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Nachbil Shyraz Barrique 2003

Older Romanian wines are, unfortunately, a rare commodity, but 5 or 7 years from now the situation will probably change based on the number of wineries that were launched over the last couple of years and hopefully they will understand that it is important to keep a small stock of each vintage at least for the academic exercise of seeing how your wines evolve in time. I am pretty sure that consumers that love your wine will also appreciate to have the possibility to buy older wines long after the vintage. There is also the risk that, knowing that your wine cannot age, why keep a stock of it ? But then, why the high price ?

I read some reviews of the 2003 Nachbil Shyraz Barrique tasted by a few of my Romanian wine bloggers colleagues and these reviews are rather polarized. Some liked it a lot, others found it rather modest, not to say more.

I will tell you my experience with it. The cork is very healthy and there is just a small 1 mm of it soaked in wine. So no worries about keeping it further from this perspective.

After uncorking it, immediately poured, the wine is completely dumb and muted. It actually requires at least 3 hours of breathing in order to open up and reveal its true character. I made the mistake of not pouring it into a decanter and just left it to breath in the bottle. I would advice anyone that wishes to drink this wine to use a decanter and leave it there for at least 2-3 hours. The improvement is really sizable.

Some of my colleagues that tasted this wine blindly scored it in the lower 80s/100. This is true if the wine was not aerated enough. But if you allow it the proper time, as mentioned before, the change is really sizable.

Nachbil Shyraz Barrique 2003

The color is dark red and it does not appear to be any sign of aging. The bouquet is medium intense and shows almost no fruit, but there are nice aromas of coffee, tobacco, game, wet tea leaves and iron (just like blood smells), but everything covered by a rich, appealing layer of cedar that gives nice freshness. As the wines breathes, it gains in body and rounds up dramatically. What is intriguing is the unexpected sweetness in the mouth, where the red fruit is so generous that takes you completely unguarded, especially after the scarcity of any fruity aromas on the nose. The tannins are well blended and the finish is medium long, with hints of coffee and tobacco box. A wine that resembles a 30-40 years old mature Bordeaux on the nose, but lively and enticing on the palate. Still pleasant to drink and can hold here for many more years. (88-89/100)

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  1. September 3, 2012 at 19:12

    I really liked those cedar-like aromas, the wine really suggested freshness.

    I think that one of the bad reviews was because of a faulty cork, and another was the result of a blind tasting (to which I happened to have brought this wine). I have to say that it really didn’t have time to open up there. So I agree, this is a wine that needs a little patience. And by the way, you should really also try the Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon from that year. 🙂

    • September 4, 2012 at 11:40

      Sorin I think we should arrange a tasting together since it seems you are in the possession of some 2003’s from Nachbil 😉

      I think I can come up with something interesting also. Let me know if you are interested to meet and taste together. 🙂

  2. September 4, 2012 at 14:39

    I think I still have some Pinot Noir and Merlot at home. 😉 And yes, a tasting would be really interesting. 😀

  3. September 5, 2012 at 13:38

    Cosmin am deschis si eu luna trecuta un Nachbil syrah 2003, si e intradevar intr-o forma foarte buna.

    • September 5, 2012 at 14:47

      Mona la tine m-am gandit ca parerile sunt polarizate. Tu esti cam singura care l-a incercat si i-a placut. Din pacate ceilalti l-au incercat in blind tastinguri si probabil servit imediat dupa deschidere a atras asemenea oprobriu.

      Vinul are cu siguranta meritul de a fi cam singurul vin romanesc mai vechi de 2-3 ani inca disponibil pe piata. Cu mici exceptii la Magnum bineinteles.

      Ai incercat cumva Merlot, Cab Sauv sau Pinot Noir din 2003 de la acelasi producator, cum sunt ?

  4. September 6, 2012 at 15:41

    Cosmin, am deschis pana acum vreo 5 sticle din acest nachbil syrah 2003, si mi-a placut de fiecare data. De altfel, cred ca si lui Sorin ii place acest vin. Am deschis si vreo 3 sticle de merlot 2003 si as zice ca vinul e pe o panata descendenta.Cabernet si Pinot n-am baut.

    • September 6, 2012 at 15:44

      ms mult pentru informatii Mona. E bine de stiut cum stau vinurile si ce ar trebui consumat din ele. Sorin intr-adevar e fan si el 2003 Nachbil. A ramas sa ne vedem intr-o zi la o degustare ca mai are el ceva Nachbil 2003 disponibil. Poate organizam ceva impreuna si cu tine.

  5. September 12, 2012 at 17:17

    desigur, cu placere

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