ET CETERA | Merlot | 2012


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova for the time being, and we switch back to the grape variety, which grows in the shadow of the great cabernet sauvignon – the often underrated merlot wine – and the chosen one for tonight’s review is Merlot 2012 from Et Cetera. This wine was recently released on the market, which means that the winemaker believes it’s the right time to uncork and enjoy it, or, if you are a patient consumer, store it and wait a couple more years for the wine to evolve, if you believe it has a good aging potential.

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


The wine has a clear garnet color, deep and intense, with the rim-color of a translucent purple shade.


The nose is clean and strong, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings quite nuanced notes of black fruits and spice: ripe sour cherry, black cherry, blackcurrant, black mulberry, blackberry, black plum and black pepper. A bit later comes secondary notes of black tea and a medium-plus roasted oak-wood.


The wine is dry with no signs of residual sugar. It has high alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin. This is a green and tannic wine – spicy, a bit austere and a bit angular – a good example of a rich, bold and, at the same time, crisp wine. The wine has a good overall balance – it feels sharp, bitter and woody.


The wine has a long finish and balanced, maybe even a bit astringent aftertaste. It is bitter and spicy towards the end, but it leaves a quite pleasing, muscular feeling overall.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.8 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 making a single variety merlot wine of a premium quality is a hard task for every winemaker for several reasons – part because merlot lacks a little bit of personality when compared to cabernet sauvignon, and part because it is wrongly considered a lower quality wine by the consumer. But, paradoxically, it is merlot, not cabernet sauvignon, the one that gets more appreciation and international recognition not only in Moldova, but also on the international scene. As a result, this wine has been awarded a gold medal by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and a bronze medal by International Wine Challenge. And as is the latest trend, a good wine comes in a limited edition, so you better splash the cash before it is sold out.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Merlot | 2012

grape: | merlot |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 88.8 |

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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