GRAMMA | Epic | 2020
feteasca alba | sauvignon blanc | aligoté

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Today we are going to review a wine that we were eager to try for a very long time – Epic 2020 by Gramma. This wine is a blend of three grape varieties: feteasca alba (an old, indigenous romanian variety that dates back for almost two thousand years), sauvignon blanc (a very old grape variety that makes crisp, dry, aromatic and herbaceous wines) and aligoté (known as the ‘other white Burgundy’ grape, it makes very refreshing dry wines with floral and herbal notes and an almost lemony character), where feteasca alba forms the main body and structure of the wine, aligoté rounds up and smoothens the final blend, while sauvignon blanc adds up-front crispness and brings herbal notes to the foreground. But enough with all that theory, that said and without further ado, let’s move on straight to our tasting results.
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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//Visual
color: pale, straw-yellow color
clarity: clear, pastel-yellow hues

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//Olfactory
intensity: powerful & floral
fruit profile: green fruits | citrus fruits | stone fruits
__green fruits: green pear | green apple
__citrus fruits: lemon | green grapefruit | bergamot
__stone fruits: apricot | peach | mirabelle
fruit character: ripe

//Flavor
non fruit: floral | herbal | sweet
__floral: honeysuckle | acacia | apple blossom
__herbal: lemongrass | currant leaf
__sweet: pear candy | lemon candy
primary layer: fruit

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//Palate
sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: medium+
tannin: low
__grip: green
balance: fair
__dominant: alcohol
body: supple & lean | medium+

//Taste
fruit profile: green fruits & citrus fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: floral & sweet
finish: medium
aftertaste: crisp & hot

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//Scoring
GRAMMA | Epic | 2020
variety: feteasca alba | sauvignon blanc | aligoté
country: Romania | Moldova
region: Iasi | Visan
rating: 91.4

//Conclusion
maturity: in its prime | drink now – do not age
verdict: fine | highly recommended
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96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Romania 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 crisp, supple and lean wine blend – a wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form, therefore drink it now or in the next 12 months, as there’s no need for further bottle ageing at this stage. It feels fresh, smooth and slightly green, with a nuanced fruity-citrusy profile and a slightly seedy finale. On the palate the wine delivers exuberant acidity and an overwhelming alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel, which makes it feel hot and a bit austere. On the nose the wine delivers a mixture of ripe fruits (green fruits and citrus) and some nuanced floral notes in the foreground, followed by a subtle and very appealing herbal layer in the background. All in all, this is a nicely structured wine blend with a mesmerizing aromatic profile and a slightly angular palate – a wine that lacks a bit of harmony and finesse on the mouthfeel, yet one that will pair nicely with any seafood dishes, especially those with creamy accents, like for example lobster in tomato cream sauce or some creamy garlic baked oysters. Enjoy!

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