ET CETERA | Aeroplane | Carmenere | 2016


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Tonight we are going to review a wine that instantly became a favourite amongst the wine enthusiasts – Aeroplane Carmenere 2016 by Et CeteraThis is a single varietal carmenère wine that is now part of the Aeroplane line and is the successor of the famous Carmenere 2012 and Carmenere 2013 wines. Carménère is a french grape variety that has excelled lately to a completely new level in Chile, which is now considered its new homeland. But let’s not put too much emphasis on the theory side and, without further ado, let’s move on, straight to the tasting and find out how good this wine really is!

Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Pale garnet color, not too deep, with hazy copper shades towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with red fruits and savory flavours: sour cherry, tomato leaf, cranberry, redcurrant, ripe wolfberry, red plum, bay leaf, cherry tomato and clay. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of sun dried oakwood, red pepper, nutmeg, anise, sweet tobacco, allspice and some nuanced irony hints of capocollo.


The wine is medium-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes bitter-crisp, lean and round, with a nuanced irony-savory accent. This is a quite young, and therefore a bit austere wine, as it feels angular and tart, with a slightly opulent mouthfeel. The wine has a fair overall balance, with smooth tannins and overwhelming acidity, which makes it quite appealing overall.


The wine has a medium-plus finish and a balanced, bitter-crisp aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.0 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 quite young and austere wine that is a bit off its balance, as it lacks structure and complexity – definitely still on the rise, a wine that requires a couple more years of bottle ageing (1 to 2 years should be enough) before it will reach its prime form. Just keep in mind what we often use to say, that it is always better to drink a wine a year too soon than a day too late. Overall this is a fine carmenère wine – with plenty of savory and irony notes, that is why, we would recommend to pair it with meaty dishes that are rich in natural umami flavours, like for example beef carpaccio or some venison. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Aeroplane | Carmenere | 2016

grape: | carmenère |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 90.0 |

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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