DAVINO | Flamboyant | 2012
cabernet sauvignon | merlot | feteasca neagra


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The wine we are going to review tonight is an epic one – a blend made of cabernet sauvignonmerlot and feteasca neagra grape varieties, where the last one is the key, as it is an indigenous romanian variety that adds local terroir into the final blend. We have already mentioned the enormous potential of indigenous local varieties, especially when blended with international ones, but this time we are raising the bar even higher, as we’ve picked for the review a legendary wine, a wine that has been aged exclusively in romanian oak barrels – Flamboyant 2012 from Davino.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep and noble garnet color, with shades of hazy garnet stone towards the rim.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe red fruit: ripe red cherry, sour cherry, red currant, raspberry, black currant, blackberry, candied sour cherry, cranberry jam and some nuanced hints of cloves. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of red pepper, sweet tobacco, cinnamon, roasted oakwood and some subtle hints of nutmeg.


The wine is extra-dry, with high, but well integrated alcohol level, high acidity and fine grained tannin. This is a fruit bomb, definitely a new-world style wine – extracted, firm and elegant, with firm tannin, overwhelming crispness and a full body. This wine feels complex and well structured and it has a good overall balance between barrique and fruit, with a nicely highlighted oaky accent and a lean finish.


The wine has a long finish and a velvety and quite fruity aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 92.7 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.

Conclusion: this is a great wine indeed, ready to be uncorked, and yet, a wine a bit too young to drink now, as its acidity and tannin requires a bit more settling. We would strongly recommend to keep it for at least one more year into the bottle. To be honest, we recommend to drink those kind of wines in great company with as little food as possible. We would recommend for pairing some light aperitifs, like for example some prosciutto bruschetta or some coppa bruschetta. This pairing is intended to preserve the elegance of the wine, while adding some light meaty flavours into the mix. Enjoy.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Flamboyant | 2012

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot | feteasca neagra |

region: Romania | Dealu Mare

overall rating: | 92.7 |

conclusion: excellent | (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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