TERRA DACIA | Cabernet Franc Blanc | 2019
cabernet franc


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Today we are going to review an unique rosé wine with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ – Cabernet Franc Blanc 2019 by Terra Dacia. This rosé wine is made only of cabernet franc grapes that were sourced from the famous Stefan-Voda region and at the moment is the only cabernet franc based rose in Moldova. Rosé wines are usually made by the ‘saignee method‘, when the juice of the red grapes is strained from its skins before it becomes too dark, therefore the winemaker has to remove the red grape skins (the source of the red pigment) when the wine reaches the desired color depth. The trap here lies in the character of the resulting rosé wine, as the focus on color alone might compromise the taste and flavour of the resulting wine. That said, 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:

color: pale peach
clarity: clear orange shades

intensity: rich with moist scents
fruit profile: stone fruits
__stone fruits: white cherry | white peach | dried apricot | white honey apple | dried white cherry
fruit character: ripe & dried

non fruit: other
other: wheat | moist hay | raisins | moist cardboard | wet newspaper
__wood: none

sweetness: dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: high
tannin: low
__grip: green
balance: fair
__dominant: acidity
body: round

fruit profile: stone fruits
fruit character: unripe &ripe
non fruit: other
finish: medium
aftertaste: crisp & seedy

TERRA DACIA | Cabernet Franc Blanc | 2019

variety: cabernet franc
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 89.8

maturity: drink now | in its prime
verdict: fair | not bad
96x96This is definitely a fair wine of Moldova and, with a total of 89.8 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 quite fair rosé wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form: crisp, slightly bitter and fresh, with a nuanced fruity-seedy accent and a bit angular mouthfeel. The wine has mouth-watering acidity and a touch of alcoholic warmth towards the end of the palate, and overall it feels lean, opulent and slightly wide, lacking maybe just a bit of harmony and finesse on the mouthfeel, which leads to an austere, seedy-crisp finale. We would recommend to drink this wine today rather than tomorrow, as long as it’s still young and beautiful in order to enjoy it at its finest.

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