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The wine we are going to review tonight is a living legend from Romania – a wine that is considered to be one of the best wines from Dealu Mare region – Maestro Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 by Tohani. This is a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine – the king amongst the reds and the world’s most popular grape variety, signed by Ion Marin. The wine has been vinified in a pure Bordeaux style, with carefully selected, hand picked grapes and moderate use french oak (12 months in new Allier barrique) in order to preserve local terror and varietal aromatics at their maximum. This wine is a concept, that was designed to express excellence and tradition in winemaking as a form of art. That being said, let’s get rid of all that theory and move on, straight to the tasting phase!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble garnet color, with elegant shades of ruby towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe black fruits and spicy-oaky flavours: ripe blackberry, leather, cherry tree wood, blackcurrant, black plum, black mulberry, black cherry, black raspberry, aronia berry, dried cherry, dried cranberry, wild cherry and mulberry jam. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of roasted oakwood, black pepper, nutmeg, tobacco, cloves, allspice, anise and some nuanced hints of violets.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels noble, elegant, and tannic, with a nuanced fruity-leathery accent. This is a quite grippy, complex and velvety wine, which has a firm, bold body and a quite expressive character, both, on the palate and on the mouthfeel. The wine has a fine overall balance and it feels quite nuanced, very delicate and amazingly structured – to be fair, this is one of the best (if not THE best) cabernet sauvignon wines we’ve ever tasted here, on WineStatistics.
The wine has a lasting finish and an elegant, grippy-velvety aftertaste.
This is definitely an excellent wine of Romania and, with a total of 94.7 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.
Conclusion: this is an outstanding cabernet sauvignon wine that is still on the rising slope, somewhere between 2 and 4 years away from its prime form – firm, complex and elegant, with overwhelming acidity, a nuanced fruity accent and quite grippy tannins, this wine is nothing else than a liquid form of winemaking art. This is a fine example of an old-world cabernet sauvignon wine – delicate and noble, it defies the new-world style. The wine definitely needs a bit more time to settle down its youthfulness, as it still feels just a bit too tart and too grippy. For the best experience, we would recommend to pair this wine with meaty dishes with smooth textures and meaty-irony hints, like for example a pizzaiola filet mignon steak or a venison carpaccio, in order to complement all those elegant leathery notes in the wine. Noroc!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Maestro | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2015
grape: | cabernet sauvignon |
overall rating: | 94.7 |
maturity: on the rise
conclusion: excellent | (a must try)
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