TAKING ROOT | Bastardo – Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010
bastardo | cabernet sauvignon


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We are still discovering Wine of Moldova for the time being and this time we’ve decided to review something quite special – a wine that is mainly intended to be exported, a wine that should represent Moldova on international scene, a wine of premium quality – Bastardo – Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Acorex Wine Holding and Albastrele Wines. Yeap, it is made by two different winemakers, one of them initiated the concept and the ”Taking Root” trademark, while the second one took over where the first one failed, and moved the project forward. Quite a long story, but we are here to actually taste that wine, so let’s move on.

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


The wine has a clear ruby color, it is dense and opaque, with the rim-color of a pale copper shade.


The nose is clean and quite strong, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear notes of sour cherry, mulberry, dried cherry, red plum and dried wolfberry. Then come the secondary, more savory flavor of red pepper, roasted wood, wormwood and a hint of dried violet.


The wine is bone-dry, with no signs of residual sugar, with quite a high alcohol level, which makes the wine taste a little to much aggressive and a bit astringent. Moderate acidity and dry tannin form a fair balance overall and, at the same time, a quite complex body. The final impression is that the wine taste green and seedy, but with a well marked individual character.


The wine has a long finish with a quite balanced, maybe just a little bit austere, aftertaste, which fills your mouth with seedy notes and dried stone fruits.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 86.7 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, it is to be mentioned that one of the previous vintages of this wine has been already appreciated on international scene with a silver medal at Mundus Vini International Wine Award – one of the top wine contests in the world of wine. We would also like to highlight our admiration for the ”TAKING root” concept – very well thought and quite representative for Moldova – it really ads to the story – the story of a wine made out of passion, with the sole purpose to enjoy it.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Bastardo – Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010

grape: | bastardo | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 86.7 |

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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