CASA PETRU | Feteasca Neagra | Private Wine Collection | 2018
feteasca neagra


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Today we are going to review a single-varietal feteasca neagra wine from the Valul lui Traian region – Feteasca Neagra Private Wine Collection 2018 by Casa Petru. Feteasca Neagra is an indigenous romanian variety that has been grown for hundreds of years on substantial plantings in the south of Moldova and eastern Muntenia and today, this is the most famous red variety in Romania. Wines made from feteasca neagra grapes are usually fruit-forward, structured and complex, wines that quite often are compared to merlot and cabernet franc, mostly due to their full body, high tannins and elegant textures. There is a rising demand for feteasca neagra wines both, on the local market as well as on the international markets and many experts name this variety as the visit card of romanian wines. This particular wine is made from feteasca neagra grapes that were sourced from the Valea Iargara vineyard. That said and without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

colour: medium ruby
clarity: clear garnet


intensity: rich & spicy hot
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black plum | black cherry | blackcurrant
fruit character: dried & overripe

non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | other
__spice: black pepper
__oak: roasted oakwood | tobacco | smoke | charred wood
__sweet: dried black plum | dried black cherry | ash
other: dust | tree bark | charcoal | tar
__wood: old / heavy roast

sweetness: off dry
acidity: high
alcohol: med(+)
tannin: med(-)
__grip: ripe
balance: fair
__dominant: alcohol & acidity
body: austere | medium+

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: dried & overripe
non fruit: oak
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: hot & tart

CASA PETRU | Feteasca Neagra | Private Wine Collection | 2018

variety: feteasca neagra
country: Moldova
region: Valul lui Traian
rating: 89.9

maturity: developing | age up to 2 more years
verdict: fair | not bad
96x96This is definitely a fair wine of Moldova and, with a total of 89.9 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 quite fair feteasca neagra wine: rich, hot and overripe, with some hints of excessive exposure to oxygen, a wine that is still developing in the bottle and one that can age for another year or two. It feels spicy, oaky and fruit-forward, with plenty of dried black fruits and roasted wood on the nose and a very nuanced, nutty-dusty accent on the palate. The wine tastes supple, plump and slightly angular, with fine-grained tannins and a very hot and tart finale. It has overwhelming acidity and a very insistent alcoholic burn on the mouthfeel, supported by a heavy roasted woody accent towards the end of the palate. This wine lacks harmony between its elements and feels a bit off the balance. Despite its angularity, the wine has a rich, woody background, with hints of charred wood and smoke, which makes it a perfect pairing partner for spicy or smoky meats. like for example pepper steaks or barbequed cuts, and don’t forget to aerate the wine for at least 25 minutes before serving. Cheers!
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