In The Glass – Oprişor – Smerenie 2007

smerenieIf living Spain, wines from Romania don’t often cross your path. For those who don’t know, they do make a good deal of wine there. It just depends on where you call home as to how much you might see of it. I understand that both Romania as well as Bulgaria have exported a good deal to the UK over the years for instance.

This wine I received as a gift for Christmas from a family member who told me upon gifting it, “I walked in to the wine shop and said, ‘Give me the weirdest thing you have!'” and thus I ended up with a bottle from Oprişor. It was essentially impossible to find much as their online presence mostly consists of talking about the “essence” of the wines in lieu of any more useful facts like regional data. I did find out that it’s an odd blend of Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Dornfelder, a 20th century hybrid mostly found in Germany. Also, the name smerenie means “humility” in Romanian which is ironic given the “deadly weapon” weight of the thick bottle.

Overall, it was definitely a different wine. Would I opt for another bottle of it? Probably not as it’s a bit discombobulated and fighting itself. I’ll obviously be up for trying for Romanian wines if they come my way though. Like most of Europe in the last 20 years, there’s been a major quality revolution that’s worth investigating more.

Smerenie 2007
Good deal of toasted notes along with dark fruit and bacon earthiness with a shake of clay minerality. Medium acidity and a bit pruney and ashy in the mouth with medium plus and not terribly integrated alcohol. Very short finish with medium minus acidity.

Syrah, Pinot Noir, Dornfelder 13.5% 15€?