MEZALIMPE | Cabernet-Sauvignon | 2011
cabernet sauvignon


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we are heading towards the cabernet sauvignon zone – the most in-demand grape variety of the world these days. A good cabernet sauvignon wine is not a hard find anymore, even here in Moldova, that’s why, we’ve turned our attention to an already famous wine – Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from Mezalimpe.

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


The wine has a clear ruby color, it is a bit hazy and quite bright, with the rim-color of a nuanced garnet shade.


The nose is strong and delicate, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings nuanced notes of red fruits mixed with some savory flavors: sour cherry, wormwood, mulberry jam, black cherry, apricot kernel, almonds, egg plant and violets. The second nose is even more complex, with clear notes of red pepper, medium roasted oak-wood and charred wood.


The wine is dry but quite wide, with some hints of residual sugar left after fermentation. It has high alcohol level, high acidity and medium tannin, which makes the wine taste bitter, seedy-green, herbaceous and a bit tight. This is a dense, rough and maybe just a bit austere wine. It has a fair overall balance – the wine feels a bit woody and smoky on the palate.


The wine has a medium finish, with a nuanced bitter-seedy feeling towards the end. It feels a bit angular and aggressive overall.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.7 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 wine is best served decanted at least 30 minutes in advance and definitely at about +16°C/+18°C. If served cooler it will not open up at its full potential, and if served warmer it will burn your mouth with hot spice and sharp alcohol. But the thing that impressed as most of all is the personality of this wine – the scent of this wine, at a blind tasting, can be recognized 9 times out of 10 – and we do mean to test this hypothesis.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Cabernet-Sauvignon | 2011

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 88.7 |

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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