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
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.