Tasting Notes for ChimpanA

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Red
2/4/2010 - ChimpanA wrote:
Bright clear red color. Other notes here on this on CT have said that this wine is a little dark for a Poulsard, but it did not seem particularly dark to me as Poulsards go. A lot of spiciness on the nose. There is a bit of spritz on the palate, which goes away with a bit of swirling but was renewed as the glass is refilled over the course of 2 hours of so. Still it is easy to swirl away if desired. In the mouth the wine has some pretty red fruit and tones of earthiness. All in all, a very intriguing wine that kept me coming back to my glass again and again until it was (all too soon) gone.
Red - Fortified
2000 Clonakilla Port Canberra District Port Blend (view label images)
1/12/2008 - ChimpanA wrote:
I had to throw it away as it was undrinkable.
Red
4/7/2006 - ChimpanA wrote:
No formal note, just wanted to remark that again this had a strong nose of sulfur for the first 45 minutes or so. I'm getting this on about 25% of the bottles I've had.
Red
9/22/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
I often enjoy some of the stinkier aspects of Rhone wines, but I couldn't take this one. It smelled and tasted too unclean. There was an unsettling meaty character like an underdone hot dog. One glass and I was through with it. Not recommended.
Red
8/9/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Somewhat restrained, but rather enjoyable after about 90 minutes of air. Not a stunner, but fine with dinner. Chianti-like, but 30% cab.
Red
1999 Fattoria Le Fonti (Panzano) Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
7/4/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Decent chianti, typical but not particularly outstanding.
Red
1997 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
6/26/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
flawed
Corked
Red
6/6/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Day one -- initially very funky on the nose which surprised me. After an hour this wine began to come around. Not outstanding but enjoyable.

Day two -- tannins more noticeable after about 22 hours. Somewhat more reticent but still enjoyable.
Red
2000 Torbreck Descendant Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
6/4/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Started off a bit disjointed I thought. Vaguely prune-like at first, it had me a little worried. But after a couple hours of air it came together nicely. Very northern Rhone-styled. the Viognier is very noticeable. Powerfule wine anad very delicious. Will check again on day 2.

Day 2 -- hasn't gone downhill at at all. Very nice. If you don't mind the price, this is great wine. Then again Cote Rotie is not that cheap either.
Red
6/1/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Very good zin -- typical flavors and nice depth. This is one for those who want good concentration without overextraction. Medium color. 14.9% alcohol puts it on the high side but not too hot.
Red
1999 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
5/25/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Very dark color. Have not had this wine in over a year and it seems to be drinking a slight bit better than last time. Very nice mouthfeel, tannins there but not overly obtrusive. Smokey fruit and oak. Finish is medium to long. Benefits from a couple of hours of air, but only a little. I enjoyed this. Will be curious to try it on day 2.
Red
5/14/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
I drank this sometime last month and forgot to record it. Now not convinced it was 1998 (2001?). Wish I had more as it was in a Cote du Rhone style I really like. Ripe berry predominated, I recall.
Red
5/14/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Medium to dark garnet. Very slight green flavors but richer and better than expected. Have no idea where I got this bottle.
Red
4/29/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Too much wood ruined this wine for me. I enjoyed this much more a couple years ago when it still had all of its fruit. Now with some age on it the wood really comes forward. Not a terrible wine (several others who tasted this bottle really liked it) but not for me.
Red
4/28/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Medium bodied grenache. Fruity and easy drinking. Not bad, but nothing spectacular.
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Red
4/27/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Dark, jammy, opened up a bit and improved after two hours. A good Aussie Shiraz, but the tariff is a little steep here. I'll probably drink my three and that will be the end of this one.
Red
4/25/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
This is like the big brother to the Hillside Shiraz bottling, as the family resemblance is clear. Very dark purple, with a balance of black fruit notes and smokiness. Quite a big wine, but not excessive or unblanced as some from Barossa tend to be, the finish perplexed me until I figured out that there was a huge amount of tannin covered by the size and richness of the wine. Decanted for four hours and sampled over the next six, there was not much movement between hours six and ten. I am interested to see what is happening on Day 2. If I were to buy this wine at the shop rather than cellar door, I think I would prefer the Hillside; I don't think I could justify the increased tariff. The Hillside is almost as good now for a third the price to my mind, as I don't especially prize the 'extra' that comes with the Block 6. An extra AU$10 from the cellar door though makes this wine a certain buy just so you can see what it will turn into.

Day 2: Smoothed out a bit, no noticable oxidation. Still very tasty but now it's all gone. Will wait a while to open a second one of these (I say now).
Red
4/18/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Less forthcoming than bottles I had last year. Still quite good, but less young fruit and could be entering a closed phase. Bought from a different source than the others though with less wonderful storage conditions.
Red
4/15/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Drunk at Bourbon Street with friends. Blackish purple color. Tasted next to 2001 Vasse Felix Shiraz, there was a clear difference in styles. The Vasse Felix possessed much greater acidity, making the Darkie seem a little flabby. However the concentration on the Darkie was better. After about an hour of air the Darkie started to come into its own. Black fruit with overtones of chocolate and licorice, it would have been better with greater air time.
Red
4/13/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
This bottle tasted rather atypical for a Gigondas. Very reticent at first. After 30 minutes full of red fruit flavor but with an overtone of vanilla and something else which was strange to me. I thought the glass might have had some residual soap or something but a new glass changed nothing. After 90 minutes this largely went away and the wine was enjoyable but not as great as I had remembered it previously. Still impressive for the price.
Red
4/13/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Medium to dark red coloring. Typical South Rhone flavor profile, except something just a little bit odd on the front end when this wine was first opened. Settled down after an hour or so and became an enjoyable wine. Would purchase again.
Red
4/11/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Bought at Veritas cellar door in Barossa. I believe this is a bottling by Rolf and Christa Binder, sort of extracurricular to their usual stuff. This deep purple wine was very richly flavored and reminded me more of a northern Rhone than a southern Australian. I wonder how much Grenache was in it as the flavor profile seemed to be pure Shiraz. Tasty.
Red
4/10/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
flawed
Corked.
Red
3/31/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Enjoyed this bottle much more than the previous one. The fruit was more in evidence than the last bottle, which seemed rather closed.
Red
3/20/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
This was group consensus wine of the night at dinner. Lovely Aussie Shiraz that had great fruit but enough restraint to go with food. Wish I had more.
Red
3/28/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Dark purple. Started off a bit reticent and tight, loosening up after about two hours. Black fruit flavors, with that note of something I call 'smoky blueberry' and would love to be able to identify more precisely. If I had more space, I'd buy six more to keep for a couple years. Surprised to read this was one third Grenache. Would have thought mostly Syrah.
White
3/21/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
I had no idea what this might be like, and in fact bought it because I had never even heard of the appellation. It turned out to be a sweet white. Rather deep color for a white similar to a young Sauternes. Sweet but not cloying, with strong notes of apricot. Again I was reminded of Sauternes, but with the volume turned down a few notches. For $15 this was a good purchase. I would buy some more if I saw it again. A pleasant surprise.
Red
3/21/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Better than the average California merlot. More bordeaux styled than most. Deep purple color, good finish. Not a real flashy wine wine, but enjoyable enough.
Red
3/19/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
With dinner out. I really enjoyed this wine -- perhaps my favorite out of 97 - 00 though I never had 99. Opaque purple color. Good acid and a real backbone. Rich flavor and a beautiful lingering finish. This was much better than the 1998 Ornellaia that followed it. I will be purchasing some of this.
Red
3/19/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
With dinner out. Deep purple color and slightly smoky nose. Some vegetal/green pepper notes but not enough to bother me. Really improved after 30 minutes in the glass, to the point that I quite enjoyed it. However, Bordeaux offers many better deals.
Red
3/18/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
I've enjoyed this wine many times in the last year and tonight was quite fine as well. Classic Chateauneuf nose (don't acutally know what 'garrigue' smells like; maybe this is it) and a lots of pepper on the palate. Still this bottle is less forthcoming than others had been. This is much more open than the '99 I had six weeks ago. That one never really opened up which is why I went with 2000 today.
Red
3/17/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
Medium to light color. Some acid and no discernible tannins. I have no idea what grapes are in this wine, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it had a good bit of Zin in it. Red berry flavor predominates. Medium short finish. Not a bad wine, but it doesn't excite me either.
Red
3/15/2004 - ChimpanA wrote:
With yakitori. Very ripe but not unbalanced with a hint of sweetness on the palate from the ripe fruit. Longish finish. Not overbearing like some Aussie Shiraz, it was fine with food. Better than some previous bottles, Luping liked it too.
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