EQUINOX | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2009
cabernet sauvignon

EQUINOX_CabernetSauvignon_2009

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Today we are going to perform a trip into the past and re-evaluate one of the best single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wines that were ever made in Moldova – Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 by Equinox. This is a wine that we hold dear to our hearts, as it showcased the real potential of cabernet sauvignon variety grown on the south-facing slopes in the famous Stefan Voda region. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world in a wide range of climates and by default it produces full-bodied red wines with dark fruit flavors and spice and it is the variety that responds amazingly well to oak ageing. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
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Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

(rev.2020)
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(rev.2015)
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sight
//Visual
concentration: medium
colour: ruby
clarity: hazy
hue/rim: garnet

compound
//Olfactory

intensity: rich
fruit profile: red fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | red plum | red currant | cranberry | wild cherry
fruit character: overripe

//Flavor
non fruit: spice | oak | animal | earth
__spice: red pepper | hay | nutmeg
__oak: tree bark | sweet tobacco | oakwood
__animal: leather | studded leather
__earth: dust | black soil
__wood: old / light
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary

graph
//Palate
sweetness: off dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: medium
tannin: medium
__grip: fine
body: round
balance: fair
__dominant: acidity
complexity: complex

//Taste
fruit profile: red fruits
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: spice | leather
finish: medium
aftertaste: appealing

rate
//Scoring
EQUINOX | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2009

variety: cabernet sauvignon
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 89.9

//Conclusion
maturity: on the decline
verdict: good
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96x96This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and, with a total of 89.9 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.

Verdict: this is fine example of a cabernet sauvignon wine that is long past its prime – round, supple and lean, a wine with a nuanced fruity-savory accent with overripe red fruits and mesmerizing studded leather hints. With fine-grained tannins, mouth-watering acidity and a touch of alcoholic burnt on the mouthfeel, the wine feels noble and fine, overwhelmed by tertiary flavours and a crisp finale. The balance of this wine is amazing, as it does feel harmonious and noble – a living legend indeed. Enjoy it today rather than tomorrow and don’t forget to decant/aerate it before serving (25-30 minutes will do the job just fine) in order to unleash all those hidden tertiary flavours and serve it at room temperature, about 16-18°. Cheers!

(rev.2020)
EQUINOX_CabernetSauvignon_2009_profile(rev.2015)
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© 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. Just remember that there are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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