CANTEA | 1000 de Chipuri | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2011
cabernet sauvignon


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Switching to Wine of Romania and back to the world’s most famous grape variety – the noble cabernet sauvignon, an emperor among red grape varieties. There are so many top quality cabernet sauvignon wines in Romania, that it was a real challenge to pick just one, and, to be honest, we didn’t, but that’s a topic for another post. The wine that we are going to review tonight is both, special and unique – Cantea Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from 1000 de Chipuri. If you’ve never heard of this wine before, don’t worry, you are not alone, but know this – this wine is the main challenger for the title of ‘top cabernet sauvignon wine from Romania’, that’s why, without further ado, let’s get directly to the review.

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


The wine has a deep and quite opaque ruby color, with some clear copper shades on the rim.


The nose is strong and elegant, with no signs of wine faults. The first nose is filled with fresh and ripe red fruits: red cherry, blackcurrant, red currant, blackberry, sour cherry, red plum, pomegranate, wildberry and red mulberry – the wine has a very nuanced fruit-forward aroma profile.


The wine is extra-dry, with no signs of residual sugar. It has high, but well integrated alcohol level, moderate acidity and dry tannin. This is an elegant, bold and fruit-forward wine – with lost of ripe fruit, a complex and well structured body, this wine is a fruit bomb. It has a fair overall balance – a bit tannic and a bit seedy, but exactly that much, one can expect from a new-world cabernet sauvignon wine.


The wine has a long finish and a balanced-velvety aftertaste. It feels bitter-seedy but quite ripe towards the end, and it leaves a very pleasing sensation overall.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 90.9 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.

Conclusion: this wine is a classic new-world style fruit-bomb, with lots of ripe fruit and a bold body to support its strong character. The wine is definitely on its peak form, therefore we would not recommend to keep it any longer for bottle ageing, mostly due to its relatively weak acidity. We would also like to mention that this wine is part of ‘Divine Area‘ series, that is made of only three wines, each dedicated, in an act of utmost respect, to the person who owned the vineyard before it was sold to the said winemaker. Quite fascinating.

WineStatistics tasting results:

1000 de Chipuri | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2011

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Romania | Muntenia & Oltenia

overall rating: | 90.9 |

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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