Excellency awards by Vinul.ro
THU on the 4th of November, 2010, I attended the ceremony organized by Vinul.ro to award the best wines and the best Wineries from Romania based on the contest that took place during the last week of October. There were over 350 wines that entered the contest and there were many Gold and Silver medals given but not a single Grand Gold medal awarded. Most of the Romanian wineries sent samples to enter the contest but unfortunately many of them did not send their premium wines probably for fear of a low score.
As the ceremony took place outside Bucharest, in Corbeanca, and on a weekday during lunch, the number of participants was pretty limited but more than the organizers expected. There were wineries that did not show up to claim their prizes, but even worst than that, there was a representative of a producer that bothered to come and refused to enter the room and even the building where the ceremony took place and simply asked the organizers to bring their Medals outside so she can leave right away. It seems the lady had a grudge against the jury that did not have the same opinion as she had on her wines. Diplomacy – what’s that ?
The organizers gave the participants to this ceremony the chance to taste through all the wines listed on the contest.
From the wines I got to taste there are a few I found particularly interesting:
– the Cuvee Alexandru Terra Romana 2007 from Serve is a blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Feteasca Neagra. This wine is masculine, more concentrated than their Cuvee Charlotte (a blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv and Feteasca Neagra, a more feminine wine), nicely balanced and with firm tannins. This wine was an unexpected and interesting surprise for me. I am definitely looking forward to try this wine again.
– a Spanish wine Alma Tobia Tinto de Autor 2005, a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha, nicely balanced.
– the sweet white Italian Riesling Sirena Dunarii 2000 that was awarded a Gold medal with a nice deep amber color and a luscious texture in the mouth.
– the Cabernet Sauvignon Cantus Primus 2007 with a nice bitter-sweet chocolate aftertaste.
– I also got to open and taste a Feteasca Regala Genius Loci 2007 from Stirbey, a wine that I remember liking a lot when I visited them in May but unfortunately there was something wrong with the bottle, probably corked.
– Chardonnay Theia 2009 an off dry wine from Halewood, interesting but because of the low acidity is too sweet for me.
The Gold medals were awarded to:
– only one single medal for white wines to Italian Riesling Sirena Dunarii 2000 by Vinarte.
– 5 medals for red wines for Enira 2006(Bessa Valley), Dragaica Rosie 2008(Oprisor), Feteasca Neagra Cocosul(Rooster) 2009 and Syrah Cocosul((Rooster) 2009(Recas) and Carmenere Errazuriz Max reserva 2008(Imported by Halewood winery).
– 3 medals for rose wines for Cabernet Sauvignon Calauza rose 2009(off dry,Oprisor), Burgund Schwaben Wein Rose 2009(Recas) and Wine Princess rose 2009(Wine Princess)
Unfortunately only me and Alibus were present at the event from the wine bloggers.
Let’s hope next year more premium wines will enter the contest and, based on the higher quality, at least one if not more Grand Gold medals will be awarded to Romanian and not imported wines.
Thanks for reading!