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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal chardonnay wine with the label Made in Moldova – Larga Chardonnay 2018 by Larga Valley – a new name on the local wine market. Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grape variety that is prized for its ability to produce top-quality wines in a wide range of climates and terroirs. Stylistically, there are two main types of chardonnay wines: on one hand we have the classic, creamy and rich, oak-aged style, whereas on the other hand there’s the crisp and refreshing unoaked style. This specific wine has been aged for at least 6 months in oak barrels, but let’s get rid of all that theory. That said, 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 | tropical fruits
__green fruits: pear | apple | quince | green melon
__citrus fruits: lemon | sweet lemon | asian pear | lemon zest
__stone fruits: apricot | pluot
__tropical fruits: pineapple
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: sweet | oak | herbal
__herbal: pear leaf | straw grass | hay
__oak: french vanilla
__sweet: pear candy
__wood: old / light
aroma: primary | secondary
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: sweet
maturity: in its prime
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and with a total of 91.0 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 fine chardonnay wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that can resist a couple more months of bottle ageing, still we would strongly suggest to drink it sooner rather than later. The wine feels round, supple and slightly oaky, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy profile and a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. This is a quite crisp and well structured chardonnay wine, with a really expressive palate and a bitter-seedy finish, that might create the sensation of a woody wine, yet it is not, those are the after-effects of some very light oak ageing, we suspect a blending technique when a portion of the oaked wine is added to the fresh, unoaked base. The wine is quite balanced overall and is one of those wines that can be served as an aperitif, or alongside the main entrée.
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