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Review: 2019 Amber Natural Wine

We love reviewing orange and natural wines. While they sometimes are a bit too funky and out there, they are going to continue to demand a larger and larger market share, and if you are serious about learning more about wine, you need to learn to tell a good one from a bad one. Our tasting panel recently tasted the 2019 Amber Natural from Romania, which not only shows the burgeoning flex of natural wines, but that of Romanian wine in general.

Blended with Chardonnay, Feteasca Alba (the second most planted grape in Romania), Sauvignon Blanc, Tamaioasa Romaneasca (one of the many, many names for the Italian grape Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains), this wine pours dark straw, with a nose of honey, light reductive notes, passionfruit, and honeysuckle. There is a light chemical note on the nose as well. Extended skin contact evident once you taste it, medium-low acidity, and a noticeable tannic backbone. Apple, stone, and a bit of funk and vinegar up front, tea and again the reductive notes on the mid-palate, with a finish of lavender, stone fruit, and a light saline taste.

Our tasting panel was admittedly all over the board on this, showing the split between those who can appreciate the funk of orange/natural wines and those who skew more mainstream. Still, a worthy addition to the genre, and if you like natural wines, you would seek this one out. If you want to learn more about natural and/or orange wine, this is likewise a good place to start.

Charted Details:

Wine: 2019 Amber Natural

From: Cramele Recas

From: Romania

Varietals: Unspecified blend of Chardonnay, Feteasca Alba Sauvignon Blanc, Tamaioasa Romaneasca

Winemaking Details: 25 days of skin contact (orange wine). Unfiltered. Organic Grapes. Totally natural wine.

ABV: 12.5%

Price: $18

Rating: 88 pts

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