Ben says

★★ Great Wine I’ve tried a lot of flabby and unexciting Viorica but this is nothing like those wines. Castel Mimi’s limited edition bottling is beautifully clean with a balanced mix of green apples and tropical apricots, this wine is bountiful but fresh. If you like Viognier or similar floral, richer wines, then this should be your next pick.

Guerrieri Rizzardi '3 Cru' Amarone della Valpolicella Red Wine


Varietal Viorica with 12.5% abv. Bottled semi-dry.

Grown in: Codru, MOLDOVA.

Food Pairing

A happy wine on its own, if you want to pair it with food rather than sipping on it in the afternoon sun while having a good natter with friends then keep things light; calamari, nuts and bar snacks, or sheep’s cheese would all complement the wine well.

Disclosure & Price

Tasted at the Central & Eastern Europe trade tasting event. Not yet available in the UK.

Reviewed and tasted: 18/06/2024

Ben Franks Wine Tasting Note Producer Profile

About the Producer

Castel Mimi was founded in 1893 and has been described as the “mini Versailles”. Constantin Mimi became one of Moldova’s most prolific winemakers in the 20th century. Today it owns 200 hectares of vineyards near the Nistru River and has over 1000 barrels for wine maturation. It produces a whopping half a million bottles and exports them to countries all over the world. The current winemaker is Adrian Trofim who has modernised the range, particularly the ‘AnimAllens’ range that offers superb introductions to Moldovan blends and grape varieties.