TARABOSTE | Pur Aristocratic | 2015
cabernet sauvignon | merlot


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Tonight we are going to review another wine blend with the label ‘Made in Moldova’ –  Taraboste Pur Aristocratic 2015 by Château Vartely. This wine is a classic Bordeaux blend, aged for 18 months in new oak barrels and produced in a limited edition – a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot grape varieties, where cabernet sauvignon forms the body and structure, while merlot adds the suppleness and finesse to the final blend. It is part of the Taraboste line, which is the winemaker’s flagship collection of premium wines – are a tribute to the ancestors, who developed the traditions of local winemaking. That said, without further ado, let’s move on, straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep and noble ruby color with elegant shades of ruby and copper towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits flavours: ripe sour cherry, black mulberry, ripe blackberry, blackcurrant, ripe black cherry, black plum, marionberry, candied sour cherry, dried black plum and cherry seeds. An instant later the nose is filled with nuanced notes of black pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, anise, cloves, vanilla, licorice, black soil, sweetwood, mocha, sweet tobacco and some subtle hints of cinnamon.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and overripe tannin. It feels bold, firm and fruity, with a noble woody accent – definitely a new-world style of wine blend. This is a quite overripe, muscular and angular wine, as it tastes tart, austere and bitter-seedy, with an extracted, sharp and rough feeling on the mouthfeel. The wine has a fair overall balance between fruit and variety with a tart and bitter accent towards the end of the palate.


It has a long finish and a firm, crisp and grippy-seedy aftertaste towards the end.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 91.0 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 fine Bordeaux blend that is still on the rise – as it feels quite a bit off its balance – still, a wine that is very close to the summit of its prime form, thus we are strongly advocating for a couple more years of bottle ageing (2 to 3 years should suffice). At the moment the wine feels angular and austere, as it tastes tart and seedy, but with a very nice tannic grip on the mouthfeel. This is a wine that require a bit of patience and time to round up and display its elegance and complexity, as it display signs of a great ageing potential in there. In order to counter-balance all that angularity in the wine, we would recommend to pair it with meaty dishes that are rich in spicy flavours, like for example a ribeye steak with red wine sauce or a grilled pepper steak. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Pur Aristocratic | 2015

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | merlot |

region: MoldovaCodru

overall rating: | 91.0 |

maturity: on the rise

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(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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