CRAMA OPRISOR | Cupola Sanctis | Sfantul Nicolae | 2010
cabernet sauvignon | merlot


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Once in a while we are tasting wines outside of Wine of Moldova theme and today is the day. After some pondering, we’ve decided to turn our attention towards the wines of the country that complement Moldova the most – Wine of Romania. The wine that we’ve chosen today is part of a huge, twelve wines collection, known as Cupola Sanctis, which, on it’s own, is part of the Oltenia Profunda series (The inmost Oltenia vol. II) – so, the wine that we are going to review today is Sfantul Nicolae 2010 from Crama Oprisor.

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


The wine has a very clear ruby color – it is quite transparent, with the rim-color of a smooth copper shade.


The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings pronounced notes of red and blue fruits – sour cherry, blue plum, cranberry, blueberry and red apple. After a while the nose is delighted with savory notes of tomato leaf, red olive, wormwood, oregano, red pepper and a powerful moist wood scent.


The wine is medium-dry, with maybe just a hint of residual sugar left after fermentation. It has moderate-plus alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin. The wine tastes opulent at first, but quite friendly and round in the middle, with a tart-green, but smooth finale. The overall balance is good, with a delicate and a quite rare profile – it is fruity and savory at the same time.


The wine has a long-minus finish with a velvety, just a little acidic, aftertaste, but one that is easy to accept. It is not aggressive, nor austere – it could be a perfect pairing partner for lamb or yeanling meat.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 87.5 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, this wine is a fine example of a food friendly Wine of Romania – round and smooth, with an easy-to-drink profile. But what fascinates us the most, and we’ve already said that a couple of times before, is the story behind the wine – a tribute to tradition and faith. It does not take long to fell in love with those wine stories that perpetuate the elder’s folklore and beliefs. We can only bow deep in front of those winemakers, who were not afraid to conceive such a wide wine range, without the passim marketing quell. We have to confess that we do enjoy those wines until the very last drop.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Cupola Sanctis | Sfantul Nicolae | 2010

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot |

region: Romania | Muntenia & Oltenia

overall rating: | 87.5 |

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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