Vinarte: 2004 Soare, Aniversare 2006 and Prince Matei 2006
I attended THU evening, April 22nd, a tasting of three wines from Vinarte organized by La Chambre . For those of you not familiar with this name, La Chambre is a wine store in the Dorobanti area with a great selection of wines from South of France – Languedoc and South of Rhone- and many other Romanian and New World wines.
The shop had a representative of Vinarte present for the event, but unfortunately he did not provide too much information about the products tasted. It’s true we came later than the starting hour of the tasting, my group of four persons, so we probably missed the presentation of the wines. I just had to read the back label myself for information about the wines or the producer.
Prince Matei 2006 Merlot – did not leave a strong impression. The wine has a ruby red color with some discreet dark notes. The nose shows some black fruits, mint with the oak nicely integrated. The wine spent 12 months in oak and another 12 months in bottle before being released on the market. In the mouth the wine is medium body, showing some fruit, different black berries and spices. The wine finishes with a certain astringency in a short aftertaste.
Aniversare Merlot 2006 – The wine has a very nice dark red with purple hues color. Among the wines I tasted so far, generally speaking, some had a tight nose and not revealing anything but then exploding in the mouth with a nice aftertaste, others having a big and complex nose and quickly disappearing in the mouth. Aniversare is just like the latter. The wine has a killer nose. After smelling this wine you are getting ready for a serious ride. The nose reveals notes of plums, chocolate, Indian spices, cocoa, blackberries and a balanced note of integrated oak (the wine spent 12 months in oak). In the mouth the wine is medium body, showing integrated oak, black fruits, blackberries, chocolate but disappears on the mid palate. The wine is hollow exactly when you are expecting it to balance that amazing nose. The aftertaste is short to medium. I was really disappointed that in the mouth the wine could not deliver the same complexity as in the nose. I believe it is already the third time I have this wine this year and each time I tasted I got exactly the same impression of the wine vanishing on the mid palate. Good but not great.
Castel Soare 2004 – Just like the other two wines, Soare spent 12 months in oak. The producer doesn’t mention what kind of oak they used for aging on none of the three bottles. The wine has a dull red color with some slight notes of oxidation. The nose reveals blackcurrant with hints of green vegetables, leather and a very nicely integrated oak. In the mouth the wine is light to medium body showing blackcurrant, cedar, violets and leather. The wine has a short to medium aftertaste finishing without any astringency which I really liked. It is a good but not great wine. One of the girls present at the tasting confessed that she usually expects more from a Cabernet Sauvignon of this level and frankly, I agree with her.
As a conclusion on the wines: I was surprised how different the two Merlot’s were. I don’t know if these two wines are produced from grapes harvested from the same area or different as both wines are aged for the same 12 months period in oak. The gentleman present for the event from Vinarte did not explain this.
The WOTN (wine of the night) for most of the people present at the tasting was Aniversare Merlot. For me, that would be the wine I would buy from Vinarte. The question that remains for VINARTE is where did the art for making wine go?
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