RKS Wines: A High-Cost Romanian Red Wine: Time to Shine or Whine?

In the interests of furthering my scant knowledge about Romanian wines and of hoping for rewards in a search for Romanian winners I paid $42.95 for a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Terroir de Dobrogea. Most Romanian wines in the Ontario market cost under $20.

On the nose a very rich wine almost Portish and at 14.5% nor far from their alcohol level? Extreme blackberry shines with lesser notes of black cherry.

No doubt we are facing a big brute here. Will it be on the edge of over ripeness or a tamed lush beauty or in line with some other wine writer description?  

On the palate very cutting bombasts of blackberry leaving a long peppery tinged finish. Obviously this wine wants to remind you of its presence.

A right at you wine complicated like Romanian politics yet rewarding like a visit to this wonderful country. It would go well with a Greek lamb or goat stifado.

The wine is maturing nicely and will improve over the next 5 years.

Yes I am leaning onto the shine side and you’ll hear no wine whining from me with this wine.

I purchased bottle # 2788 out of 3,300.

(Nikolaos Cramahistria Wild Yeast 2018, IGP Colinele Dobrogei, S.C. Vitcola SA Cogealac Constanta, Romania, $42.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 27575, 750mL, 124.5%, RKS Wine Rating 94/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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