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Today we are going to review a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine that is rightly considered to be one of the best that Romania has to offer – Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 by Crama Oprisor – a wine that is also known locally as the ‘red label‘. Cabernet Sauvignon is grown all over the world in a wide range of climates and regions and it usually has high tannins and high acidity, thus it can produce outstanding quality wines that can mature and develop for many years in the bottle. This particular wine is in fact a blend of six different cabernet sauvignon wines, made of grapes that were picked from different parcels of the same the vineyard, each of them vinified separately and aged for different time frames in oak barrels of different age, grain and of toast. That’s quite impressive, don’t you agree? That said and 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 & noble ruby
clarity: hazy ruby shades
intensity: powerful, clean & noble
fruit profile: black fruits
__black fruits: blackcurrant | blackberry | black cherry | black plum | aronia berry
fruit character: ripe, overripe & dried
non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | savory | earthy
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg
__oak: roasted oakwood | sweet tobacco | hints of liquorice
__sweet: dried black cherry | dried black plum
__savory: hints of leather
__earthy: black soil dust | petrichor
__wood: old & new / light & medium toast
body: round | full bodied
fruit profile: red fruits & black fruits
fruit character: ripe & overripe
non fruit: spice & oak
maturity: developing | age for 3-5 years
verdict: great | a must try
This is definitely a great wine of Romania and, with a total of 93.5 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 and voluptuous wine indeed – fruity, oaky and pleasantly seedy – a wine that is still developing, therefore one that can easily age for another 3 to 5 more years in the bottle. This is a round, plump and quite rich wine that feels ripe and very well structured, with overwhelming acidity, fine-grained tannins and well integrated alcoholic level. On the nose it starts with ripe and overripe black fruits in the foreground, noble oak and sweet tobacco in the background and a layer of dried black fruits and some spice in between. This wine is a very fine example of how a modern cabernet sauvignon wine can be crafted using tradition and technology – a wine that has both, its own distinctive personality and the footprint of Oltenia’s subtle terroir. Cheers!
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