EQUINOX | Trei Crai | 2018
cabernet sauvignon | merlot | malbec


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The wine we are going to review tonight is one that that struck the market incognito but became a hit right away – Trei Crai 2018 by Equinox. The wine is a blend of three major french varieties: cabernet sauvignon which form the main body and structure, merlot which delivers a more refined mid-palate and adds texture to the blend, and malbec which is responsible for up-front richness and a lusher finish. Yet what makes this wine really unique, is that fact, that it has no added sulfites and is the first Bio certified wine of Moldova. Each variety was vinified separately from each other, aged for 18 months in inox, therefore no oak ageing was applied. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the wine tasting results.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:

concentration: medium
colour: ruby
clarity: hazy
hue/rim: garnet


intensity: rich
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | cranberry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackberry | blackcurrant
fruit character: ripe | overripe

non fruit: spice | other
__spice: red pepper | black pepper | nutmeg
other: dried cranberry | cherry tree wood | dried black plum
__wood: none

sweetness: bone dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe
body: full | grippy
balance: good
__dominant: acidity | tannin
complexity: moderate

fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits
fruit character: ripe | overripe
non fruit: spice | other
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: seedy-tart

EQUINOX | Trei Crai | 2018

variety: cabernet sauvignon | merlot | malbec
country: Moldova
region: Stefan Voda
rating: 91.8

maturity: on the rise | youthful
verdict: fine | highly recommended
96x96This is definitely a fine wine of Moldova and, with a total of 91.8 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.

Verdict: this is a very fine wine blend: bitter-seedy, tart and quite tannic – a wine with a nuanced fruit-forward profile. It tastes crisp, ripe and expressive, with firm tannic grip on the mouthfeel, overwhelming acidity and quite some touch of alcoholic warmth. Nonetheless, this is a very youthful wine, one that is still developing and one that can definitely age for another 3 to 4 years in the bottle, as the acidity is quite excessive and the alcohol is overwhelming, which makes the wine feels quite angular. Overall the wine does not lack in structure or character, a bit too tart for our taste, yet seedy and grippy, with a quite complex body and an appealing palate. In its current state it might lack some finesse and harmony on the mouthfeel, therefore ageing is a very good idea. Enjoy!
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