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2004 Achaval Ferrer Quimera Mendoza
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Old-World...needs time
by Novice4Now
Decanted 2-3 hrs: NOSE: Overwhelming graphite/pencil shavings; not much else for me. PALATE: Pencil shavings predominates followed by tart green grapes. Finishes with long pencil shavings and peppercorn. Decanted for 5hrs total: NOSE: FRUIT! The fruit definately, and surprisingly, comes to the forefront here; primarily blueberry & casis. The pencil shavings, together with the peppercorn, become more of a nuance to the overall aromatics. PALATE: The pencil shavings have mellowed and a fruity acidity shines through. Blueberries and peppercorn come through on the mid-palate. Finishes looooooong with the pencil shavings and structuring tannins. The wine has a strong backbone of acidity and tannin...showing that its made to age. The faint fruitiness hints at what's to come in a few years.


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