- 2003 Niepoort Douro Redoma - Portugal, Douro (11/30/2006)
An excessively oaky, vanillary, espresso-like nose. Yet at the same time there seems to a great depth to the fruit and genuine complexity. The palate is very sweetly fruity, oaky, very modern in style, yet vibrant. The aftertaste is clean and fresh, and it seems to have fair acidity lurking underneath the copious fruit. Very primary at the moment and a bit bewildering. It seems at the same time utterly spoofulated yet totally terroir-oriented in its unique berry and earth aromas. Odd. Not to my tastes now though it is accessible, and I really can't say if I'll like it with a bit more age on it. Perhaps time to buy one for an experiment. If it turns out anything like the '95 and '97 Redomas, I'm a mad keen fan.
- 2004 Big House Wines - USA, California (11/30/2006)
What a boring wine - it didn't change at all in glass. The nose is simple, berryish and has that confected and tarry hint that I get (and dislike) in cheap Aussie Shiraz. The palate is quite a bit better than the nose: decent tannins and moderate acidity bring balance to the fruit, which isn't confected on the palate. At 12€ this is a rip off. At half the price it would just about be worth it, but I'd rather have a good Beaujolais.
- 2003 Château La Tour de By - France, Bordeaux, Médoc (11/30/2006)
A fine effort. Red toned, sweet nose, not complex but pleasurable. The palate is also quite sweetly fruity, with fine structure from both tannins and acids. Long and fresh aftertaste. A very pleasurable, if a bit simple wine. I'd like to taste this in a cooler vintage - it seems unspoofulated and not too badly marred by the overly warm vintage, so might be very much to my taste. I have no other experience with the Chateau. Anyone else know them?
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