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2005 M. Chapoutier Châteauneuf-du-Pape Barbe Rac Grenache
12/24/2012 - dsimmons Likes this wine:
91 points
No definitive notes on this. Nice wine but less than my expectations.
  • Fantomas commented:

    5/30/15, 9:14 AM - Hi, if it's less than your expectations, why do you still give it a great rating ? These reviews live by subjectivity and a broad range of scores in-line with the individual impression. Please dont take offence but a range of 90 to 100 is not very meaningful.

2006 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
12/2/2013 - Fantomas Does not like this wine:
79 points
Bland and flat. My sense of taste may have been compromised after a cold. Impression needs to be validate with another bottle.
  • Fantomas commented:

    12/13/14, 6:17 PM - I just confirmed my earlier ranking, now definitely with uncompromised taste buds. Bland and Flat, even one year on. Other members may disagree.

    (As to the comments received: we should judge the wines and not the people in the community. Let's enjoy our community with a sense of generosity and light-heartedness, i.e. without taking ourselves too seriously...)

2005 Château d'Issan Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend
4/25/2014 - Fantomas wrote:
89 points
Very dark purple colour. Powerful, jammy nose of ripe strawberries, dark cherries and some smoke. On the palate rather spicy and a bit bitter. Cherries, white pepper, and vanilla with some hints of cedar. The tannins have smoothened yet there is a lack of complexity and an overly spicy and firm after-palate. Medium length which pleasantly finishes on long cherry notes.
  • Fantomas commented:

    4/25/14, 9:31 PM - Hi Stefan, I dont understand Swedish ( or Danish) despite my name :-) Could you write the question again in English, pls. ? Thanks

  • Fantomas commented:

    4/26/14, 9:19 PM - Pine resin hits it quite well. A strong resin like licorice scent, not old ladies, but too pronounced to be called balanced, or pleasant. My impression of that vintage deteriorated over the three bottles I drank during the past three years. I wonder whether the wine is just over its peak by now. Thanks for the comments and background ! Cheers.

White - Off-dry
2011 Grosset Riesling Off-Dry Watervale
8/17/2013 - Softie wrote:
I'm still under whelmed. Lime, sweetness and acid don't seem in harmony. I should have left this 2nd bottle at least 6, even 12, months longer, but I'm not optimistic.

I feel like an anarchist - I just am not enjoying my Grosset Rieslings, despite their high status.
  • Fantomas commented:

    4/25/14, 6:48 AM - I fully share your feelings about this wine. Sadly.

2007 Trivento Amado Sur Mendoza Malbec Blend, Malbec
Pop n pour. Someone brought this to the dinner - I really wish they hadn't as it's but one more example of the ubiquitous "international style" that I have so little regard for. Ripe, varietally indistinguishable fruit, with thick syrupy berries, and little more. Gives Malbec (and Mendoza?) a poor name, but I suppose wines of this quality have been made in every generation (but probably not at this price-point). 14% abv, approx $14. At least there was nothing sour or bitter about it. A good quality juice for the bag-in-a-box lot, I suppose.
  • Fantomas commented:

    6/4/10, 8:08 AM - Spot-on !

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