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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal feteasca neagra wine from the Valul lui Traian region – Motive Feteasca Neagra 2018 by Vinaria din Vale. 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. This particular wine has been aged in close contact with french oak wood and is part of the freshly released Motive wine line. 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: black fruits | red fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | red plum | cranberry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: spice | animal | earth
__spice: red pepper | black pepper | cloves | anise
__animal: veal | leather | gravy | barnyard
__earth: compost | turf
__wood: new / light
aroma: primary | secondary
__dominant: acidity | alcohol
fruit profile: black fruits | blue fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: spice
maturity: on the rise
This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.4 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 quite youthful feteasca neagra wine, one that is still on the rise – supple, round and seedy, with a nuanced fruity-savory accent – a wine that can be enjoyed today or in the next 2 years. It feels slightly angular, mostly due to its bitter tannins, with crisp, overwhelming acidity and a touch of alcoholic burnt on the mouthfeel. What this wine lacks today is some harmony and balance on the palate. Overall the wine is quite appealing, just a bit wide and opulent, with a nuanced bitter-seedy finale.
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