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Today we are going to review a single varietal chardonnay wine that comes from the famous Stefan Voda wine region – Chardonnay de Purcari 2019 by Purcari. Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular grape variety that is prized for its ability to produce high-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 oak-aged style that is backed up by winemakers in Napa Valley and most of the Grand Cru in Bourgogne, and on the other hand there’s that crisp and refreshing unoaked style that is promoted mostly by the new-world producers and most of the winemakers in the Chablis region. The wine we are reviewing today is combining both categories, as part of the wine has been aged for 6 months in french oak barrels, then it has been blended with unoaked wine from the same harvest. 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: sweet fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits | tropical fruits
__sweet fruits: pear | apple | wild pear | quince
__citrus fruits: sweet lemon | lemon | lime | lemon zest | honey melon
__stone fruits: white nectarine | pluot | peach
__tropical fruits: pineapple | passion fruit | lychee
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: oak | sweet
__oak: vanilla | fresh oak wood
__sweet: honey | caramel
__wood: new / light roast
body: round | medium
fruit profile: citrus fruits | stone fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: oak
maturity: in its prime | do not age
verdict: fine | highly recommended
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and with a total of 91.4 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 a very fine chardonnay wine: round, supple and zesty – a wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form, therefore drink it now or in the next 9 or 12 months. It feels firm, woody and bitter-seedy, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy profile and a slightly tannic finale. The wine has mouth-watering acidity and overwhelming alcohol on the mouthfeel, therefore it does taste slightly angular and a bit off the balance. This is a wine with an expressive oaky accent: lean, well structured and a bit aggressive due to its oak-derived tannis, thus the wine might lack some elegance and finesse on the palate. Overall this is a very noble and appealing chardonnay wine that will do well alongside any seafood dishes or creamy pasta recipes. Cheers!
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