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1999 Cramele Halewood Pinot Noir Special Reserve

This wine won the Grand Gold Medal at the 2002 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, being, for many years, the only dry Romanian wine that won such an award. It is the first time I taste it, and my curiosity and excitement grew immensely ever since I received this bottle, a few weeks ago, from Cramele Halewood where it was stored since its bottling. Both, the fill level and the cork were flawless.

1999 Cramele Halewood Pinot Noir Special Reserve

Saturated ruby red color with no signs of aging. Well developed and maturing, but still youthful, dominated by rich primary aromas, absolutely amazing. Intense aromas of pure red fruits, flowers, eucalyptus, with real depth and complexity given by game, chocolate and truffles aromas. Full bodied, with perfect balance between good extraction, bright acidity, completely integrated tannins and velvety texture, with intense flavors and a real pleasure for the senses. Medium plus finish, really fresh and lingering flavors. This wine is extremely youthful, you can think of more recent vintages when you sip it, but certainly not of a 13 years old wine. The wine is probably at its peak now, however it can stay on this plateau for another 5-7 years easily (perhaps even more) offering great drinking pleasure to the few fortunate owners that still have bottles left. Kudos to Aurelia Visinescu, the winemaker at that time, and Cramele Halewood for this wine that drinks so well today.  (92+/100)

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  1. June 6, 2012 at 23:06

    Poate mi se pare, dar sunt de parere ca Aurelia facea vinuri mai bune cand era la Halewood; parca erau mai bine echilibrate, ceva mai old-school, elegantoase. Acum nu-mi place directia ultra-moderna pe care a adoptat-o…

    App de acest Pinot, ai idee daca se si comercializeaza? Am vazut pe facebook ca ar mai avea sticle in pivnitele lor

    • June 7, 2012 at 14:46

      Ciprian nu prea cunosc vinurile Aureliei Visinescu, deci nu pot sa emit nici o parere.

      Referitor la PN 1999 trebuie investigat daca mai au ceva si sunt dispusi sa vanda si la ce pret.

  2. BogdanC
    June 7, 2012 at 16:14

    189 lei la Outlet-ul din Bucuresti

    • June 7, 2012 at 16:43

      ms mult pentru precizare Bogdan. E bine de stiut ca mai este si la ce pret.

  3. BogdanC
    June 7, 2012 at 18:52

    Merita?

    • June 8, 2012 at 12:29

      Bogdan depinde cat de confortabil si cat de des cumperi vinuri peste 100-150 Ron. E un PN bun, la banii aia e competitie mare. Daca esti fan vinuri cu un anumit numar de ani la bord si mature, este o optiune buna.

      Mai ales ca este, din pct meu de vedere, unul dintre foarte putinele vinuri romanesti cu peste 10 ani vechime bun. Daca vrei sa fii mai pragmatic gandeste-te daca un vin de 92 puncte merita banii aia ? Si cate vinuri romanesti sunt peste 90 de puncte ?

      sper ca am reusit cat de cat sa te asist in luarea unei decizii🙂

  4. June 7, 2012 at 20:11

    Cam multisor, e aproape cat un Drouhin Clos Vougeot ’95😀

    Daca merita sau nu, cred ca tine de fiecare dintre noi…

    • June 8, 2012 at 12:31

      sa stii Ciprian ca vinul poate sta lejer pe acelasi palier cu un 1er Cru din Burgundia cu vechime. probabil si cu cateva Grand Cru

      • June 9, 2012 at 04:00

        Cosmin, ce-i drept, eu am anumite prejudecati privind preturile pentru multe vinuri romanesti🙂 Nu-mi prea da mana sa arunc atatia bani pe ele, chiar daca as merge oarecum la sigur. Problema mea cea mare este “saritura” uriasa pe care a facut-o vinul asta – acum cativa ani, am dat pana in 20 de lei pe el…Cred ca stii cum gandesc ai nostri in materie de preturi, aici e buba mea. Imi pare inca un vin umflat la pret doar pt ca are ceva ani la bord si sa-i zicem ca este o oaresice raritate (ceva imi spune ca mai sunt destule sticle pastrate de Halewood). Nu ma leg de calitate aici, sa nu se inteleaga gresit. Macar in Burgundia stiu ca asa e politica de pret de ani de zile.

        App, eu l-am scos la 180 de lei😀

  5. BogdanC
    June 8, 2012 at 13:40

    Hai ca m-am riscat si am comandat o sticla (mai aveau 3 in magazinul din Bucuresti). Merg pe mina lui Cosmin. Revin cu impresii.

    • June 8, 2012 at 13:43

      Bogdan astept si insist sa revii aici cu impresiile tale dupa ce incerci vinul. Eu te sfatuiesc sa-l deschizi si sa-l lasi sa se aereze in sticla, sa-l servesti ceva mai rece decat normal, sa-l lasi sa se incalzeasca in pahar in timp ce-l bei si sa vezi cum evolueaza si sa-l consumi in cursul a 2-3 ore pentru o observa toate etapele de aerare.

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