ET CETERA | Merlot | 2011


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we think that the time has come to introduce you the grape variety, which always grows in the shadow of the great cabernet sauvignon – the often underrated merlot wine – and the chosen one is Merlot 2011 from Et Cetera.

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


The wine has a quite transparent and pure ruby color, with the rim-color of a slightly copper shade.


The nose is clean and strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear and accented notes of red fruits. At first sniff the nose is delighted with candied sour cherry and dried red cherry, then there’s red plum and black currant. A bit later comes the savory notes of very ripe cherry tomato, a hint of tomato leaf and the elegant, mesmerizing aroma of smoked wood from a medium roasted barique.


The wine is bone dry with no signs of residual sugar. It has a very complex body, formed by a quite high alcohol level, high acidity and very dry tannin. The overall balance is good, but the wine is dominating over you – it is a little aggressive in the mouth, but strong, with personality – we’d say that this is a very masculine wine.


The wine has a long, quite balanced finish, but with a little astringent, sharp and smoky/toasty aftertaste, which reminds you of a home-yard beef barbecue on a sunny Saturday.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.7 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, we would like to mention that it is quite tricky to come up on the market with a single variety merlot wine of a premium quality. It is part because merlot lacks a little bit of personality when compared to cabernet sauvignon, and part because it is wrongly considered a lower quality wine by the consumer. But, paradoxically, in Moldova it is the merlot, not cabernet sauvignon, the one that gets more appreciation. But we digress – all we know is that this wine is worth it and if you want to try it, you better be swift – this one was the last bottle in the wine-shop where we’ve bought it – who knows how many there are left.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Merlot | 2011

grape: | merlot |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 88.7 |

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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