MINIS TERRIOS | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2013
cabernet sauvignon


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Today we will get back to the world’s most famous grape variety, the noble cabernet sauvignon, as we’ve identified a couple of wines that are worth the trying. The wine we are going to review today is relatively unknown and a bit underrated – Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Minis Terrios. A good cabernet sauvignon wine is not a hard find anymore in Moldova, and that’s a fact, as already acknowledged by Jancis Robinson – the world’s most famous wine expert, but enough theory.

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


Noble garnet color with shades of deep ruby towards the rim.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with ripe black fruit: ripe sour cherry, black currant, black cherry, red currant, cranberry, black mulberry, black raspberry and some hints of violets. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of leather, red pepper, tobacco and and the elegant flavor of a roasted oakwood mixed with some subtle hints of truffle.


The wine is dry, with high but very well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and dry, but smooth tannin. It tastes fruity and tannic, with a nuanced oaky profile. This is definitely a new-world wine – fruit-forward, firm and expressive, with overwhelming crispness. The wine has a fair overall balance, but it is quite clear that barrique dominates over fruit, which is nice if you are that kind of wine geek.


The wine has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, maybe a bit too tart aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.5 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.

Conclusion: in our opinion this wine is still too young to drink now, as its acidity is quite aggressive at the moment, while the tannin is yet a bit too sharp. We would strongly recommend to keep it a bit longer in the bottle, as the wine displays a good ageing potential. It will pair nicely with some spicy steak meat, or some grilled steak with garlic and rosemary – acidity and tannin in the wine will counter-balance the fat and spice in the dish, in order to create an amazing wine-and-food pairing.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Cabernet Sauvignon | 2013

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 89.5 |

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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