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Tonight we are going to review a wine that has been released recently on the local market – The Governor’s Blend 2018 by Castel Mimí. This wine is a blend of three grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, feteasca neagra and saperavi, where cabernet sauvignon forms the main body and structure, feteasca neagra creates the flavour foreground with black fruit flavours and some subtle terrior-enriched hints, while saperavi adds more color extract and some nuanced notes of leather and sweet tobacco to the background. Wine blending is part science and part art, as it takes years to master. This particular wine has been aged for 16 months in Radoux french oak barrels, from grapes that were grown on black soils rich in sand and pebbles, from the Codru wine-growing region. Needless to mention that the wine has been produced in a limited edition of only 6555 bottles. 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:
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black mulberry
fruit character: overripe & dried
non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | earth
__spice: black pepper | cloves
__oak: well toasted oakwood | cherry tree wood | tobacco
__sweet: dried black plum | dried black cherry
__earth: black soil dust
__wood: new / heavy toast
sweetness: bone dry
body: round | full
__dominant: alcohol & acidity
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: spice & oak
maturity: on the rise | youthful
verdict: great | a must try
This is definitely a great wine of Moldova and, with a total of 92.7 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.
Verdict: this is a very fine wine blend indeed: bold, firm and ripe, with a full body, overwhelming acidity and quite a touch of alcoholic warmth on the plate. This is a wine that is still developing as it definitely needs more time in the bottle (between 5 and 7 years) in order to round up and settle down. The wine tastes muscular, supple and round, with a nuanced fruit-forward profile that is slowly but steady covered by an expressive oaky veil and some very insistent spicy hints. All in all this is a quite tannic and extracted wine blend that is mixing power with nobility, a wint that lacks some finesse and harmony, as the fruit-derived flavours are very clearly dominated by the oak-infused aromatics. Our recommendation would be to pair this wine with meaty dishes with slightly spicy accents, like for example a butter-basted rib eye steak. Cheers!
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