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The wine we are going to review tonight is a bit special, as it is a wine that was made in a limited edition of only 989 bottles and each bottle is labeled with its respective bottle number – #113 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 by Minis Terrios. The chosen one for the review was the #113 bottle – a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine – the emperor amongst reds and the world’s most popular grape variety. 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. The wine has been aged for 33 months in french oak barrels and is rightly considered to be the epitome of Minis Terrios winery, but enough theory, let’s get straight to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble garnet color, with elegant ruby hues towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruits and spice: black cherry jam, ripe sour cherry, black cherry, lolyberry, black plum, blackberry jam, black mulberry, blackberry, black mulberry jam, blackcurrant, blueberry, blackcurrant jam and ripe figs. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of roasted oakwood, cinamon, red pepper, anise, nutmeg and some nunced hints of sweet tobacco.
The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels extracted, noble and tannic, with a nuanced fruity-forward, new world accent. This is a quite bold, firm, and complex wine, as it tastes bitter-seedy and quite astringent – a real tannic bomb!. The wine is a bit off the balance, as it lacks a bit of harmony and elegance between all its elements, and it has a quite abrasive mouthfeel.
It has a long finish and a balanced, firm and bitter-seedy aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.7 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 example of a wine that is right there, at the summit of its prime form, in fact even more, it is on the very edge of decline – therefore we would not recommend ny more bottle ageing – just drink it now in order to enjoy all its complexity and finesse. The wine may lack a bit of harmony, but it does not lack complexity – this is a fair wine with a straightforward character – firm, bold and tannic. We would suggest to pair this wine with meaty dishes that are rich in flavour and smooth textures, like for example an asian peppery steak or a medium-rare rib-eye steak, so that the wine’s astringency will be perfectly counterbalanced by the fatiness of the dish and enriched by the meat’s flavours and textures. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
#113 | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2014
grape: | cabernet sauvignon |
overall rating: | 90.7 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: fine | highly recommended
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