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Today we are going to review a cabernet sauvignon wine – the emperor amongst all red varieties and the world’s most famous one – Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Et Cetera. Cabernet sauvignon is grown all over the world in a wide range of climates and regions and by default, it produces a full-bodied red wine with dark fruit flavors and lots of spicy notes. One can find many good to very good cabernet sauvignon wines in both, Moldova and Romania and the wine we’ve picked for the review tonight is one of them. This is a wine from the flagship line of Et Cetera premium wines. It has been aged for 18 months in new oak barrels and is produced in a quite limited edition of only 3500 bottles, but no more theory, let’s get straight to the tasting and find out how good this wine really is!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Velvety and noble garnet color, with deep copper hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and spice: ripe sour cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant, black raspberry, black cherry, black mulberry, black plum and black pepper. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of cherry tree wood, roasted oakwood, black tea, nutmeg, leather, tobacco, dried cranberry, dried sweet cherry and some elegant hints of cinnamon.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels tannic, extracted and bitter-seedy, with a nuanced fruity accent. This is a quite expressive, ripe and complex wine, as it tastes firm, velvety and elegant. The wine has a very good balance between fruit and barrique and has a nice harmony between all the elements.
It has a medium-plus finish and an velvety yet seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.8 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 is a wine on the rise, that has yet to reach its prime form, yet it is very close – within the next 2 to 3 years it will be there or thereabout. The wine is neither young nor old, so you can drink it now, s it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late, or leave it uncorked for a bit more time so that it gets even better with age, but don’t overdo it. The wine feels bold and woody with plenty of tannic grip on the palate and a quite textured character to the mouthfeel. It has mouth-watering acidity and a lovely, velvety texture, that confirms that this is a fine cabernet sauvignon wine. We would recommend to pair this wine with meaty and spicy dishes rich in umami flavour and smooth textures, like for example a peppery tenderloin steak with ginger and soy sauce or some very rare beef tenderloin slices with black truffle sauce, so that the wine’s spiciness will be perfectly complemented by the creaminess of the dish. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Cabernet Sauvignon | 2014
grape: | cabernet sauvignon |
overall rating: | 91.8 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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