Somewhat "flat", not bad but not even near as good as other Quimera!
We opened 10 bottles of Quimera from 10 different vintages, from 2002 through 2011 (all of them were properly kept in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar). Vintages 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 were outstanding! Particularly 2002 and 2003 were not only holding well, they were spectacular, still at their peak! 2004 was, for some reason "gone". Maybe the bottle was exposed to heat before I purchased, or something happened to it. 2010 was corked!! 2007 was "weird", and were not able to pinpoint why! 2011 never quite "opened" like the others. Maybe it was too early to drink! Not very expressive, either on the nose or the palate. Will have to try again in a few years to see if it was just a matter of time!
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(Achával-Ferrer Quimera) Black fruit, herbal, lavender nose; tart black fruit, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 91+ pts. (38% old vine Malbec, 24% Merlot, 24% old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc)
(Achával-Ferrer Quimera) Opaque dark red violet color with cherry red meniscus; graphite, black fruit, tar, nutmeg nose with a hint of black pepper; youthful, tart berry, spicy plum, black fruit, currant palate with concentration and balance, needs a few years; medium-plus finish (38% old vine Malbec, 24% Merlot, 24% old vine Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc)
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