Tasting Notes for Tansi

(44 notes on 37 wines)

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Red
10/12/2019 - Tansi wrote:
Pretty good but a bit disappointing. But again likely.
Red
12/16/2017 - Tansi wrote:
86 points
This was O.K. Note the date we drank it. I was hoping that it might improve over time and I think this was about as long as it should have been left. It's just a nice but unremarkable wine. It didn't cost much and it delivered just that alright but unremarkable. I got some fruit but not a lot. There were still some tannins but not much. It wasn't disagreeable.
Red
12/3/2017 - Tansi wrote:
90 points
Pretty nice. Smooth, nice fruit. Good to drink now or through the next 2-3 years.
Red
11/17/2017 - Tansi Likes this wine:
88 points
Quite nice. It has the spicey character of Shiraz but not harsh at all. I note that the CT window was 2013 but this is treating fine now. I would guess it would be fine in 2 years. I would be happy to buy another couple bottles and drink them soon.
Red
Lovely note. Dark Ruby colour with touches of browning. Smooth taste with good fruit and other lovely tastes I couldn't identify. Except to drink now but will likely be great for another 2 years.
Red
2005 Château Thieuley Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2016 - Tansi wrote:
87 points
Leave for another 5 years (2022).
Red
11/4/2016 - Tansi wrote:
Very nice. Was ready to drink but could have been kept a few more years at least.
Red
7/7/2016 - Tansi Likes this wine:
93 points
What a surprize it was to open and taste this bottle given the low ratings posted earlier. The cork slipped out easily and was in good condition and I was greeted by a wonderful aroma that continued through the last glass. The wine was obviously older since it had a brownish hue that could seen when it was poured but in the glass it remained ruby colored. The legs were fast. There was no sediment in the bottle. There was good acid and a touch of minerals. The fruit, black currant (cassis), was enhanced with a bit of flint. It smelled a bit like black currant (cassis). The body was light. The wine has polished texture and finishes medium.
Looking at the earlier ratings, it's clear that I was right in keeping it until now but I think it's at its prime so if you have any, start drinking it now. i wish I had a couple more bottles.
Red
4/15/2016 - Tansi Likes this wine:
86 points
Fine to drink now but will be much better in 2 years.
Red
1/24/2016 - Tansi Likes this wine:
85 points
A bit acidic. Bit of fruit. Almost no tannin. While it was somewhat enjoyable I don't think I would buy it again.
Red
1/9/2016 - Tansi wrote:
This is a testiment to cellaring. This wine o is inexpensive and very drinkable when on the shelf. But if you can put it away for a few years, as I did, it becomes lovely. Not at all great or wonderful, but hugely improved. Mine was a 2009 and I found it enjoyable. Once again, nothing great but very good. After 5 years. Nice fruit, almost no tannins but still (some).

Summary: After 5 years, a lovely, inexpensive drink.
Red
1/9/2016 - Tansi wrote:
88 points
Very nice. Not spectacula but very nice. A nice fruity taste with just a bit of tannins. Some blackberry tastes. Even as I write this I'm more fond of ît.
I've had it for at least 7 years and am now realizing the value (merely enjoyment) of what turns out to have been a good investment.
Red
1/3/2016 - Tansi wrote:
87 points
Will even be better in a year or two.
Red
1/3/2016 - Tansi wrote:
87 points
Will be better in a year or two.
Red
3/16/2015 - Tansi wrote:
This is a superb wine for the price. Great nose and wonderful taste. Very good now but will likely be good for another 3 to 5 years.
Red
11/2/2014 - Tansi Likes this wine:
89 points
I quite enjoyed this wine. It was very typical of a Barbera. I have another bottle that I'll save for at least another year.
Red
10/22/2014 - Tansi Likes this wine:
91 points
Pretty-well at its peak.
Red
9/7/2014 - Tansi wrote:
84 points
Not a lot of tannin left so I think I'll be finishing the other 3 bottles I have. Some fruit and good body but rather thin and sharp-tasting. On the better side of good.
Red
8/11/2014 - Tansi Likes this wine:
90 points
Lovely tasting with a bit of licorice and even leather. Nice, full nose. I have 2 more bottles that I'll keep for 2 years before sampling again. I'm looking for more.
White
6/16/2013 - Tansi wrote:
89 points
The usual Strong Chardonnay taste: nice bit of acid and slight buttery taste.
Red
6/16/2013 - Tansi wrote:
88 points
Very interesting. Strong character, lots of tannin still. Should last four another 5 ye.
Red
5/5/2013 - Tansi Likes this wine:
85 points
This is ready to be drunk now. I don't think it will last to 2015 (the end of the drinking window I had estimated earlier). It has changed considerably in the past year. Still very much a barbara, it has a good, fruity taste (bit of blackberry), a bit of acid in the background to give it some tang, but almost no tannin. By no means a terribly good wine, it is pleasant and shows that cellaring means a lot to even low-priced wines.
The nose was a bit earthy. It has a medium body and is smooth.
Red
1995 Château Lynch-Moussas Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/28/2012 - Tansi wrote:
Still dark ruby-coloured with a bit of brown when being pured. Very good nose with some hints of vanilla. Very earthy taste with hints of manure. Opened up even more when poured through an in-glass aerator. I would rate it at least 91. (Since I have 4 bottles of 2005, I'm waiting another 8 years to open the first.
Red
10/28/2012 - Tansi wrote:
Very pleasant. Brown tinges shows age. Good nose. Generally very enjoyable. First glass had good fruit but finished strangely bitter. Much better when decanted. Very ready to drink now. Solid 88.
Red
2/29/2012 - Tansi wrote:
90 points
I think it's just reaching it prime drinking period. It is rich, decent fruit, still a bit tannic but still smooth. The merlot gives a silkiy, slight and lovely aftertaste.
Red
10/29/2011 - Tansi wrote:
86 points
Not as rich as some Castillo de Almansas but very dinkable with some tannins still left. Very pleasant.
Red
10/10/2011 - Tansi wrote:
86 points
Bouquet was rich. Still some tannins ==> wait another year. Very full cabernet taste. Peppery but fruity.
Red
9/16/2011 - Tansi wrote:
Dense, dark, rich colour with a touch of browning on the edges. Lots of dark cherry with the usual characteristics of cabernet. Happy I have stored this as long as I have. Could be stored even longer, say, a year, but ready now. I give it 86.
Red
7/19/2010 - Tansi wrote:
89 points
This was at a good maturity and will be very drinkable over the next 2 years at least. Good value.
Red
3/21/2010 - Tansi Likes this wine:
86 points
I bought 2 bottles last week because it was on sale. We drank one bottle to see how it was and were pleasantly surprised: It is very "big": lots of body and lots of black currant taste. Also a bit too much tannin so I think I'll leave the other bottles (went back to get 6 more) for at least a year. I wouldn't wait longer, though.
The wine looks Purple colored.
The legs are Medium.
It smells like Black currant (cassis), and Oak.
The body is Full.
The wine is textured Round.
The wine finishes Medium.
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Red
2/22/2010 - Tansi wrote:
89 points
I liked it. Some cherry tastes, big on tannin. Dark ruby colour and lots of tannin suggests there are a few more years before it reaches its peak (2yr to 3yr is my guess). But still very drinkable now.
Red
11/8/2009 - Tansi wrote:
84 points
In general, I found this to be at the high end of the "good" range, i.e., 84. There are still some tannins left but there was also a slightly bitter taste. Dark ruby red. Some black currant taste. Glad I drank it now.
Red
11/1/2009 - Tansi wrote:
88 points
Nose had the sophistcated smoothness of a barbera but on the palate it wasn't as rich as the nose suggested. There was some tannic sense but not a lot. I think this was a bit (but only a bit) too old and I'm glad we drank this now.

It was our last bottle and now we'll have to do without barbera (sigh!) since the local liquour authority doesn't sell it (likely because sales are low). So, while barbera isn't one of the worlds great grapes (yielding a great wine), it's really interesting and now has become desired because of its unavailabilty. I'm off to Denver this week: maybe I'll find some barbera there...
Red
8/3/2009 - Tansi wrote:
88 points
I brought a couple bottles of this back from a trip to Cuba in 2004. As I recall, we (my wife and friends) had shared a bottle one night before going to supper and iti was pretty raw. So raw, that I really didn't know if it might be good or bad after a few years. A couple years ago I summoned the courage to try it and my wife and I agreed that it was pretty crude (and raw) so I left it in my "cellar" until the friends with whom we'd spent great times in Cuba and shared the original bottle visited last weekend.

I had been plotting to bring it out when George and Julia were visiting and almost forgot. Remembering at the last moment as everyone was taking ice cream on the last night they were in Saskatoon didn't help: they didn't want any and I vowed that I would drink it since it's at least 8yr old. So last night I popped the cork and had a couple glasses with the wonderful tenderloin I had barbecued. And...?

Well, it wasn't the best wine I've ever drunk but it was pleasantly pleasant. In fact, it was pretty good. I was surprised. What was crude and raw had changed into tasty and "big". It was a big mouthful: lots of fruit (cherries) with a hint of licorice. The nose wasn't overpowering but still full: I could detect the Cabernet and merlot.. I found that I was really enjoying the wine. Oh, it was still somewhat rough or maybe assertive or robust but it was very enjoyable. I left it for a day with a cork stopper and finished the bottle with supper tonight. The same tastes of cherries and licorice but I also noticed that there was a huge plug of sediment on one side of the bottle. I guess some of those bits are what made it a "big mouthful".

I'd like a case for my cellar. So I could wait 8yr before tasting it.
Red
7/14/2009 - Tansi wrote:
85 points
Rather "thin" tasting but still with the sense of a Babera d' Asti. Though 8yr old there are still some tannins that might mellow yet.
Red
4/14/2009 - Tansi wrote:
80 points
Yup, this is a good wine. And that's all. There was a decent nose but only decent. It was a dark, ruby red colour. There was good fruit... But, well, it was a light wine. 12% alcohol. Light in the way that cheap chiantis are light: not much body. But, overall, it was... good. And forgettable. If you like a light, slightly fruity wine at a reasonable price, try this. But try it soon because there were no tannins and it seemed that any character it had will be gone very soon.
Red
4/10/2009 - Tansi wrote:
85 points
I was a bit disappointed. I guess I didn't read the other reviews which, with the exception of Vne's, were as I found it: o.k. but no better. I tasted some of the black cherry, no licorice, but it was pleasant but, well, disappointing. It certainly should be drunk now, though.
Red
4/10/2009 - Tansi wrote:
85 points
Decent wine but must be consumed soon. Nothing spectacular: o.k. fruit but it falls away quickly.
Red
4/10/2009 - Tansi wrote:
rating:88. Still too young with lots of tannin. I would guess that it would be much better a year or 2 form now.
Red
3/1/2009 - Tansi wrote:
89 points
I think this is finally drinkable. In earlier tasktings there was too much tannin and although there are still plenty to pucker the rear sides of my tongue, the flavours are coming through better without being dominated. Also still good acid. There is some good dark cherry tastes but still not too fruity.
Red
2/16/2009 - Tansi wrote:
This is generally a very tannic wine but the 1998 bottle we sipped last night had none. I'm happy I didn't leave it longer since it was slightly too old. Still very enjoyable but a '99 or 2000 would likely have been better.
Red
1/4/2009 - Tansi wrote:
90 points
Amred's 90 point rating was well deserved and I agree. I tasted a bottle of the 2000 last night and found there to be plenty of fruit (currents) and a hint of anise. By this later date the tannins were much muted but still there and likely will be for another year or even two.
Red
11/11/2008 - Tansi wrote:
88 points
I disagree with the others that said this should be drunk earlier. The bottle we had tonight may have been at its best but, given the big mouth of tannins we got, I think it could have lasted another 1yr to 2yr. We were very impresseed for such an inexpensive wine. There was lots of fruit, a touch of pepper, and still some tannin to pucker one up a bit.

Having written that, let's be honest and say this is definately not a "wonderful" wine. It's rough but not wild. We had it with (vegetarian) mousaka and the complex tastes of the mousaka, the bechamel, etc, seemed to be a perfect paring: a rough, robust main-course complemented by a rough-complex wine.

It's a great value and I'll buy another bottle to replace the 10yr old we just drank.
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