fruit character: overripe | dried

non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | earth
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg | cloves
__oak: liquorice | tobacco
__sweet: toffee | molasses | walnut jam
__earth: soil dust | turf
__wood: new / roasted
aroma: primary | secondary

sweetness: bone dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe
texture: round
body: full
balance: fair
__dominant: alcohol | acidity
complexity: complex

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: overripe | dried
non fruit: oak | earth
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: appealing

DAC | Rosu Domnesc | 2015

variety: feteasca neagra | cabernet sauvignon | merlot
climate: moderate
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 91.7

maturity: past its prime
verdict: fine
96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 91.7 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 wine blend, one that is already past its prime form and right there, on the edge of decline, therefore this is a wine that should be enjoyed today rather than tomorrow, without any additional bottle ageing. The wine feels rich, fruity and supple, with overwhelming acidity, a touch of alcoholic warmth and a seedy-crisp finale. It feels round, complex and very well structured in the mouth, with a ripe, fine-tannic grip on the palate. The wine has firm body, with overripe black fruits, delicate spiciness and subtle sweetness from oak ageing. A very fine blend indeed – drink now or in the next 6 months.
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