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Today we are going to review a wine with the label Made in Moldova that was relatively recently released on the local market – Motive Feteasca Alba 2019 by Vinaria din Vale. Feteasca Alba is an old indigenous variety, that dates back for almost two thousand years – a variety that is little known outside of Moldova and Romania. Feteasca Alba wines stand out from the crowd mostly due to their delicate balance and elegance. Feteasca Alba is a variety that is very famous in Romania, yet a variety that is not yet explored at its true potential here in Moldova. 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:
color: straw green
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__green fruits: pear | gooseberry | green apple | wild pear
__citrus fruits: lemon | kiwi | lime
__stone fruits: green apricot | green melon
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: herbal | sweet
__herbal: green grass | meadow | currant leaf
__sweet: pear candy
aroma: primary | secondary
fruit profile: green fruits & citrus fruits
fruit character: unripe to ripe
non fruit: herbal
maturity: in its prime
verdict: fine | highly recommended
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and with a total of 91.2 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 fine and quite firm feteasca alba wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that can age for another year or two in the bottle. It feels creamy, crisp and slightly green, with overwhelming alcoholic burn on the mouthfeel and a bitter-seedy finale. This a supple, angular full-bodied wine, with an oily texture on the palate and a very mesmerizing, fruity accent on the nose. The wine might taste a bit off the balance, mostly due to its overwhelming alcohol and the green character of the tannins, which in fact, makes it a perfect food pairing partner for fat-rich fish, like for example baked salmon or grilled dorada. Enjoy!
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