ASCONI | Sol Negru | Cabernet-Sauvignon | 2012
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We will keep tasting Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we’ve decided to go back to cabernet sauvignon theme. And there is a reason why – besides the fact that cabernet sauvignon wine is the most popular red wine, it is also the wine that every winemaker in Moldova will try to produce one day, sooner rather than later. And so happens, that there is a new cabernet sauvignon wine released a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve decided to give it a go – Sol Negru Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from Asconi.

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

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Visual
The wine has a clear ruby color, it is quite opaque and a bit hazy, with the rim-color of a very nuanced garnet shade.

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Olfactory

The nose is rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings delicate mix of red fruits and fruit jam: sour cherry, moist wood, red plum, wormwood, red currant, raspberry, violets, red currant and strawberry jam.

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Gustatory

The wine is medium-dry and wide, with some hints of residual sugar left after fermentation. With high alcohol level and high acidity, the wine tastes jammy and opulent – we would describe it as seedy and fruit-forward. Medium tannin level sums up for a fair overall balance, which makes the wine taste crisp and a bit oxidated, maybe even lean and flabby. The one word that would describe this wine is ’round’.

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Aftertaste

The wine has a medium and quite balanced finish, tending more towards the bitter side of the taste spectrum, with a savory, leathery feeling towards the end.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.0 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 is still a quite friendly wine overall, one that can satisfy the taste of a wide range of consumers, and, which is more important, a wine that is a very good pairing partner for a wider range of foods. What it may lack in character, it gains in flexibility, as the more nuanced a wine is, the fewer food pairing options it gets. Also worth mentioning is that fact, that this wine has bee awarded a bronze medal by International Wine & Spirit Competition and a commended accolade by Decanter World Wine Awards – two of the world’s leading wine tasting competitions. This is a wine made of grapes that grew on legendary, authentic black soil of Moldova, a soil so rare that it sums up for less than 2% of the world’s total – a fact we can be proud of.

WineStatistics tasting results:

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Sol Negru | Cabernet-Sauvignon | 2012

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 88.0 |

conclusion: good | recommended

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(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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