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Camelia Bucur

Camelia Bucur

38 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 96/100

Aurelia Visinescu is a well renown oenologist in Romania and internationally. She is the winemaker behind her own wine brand. I was introduced to the Promessa line when I visit the winery back in 2016. The blend of feteasca negra and syrah reflects the Dealu Mare terroir. Deep ruby color, aromas on the nose and palate of dark cherries, plums, and white pepper. Vanilla, smoke and leather notes comes from ageing in oak barrels. Smooth and velvety texture with soft tannins and long finish. Enjoyable on its own but a beautiful pairing with red meats such as lamb or beef. Drank bottle 13.07.2019.

VQA

VQA Colaneri Corposo 2016

V.Q.A., Canada
110 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 90/100

I had the pleasure of tasting this wine during a charitable event and it was a sponsored wine. I haven't seen it at LCBO. This is a ripasso style wine from the VQA region, which is very rare. It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Repassed over 100% dried skins from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah. Medium red color with aromas of cherries, plums, caramel, vanilla and nutmeg. On the palate the aromas are still present with the addition of white pepper and cedar. Balance tannins with soft acidity and a long finish. Excellent pairing with antipasto skewer (prosciutto, mozzarella, sherry tomato) which cuts through the fat. Also a good pairing with pasta and sun dried tomatoes.

114 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 95/100

To be honest, I wasn't very thrilled about the label and name of this wine. A lot of Romanian wine are trying to promote their wines with labels of Dracula, because it will sale easily internationally, instead of promoting the good quality of wine. However, I had to try it out. I gave myself the mission to try every Romanian wine that comes trough LCBO and SAQ. I must say I was very surprise with this wine. This Feteasca Neagra is ruby red with aromas and flavors of raspberries, ripe strawberries and vanilla. A dry, smooth, jammy, velvety wine. Pair with traditional Romanian dishes as micii or with lamb or a cheese plate.

114 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 90/100

Tezaur Jidvei is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Feteasca Regala. A nice aromatic wine that emanates aromas of yellow apples, lemon and floral notes. A fresh crisp wine with a balance acidity. Flavours show of apples, honey and white flowers. Pair with an traditional Romanian dishes such as cabbage rolls and polenta or smoke salmon with an avocado cream cheese dip.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley Hess lion tamer 2016

Napa Valley, Usa
115 days ago

Camelia scored this wine: 95/100

The Hess Lion tamer is a blend of 40% Malbec, 27% Zinfandel, 21% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvèdre, 1% Petite Verdot, and 1% Merlot. Aromas of red fruits, floral, spices and smoke. On the nose, you can taste cherries, plums, boysenberries, black pepper and leather. The Malbec grape softens the wine. Its a smooth, velvety and jammy wine with a long finish and soft tannis. Enjoy it with mild spice curry dishes.

Camelia Bucur

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Memorable Wine

2013 Finch Hollow Chardonnay, Jarvis Estate, Napa Valley

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First Wine

My first wine that I had the pleasure of drinking when I was young was Grasa de cotnari in Romania with my family.

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Current Fav Wine

At the moment, I really enjoy red wine from the old world for example Rara Neagra de Purcari.

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