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).