Kassimex company imports and sales premium wines from Romania since 2007 when it all began by importing wines from one of the oldest winery in Rumania, Wine Princess – Minis Madera.
Paparuda Chardonnay Rezerva 2012
This full bodied 100% Chardonnay from the plain around Timisoara gives you a good idea example of what a little oak and time can do. Firm acidity but a strong vanilla flavor makes this a very full and rounded wine. The Paparuda range comes from the same Italian family that makes all the Recas wines, so quality is guaranteed.
Monser Šarba 2012
We went back to "La Belle Epoque" with Romanian wine with this one. Sarba is typically a very aromatic wine, meaning it has a very big nose :-) and this time it is less fruity but herbal. Low in alcohol and a little bit higher sugar count means this is a semi dry wine that will go well with most foods. Serve cold, drink young and enjoy something you HAVE NEVER had before!
Balla Geza Mustoasa de Maderat 2014
Fresh, low in alcohol, high acidity and very refreshing. This is what Balla Geza from the Arad region bordering Hungary brings. I tried this wine on one of my trips to Bucharest, and found it to be a great starter wine on a hot afternoon. This wine should be drank cold and as an appetizer or with fish. This isn't one for the sofa in the evening.
A very old and little known variety, Babeasca Neagra roughly translates to "Grandmotherly Black" and comes from the Moldova region of north Eastern Romania. Despite its name, Glia ia a light bodied, cherry flavored wine that will be calm on the pallet. Many compare this grape to Pinot Noir and Grenache, but it reminded me of a Valpolicella. We liked it - a lot! This will be a great with red meat.
Balla Geza Cuvee Diorit 2012
This is a very complicated one. The Pinot comes out front being quite spicy, but the finish was so short, you forget it was even there. Well rounded and tannic, this is a great companion for dark meat and stew (think goulash!). These vineyards lie right up against the Hungarian border, and has got a lot of attention from western wine gurus. Open before drinking. This one needs some time.
Sole Shiraz / Feteasca Neagra
DRINK SLIGHTLY CHILLED – This is a light Shiraz blend that I recommend putting in the fridge for about 10 minutes before drinking. If too warm, the Fetasca will overpower you and trust me – you don’t want to go there.
La Putere Fetasca Neagra
OPEN 2 HOURS BEFORE DRINKING – The sister grape to Feteasca Reagla, the Feteasca Neagra can be a beast. If you are not in a hurry, stick this one away for 5 years and then enjoy it. If you want to drink it now, decant or open long before drinking.
DRINK WELL CHILLED. What makes this one remarkable is the value at 85 Kc! A bit more sugar in this one (polosuche), so served cold with some Asian food or something spicy. Great summer value.
Sole Sauvignon Blanc
A good dose of citrus here with less pronounced “kopriva”. For those who don’t like their Sauvignon too green, this will be a hit.
WOW. No wonder this wine has won so many medals and scored an 89 in one of those snobby magazines. Complex flavor, sweet fruits and banana, and a strong oak lead – delicious.
Lautarul Feteasca Regala
Our first Feteasca Reagla. Light dry fruity finish. This is a local grape and given the hot dry land, a perfect companion for the summer.
La Putere Cabernet Sauvignon
This was one of the more straight forward premium reds from the Sole range. Strong, but round, this one is perfect for red meat or another strong flavor dish.