UNICORN ESTATE | Symbioz | Private Collection | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010
cabernet sauvignon


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Tonight we are going to review a rare wine – Symbioz Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 from Unicorn Estate. Cabernet sauvignon is the world’s most famous red wine grape and the most planted one of any colour, that is grown all over the world in a wide range of climates, yet it does particularly well in the warmer regions. One can find many good to very good cabernet sauvignon wines almost in every wine-producing country and Moldova is no exception. This is one of the flagship wines from Unicorn Estate and it has been aged for 36 months in oak barrels made from local oak wood, which is quite impressive, but let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory side and let’s just go on with 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:


Noble garnet color, deep and opaque, with shades of pale ruby towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with ripe red fruits and blue stone fruits: ripe sour cherry, red currant, cranberry, red mulberry, red plum, blueberry and red pepper. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of roasted oakwood, cherry tree wood, dried cherry, rooibos tea, nutmeg, dried cranberry and some subtle hints of sweet tobacco.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It feels firm, tannic and structured, with quite a fruit-forward accent. This is a quite crisp, lean and supple wine, as it tastes a bit too liner and opulent. The wine has a fair overall balance, yet the there’s a clear disbalance between flavour and taste, as a result the wine feels smooth and tart despite its elegance and complexity.


It has a long finish and an balanced and quite fine-tannic aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.5 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: this is a wine that has yet to reach its prime form, or one that will miss it by distance. It can age for another 2 years, but there is little reason in doing so, as the overwhelming acidity and fine tannins may hint that it will unlikely round up, due to the lack of firmness in the body. It may sound a bit anathemic, yet the wine feels elegant and refined. It may not be a blueprint cabernet sauvignon wine, yet it still has some magic. We would recommend to pair this wine with fat-rich meat dishes, like for example a filet mignon with pomegranate or a stilton stuffed filet with reduction plum sauce. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Symbioz | Private Collection | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2010

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 90.5 |

conclusion: great | 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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