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Today we are going to review a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine from the Valul lui Traian region – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 by Corten. 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. 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: deep ruby
clarity: hazy garnet
intensity: rich & clean
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | wild cherry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackberry | blackcurrant
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: spice | oak | other
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg
__oak: roasted oakwood | tobacco | black tea | tree bark
__other: hints of leather
__wood: new / medium roast
__dominant: acidity & alcohol
body: rough | medium+
fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: overripe
non fruit: oak
aftertaste: rough & tart
maturity: youthful | still developing
verdict: good | recommended
This is definitely a good wine of Moldova and, with a total of 90.6 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 coarse and slightly rough cabernet sauvignon wine with a nuanced fruit-forward profile and an austere finale. This wine is yet too youthful to be enjoyed today, as it has yet to reach the peak of its prime form, thus we would suggest for another 2 or 3 years of bottle ageing. It tastes ripe and hot, mostly due to its overwhelming alcoolic warmth on the mouthfeel, with sharp acidity and quite angular palate – a wine that lacks harmony and balance between all its elements. Despite its aggressiveness, the wine feels firm and plump, with quite appealing ripe tannins on the plate, overripe fruit in the foreground and some very noble, oak-derived flavours in the background. All in all this is a wine that requires more time in the bottle in order to settle down, round up its sharp edges and develop the much desired balance and finesse that only a fully mature cabernet sauvignon wine can deliver.
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