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Tonight we are going to review a wine that has been talked about on the local market since its release – Raritet Alb de Mereni 2019 by Carlevana. This wine is part of the ‘Raritet’ wine series, which is the winemaker’s flagship line, and it is a blend of riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and muscat grape varieties, where riesling is responsible for natural acidity and foreground aromatics, chardonnay builds the main body and structure, sauvignon blanc adds up-front richness and adds the herbaceous notes, pinot gris rounds and smoothens the final blend, while muscat brings those amazing floral hints to the main plane. But enough theory, without further ado, let’s move on straight to our tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__green fruits: cucumber | melon | gooseberry | green apple | green pear
__citrus fruits: pomelo | lemon
__stone fruits: apricot | mirabelle
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal
__floral: marguerite daisy
__vegetal: nettle | fresh cabbage
__herbal: green grass | meadow | clover | pear leaf
__dominant: acidity | alcohol
fruit profile: green fruits
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: vegetal | herbal
maturity: in its prime
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and with a total of 90.0 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 crisp, zesty and slightly seedy wine blend, a wine that is right there, at the peak of its prime form. It tastes citrusy and bitter, with pronounced herbaceous notes and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through. This is a wine, that in it current state, lacks harmony and elegance, therefore we would strongly recommend to aerate the wine for 15 to 20 minutes before serving, in order for the aromatics to open up and express themselves in full power. Overall this is a quite straightforward wine blend with a slightly angular profile due to its zesty accent and some very appealing, mouth-watering acidity that makes it taste refreshingly crisp.
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