METAMORFOSIS | Cantvs Primvs | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2016
cabernet sauvignon


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Today we are going to review a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine from the famous Dealu Mare region in MunteniaCantvs Primvs Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 by Vitis Metamorfosis. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world in a wide range of climates and regions and it can produce wines that are high in tannins and natural acidity, wines that can mature and develop for many years in the bottle and, because cabernet sauvignon is a late ripening grape variety, it is best suited for warmer climates, where it is capable to produce wines that can reach into realms of perfection. In Romania, the cabernet sauvignon variety was introduced at the start of 20th century, after the phylloxera disaster and since then, it has excelled as a variety that suits amazingly well the southern terroirs. This particular wine has been aged for 18 months in oak barriques and is part of the Cantvs Primvs project, that has been launched in 2009 by Giancorrado Ulrich, Fiorenzo Rista and Marquis Piero Antinori, hence its name that translated from latin means ‘the first song‘. After consulting with Renzo Cotarella, the Managing Director of Antinori S.P.A., the Dealu Mare area was identified as the region with the most potential in terms of climate and terroir, which was in line with the philosophy of the Antinori family to produce high quality wines in the premium and super-premium segments, similar to the Super Tuscan wines produced by the Antinori family in Italy. 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:

colour: medium & noble ruby
clarity: clear ruby shades


intensity: powerful & clean
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: blackcurrant | black cherry | black plum | blackberry | black raspberry
fruit character: ripe

non fruit: spice | oak | other
__spice: black pepper | allspice | cloves
__oak: liquorice | roasted oakwood | tobacco | hints of charred wood & smoke
other: black soil dust | hints of wood varnish
__wood: new / medium roast

sweetness: dry
acidity: high
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe & fine
balance: good
__dominant: acidity
body: firm & round | full

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe
non fruit: spice & oak
finish: med(+)
aftertaste: ripe but tart

METAMORFOSIS | Cantvs Primvs | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2016

variety: cabernet sauvignon
country: Romania
region: Dealu Mare
rating: 92.6

maturity: developing | age for at least 3 more years
verdict: great | a must try
96x96This is definitely a great wine of Romania and, with a total of 92.6 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 cabernet sauvignon wine yet one that has yet to reach the summit of its prime form, therefore we are advocating for 3 to 5 more years of bottle ageing. This is a wine of great quality, one that delivers ripe, fine-grained tannins, overwhelming crisp acidity and a plethora of mesmerizing flavours on the nose, with notes of ripe black fruits, liquorice and subtle hints of wood varnish and tobacco in the background – flavours that are highly appreciated by the wine connoisseurs. It feels firm, youthful and tart at the moment, with a nuanced fruit-forward profile, a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel and some very noble, oak-derived spiciness that coats the palate with an added layer of rich flavours. This is definitely a wine that is mixing power with finesse – full-bodied, complex and well structured, with a round and rich foreground and a very appealing finale. All in all, this is a wine that needs time to develop and settle down in order to give way to those mesmerizing tertiary flavours that are worth waiting for, flavours that are highly appreciated by those who know what a high-end cabernet sauvignon is capable of.
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