Yaiyla - Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Sevastopol, Russia

This is another souvenir from my long weekend in Saint Petersburg. It is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Belbek River Valley. The grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks, then they aged 50% in steel, 50% in Caucasian oak barriques. Za zdarovye!


In the glass the wine has a brilliant ruby colour. The intensity is medium to deep.


The aromas intensity is medium plus. At a first sniff, succulent notes of raspberry and cream inebriate the nostrils. Oh yes, it looks like opening a yogurt. Then the black fruits, typical of this grape, come out. There are balsamic hints of blackcurrant leaf, light sultana and a pinch of black pepper. As secondary aromas, there are mostly vanilla, clove and a subtle charred wood. The tertiaries remember the forest floor, earth and mushroom. But they are not really well defined.


In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and high tannins. The latter leaves a beautiful sensation of cleanness sip after sip. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 13%). The flavour intensity is medium plus. Rich and succulent, but not byzantine, notes of black fruits dominate the aromatic palette. There is an interesting hint of fennel. The secondaries are tilted toward a light charred wood and toasted notes. Not many tertiaries either, just dry black currant and meaty. The lasting is medium plus.


It is an honest wine. Surely it does not deserve the trip from Saint Petersburg to London. It has a pleasant intensity and lasting, but it totally lacks of complexity and structure, even if I like the astringent sensation left by its tannins. But it is not enough to buy it again. Well if you have it already, drink it now!

Final vote: 87

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