In a nutshell: A soft, smooth, spicy and excellent value Romanian Pinot Noir.
The lowdown: This is a good example of the quality of wines now being made in this once overlooked corner of Europe. Vibrant strawberry and cranberry aromas are balanced with characteristically autumnal and earthy Pinot Noir notes. There's a generous vein of soft red fruits running throughout leading up to a lovely elegant finish.
When to drink: A lot of wine for not much money, serve it at a cool room temperature with fish, chicken, or pasta dishes.
Based just outside of Timisoara in western Romania the Cramele Recas winery has been transformed since the early 2000s by Bristolian Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira. Their 700 hectare estate is now one of the biggest producers in the country and they make a huge range of wines .
The combination of having extensive vineyards in an area with great terroir and that has cultivated vines back to ancient times and modern quality focussed and efficient production methods has enabled them to produce excellent and good value wines that are now becoming more widely seen. They cultivate both indigenous and international varieties with great success from good entry level wines to premium cuvées that stand comparison with any other region around the world.