POIANA WINERY | Cabernet Sauvignon | Rezerva | 2012
cabernet sauvignon


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Tonight we are going to review a single varietal cabernet sauvignon wine –  Cabernet Sauvignon Rezerva 2012 by Poiana Winery. The wine has been aged for 6 months in french oak barrels and is vinified in an off-dry style, with 12 days of maceration. 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. Tht said, 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 noble ruby color, with elegant copper hues towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and some spicy flavours: blackcurrant, black cherry, blackberry, black mulberry, black plum, overripe sour cherry, cherry seeds and nuanced hints of cherry tree wood. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red & black pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood and some elegant hints of sweet tobacco.


The wine is off-dry, with hints of residual sugar, high alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels supple, round and old, with an angular and astringent accent. This is a quite fruity, tart and seedy wine, as it tastes lean and relatively firm.


It has a medium-plus finish and an seedy, bitter and tart aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a good Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 89.9 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 is well off its balance, clearly on the decline, a wine that passed it’s pak form long time ago. We would not recommend to age this wine, as it’s lacks firmness and structure for long term bottle ageing. We have always said that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. Due to its round body and high acidity, 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, o some delicate steak meet, like for example a richly flavoured skirt steak. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Cabernet Sauvignon | Rezerva | 2012

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Codru

overall rating: | 89.9 |

maturity: on the decline

conclusion: good | 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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