Tested wine: Villa Zorilor Fetească Neagră D.O.C. , vintage 2013, this bottle (0,75) paid 17,99 PLN, purchased in the discount Biedronka Prostki Poland (September 3rd, 2014) (red, dry, grape variety: fetească neagră). This wine is branded by Vinarte – Romania.
This wine, also, has been treated by some reviewers in a rather horrible way. Maybe the bottle didn’t fit, maybe some rigid respect for forms meant that they wanted to keep the temperature, instead of releasing time and drops of fluid from the corset of habits, anyway, the common – here and there – descriptions indicated this wine as some hideous chemistry, not at all for drinking.
Romanian girls are cuddly and joyful, in a Mediterranean way. Looking over the mountains, they see Balkans, and this reminds them that they are in one great family of mixed Greeks, Slavs and Latins, since the dawn of time eating goat’s cheese and drinking some simple wine (not plonk, just wine), because there, the water has always been more expensive and they have never realised it could be, politically, incorrect.
Anyway, they drink red wine, where others would like to drink the white one and the white one, where forms impose to drink the red one, and they do not care highbrow opinions about the superiority of mussels over hominy.The grape variety fetească neagră (it means: a black maiden) is very old, grown before the phylloxera and a little bit like xinomavro, or vranac, and it fits well in its Balkan company.
Well, this bottle surprises me very much, because the wine in it is light and joyful and, in an easy way, acid as young cherries, changing slowly in chokeberry juice, sour and bitter. And some mint in the background. The flavour is excellent, the after-taste is very elegant, even with its Romanian peasant origins.
I give 90/100 to this bottle, also contrarily to popular opinions.