DAC | Dac | 2013
cabernet sauvignon | merlot | saperavi


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We continue to review Wine of Moldova and we will continue with the wine blends theme for a while. Tonight we will review a wine that is rising in popularity on a daily basis, a wine that is considered the flagship of this relatively new winemaker – Dac 2013 from Vinaria DAC. This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignonmerlot and saperavi varieties, a combination that we may had tasted before, but not in the same proportions.

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


The wine has a deep garnet color, with the rim-color showing some hints of purple shades.


The nose is strong and fruity, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is filled with ripe black and blue fruits: sour cherry, blackberry, blue plum, ripe black cherry, beetroot, black currant and black mulberry. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, black tea, tobacco, violets, leather and the noble flavor of a roasted oakwood.


The wine is dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has strong alcohol level that burns the inside of the mouth, high acidity and dry tannin, which makes it taste fruity, spicy and extracted. This is definitely a new-world type of blend: zesty-tart, seedy-dry and woody, with an angular, firm and bold body. The wine has a fair overall balance, with alcohol being the dominant element – this is a quite nuanced and maybe just a bit rough wine.


The wine has a long finish and a balanced, quite persistent aftertaste. It feels tart and spicy on the mouth-feel, with nuanced woody notes.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.6 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 the blend itself is quite well balanced, the varieties that make the blend are wisely chosen: were cabernet sauvignon adds body and structure, merlot adds that little extra softness and opulence, while saperavi adds the earthy and leathery notes, that makes the wine feel whole and elegant, with nuanced individuality and character. This is exactly why we love wines after all – every one is a bottled puzzle, that has a history behind – a story we should discover and enjoy.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Dac | 2013

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot | saperavi |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.6 |

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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