BOSTAVAN | Via Etulia | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2011
cabernet sauvignon


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are heading into the cabernet sauvignon zone – the most in-demand grape variety of the world these days. A good cabernet sauvignon wine is not a hard find anymore even here in Moldova, that’s why, yet again, the wine that we’ve chosen tonight was not a hard choice to be made – Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from Bostavan.

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


The wine has a clear garnet color, it is dense, but not very opaque, with the rim-color of a noble ruby shade.


The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose reveals strong notes of ripe black and red fruits – dried red cherry, ripe sour cherry, black plum, black mulberry, blackberry and blackcurrant. The second nose comes with some charming notes of a medium roasted wood, smoke, lychee and plum jam.


The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar and moderate, well integrated alcohol level. It has high acidity and dry tannin that makes the wine taste quite complex and bittersweet. This is a bold, dense and sharp wine, with some nuanced spicy flavors and a woody but elegant body. The overall balance is good, with just a bit too expressive barrique aroma that dominates the palate.


The wine has a long, seedy but sweet finish, with a velvety aftertaste that lasts quite a while, delicate and fruity, and a well-nuanced overripe-sour-cherry accent.

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 we’ve been quite impressed by this wine, it is a fine example of a classic, barrel fermented cabernet sauvignon wine – bold and expressive. It has also made a name for himself when the previous vintage of this wine has won no less than four international awards: a commended award at DWWA – the leading wine tasting competition of the world of wine, a bronze medal at IWSC, a silver medal at Challenge International du Vin and another silver medal at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. If you are not yet impressed, we suggest that you just check the retail price for this wine – it has a very attractive price-over-quality ratio – what else to say, we are impressed.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Via Etulia | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2011

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

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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