Cuvee Uberland 2009
After visiting Recas Winery at the beginning of the month, Mr Cox, one of the shareholders and our host, was kind enough to provide me with a barrel sample of Cuvee Uberland 2009 to taste at home. During the visit at the winery we tasted about 35-38 different wines and did not really have the chance to give each wine the time it deserves.
Starting with 2007 the grapes that make Cuvee Uberland are cut and left for a certain number of days to dry in the vineyards. In 2007 they were left to dry for almost 21 days and for 2009 for 14 days. Cuvee Uberland is a blend of predominantly Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Feteasca Neagra. The wine is usually aged for 12-14 months in Transylvanian or Slovenian oak. As Mr Cox confessed during our visit, they are still experimenting with this new method of drying the grapes looking to achieve a perfect balance in the wine.The 2009 is still in barrel and most likely will be bottled in November. Recas Winery is expected to launch their Cuvee Uberland 2008 in November during the Goodwine fair.
Cuvee Uberland 2009 – barrel sample
The wine has a deep dark red-purple color. The nose is sweet, dominated by toasty and vanilla flavors from the oak where it still rests, but underneath there are very strong aromas of ripe almost over ripe dark fruits: blackberries, dark cherries, prunes, mulberries and caramel. The wine is richly textured in the mouth, with an immediate off dry sensation, with round, ripe and smooth sweet tannins, with rich layers of sweet dark fruits and vanilla, offering an ample creamy mouth feel- a truly hedonistic wine. It covers the mid palate nicely and leaves a sweet fruity medium plus aftertaste.
The wine promises a lot but there are some disturbing things as well that hopefully will be balanced with bottle aging: the alcohol presence and the jammy, over ripe fruit flavors on the nose. I can already predict that this wine will be a major success on the Romanian market. That immediate off dry sensation you have in the mouth and the sweet fruity finish are perfect for the Romanian consumers. The wine is very New World style, flirting with the idea of being a fruit bomb now. There is no point in rating this wine at this stage as I am sure with aging in bottle the wine will get better balance.
For my palate this wine is a little bit too much, too over the top now. I admire a lot the work and the experimenting they do at Recas Winery and I would like to re-taste this Cuvee after 6 months of bottle aging.
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