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Today we are going to review a single varietal cabernet sauvignon wine – Dor Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 by Bostavan. This wine is part of the ‘Reserve’ wine series, which is winemaker’s flagship line, made of only premium, single varietal wines, that have been aged for 12 months in oak barrels. Cabernet Sauvignon is a late ripening grape variety, the progeny of cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc and, in fact, is the most planted grape variety of any colour, grown all over the world in a wide range of climates. Still, it does particularly well in the warmer regions, due to its late ripening character, but let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory, let’s move on straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Pale but deep garnet color, with bright ruby hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and spicy flavours: black cherry, ripe black plum, blackcurrant, ripe blackberry, black raspberry, black mulberry, overripe marionberry, cherry seeds and nuanced hints of cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of black pepper, nutmeg, sweet tobacco, roasted oakwood, black tea blend and some very elegant hints of a cinnamon.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels supple, round and lush, with a quite appealing and fruity-plumpy accent. This is a lean, tart and seedy wine, as it tastes quite bold and well structured. The wine feels well balanced with bitter-seedy, yet fine tannins – a crowd pleaser indeed.
It has a medium-plus finish and an balanced, tart and a bit tannic aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.4 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 definitely a wine in its prime, round, lean and supple – this wine is a true crowd pleaser – a very good cabernet sauvignon wine indeed and one that can still age for another 9 to 12 months. It has a quite harmonious structure and it feels very well balanced overall – a wine that maybe lacks a bit of character. In fact, we are not the only ones who were impressed by this wine, as it has been awarded 90 points and a silver medal by Decanter World Wine Awards, which is the most influential wine tasting competition. We would recommend to pair this wine with red sauce based meat dishes, like for example a beef steak with classic french bordelaise sauce dressing. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Dor | Reserve | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2015
grape: | cabernet sauvignon |
overall rating: | 90.4 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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