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Tonight we are going to review a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine – the world’s most popular grape variety and the noblest among reds – Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique 2015 by Castel Mimí. Cabernet sauvignon is grown all over the world in a wide range of climates and regions and it usually has high tannins and high acidity, thus it can produce outstanding quality wines that can mature and develop for many years in the bottle. Cool climate cabernet sauvignon often struggles to ripen due to its thick skins that require a long and warm growing season to ripen fully. Warm climate cabernet sauvignon is more fruit-forward with overwhelming tannins that are often softened by blending. That being said, let’s skip that boring theory part and move on to the most fun part – the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Noble and dark ruby color, with deep crimson shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruit flavours: black cherry, black plum, blackcurrant, blackberry, black mulberry, smoked plum, cherry tree wood and black soil dust. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of black pepper, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, smoke, allspice, cloves, tobacco, sweet wood and some elegant hints of vanilla.
The wine is dry, with strong alcohol level, high acidity and firm tannin. It feels muscular, bold and woody, with a quite sharp and spicy accent. This is a firm, grippy and angular cabernet sauvignon wine, as it tastes bitter-crisp and austere – a bit off its balance, as it lacks some harmony and finesse, with wood dominating over the fruit. This is a seedy and quite smoky wine, with a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel and a fair overall balance – it requires at least 30 minutes of aeration prior tasting.
The wine has a long finish and a rough, bitter-sharp aftertaste.
This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.5 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 a quite angular and a bit austere cabernet sauvignon wine that is a bit off its balance – a wine that is already over its prime form, as it lacks a bit of harmony and elegance on the palate. The wine feels woody and quite smoky, with oak clearly dominating over the fruit, still, this is a wine that can resist a couple more years of bottle ageing (1 or 2 years will do just fine). Overall the wine has a full body, with nuanced smokiness on the palate and a bitter-tart finale. We would suggest to pair it with spicy meaty dishes with smoky accents, like for example grilled new york strip steak or butter-basted rib eye steak in order to complement the woody flavours in the wine. Cheers!
WineStatistics tasting results:
Cabernet Sauvignon | Barrique | 2015
grape: | cabernet sauvignon |
overall rating: | 90.5 |
maturity: over its prime
conclusion: fine | (highly recommended)
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