CRICOVA | Prestige | Codru | 2011
cabernet sauvignon | merlot


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We are still reviewing Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we’ve decided to stay on the wine blend theme. There are different types of wine blends, made by different concepts of winemaking – new world and old world, fruit forward and savory, easy to drink and bold, and then, there are the old school, classic Bordeaux blends, made of mainly cabernet sauvignon and merlot grape varieties. Many have tried and a lots have failed to replicate a classic Bordeaux blend, as it requires an almost perfect balance between body and structure, without loosing in character. But enough theory, here is our pick for today – Prestige Codru 2011 from Cricova.

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


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


The nose is strong, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear notes of red fruits – sour cherry, red plum, red currant, red apple and candied cherry. The second nose reveals the more delicate, savory notes of beetroot, red pepper, red olive, tobacco, incense and a medium roasted wood – a clear tell that the wine was barrel maturated.


The wine is bone dry, with no hints of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, quite high acidity and dry tannin. This is a firm and sharp wine, with a pronounced bitter-green palate, quite austere and rough. While the overall balance is good, it still feels a bit too heavy, as if it still needs a couple of years of bottle age to smoother its character. Quite a masculine wine overall.


The wine has a long, balanced finish, with some hints of astringency and a bit tannic, herbaceous aftertaste. This wine would do just fine if paired with some fat-meat dishes or some pasta under an oily-creamy sauce.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.4 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 is a wine that needs to be decanted at least 30 minutes before serving. It has such a powerful character, that it risks to be misunderstood if tasted undecanted. Also, we’ve noticed that this wine tastes better if served a little warmer than recommended – quite an unusual quality for a sharp wine with high alcohol content.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Prestige | Codru | 2011

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 88.4 |

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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