Hints of nutmeg, thyme, and mint on the nose. Unfortunately, does not live up to promise. Opens with promise but doesn’t follow through. Somewhat thin and vapid, short in the middle and finish. Not terribly interesting. Not recommended.

WHO: Chateau Joinin
WHAT: Red Bordeaux blend
WHERE: Bordeaux, France
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $10 (Media sample)

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Gary Thomas is a longtime professional journalist and onetime senior correspondent at the Voice of America who spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, including many of the world's wine regions. He served as wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, and has written about wine and spirits for Wine Spectator and other publications. Thomas now lives in Florida, where he continues to taste and write about wine and spirits for PalatePress.com. He describes himself as "ombibulous."

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