TARABOSTE | Pur Aristocratic | Rezerva | 2009
cabernet sauvignon | merlot | syrah


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We will continue reviewing Wine of Moldova, and we’ll go back to the wine blend theme for a while. The wine that we’ve chosen today is a very popular one – it is sold out for a year now, but it can still be found in private collections, because it is regarded as one of the best wines of Moldova to date. It is not a classic Bordeaux blend, because the cabernet sauvignon was smoothed by merlot and enchanted by syrah – a quite brave approach, that led to this noble wine – Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Rezerva 2009 from Château Vartely.

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


The wine has a clear, deep and opaque ruby color, with the rim-color of a pale garnet-copper shade.


The nose is clean and strong with no signs of wine faults. The first nose reveals strong notes of dried black fruits and smoke – dried sour cherry, smoked black plum, blackcurrant, black plum, sour cherry, black cherry, overripe pomegranate, black mulberry and red apple. The second nose brings very clear and tannic notes of red pepper, medium roasted wood, red olive and black tea.


The wine is dry with no hint of residual sugar. It is a bit high on alcohol, with moderate acidity, a bit lower than desired, and dry tannin, it forms a good overall balance. The wine tastes quite tannic and a bit bitter, seedy-green and woody. It is well structured, extracted and nuanced, with a firm, just a bit smoky body.


The wine has a quite long finish, with a velvety, just a bit astringent aftertaste. It feels quite concentrated and round – this is the kind of wine that you will think twice before uncorking, as it requires a good company and a rare done beef steak to complement it.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.0 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 was awarded a commended accolade at International Wine Challenge – one of the leading wine contests of the world, and two silver medals at Mundus Vini International Wine Award. These accolades are a clear tell that this is a fine premium wine, with a bold, well structured body and a dense, tannic profile that will make you nod in approval. This is that kind of wine that will change your opinion about wine blends, regardless of what it was before.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pur Aristocratic | Rezerva | 2009

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot | syrah |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.0 |

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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