Pelican Negru Velvet Red Blend
This Pelican Negru 2015 is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.6 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.
A quite fine wine blend that is still on the rise – a bit off its balance – a wine that is very close to the summit of its prime form, thus we are strongly advocating for a couple more years of bottle ageing (1 to 2 years should suffice). At the moment the wine feels quite off its balance, as it tastes acrid and opulent, grippy yet flabby, still, the potential is there – all it needs is a bit of patience and care. In order to counter-balance all that angularity in the wine, we would recommend to pair it with meaty dishes that are rich in spicy flavours, like for example a ribeye steak with red wine sauce or a cheese and cold cuts platter.
Deep garnet-to-crimson color with noble ruby shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits flavours: black cherry, black plum, ripe blackberry, black mulberry, blackcurrant, black raspberry, overripe sour cherry and nuanced notes of cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with noble notes of roasted wood, black pepper, nutmeg, black tea, anise and some subtle hints of cinnamon.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It tastes lean, tart and seedy yet round and opulent at the same time, with a nuanced fruitiness and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through. This is a quite flat, flabby yet woody wine blend, one that feels too young and not ripe enough, lacking a bit of structure and firmness on the mouthfeel. Still, the wine has a fair overall balance between fruit and wood, with an acrid-angular accent towards the end of the palate.
Moldova -Stefan Voda
Cabernet franc, Merlot