TARABOSTE | Pur Aristocratic | Merlot | Rezerva | 2007


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We are tasting Wine of Moldova once again and we’ve decided to raise the bar even higher than before – this time we will be back to the world’s most underrated grape variety – the noble merlot. The wine that we are going to review today is one of the most complete wines we’ve tasted so far – Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Merlot Rezerva 2007 from Château Vartely. This is a world class merlot wine – it has the complexity of a blend, but it never loses it’s profile and personality, even after so many years of bottle-age.

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


The wine has a clear and a bit haze brick-ruby color, with the rim-color of a translucent copper shade.


The nose is strong and elegant, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings very clear and nuanced notes of red fruits and spice: overripe sour cherry, tomato leaf, ripe pomegranate, dried cherry, black mulberry jam, black cherry, dried sweet melon and red pepper. A bit later comes secondary notes of black tea, dark chocolate and oak wood.


The wine is extra dry, with no signs of residual sugar at all. It has high, very well integrated alcohol level, moderate acidity and strong tannin, which makes it taste tannic, strong and oaky. This is an expressive, bold and powerful wine – quite complex, but at the same time elegant and refined. The wine has a good overall balance – it feels muscular, a bit rough at first and harmonious on the finish.


The wine has a long-plus finish and velvety-astringent aftertaste. It is tannic and spicy towards the end, and it leaves a quite smooth and lasting sensation overall. This is that kind of wine, one would hope to find in every uncorked bottle – elegant and noble.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.0 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 not a young wine anymore, and, as the majority of old wines, this one will also express itself better if decanted at least 30 minutes before serving. The temperature is of paramount importance too – if served a little cooler than recommended, the wine will taste less tannic and a bit more velvety, the warmer it gets, the better it expresses itself as a great wine – muscular, astringent and even pleasantly rough. A great wine deserves a great dish – a cabernet/merlot sauce with a medium rare filet mignon will do just fine.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pur Aristocratic | Merlot | Rezerva | 2007

grape: | merlot |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 91.0 |

conclusion: great | a must try



(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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