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The wine we are going to review tonight is a non-classic Bordeaux blend, made of cabernet sauvignon and merlot grape varieties, as this is the most famous blend formula in the world, because those two varieties combined can mask each other’s flaws, thus resulting in more balanced, elegant and complex wines. It is a non-classic blend, because it combines both, Bordeaux and Amarone techniques, where grapes are harvested once maximum ripeness is reached, and then, instead of being processed, the grapes are left on the vines or placed on straw matts to further dehydrate, thus increasing sugar concentration. But enough theory, the wine we’ve selected for the review tonight is Cuvee Überland 2012 from Cramele Recaș.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale and not very opaque ruby color, with shades of garnet towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe red fruit: ripe sour cherry, black currant, sweet cherry, mulberry jam, red currant, fig, red pepper, cloves and some nuanced hints of cherry tree wood. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of a light roasted oakwood, black tea, cinnamon and some noble hints of tobacco.
The wine is extra-dry, with high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. This is a fruit bomb, definitely a new-world style wine, as it feels muscular and bold, and it tastes fruity, expressive and a bit tannic. The wine feels complex and well structured and it has a fair overall balance between barrique and fruit, with a nicely highlighted oaky accent.
The wine has a long finish and a balanced, a bit tannic and a bit tart aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 91.2 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 is a great wine, ready to be uncorked, and yet, a wine too young to drink now, as its acidity and tannin are a bit too highlighted at the moment. We would strongly recommend to keep it for at least two or three more years into the bottle and pair this wine with medium to rare steak meat or any steak meat cooked with ‘reverse sear’ method, as the acidity and tannin in the wine will cut well through the meaty-umami notes in the dish, thus reaching an unmatched pairing experience due to those nuanced fruity notes that dominate the wine.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Cuvee Überland | 2012
overall rating: | 91.2 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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