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Red
Nice ruby color, true to the Pinot Noir style. Nose was red currant and somewhat flowery.
Palate was acidic and came across as somewhat underripe. Short finish.
I've never had "warm climate" PN, so I imagined it having more depth than it's french cousins, but no dice.
PN has never been my grape and I was confirmed that even warmer climate PN's are not to my taste.
NR.
Red
11/5/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
90 points
Decanted violently and then back into the bottle and resting for 2 hours. Color is vibrant ruby core and edge.
Nose is black pepper and pine needles.
Palate is minty, fat from beef, juniper berries.
Long, dry finish.
Could age for another decade perhaps.
Red
11/5/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
85 points
Decanted violently then back in the bottle for two hours.
Dark ruby color, clear and with no sediment.
Nose is mint or eucalyptus with some unripe blackberries. Reminds me of Australian Shiraz.
Palate is again like Shiraz (Australian) with eucalyptus and black currant and some green notes. Quite acidic with medium finish (greenish).
Will develop I'm sure. Surprisingly good compared to earlier.
Red
10/15/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
89 points
I tried this wine before (different vintage) and was disappointed, mostly because it was so closed but has a promise of potential.

But then I saw it at a fraction of the usual price and decided to serve it at a house warming event I had.

Experience from earlier told me to give it some air so I splashed it into a large surface carafe, and then swirl it about and back in the bottle. Repeat for the other bottles.

And what a difference some air makes! Great dark fruits, eucalyptus on the nose and palate, plenty of acid and a medium long finish. I bought another 6 bottles and will try and follow it over time.

Drink now if you air it or give it 5+ years in bottle.
Red
10/7/2022 - nwinther wrote:
93 points
Dark ruby with the tiniest of brown edges.
An amazing nose of paprika, smoke, grilled beef fat and dark berries.
The palate is cassis, black berries, cedar and loads of other dark fruits.
The finish is looong with a slightly green edge that indicates a wine in its prime, fully ripe but with 10+ years of vigor still left. Drink now-2032.
Red
9/20/2022 - nwinther wrote:
86 points
Tasted up against the same producers Cairanne and Visan (CDRV) - same vintage. This was slightly disappointing on the evening, being beat by the cheaper Cairanne.
Color is deep ruby. Still a young wine.
Nose is peculiar with ocean/fish scale developing into pork rinds - maybe some flint sparks? I detected some vanilla notes but I don't know if it's been aged in oak.
Palate is muted garrigue and blackberries.
Finish was short/medium. Hopefully, it's a promise of further potential as it matures in the cellar. I will set my drinking window with that presumption.
Red
9/20/2022 - nwinther wrote:
85 points
Tasted up against the same producers Lirac and Cairanne. This wine was more classic "Rhone" than the other two. The most developed and a bit more lean. It drinks very well now, but will keep for a few years more, no problem.
Red
9/20/2022 - nwinther wrote:
87 points
Tasted against the producers Lirac and Visan, same vintage (2017). The Cairanne was the winner with deeper notes of garrique and juniper. This one has a higher percentage of Shiraz than the other two wines - maybe it's the Shiraz shining through.
Will develop further for another 5 years.
Red
8/17/2022 - nwinther wrote:
85 points
Confirming my previous note. Needs more time.
Red
2015 Château Blaignan Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/20/2022 - nwinther wrote:
83 points
PnP, too warm weather = too warm wine. The color is classic Bordeaux and I seem to detect a brickcolored edge?.
Nose is mute, eventually opening up with green notes (grass?).
The palate is dry with underripe blackberries and some earth/herbaceous notes.
The finish is medium-long and very dry. Somewhat disappointed for the vintage and the producer.

From magnum bottle.
White
5/30/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful, brilliant, pale straw color.
Nose is pineapple and slight citrus.
Palate is very fresh and acidic - mouthwatering with notes of Calamansi and Lime and an oily texture.
Medium-long finish. Will improve for some years, but is delicious now.
Red
4/19/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
93 points
Bought on sale for 150DKK/22$US.

Color is deep crimson with beginnings of aging on the rim. On the nose it's dark fruits, some of the eucalyptus I find in most quality Aussie shiraz.
The palate is powerful fruitiness and some secondary notes, tobacco, tar. Not the best performing GAM I've had.
The finish is long.
There's clear sediment in the bottle and some stuck on the inside indicating a warm cellaring(?) and the wine seems to be peaking or past peak. Next time I'll buy a newer vintage to compare.
Drink now.
Red
4/19/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
88 points
I bought this one along with an Argentinean Malbec to introduce my friend to some single varieties as he's developed an interest in wine and port. Didn't expect too much, but was pretty confident it would be a good example of the two grapes tasted side by side.

The Colour is deep dark ruby with no signs of aging (still a young wine). Slightly clear on the rim.
The nose is plums and dark red berries. Muted out of the bottle but opens up with some air.
The palate is surprisingly fleshy. Lots of fruit. Soft yet with decent acidity.
Medium finish - a lot longer than expected with a bottle of wine at this price (on sale for 39DKK/6$US).
Great QPR
I wouldn't be afraid of storing it for a couple of years.
Red
3/26/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
85 points
Dark, undeveloped ruby color. Garrigue on the nose. Need som air. Then almonds dark fruit, boysenberry, crushed cherry pits.
Palate is dry yet fruity with medium finish (leather?) and herbs.
Red
3/1/2022 - nwinther Likes this wine:
85 points
Dark, brilliant colour. Closed at first but opens slowly both on the nose and palate.
Let it sit for a couple of years. Has potential for more.
Red
2/12/2015 - nwinther Likes this wine:
89 points
Nice deep color, amazing nose of garrique. The palate was disappointing though, with lacking fruit and a medium finish. Well, disappointing compared to what the nose was promising (and the price).

It may be sleeping - hard to tell.
Red - Fortified
11/5/2013 - nwinther wrote:
85 points
Dark color - still rather young but soft and very drinkable. Nice fruit on nose and palate - some rum or marzipan. Medium finish. Keep for another decade - or drink now.
Red
2004 Château Belgrave Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2013 - nwinther Likes this wine:
88 points
"Cool" wine. Classic bordeaux nose and palate. Surprisingly complex for the vintage. There's some development in it still, although it will never be truly great. But for a low-level Cru Classe in a "difficult" vintage, it's quite good, with a long, long finish. 2004 could be another sleeping beauty that is vastly underrated. Drink or keep.
Red
2007 Château Belgrave Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/2/2013 - nwinther wrote:
84 points
The wine looks Ruby colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Dust, and Raisin. It tastes like Raisin, Dust, and Forest floor. The body is Light/Medium. The wine has Round texture. The wine finishes Short. No development forthcoming - drink now!
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White
11/24/2012 - nwinther wrote:
82 points
Clear, slightly yellow color. Sulphur (gunpowder) on the nose. Palate is fruity fresh and crisp. Gooseberries an the slightest "tingling" on the tongue. Finish is medium - a bit sweet and citric. Not a keeper. Drink now.
White
11/24/2012 - nwinther wrote:
60 points
Definitely over the hill. Cork was "rotted" on top - but seemed fine when pulled out. Color is very yellow - almost golden. Nose is sweet (yeasty?) and palate is peculiar - weak, spent, oxidized? Finish is beer-like and despite being drinkable (somewhat) it just seems off. Drink now or discard.
Red
11/18/2012 - nwinther wrote:
94 points
Whoa! What a wine. Dark, brilliant color. Massive cassis on the nose, followed by overripe plums, english licqurice and after some time tobacco. Attac is massive black and red fruit spearheaded by cassis with many nuances. Slight "sour" dairy note on the back. Middle is weak compared to the attac, but the finish is long, long, long - and it gets better as it is gets to breathe. Definitely great wine and it can take a few years or 10 in the cellar.
Red
11/18/2012 - nwinther wrote:
83 points
Confirms my previous review (4 years ago), only now it's time to drink it. Easy drinking - not bad at all, but over the hill.
Red - Fortified
10/23/2012 - nwinther wrote:
88 points
Beautiful colheita at a very good QPR at purchase. Haven't seen it for a while. Classic, deep tawny.
Red
2000 Château Camensac Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/23/2012 - nwinther wrote:
89 points
Nice color, no brown rim yet. Nose is fantastic of secondary notes (coffee, tobacco). Attack needs air to develop but aftertaste is glorious. Keep or drink.
Red
2003 Errazuriz Viñedo Chadwick Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (view label images)
7/31/2012 - nwinther wrote:
94 points
An absolutely beautiful wine. Dark color, thick texture. Decant and/or let it develop for a while. After ½ hour nose becomes full of secondary notes along with the cassis - palate is massive and finish is long. One bottle left. Keep or drink.
Red
7/31/2012 - nwinther wrote:
89 points
Improving my score with one point. This wine seems to be getting better - ageworthy yet very drinkable now.
Red
2002 Château Siran Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
7/31/2012 - nwinther wrote:
88 points
Consistent with previous note: "Beautiful color, no signs of ageing. Delicious sweet nose and dry palate with classic bordeaux notes. After some time in the glass, secondary notes on the nose (licqourice and cigar-box) appear on the nose and the palate. Medium-long finish. Will improve (or keep?) for a few years still. But don't wait too long."
Red
7/31/2012 - nwinther wrote:
93 points
Colour starting to go brick red in the rim, but otherwise thick and oily. Nose and palate just amazing. Not the 95 points Parker made it to be, but definitely a great wine. Drink now.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1997 Château de Rayne-Vigneau Madame de Rayne Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
7/1/2012 - nwinther wrote:
82 points
Deep yellow going on orange color. Nose of botrytis. Palate with some ripe peach and apple. Slightly musty. Drink now?
White
7/1/2012 - nwinther wrote:
83 points
Clear color. Slightly sparkly on the tongue. Nose of rhubarb. Surprisingly rich palate for a Pinot Blanc. Perfect to drink now.
White
6/7/2012 - nwinther wrote:
83 points
Straw yellow color. Quite oily and very brilliant. A mineral nose, buttery on the palate. I didn't care much for it. Reminded me of hangovers in my youth. But other than that a "correct" chardonnay. Became much better with food. Confirms my passion for Riesling and Pinot Gris. Drink now.
Red
3/18/2012 - nwinther wrote:
89 points
Very nice Vacqueyras. Dark colour, bright. Garrique nose - typical southern Rhone grenache on nose and palate. Medium finish. Keep or drink.
Red - Fortified
3/18/2012 - nwinther wrote:
92 points
Bottled 2005. Rather bright, transparent colour - not typical in my experience of medium-age colheitas. Nose and palate is classic tawny, caramel, tobacco, brown sugar and decent acidity.Slightly alcoholic. The finish is long and just wonderful. Drink now.
Red
2003 Château Blaignan Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/27/2012 - nwinther wrote:
83 points
Fruity with grape-notes (rare) on the palate. Somewhat thin. Would benefit with a not too heavy meal.
Red
2002 Château Siran Margaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2012 - nwinther wrote:
88 points
Beautiful color, no signs of ageing. Delicious sweet nose and dry palate with classic bordeaux notes. After some time in the glass, secondary notes on the nose (licqourice and cigar-box) appear on the nose and the palate. Medium-long finish. Will improve (or keep?) for a few years still. But don't wait too long.
Red
2002 Château Yon-Figeac St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/22/2012 - nwinther wrote:
86 points
Brilliant, dark color without signs of ageing. Nose is classic bordeaux as is the palate. A quite dry wine - complex but with medium-short finsh. I doubt it'll impeove significantly with age, so drink now.
White - Sparkling
12/31/2011 - nwinther wrote:
84 points
Pale color, good bubbles. Sort of sweet nose and very dry palate. Keep or drink.
Red
2002 Mallard-Gaulin Clos Vougeot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir (view label images)
12/29/2011 - nwinther wrote:
85 points
One word: Tobacco. Drink now.
Red - Fortified
12/27/2011 - nwinther wrote:
91 points
A beautiful wine - not showing it's age at all. It has another decade at least. Dark fruit nose, fresh, sweet palate with dark fruits and some marcipan and dark rhum. Medium finish. Much like a medium-class vintage from a good year. Drink or keep.
Red
12/5/2011 - nwinther wrote:
92 points
Consistent with previous note. Wonderful wine.
Red
11/19/2011 - nwinther wrote:
85 points
OK color, terrific nose of garrique and a decent palate. Medium-short finish. Drink now.
Red
2002 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/19/2011 - nwinther wrote:
84 points
Beautiful brilliant color - browning on the rim. Impressive nose of vanila and surprising warmth (for a Bordeaux). Palate was "dentist" - tasted like it smells as the dentists (NO2, new rubber, strange chemicals). Rather long, dry finish. My last bottle. Drink now.
White
11/5/2011 - nwinther wrote:
86 points
Color has developed surprisingly - clear straw yellow (previously quite pale). Nose is muted with only a hint of petrolium. Palate is fresh and fruity with a finish of rose-water way back. Very dry. Will keep for a decade or more. Drink or keep.
Red - Fortified
10/23/2011 - nwinther wrote:
87 points
Has aged surprisingly well. Still dark with only a slight hint of a mature rim. Plums, marcipan and rum on the nose and the palate mirrors this. Medium finish. Drink now.
Red
10/22/2011 - nwinther wrote:
90 points
Dark as pitch. Nose of butter and bacon. The palate is somewhat muted, but shows promise. Slightly sweet but mid palate it drys out completely. Finish is medium-long. Shows promise. Keep for another 4+ years.
Red
2002 Château Cantemerle Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2011 - nwinther wrote:
84 points
Mature color with a nose and palate of secondary scents and flavors (leather, tobacco etc.), very classic Bordeaux, but not up to standard for a serious 5th growth. The others liked it immensely, but I found it somewhat disappointing. Drink now.
Red
2002 Les Pagodes de Cos St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/17/2011 - nwinther wrote:
89 points
Dark, fresh color - doesn't look 9 years at all. Dark fruits on the nose. These repeat on the palate that - with the garlic lamb - massively enhanced an otherwise subtle mint flavor. Medium aftertaste. A prime example that 2. wines from even "off"-vintages can provide something extraordinary - at least as long as the producer i up to code.
Red
10/9/2011 - nwinther wrote:
88 points
Wonderful grenache(?) - once it get to breathe it shows a series of youthful, delicious notes - mainly fruity. Finish is medium-long and develops as the bottle empties. Not sure it's a keeper. Drink now.
Red
8/14/2011 - nwinther wrote:
89 points
Very dark color, classic aussie Shiraz notes, fullbodied with a medium-long aftertaste, some residue. Still fresh and fruity. Will keep for another 5 years but is peaking now.
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