ALBASTRELE | Lancellotta | 2012
bastardo | cabernet sauvignon | merlot


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We are still on the Wine of Moldova theme for the time being and we have taken a different approach in selecting the wine this time, we’ve decided that it is time to review one of the most underrated wines on the internal market these days – Lancellotta 2012 from Albastrele Wines. This wine is living in the shadow of the legendary Amaro de la Valea Perjei, and like it’s more famous kin, this one was meant to imitate the process of making an old italian wine, made of a rare grape variety called ‘L’Ancellotta’.

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


The wine has a clear and transparent copper-ruby color, with the rim-color of a clear copper shade.


The nose is rich, with a sharp scent of moist wood. The first nose brings notes of red fruits and a nuanced savory flavor: sour cherry, dried cherry, dried red apple, cranberry, candied plum, beetroot, violets and a strong moist wood scent, which is a clear tell that the wine was barrel maturated.


The wine is medium dry or off-dry, with some hints of residual sugar left after fermentation. It has moderate alcohol content, high acidity and medium tannin, which makes it taste bitter-seedy, a bit tart but thick and tight. With an overall fair balance, it tastes quite flabby, herbaceous and oaky – this is a rustic wine, with a nuanced barnyard profile – the perfect wine for a barbecue roasted meat.


The wine has a long finish with a balanced and quite bitter aftertaste, which will linger on the palate quite a while.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 82.7 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 this is quite a friendly wine overall, one that can satisfy the taste of a wide range of consumers, a fancyless wine that does not pretend to be a Lafite or Latour, a wine that is the perfect pairing partner for any red meat based dishes. What more there is to be desired, than a good wine, to warm one’s soul and heart on a chill, late summer, eve.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Lancellotta | 2012

grape: | bastardo | cabernet sauvignon | merlot |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 82.7 |

conclusion: good | 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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