The wine we are going to review tonight is a bit special – Rosu Imparat 2015 by Minis Terrios. This is the winemaker’s first wine blend, made of two indigenous grape varieties – feteasca neagra and rara neagra, enchanted with a bit of cabernet sauvignon in order to get more structure and complexity. All three varieties were vinified and aged in oak barrels individually, with different ageing times: cabernet sauvignon was aged for 20 months, part of the feteasca neagra (50%) – for 12 months, while rara neagra – for 8 months. But enough theory, without further ado, let’s get straight to the tasting!
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.4 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a fine wine blend that is still on the rise, one that has yet to reach its prime form, as it requires a couple more years of bottle ageing to round up. It feels a bit off its balance at the moment, as it tastes a bit bitter and a bit too tart, yet, despite its youthfulness, this is one of the blueprints wine blends of indigenous grape varieties. In order to counter-balance all that acidity and bitterness in the wine, we would suggest to pair it with meaty dishes with smooth and creamy textures, like for example a beef fillet mignon with foie gras and madeira sauce or a ribeye steaks with red wine sauce. Cheers!