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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 – Viorica 2020 by Famber Winery. Viorica is a rare, light-skinned white grape variety that is little known outside of Moldova, as it is mainly used in production of 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. This is a variety with a strong personality: citrusy-floral on the nose, with a touch of honey in the background – a variety that has only recently been introduced to the international market, where it has been highly appreciated, mostly due o its genuine aromatics. 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: pale yellow
clarity: clear yellow
intensity: rich & sour
fruit profile: citrus fruits | stone fruits | sweet fruits
__citrus fruits: sweet lemon
__stone fruits: apricot
__sweet fruits: yellow apple
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: floral | vegetal | other
__floral: linden flower | elderflower
__vegetal:basil | wormwood | oak leaf
__other: sour apple | sour melon
body: lean | medium(-)
fruit profile: citrus fruits | stone fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: floral | vegetal
aftertaste: crisp & appealing
maturity: in its prime | drink now
verdict: fine | highly recommended
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and with a total of 91.1 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 viorica wine that is right there, at the peak of its form: lean, round and refreshingly crisp. The wine feels very appealing and highly aromatic, with a supple and lush plate, a nuanced citrusy-floral accent and some nuanced vegetal-herbaceous hints on the nose – this is a real crowd-pleaser. The wine tastes well balanced, with mouth-watering acidity and a nicely structured mouthfeel. Overall this is a fair and easy to drink viorica wine and our recommendation would be to drink this wine today or in the next 3 to 6 months, as it is not meant for bottle ageing but rather to be enjoyed fresh. Enjoy!
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