1000 DE CHIPURI | Distinctis | 2014
merlot | cabernet franc


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Tonight we are going to review an amazing wine blend that is nothing less than liquid art – Distinctis 2014 by 1000 de Chipuri. This wine comes from Dealu Mare, which is the Romania’s most famous DOC,  producing wines that capture the imagination and conquer the hearts of wine enthusiasts from all over the world. Distinctis is an example of modern microvinification – a blend of merlot and cabernet franc, sourced from the Valea Orbilor vineyards near Fințesti and produced in a very limited edition, as only 1438 bottles of this wine has been made. But enough theory – on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


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


The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruits: black cherry, ripe blackberry, black mulberry, ripe blackcurrant, black plum, black cherry jam, black mulberry jam, overripe black raspberry, smoked plum and roasted oakwood. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red and black pepper, nutmeg, anise, dried black plum, sweet tobacco and some elegant hints of cinnamon and vanilla.


The wine is dry, with a high alcohol level, high acidity and ripe tannin. It feels bold, expressive and extracted, with with a noble, fruit-forward accent – a quality often found in new-world style wines. This is a firm, complex and elegant wine, as it tastes jammy, oaky and seedy. It might be a bit too tannic on the palate, as it feels quite muscular, still, this is a fine example of a noble and ripe wine blend, with a fair overall balance and a touch of alcoholic warmth showing through on the mouthfeel.


It has a long finish and a balanced, ripe and bitter-seedy aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Romania and the overall rating says the same, with 91.8 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 fine example of a new-world style wine that is right on the summit of its prime form – yet, one that can still age for another 2 or 3 years. One thing that makes this wine stand apart is its jammyness – that insane amount of overripe fruit flavours and tannins, due to the very hot climate in the Dealu Mare wine region, which is hotter with each passing season, resulting in overripe grapes. The winemakers are facing a big challenge in the last couple of years: either harvest the grapes earlier in the season, risking to get green tannins in the wine, due to unripe stems and seeds, or harvest the grapes later in the season, risking to get high alcohol content in the final wine, due to the high sugar concentration in the berries. What we can say for sure, is that we strongly recommend to pair this wine with meaty dishes with spicy-sweet accents, like for example balsamic pork chops or a beef filet with mushroom and honey sauce. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Distinctis | 2014

grape: | merlot | cabernet franc |

region: Romania | Dealu Mare

overall rating: | 91.8 |

maturity: in its prime

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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