TOHANI | Maestro | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2015
cabernet sauvignon


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Today we are going to perform a trip into the past and re-evaluate a wine that is rightly considered a living legend from Romania,- one that is considered to be one of the best wines from Dealu Mare wine-growing region – Maestro Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 by Tohani. This is the winemaker’s flagship wine – a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine, the king amongst the reds and the world’s most popular grape variety, signed by oenologist Ion Marin. Maestro is a wine that has been vinified in a pure Bordeaux style, with carefully selected, hand picked grapes and moderate use french oak (12 months in new Allier barrique) in order to preserve those delicate terror notes and varietal aromatics at their maximum. This wine is a concept designed to express excellence and tradition in winemaking as a form of art. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the results and find out how it has evolved since our last review.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


colour: deep & noble ruby
clarity: clear purple-indigo hues


intensity: powerful & oaky
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: blackcurrant | black cherry | black plum | aronia | blackberry
fruit character: ripe & overripe

non fruit: spice | oak | earth | other
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise
__oak: oak tree bark | black tea | tobacco | roasted oakwood | cherry tree sap | charred wood
__earthy: black soil dust
other: hints of violets
__wood: new / medium+ to high roast

sweetness: bone dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: fine
balance: good
__dominant: alcohol & tannin
body: round & bold

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe & overripe
non fruit: spice | oak | earth
finish: long
aftertaste: velvety & oaky

TOHANI | Maestro | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2015

variety: cabernet sauvignon
country: Romania
region: Dealu Mare
rating: 94.7

maturity: developing | age for another 2-3 years
verdict: great | a must try
96x96This is definitely a great wine of Romania and, with a total of 94.7 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 one of the best cabernet sauvignon wines we’ve tasted so far – a wine that is still developing into the bottle and even though the rating has not changed from our last review, the balance of the wine has been reshaped (take a look at the comparison chart below). The wine tastes bold and oaky, with a nuanced fruit-forward profile and a very extracted and expressive mouthfeel. It has a bold, full body, supported by grippy tannins and well integrated acidity, with a touch of alcoholic warmth slightly dominating over the palate. This wine is nothing less than a liquid form of winemaking art – a fine example of a new-world cabernet sauvignon that is mixing power with finesse – elegant, rich and voluptuous. The wine definitely needs a bit more time to settle down and develop those much-desired tertiary notes of violets, leather and cigar-box, as in its current state it feels too grippy, a bit too hot and slightly overoaked. All in all the wine has a well structured body, a quite complex mouthfeel and a very rich nose with ripe black fruits in the foreground, that is supported by noble oaky notes in the background. This wine holds promises of future elegance, therefore if you can get one, keep it in your cellar for several more years (4 to 5 should be enough), as this is definitely a wine that has a distinctive personality and the footprint of the warm, Dealu Mare terroir. Enjoy!


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