Tasting Notes for Brimster

(26 notes on 22 wines)

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Red
6/6/2013 - Brimster Likes this wine:
92 points
Needs to open up. Give it time in the decanter. Start at an hour.
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Red
11/23/2012 - Brimster Does not like this wine:
70 points
Hoping this was just a bad bottle because I still have a few to go. Lots of over ripe berries on the nose and palate. Poured most of the bottle down the sink.
Red
11/22/2012 - Brimster wrote:
87 points
Excited to drink after the high score in 2012 WS WOTY. Very good but clearly young. Give another year or two before cracking another bottle.
White - Off-dry
11/27/2011 - Brimster wrote:
85 points
Off notes on the nose though not noticed on the palate.
Red
11/4/2011 - Brimster Does not like this wine:
75 points
My fault for not drinking earlier. Wine is shot. Disappointed. But again, should have opened earlier.
Red
11/4/2011 - Brimster Likes this wine:
86 points
Aerated and decanted. Notes based on 0-40 minutes out of btl. Really improves with time out of btl. Really dense out of the bottle. Opaque purple in the glass. Nose of subdued menthol, Pistachio, Tobacco, Eucalyptus, and Clove. Lots of ripe berry on the tongue. Medium body. Medium finish.
Red
11/4/2011 - Brimster Does not like this wine:
75 points
Astringent. Way past prime. Down the drain!
Red
9/4/2011 - Brimster Likes this wine:
87 points
Little nose. Vague berry fruit hints. Nothing offensive, but nothing to really latch onto either.
Red
9/4/2011 - Brimster Does not like this wine:
70 points
I hate to give this wine such a low ranking. The low score is really more attributable to the wine collector - not the winemaker. I kept this bottle - signed by Bruce Cakebread at a wine tasting very early in my wine love affair - for WAY too long more as a momento than as a bottle of wine. I paid the price because it was undrinkable. The cork was soft, but the ullage was minimal. My fault!
Red
5/28/2011 - Brimster Likes this wine:
94 points
Decanted. Started good, got better, finished great (after two hours plus). Next time, decant for at least an hour before even touching a glass!
Red
3/19/2011 - Brimster Does not like this wine:
65 points
WAY over the hill. Reallly undrinkable. My fault. Not the wine's.
Red
12/13/2010 - Brimster wrote:
80 points
Man, I don't see how this stuff sells. I'm even more surprised it gets decent professional reviews. I just opened a bottle. 10 minutes into it, all it get an OVERWHELMING cacophony of tastes.

Ever listened to an orchestra warm-up before a performance? As they come into tune, they transition from discord into this glorious harmony. Raw Power never leaves warm-up Yeah, I get it...Raw power. But it could have just as easily be called Jet Fuel.

I might come back to this review after an hour or two. Hopefully I'll have better things to say.
Red
12/11/2010 - Brimster Likes this wine:
88 points
Early in my wine drinking life I bought a few vintages of Freestone Cab mainly because I'm a fly fisherman and the labels included paintings of flies. I'd held onto this bottle for WAY too long for sentimental reasons. Last night, I pulled the cork. I was expecting to be very disappointed by a wine well past its peak. Initially, my expectations were well-founded as I was met with a very flat, fruitless wine - despite a gorgeous garnet color. I was only expecting it to get worse as oxygen did its damage. However, I was surprised how much the wine improved over the 90 minutes I drank it. Surprising amounts of fruit tucked in there? Kudos to a wine that survived its owner's sentimental imprisonment!
Red
11/4/2010 - Brimster Likes this wine:
83 points
Ruby color - fairly translucent. Thin medium legs. VERY little nose - subtle to say the least. Light on the palate as well. Mixed berry fruit. Still tasty, but definitely over the hill.
Red
11/3/2010 - Brimster Likes this wine:
92 points
Decanted. Drank over about two hours. Absolutely opaque. Lots of berry fruit on the nose and palate. LONG finish. Just a lot of bang for the buck.
Red
10/28/2010 - Brimster Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well young. Still very tight.
Red
10/27/2010 - Brimster Likes this wine:
88 points
Fruity, medium-bodied, easy drinking, surprisingly dark color in glass
The wine looks Garnet colored.
The legs are Medium.
It smells like Blackberry, Prune, and Cedar.
The body is Medium.
The wine is textured Polished.
The wine finishes Medium.
Red
1/26/2010 - Brimster wrote:
92 points
Really nice Malbec. Enjoyed with Mom's pot roast.
Red
2006 Querciabella Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
1/1/2010 - Brimster wrote:
84 points
Surprisingly tannic. Not much nose/fruit.
Red
12/31/2009 - Brimster wrote:
92 points
Drank over an hour - continued to get better - surprisingly refined for young Australian Shiraz.
White
12/16/2009 - Brimster wrote:
88 points
Lots of apple and fruit. Seemed to be a bit hot, lots of alcohol (14.8%).
Red
12/16/2009 - Brimster wrote:
85 points
Just too much! Way over the top. Maybe this mellows with age, but I'm not sure I'll live that long!
Red
12/13/2009 - Brimster wrote:
91 points
Yumbo! Getting a bit over the hill, but still lots of fruit. Drank over a couple of hours. Definitely fading toward the end.
Red
12/13/2009 - Brimster wrote:
77 points
Admittedly, I've held onto this a bit long. Drinkable, but not much better.
Red
12/13/2009 - Brimster wrote:
90 points
Continues to drink very well.
Red
12/13/2009 - Brimster wrote:
91 points
WOW! Very tight to begin, but began opening up after about 15 - 20 min. Will be terrific in a few years. Big nose, and lasting finish!
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