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!
No formal note, but consistently a very nice wine. Full of fruit without being fruity, well structured, nice finish and very little of the sometimes punishing finish of Malbec or Cab. Together they're nice.
Decanted for a good hour before tasting. Dark purple core, pink rim. Pleasant nose with hints of dark fruit, spices, vanilla, menthol and damp forest floor. On the palate the wine comes across as lifted with medium concentration and good length – tasty, though I would have liked to see a little more depth and intensity. Needs food to shine. Questionable value at close to $50, but still holds its own reasonably well against the majority of equally priced Bordeaux blends.
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