VINARIA NOBILA | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2016
cabernet sauvignon


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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 2016 by Vinaria Nobila. This wine is the successor of the famous Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and it’s part of the winemaker’s flagship wine line, all of them being aged in new oak barrels, because cabernet sauvignon, more often than not, responds well to oak ageing. 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. That being said, let’s skip the theory part and move on to the fun part – the wine tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


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


The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruit and spicy flavours: ripe sour cherry, black plum, blackcurrant, black cherry, black mulberry, overripe blackberry, smoked plum, cherry tree wood and some nuanced hints of black soil dust. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, roasted oakwood, tobacco, smoke and elegant hints of cinnamon and vanilla.


The wine is dry, with strong alcohol level, strong acidity and green tannin. It feels rough, bitter and austere, with a quite seedy-sharp accent. This is a woody, smoky and angular wine, as it tastes bold yet aggressive on the mouthfeel – quite a bit off its balance, as it lacks harmony and finesse, with wood-infused flavours dominating over the primar fruit aromas. This is a fruit-forward cabernet sauvignon wine that has a very nuanced touch of alcoholic warmth on the palate and a poor overall balance.


The wine has a long finish and a rough, bitter and seedy aftertaste.

96x96This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and, with a total of 89.8 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 youthful and angular cabernet sauvignon wine that is quite a bit off its balance – a wine that is not yet there, at its best – one that requires a couple more years of bottle ageing, as in its current form it lacks harmony and elegance. It tastes rough , woody and fruity-seedy, with oak dominating over the fruit and the tannins on the green side, thus it does not hold any promises for further development in the bottle. Overall this is a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon wine, with a bitter-tart mouthfeel and a quite angular finale. We would suggest to pair this wine with spicy or barbequed meats or highly scented cheeses, like for example a butter-basted rib eye steak with thyme and garlic or a deeply flavoured baked camembert cheese. Cheers!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Cabernet Sauvignon | 2016

grape: | cabernet sauvignon |

region: Moldova | Stefan-Voda

overall rating: | 89.8 |

maturity: on the rise

conclusion: good | (recommended)



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