VINARTE | Soare | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2017
cabernet sauvignon


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Today we are going to perform another trip into the past and re-evaluate a wine that is rightly considered amongst the best red wines from Romania – Soare Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 by Vinarte. The constant search for perfection makes this wine a real classic – a single-varietal cabernet sauvignon wine that comes from the famous Samburesti – Bolovanu vineyards, vinified in a classic Bordeaux style, with carefully selected, hand picked grapes and moderate use french oak (15 to 18 months in small barriques). As is the norm for this class of wines, production is limited to 3500 kg/ha, so that all the grapes reach optimal maturity. The wine is then bottled and aged in the cellar for an additional 6 months before its market release. That said and without further ado, let’s take a look at the results and find out how the wine has evolved since our last review.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


colour: deep & opaque ruby
clarity: hazy ruby shades


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

non fruit: spice | oak | sweet | savory | earthy | other
__spice: black pepper | nutmeg
__oak: roasted oakwood | liquorice | sweet tobacco | cigar box
__sweet: dried black plum | dried black cherry
__savory: leather | musk | barnyard
__earthy: black soil dust | crushed gravel
other: charcoal | hints of violets
__wood: new / light & medium roast

sweetness: dry
acidity: med(+)
alcohol: high
tannin: high
__grip: ripe & firm
balance: good
__dominant: alcohol
body: round | full-body

fruit profile: black fruits
fruit character: ripe & overripe
non fruit: spice & oak
finish: long
aftertaste: crisp & seedy

VINARTE | Soare | Cabernet Sauvignon | 2017
variety: cabernet sauvignon
country: Romania
region: Samburesti
rating: 94.4

maturity: close to its prime | can age for 4-5 more years
verdict: great | a must try
96x96This is definitely a great wine of Romania and, with a total of 94.4 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 really great wine, definitely amongst the best we’ve tasted so far, vinified in a classic, old-world Bordeaux-style, it feels noble and elegant – a wine that can withstand another 4 or 5 more years of bottle ageing. It tastes round, firm and plump, with ripe and overripe black fruits in the foreground, leathery-savory hints in the background and a layer of tertiary notes (mainly violets and musk) in between,leading to a quite mesmerizing oaky-spicy finale. This is a wine that is mixing power with finesse as it has a very fine balance between all its elements: well integrated acidity, ripe and grippy tannins and just a touch of alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel. If you never tasted this wine before, our recommendation is to get one of and enjoy. By the way, did we mention that this is the only romanian wines rated 91+ by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate?


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