GITANA WINERY | Lupi | 2011
cabernet sauvignon | merlot | saperavi


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We are reviewing Wine of Moldova once more and the wine that we’ve selected today is a blend, and quite a famous one to be honest – Lupi 2011 from Gitana Winery. This wine is named after the pack of wolves, that may be seen on dawn, in the area where the grapes are grown, as ‘lupi’ literally means wolves.

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


The wine has a dull and quite opaque garnet-purple color, with the rim-color of a very clear purple shade.


The nose is strong and insistent, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear and sharp notes of black cherry and sour cherry. The second sniff brings notes of blackberry, dried sour cherry and dried red cherry. Later on the nose is delighted with some savory notes of red pepper, wormwood and the delicate, charming aroma of a medium roasted wood.


The wine is dry with no hint of residual sugar. This is a quite a powerful, bitter-sweet and a little arrogant wine. It has moderate alcohol, high acidity and dry tannin, which form a very good overall balance. It clearly has character, it is no doubt elegant and complex, and it makes you feel addicted, addicted to it’s amazing black cherry taste and to it’s dense, woody flavor.


The wine has a long, bittersweet finish with a velvety aftertaste, that leaves notes of black cherry and medium roasted wood. It is a wine to be remembered.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.9 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, we would like to mention that this wine is quite famous in Moldova and, to be honest, we really like the overall balance – it has character, it has depth and it leaves out a very pleasant aftertaste, with pronounced notes of black cherries. All of this takes you away, deep into your childhood memories, to those delightful, fresh, oven baked pies, stuffed with tiny, bittersweet black cherries, that, here in Moldova are called ‘varzari‘ – delightful.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Lupi | 2011

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot | saperavi |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 89.9 |

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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