MINIS TERRIOS | Neagra Imparateasa | 2019
feteasca neagra

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Today we are going to review a single varietal feteasca neagra wine of MoldovaNeagra Imparateasa 2019 by Minis Terrios. 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 often are compared to merlot and cabernet franc, mostly due to their body, robust tannins and elegant textures. There is a rising demand for feteasca neagra wines on the regional as well as on the international markets and many wine experts consider this variety to be the visit card of romanian wines. This wine has been aged for 14 months in french oak barrels in order to gain more structure and complexity and produced in a very limited edition of only 1000 bottles. That said and without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine 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
colour: medium-deep ruby color
clarity: hazy ruby shades on the rim

compound
//Olfactory

intensity: rich & expressive
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackberry | black mulberry | aronia berry
fruit character: overripe

//Flavor
non fruit: spice | oak | earth
__spice: peppercorn mix | cloves | tonka seeds | liquorice
__oak: roasted oakwood | sweet tobacco | oaktree bark
__earthy: black soil
primary layer: fruit

graph
//Palate
sweetness: bone dry
acidity: medium+
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: green
balance: fair
__dominant: alcohol
body: rough | full body

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

rate
//Scoring
MINIS TERRIOS | Neagra Imparateasa | 2019

variety: feteasca neagra
country: Moldova
region: Codru
rating: 92.3

//Conclusion
maturity: developing | drink now or age for 3 or 4 more years
verdict: fine | highly recommended
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96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 92.3 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 slightly rough feteasca neagra wine with an appealingly-seedy mouthfeel – a wine that is still developing, thus one that can stand another 3 or 4 years of bottle ageing. It feels hot, angular and a bit austere, with a nuanced, fruity-oaky accent on the nose, where it brings overripe black fruits in the foreground, supported by a spicy-oaky background and a very subtle earthy in between. On the palate the wine delivers flat acidity, rough and slightly green tannins and an overwhelming alcoholic warmth that is showing through on the mouthfeel, which leads to bitter-seedy aftertaste. All in all, this is a quite rich, tannic and slightly aggressive feteasca neagra wine, with a clear-cut, fruit-forward profile, a wine that in its current lacks harmony and finesse on the palate. We would recommend to pair it with spicy or barbequed meats, like for example a rosemary-garlic flank steak, a skillet steak with bourbon sauce or a peppercorn-crusted tomahawk steak, in order to counter-balance all those rough edges in the wine and enhance the expressivity provided by those nuanced, fruity-oaky flavours. Cheers!

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