DAVINO | Purpura Valahica | Feteasca Neagra | 2016
feteasca neagra

DAVINO_PurpuraValahica_FeteascaNeagra_2016

We will be evaluating wines in no particular order on no particular schedule. Just stay tuned and you will never miss our reviews. If the wine is tasted more than once, the rating table will be updated so as to reflect all the new impressions and observations.

Today we are going to review a single varietal feteasca neagra wine from Ceptura, Dealu MarePurpura Valahica Feteasca Neagra 2016 by Davino. 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, complex and structured, wines that quite often are compared to merlot and cabernet franc, mostly due to their body, fine 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 of feteasca neagra grapes that were sourced from clones developed specifically for the Ceptura terroir in Dealu Mare region. In order to preserve the varietal typicity of feteasca neagra grapes, this wine has been aged only for 8 months in romanian oak barriques (of which 30% new oak and 70% at second use), with a minimum of 18 months of bottle ageing. 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:

DAVINO_PurpuraValahica_FeteascaNeagra_2016_revsight
//Visual
colour: deep garnet color
clarity: hazy garnet shades

compound
//Olfactory

intensity: rich & noble
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: blackcurrant | black plum | black cherry | blackberry | bramble
fruit character: ripe & overripe

//Flavor
non fruit: spice | oak | earth
__spice: black pepper | cloves | nutmeg | anise
__oak: roasted oakwood | sun-dried oak | tobacco | vanilla | black tea
__earth: black soil | petrichor | granite
primary layer: fruit & oak

graph
//Palate
sweetness: bone dry
acidity: medium+
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe
balance: good
__dominant: alcohol
body: round | medium+

//Taste
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe & overripe
non fruit: spice & oak
finish: medium+
aftertaste: bitter-seedy

rate
//Scoring
DAVINO | Purpura Valahica | Feteasca Neagra | 2016

variety: feteasca neagra
country: Romania | Muntenia
region: Dealu Mare | Ceptura
rating: 94.0

//Conclusion
maturity: in its prime | drink now or in the next 2-3 years
verdict: great | a must try wine

grapes
//Prediction

predicted rating: 90

DAVINO_PurpuraValahica_FeteascaNeagra_2016_rpr

_________________________________________________________________________

96x96This is definitely a great wine of Romania and, with a total of 94.0 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 round, supple but firm feteasca neagra wine, with a complex and well structured mouthfeel. The wine is right there, at the summit of its prime form, therefore we would recommend to drink it now or within the next 2 to 3 years, in order to enjoy it at its finest, as we firmly believe that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. On the nose the wine brings a mixture of ripe and overripe black fruits in the foreground, followed by a nuanced, spicy-oaky background and a subtle earthy layer in between the two. On the palate the wine delivers slightly underwhelming acidity, ripe and seedy tannins and an elevated touch of alcoholic warmness that is showing through on the mouthfeel, which leads to a pleasantly seedy aftertaste. All in all, this is one of the best feteasca neagra wine that we have tasted so far: elegant and harmonious – a wine with an amazing varietal typicity. Our recommendation is to pair it with delicate, fat-rich meats, like for example Tournedos Rossini. Enjoy!

DAVINO_PurpuraValahica_FeteascaNeagra_2016_pro
x_the_colorFN_2016DealuMareMap_________________________________________________________________________
© The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. Just remember that there are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

One-Time
Monthly
Yearly

Make a one-time donation

Make a monthly donation

Make a yearly donation

Choose an amount

€1.00
€10.00
€100.00
€2.50
€25.00
€250.00
€5.00
€50.00
€500.00

Or enter a custom amount


WineStatistics is a non-profit community. We produce independent and highly detailed wine reviews.

By training ourselves to stop, take a breath, and pay attention to the subtle elements that distinguish one wine from any other, we learn an important lesson about life – that it’s worth taking the time to slow down and appreciate things that pleases us, from a glass of wine to a great work of art. It’s a simple way to learn to appreciate the little things in life that may in some small way enhance our enjoyment of every day.

In order to continue our work we need support from people like you. People who appreciate our contribution in spreading wine knowledge and raising wine awareness across the borders.

You may now support us by contributing with a one-time donation so that we can review even more wines.

WineStatistics is a non-profit community. We produce independent and highly detailed wine reviews.

By training ourselves to stop, take a breath, and pay attention to the subtle elements that distinguish one wine from any other, we learn an important lesson about life – that it’s worth taking the time to slow down and appreciate things that pleases us, from a glass of wine to a great work of art. It’s a simple way to learn to appreciate the little things in life that may in some small way enhance our enjoyment of every day.

In order to continue our work we need support from people like you. People who appreciate our contribution in spreading wine knowledge and raising wine awareness across the borders.

You may now support us by contributing with a monthly donation so that we can review even more wines.

WineStatistics is a non-profit community. We produce independent and highly detailed wine reviews.

By training ourselves to stop, take a breath, and pay attention to the subtle elements that distinguish one wine from any other, we learn an important lesson about life – that it’s worth taking the time to slow down and appreciate things that pleases us, from a glass of wine to a great work of art. It’s a simple way to learn to appreciate the little things in life that may in some small way enhance our enjoyment of every day.

In order to continue our work we need support from people like you. People who appreciate our contribution in spreading wine knowledge and raising wine awareness across the borders.

You may now support us by contributing with a yearly donation so that we can review even more wines.

DonateDonate monthlyDonate yearly

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s