Mosia de la Tohani Muscat Ottonel demidulce (Romania): a delight between Bucharest and the Carpathians

Tohani State (Mosia de la Tohani) is one of the most dynamic projects in Dealu Mare (Great Hill) wine region. This vineyard, on the southern Carpathian mountains slopes, shares latitude with other great European vineyards such as Saint-Émilion, Hermitage and Moscato d'Asti. The temperate continental climate of Muntenia region and the milder elevations of the Transylvanian Alps are ideal for this Moscatel hybrid created in Loire Valley: the Muscat Ottonel.

2018 vintage: Still in the bottle, small particles are perceived in suspension. Once in the glass, an intense gold color is appreciated. In nose roasted fruit, orange flower and grape juice aromas thanks to a cold maceration for rescue the most interesting aromatic compounds of the Muscat Ottonel. In mouth a round entry with a slight sweetness. Wide and sweet development (12'5 % vol) with a lively intensity. Bitter mouthfeel with good freshness. Very marked palate aromas for candied orange. Short finish and a sulfur overloaded. Post-taste for roasted fruit and lemon hints.

Domeniile Tohani makes a valuation of 5,20 €/ $ 6.17. This reference has reminded me a lot of another wine coming from the same winery and almost from the same variety: the Romanian muscat (Tămâioasă Românească for friends). If you visit Tohani and Prahova province you will find many things to see: Ploiesti city with St John the Baptist cathedral or the Central Market Hall. The Peleș castle (Sinaia) or the Caraiman peak (with the cross of National heroes) are a small sample of the touristic potential of this region. As a pairing I'd recommend an Upside diwn apple tart, vanilla and cinnamon ice cream with chocolate-dipped candied orange peel. In second match a Poached apricot in syrup served with a white cheese sorbet.

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