Davino, 2012, Domaine Ceptura Rouge, Red wine from Romania

6 points

I once disappointed my Romanian friend and colleague Mihai when he asked me to try a Romanian Chardonnay, which I did. You can guess why he was disappointed – because I didn’t really like it. If you read my blog often you may remember the review: https://avdwineandfood.net/2015/03/08/sole-chardonnay-2014-recas.

Wine is connected with the soul of the part of the earth where it comes from. If you come from a country such as Romania, which is much less developed than the most of European countries, it is absolutely understandable that you’d want to present something unique, beautiful or extraordinary. If you take wine as the example, you’re automatically entering one of the toughest competitions. There are not too many nations in the world, which, for instance, can compete with Germany for the best cars. France, Italy, nowadays also Spain, Germany and Austria, perhaps even Portugal are considered the countries of the Old World with respect to wine. What nonsense! The first wine was actually cultivated in Georgia. During the Roman Empire, grapes were planted all over their territories. I would risk betting that the wine produced in what is now Romania probably existed even before the Roman Empire lent its name to this region.

In light of this heritage, the weight on Mihai’s shoulder was quite heavy. Will he risk it again? He did! And he was right – this time! Davino of 2012, the red one. Only produced in good years!

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This red Davino is a very nice and very straightforward wine – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Feteasca Neagra. Pretty strong, even heavy and voluminous, although very well structured and also balanced, a cooler type of wine which makes it very enjoyable, and different from many of the heavier wines from the southern Balkans. I would call it elegant but smartly complex. A variety of black berries – like black currant and black cherries. Eucalyptus, a bit of vanilla, really dry and somehow earthy. A smoky kind of finish. The only minus is 14% alcohol, which you actually taste if you keep the wine open for two, three days.

Unfortunately, I don’t know anything about Romanian wine. After trying this one I became really interested. Look at the winery’s website: aside from the fact that it’s well done and beautifully designed, you can recognize a great passion for wine, for the area of origin and also for the people from there. I won’t repeat the information here that you can find for yourself on their website: http://www.davino.ro/. The winery is located in the region around Ceptura, which seems to be one of the most important and famous wine areas of Romania. The weather conditions of the region are rather challenging: quite cold and even freezing during winter, along with snow and ice – while the summers are really hot and dry. The color of this wine is dark red.

Aside from the craftsmen’s work and passion, which is the basis of this notable wine, I need to direct your attention to the type of grape, called Feteasca Neagra. Even I haven’t heard of it. It is an indigenous variety from Romania which has slowly moved into to other wine areas as well. I assume that putting Feteasca Neagra into this blend guarantees this wine a unique character.

WP_20160706_003The wine certainly goes well with any kind of red meat, but particularly well with lamb. I don’t think anyone really wants to butcher a holy lamb or – if you interpret the symbol as it seems to be intended – it looks like Agnus Dei – the Easter lamb as a symbol of resurrection. Wine and the Christian religion are so strongly connected that one isn’t surprised by the label – and it is beautiful.