ET CETERA | Serendipity | 2013
feteasca neagra | cabernet sauvignon


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and this time we’ve decided to bring out something rare and quite special – Serendipity 2013 from Et Cetera. Like its name suggest, the wine is a pleasant surprise from the very first sip, and in our humble opinion this wine represent a perfect blend between feteasca neagra and cabernet sauvignon varieties.

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


The wine has a pure and noble garnet color, with the rim-color showing some hints of copper shades.


The nose is strong and elegant, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is filled with ripe red and black fruits: overripe sour cherry, blackberry, black plum, black cherry, black currant, black raspberry and black mulberry. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of dried cherry, black pepper, black tea, cloves, tobacco and the elegant flavor of a heavy roasted wood mixed with some subtle hints of cinnamon.


The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has high, but very well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and dry tannin, which makes it taste velvety and fruity-delicious. This is a new-world type of blend  – expressive, complex and rich, with a well structured, firm and elegant body. This wine has a good balance, it feels a bit crisp, a bit seedy and very harmonious overall.


The wine has a long finish and a balanced, quite persistent aftertaste. It feels crisp and seedy on the mouth-feel, with nuanced woody notes. 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 91.7 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 a perfect example of how good a Wine of Moldova can be and it is truly living up to its name, as it is quite a pleasant surprise – unexpected and fascinating. More than that, the wine is a perfect blend between an indigenous grape variety (feteasca neagra) and the king of reds (cabernet sauvignon), where neither one dominates, but at the same time, neither one is shy in displaying its aromatic and taste profiles. As a result one gets a wine with a powerful aroma profile, dominated by ripe fruits, and a firm body that displays a fruit driven vector mixed with nuanced woody and spicy notes, a clear tell that the wine is quite familiar with the barrel maturation technique.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Serendipity | 2013

grape: | feteasca neagra | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 91.7 |

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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