RADACINI | Fiori | Viorica | 2018


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Today we are going to review a single varietal viorica wine, which is an indigenous local variety – a hybrid grape, made by crossing the two red varieties: seibel and aleatico Fiori Viorica 2018 by Radacini. Viorica is a rare, light-skinned white grape variety that is little known outside of Moldova, as it is mainly used in production of sparkling and table wines. It was long considered the visit card of Moldova’s wines, as it is distinguished by an expressive and intense aromatic bouquet, reminiscent of wild flowers and sweet fruits. Viorica is traditionally vinified off-dry or semi-sweet due to its nuanced aromatics, resulting in truly unique and flamboyant wines. It is a variety with a strong personality, citrusy-floral on the nose, with a touch of honey – a variety that has only recently been introduced to international wine lovers, and it does make some noise now. 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:

concentration: translucent
color: straw-green
clarity: clear
hue/rim: straw-yellow

intensity: rich
fruit profile: green fruits | sweet fruits
__green fruits: wild pear | white apple | green pear | wild apple
__stone fruits: apricot | white mulberry
fruit character: ripe | overripe

non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal
__floral: linden flower | elderflower
__vegetal: hay | nettle
__herbal: marguerite daisy | chamomile | meadow
__wood: none

sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: low
__grip: green
body: opulent & lean
balance: fair
__dominant: alcohol
complexity: simple

fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits
fruit character: unripe | ripe
non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: crisp

RADACINI | Fiori | Viorica | 2018
variety: viorica
country: Moldova
region: Valul lui Traian
rating: 90.8

maturity: drink now | in its prime
verdict: good | recommended
96x96This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and with a total of 90.8 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 nice viorica wine that is right there, at the peak of its form: light, lean and refreshingly crisp. The wine feel slightly opulent and fair, mostly due to lack of structure, still this is a quite supple and round wine, with nicely integrated acidity and overwhelming alcoholic warmth. It has a nuanced fruity-herbal profile and a very appealing floral accent, with a slightly bitter-seedy finale and some subtle hints of honey in there. Overall the wine feels very refined and elegant. We would recommend to drink this wine today or in the next 3 to 6 months, as it is not meant for long-term bottle ageing. Take a sip and enjoy!

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