ET CETERA | Carménère | 2012

Et Cetera Carmenere

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We continue tasting Wine of Moldova for the time being, but this time we’ve decided to bring out something special – quite a rare and little known grape variety – carmenère. There are just a handful of wine makers in Moldova that grow it and even fewer who offer carmenère wines on the market. Choosing one was an easy ride – Carménère 2012 from Et Cetera.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a clear garnet color, it is dense and quite opaque, with the rim-color on the purple side.


The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The main flavors on the first nose are those of red fruits – red sour cherry and cranberry, then come the secondary, savory flavors of red spice pepper, moist wood and leather.


The wine is dry but smooth, tending to be sweet in the mouth, but with no signs of residual sugar. The alcohol level is moderate, not a bit higher than desired, but not what you’d expect from a carmenère wine. Acidity is high to strong, which make the wine taste creamy and round, with dry, but very balanced tannin. The overall balance is good to very good, lacking maybe just a bit of crispness and body.


The wine has a long, velvety finish, tending to be a little astringent towards the end. This wine was aged in steel tanks and is intended to be consumed while still young.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.9 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, the simple fact that carmenère grape variety is very little known outside of France and Chile, speaks for itself in regard to wine makers in Moldova, who grow and produce carmenère wines. While the 2012 vintage is already sold out, we’re expecting the 2013 one to come out, because we really like what we’ve tasted so far and if you ask us – carmenère wine has a bright future in Moldova, just try one yourself next time you visit the wine shop.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Carménère | 2012

grape: | carmenère |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 88.9 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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