BOSTAVAN | Dor | Rara Neagra – Cabernet Sauvignon | 2014
rara neagra | cabernet sauvignon


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are back to the wine blend theme.  The wine that we are going to review tonight is quite appealing, it is a wine blend made of two grape varieties – an international one and an indigenous one: Rara Neagra – Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Bostavan. This wine is fresh released on the market and it comes under the ‘Dor‘ wine series, which has a nuanced national vector.

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


The wine has a clear garnet color, it is dense, but not very opaque, with the rim-color of a noble garnet-purple shade.


The nose is clean and rich with no signs of wine faults. The first nose reveals quite nuanced notes of red fruits: ripe red cherry, sour cherry, red plum, wolfberry, redcurrant, cranberry, jostaberry and pomegranate. The second nose comes with some charming notes of a medium roasted wood, red pepper, wormwood and a hint of lavender.


The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar and moderate, well integrated alcohol level. It has moderate acidity and dry tannin, which makes the wine taste quite bitter and tannic. This is a bold, dense, a bit rough and quite muscular wine, with nuanced spicy notes and a delicate, maybe just a bit angular, body. The overall balance is fair, with just a bit too much sharpness due to the wine’s young age.


The wine has a medium-plus, bitter and a bit tart finish, with a balanced-rough aftertaste, that lasts quite a while – delicate and woody.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.5 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, we would like to mention that this wine has been awarded recently a silver medal by Challenge International du Vin, another silver medal by International Wine & Spirit Competition and a bronze medal by Decanter World Wine Awards, three of the most prestigious wine tasting competitions. To be honest, this wine style is slowly, but steady, becoming a trend around here. Blending a well known international grape variety with an indigenous grape variety is quite a smart move in a kind of win-win strategy: it helps the local variety get some body and structure, while preserving its terroir intact. We do like the final result and we will keep our eyes open for any new opportunities to taste similar wines, wines with a bright future, no doubt about it.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Dor | Rara Neagra – Cabernet Sauvignon | 2014

grape: | rara neagra | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Valul lui Traian

overall rating: | 88.5 |

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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