LARGA VALLEY | Chardonnay – Feteasca Alba – Alb de Onitcani | 2019
chardonnay | feteasca alba | alb de onitcani


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Today we are going to review another wine that has been released relatively recently on the local market – Chardonnay – Feteasca Alba – Alb de Onitcani 2019 by by Larga Valley. This wine is a blend of three grape varieties: chardonnay which forms the main body and structure, feteasca alba which brings elegance and those authentic wild floral flavours, and alb de onitcani which enhances the wine’s flavour profile and builds up the aromatic background. The grapes are sourced from the famous Valul lui Traian wine region in the Larga river valley. 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: pale
color: straw-yellow
clarity: clear
hue/rim: silver-white

intensity: rich
fruit profile: sweet fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__sweet fruits: pear | quince | asian pear | white apple
__citrus fruits: sweet lemon | white grapefruit
__stone fruits: apricot
fruit character: ripe

non fruit: floral | sweet | other
__floral: elderflower | daffodil | marguerite daisy
__sweet: pear candy
__other: almonds
__wood: none

sweetness: dry
acidity: medium
alcohol: med(+)
tannin: low
__grip: green
body: opulent & lean
balance: fair
__dominant: alcohol
complexity: simple

fruit profile: sweet fruits | citrus fruits
fruit character: unripe
non fruit: floral
finish: medium
aftertaste: bitter-crisp

LARGA VALLEY | Chardonnay – Feteasca Alba – Alb de Onitcani | 2019
variety: chardonnay | feteasca alba | alb de onitcani
country: Moldova
region: Valul lui Traian
rating: 89.7

maturity: in its prime | drink now
verdict: fair | not bad
96x96This is definitely a fair wine of Moldova and with a total of 89.7 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 lean and quite opulent wine blend that is right there, at the summit of its prime form – a wine that should not be aged any further and enjoyed today rather than tomorrow. It feels wide, lush and slightly seedy, with a nuanced citrusy-floral profile, overwhelming acidity and alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. This a very fair and round wine, with appealing floral notes and a quite thin body. What this wine lacks is some structure and character on the palate. All in all, the wine feels bitter-crisp and a bit off the balance, mostly due to overwhelming alcohol and acidity, which makes it a very good pairing partner for flavoured seafood dishes, like for example baked salmon or dorada fillets with garlic and lemon dressing.

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