Updated: Feb 23
Tsimlyansky Cherniy 2016
I tasted with this nectar during my last dinner in Saint Petersburg. It is a 100% Tsimlyansky Cherniy, a unique Don river autochthonous grape variety. After the fermentation, the divine juice sleeps for 9 month in French oak barrels. Za zdarovye!
In the glass the wine has a lively ruby colour. The intensity is medium to deep.
The aromas intensity is medium. There is a hint of black fruits, floral fragrances of rose and white pepper. As secondaries, I can smell the cloves, a touch of vanilla and a delicate cedar. The tertiaries are quite subtle, just a hint of leather. Not really exciting.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a medium plus level of acidity and medium tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). The flavour intensity is medium plus. There are notes of both fresh and preserved black fruits. I keep playing with the wine in my mouth and I can just catch some perfume of dried flowers, but nothing more. There is no point trying to be smart and start listing weird flavours. The aromatic palette is quite simple. The usual cloves, vanilla and cedar are the secondary notes. Few things, but at least, they linger for a while on the palate. After a bit, the fruits become less fresh, remembering mostly the stewed ones.
The wine won’t kill you, but it is quite boring. I have nothing to criticize about its quality. It is balanced and has a good lasting, but it lacks of complexity. Nevertheless, it worked decently to wash down my meal: from the tartare of Omul of Baikal lake and Oscietra caviar to the chicken Kiev with porcini mushroom. But it did not make me smile. It is just a safe (expensive) option, if there is nothing else to drink.