SALCUTA | Eno | Reserva | 2015
cabernet sauvignon | merlot | saperavi

SALCUTA_Eno_Reserva_2015

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Tonight we are going to review another local wine blendEno Reserva 2015 by Salcuta. Freshly released on the local market, this wine is part of the Eno line and is a blend made of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and saperavi grape varieties, harvested from the winemaker’s plantations in the famous Stefan-Voda wine region. Being conceived by an already ‘classic’ blending formula, the wine has been aged for 18 months in french oak barrels, but let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory side – on to the tasting!
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

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Visual
Pale garnet color, not too deep, with hazy ruby hues towards the rim of the glass.

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Olfactory

The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits flavours: ripe sour cherry, black plum, black cherry, blackcurrant, black mulberry, ripe blackberry, black raspberry, black plum jam, cherry tree wood and black tea. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, nutmeg, allspice, anise, tobacco, roasted oakwood and some hints of black soil.

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Gustatory

The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and green tannin. It feels rough, austere and green, with a nuanced angularity. This is a quite tart, sharp and aggressive wine, as it tastes underripe, rough and bitter-crisp, with a seedy yet supple mouthfeel. The wine has a fair overall balance, with rough tannins and overwhelming acidity.

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Aftertaste

It has a medium finish and a rough, tart and quite austere aftertaste.
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chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 88.8 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 quite sharp and rough wine blend that is quite a bit off its balance – definitely on the decline, as it lacks elegance and refinement. We firmly believe that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. Overall the wine feels angular yet supple, as it tastes bitter-seedy and green, that’s why, we would recommend to counter-balance all the angularity in the wine with slightly spicy dishes that are also rich in sweetness, like for example a grilled steak and shrimp or a black pepper steak. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

SALCUTA
Eno | Reserva | 2015

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot | saperavi |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 88.8 |

maturity: on the decline

conclusion: good | recommended

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(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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