CASTEL MIMÍ | Rosu de Bulboaca | 2014
cabernet sauvignon | merlot


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Tonight we are going to review another Bordeaux blend, made of two noble grape varieties, cabernet sauvignon and merlot – Rosu de Bulboaca 2014 from Castel Mimí. This is a quite famous local wine and its blending formula can be considered a modern classic, as those two varieties combined can complement each other almost to perfection. In fact, it is hard to find a winemaker who, at one stage or another, did not blend cabernet sauvignon with merlot, as this is the most famous wine blending formula in the world. But enough theory, let’s move on to the review.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Noble but not deep garnet color, with shades of ripe ruby ruby towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits flavours: blackcurrant, black plum, black mulberry, black raspberry, black cherry, ripe sour cherry and roasted oakwood. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper and black pepper, chocolate, cherry seeds and some very nuanced hints of tobacco.


The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels oaky, astringent and a bit aggressive, with a quite bitter-seedy accent. This is definitely a new-world type of wine: fruit-forward, extracted, bold and quite woody. It has a fair overall balance, were barique dominates over variety, and a spicy-smoky taste towards the end.


It has a long finish and a balanced, a bit acrid and a bit sharp aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.8 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 yet too young to be uncorked, as it’s too angular at the moment. A couple more years of bottle ageing are highly recommended (at least 2-3 years). At the moment the wine feels overoaked and tart, therefore unbalanced. Still, if you don’t have the time on your side, pair this wine with any spicy and smoky meat dishes, like for example grilled beef steak with garlic and rosemary or barbequed sirloin steak, as the acidity and tannin in the wine will cut well through the meaty flavours of the dish, while the woody-oaky flavours in the wine will complement the spiciness in the food. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Rosu de Bulboaca | 2014

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot |

region: Moldova | Codru

overall rating: | 89.8 |

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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