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Tonight we are going to review a cabernet sauvignon wine – the emperor amongst reds and the world’s most popular grape variety – Taraboste Pur Aristocratic Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Château Vartely. 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 Moldova and the wine we’ve picked for the review tonight is one of them. This wine is part of the Taraboste line, which is the winemaker’s flagship collection of premium wines, that are a tribute to the ancestors, who developed the traditions of local winemaking. It has been aged for 18 months in new oak barrels and is produced in a quite limited edition, but no more theory, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Velvety and noble ruby color, with deep copper hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits and spice: redcurrant, ripe red plum, cranberry, ripe sour cherry, cherry tree wood, nutmeg, overripe wolfberry, anise, ripe red cherry, ripe pomegranate and red pepper. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of medium roasted oakwood, allspice, cinnamon, dried cranberry, vanilla, soil dust, leather and some subtle hints of wood polish.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels seedy, green and a bit rough, with a nuanced fruity-tannic accent. This is a quite firm, complex, and structured wine, as it tastes woody, tart and angular. The wine is a bit off the balance, as it lacks a bit of harmony and elegance between all its elements, which leads to a sharp nd quite abrasive mouthfeel.
It has a long finish and an balanced, yet bitter-seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.8 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, supposedly within the next 2-3 years or thereabout. The wine feels young and unpolished, as it lacks some harmony and roundness, yet has a very promising ageing potential due to its nuanced tannins and mouth-watering acidity. We would recommend to pair this wine with meaty and spicy dishes with rich flavour and smooth texture, like for example an asian peppery steak or a medium rare beef tenderloin with black truffles, so that the wine’s angularity will be perfectly counterbalanced by the creaminess of the dish and enriched by the meat’s umami flavours. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Pur Aristocratic | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2014
grape: | cabernet sauvignon |
overall rating: | 90.8 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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