This is drinking beautifully right now. 34% Malbec, 32% Merlot, 22% Cab Sauvignon and 12% Cab Franc. 1/3 aged in new oak, the rest in used oak. The nose is clean and complex, with black fruit, red fruit, baked fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. The acidity and tannins are medium and the alcohol is medium (+) at 14% but fairly unobtrusive. The palate is very lush and smooth yet backed by great structure. Old World elegance and balance with New World fruit. It is in a great spot now, but is likely to age well through 2018. I wish I had more.
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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