Tasting Notes for soychick

(126 notes on 124 wines)

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Red
1/28/2020 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
Extremely subdued and closed, with only acid and tannin detectable, at first opening. Surprisingly for a 2007, it really opened up after an hour or two after a vigorous decant into an excellent food wine, with a rich rounded leathery texture without much fruit. Not terribly subtle and I wouldn’t serve it on its own, but not bad after lots of air.
Red
5/26/2019 - soychick wrote:
89 points
Very impressed for the (Trader Joe’s) price. Complex, full bodied and definitely BdM, gives you the experience without most of the bucks. Drink now.
Red
3/16/2019 - soychick Likes this wine:
88 points
Solid pinot, nice full body, drinks very nicely. Not terribly complicated.
Red
2009 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/25/2018 - soychick wrote:
92 points
Delicious, showing complex dark fruit and earthy Pauillac. Personally I’d drink this now while the fruit is still there but the tannins are tamed. YMMV depending on storage temperature (ours cellared at 55 F).
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White
3/23/2018 - soychick wrote:
88 points
Very smooth, flawless SB. Lacks overwhelming melon factor of NZ SB and this is a plus in my opinion especially when served with fish. Makes it more like poilly fume at much higher price. Highly recommended.
Red
12/25/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
Very enjoyable, dark fruit dominates but not overly forward. A bit one-dimensional though, and starting to lose it’s stuffing. Drink now.
White
11/11/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
92 points
Drinking very well still. Oak, citrus, tropical fruit and very easy drinking with no discernible flaws and a long finish.
Red
6/18/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious and unusual. Very dark in color and full bodied for a pinot with complex dark berries and a fairly subtle cherry undertone. It /is/ fruit forward but wouldn't call it sweet. Great value.
Red
4/20/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
88 points
Very nice Chianti, lovely nose, great qpr
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Spirits
4/2/2017 - soychick wrote:
I had a bottle of this purchased mid-2016. It was one of the best bourbons I ever tasted. Really. Magnificent. Think 15-23 year old, wheated, Kentucky, amazingly complex. It was gone in a flash. Then the exact same bottle with THE EXACT SAME BATCH # showed up at the same Costco in March 2017. Had I noticed the same batch #, would have bought a case, fortunately bought just one bottle. The new one is not bad exactly, it just tastes like what it says on the bottle (Tennesee, 7 YO, charcoal). Costco reuses labels with the same batch # that probably did not originate even in the same state or year. Caveat emptor.
Red
4/1/2017 - soychick Does not like this wine:
69 points
Vile. And not spoiled either. Just really bad wine.
Red
2/11/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
Very good wine. Complex earthy berry nose and full bodied berry mouthfeel, but the aftertaste is a touch sour and metallic. Might benefit from a longer decant (it had half an hour) but the high acidity won't change. Better with food.
White
2/4/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
89 points
Solid Sancerre, nice and buttery, dry and smooth. Just what you want with your sole meuniere. Not anything unusual or spectacular.
Red
1/1/2017 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice. Elegant, restrained, dark fruit and earth, a touch of spice. Clean finish. A bit closed even after a longish decant, maybe another 2-3 years.
Red
2010 Château Haut-Faugeres St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2016 - soychick Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose is still very closed on opening, some distant berries there. After a day, opens up with heavy blackberries, some cassis. Mouth is big and chewy, all dark fruits and heavy, prickly but not unpleasant tannin, grippy blackberry finish that goes on for a while. Benefits from significant air, and will likely benefit from a lot longer in the cellar.

Phenomenal value for a $18 Bordeaux.
Red
2005 Château Batailley Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/18/2016 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
On opening, this had a wonderful, subtle cassis / cherry violet nose. Unfortunately also a little hint of vinegar (but not spoiled) as others also noticed, and a fairly unpleasant finish with an odd metallic note. Tannins have mellowed nicely though and the wine is nice and smooth, chewy. After 4h of air, the vinegar and the bad aftertaste were gone, but so was the fruit and some of the beauty of the bouquet. Score 90 after 4h of air, when flaws were much less apparent.
Red
9/4/2016 - soychick wrote:
flawed
Utterly disgusting. I am not sure if this was truly spoiled. It just tasted like extremely bad wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
7/23/2016 - soychick Likes this wine:
87 points
Not bad at all. Good party wine.
Red
2012 Chateau Moulin de Sales Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/10/2016 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
Quite delightful. Cellared for a couple of years and decanted half an hour. Oaky, with a woody nose and stone fruit palate. Showing Pomerol which is not common in this price range. Great QPR.
Red
12/25/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
91 points
Not the most subtle or nuanced wine, but delicious and few if any flaws. Needs a 2h decant at least. Classic hardcore CA zin berry nose. Refreshing acidity and unexpectedly food friendly. Will buy more.
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Red
11/26/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
93 points
This was worthy of age. Spectacular, well integrated Zin with a surprisingly Cabernet cassis note and oaky maple flavors.
Red
11/8/2015 - soychick wrote:
87 points
After half hour decant, very enjoyable with spicy fish. Not great on its own, but decent qpr for Carneros. Typical cherry spice etc, not remarkable but good.
Red
2012 Tait The Wild Ride Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
9/12/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
91 points
Improving and will continue to do so. Needs at least an hour decant still.
Red
8/11/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
88 points
Very pleasant, understated, well made pinot. Nothing earth shattering, a bit standard but excellent value.
Red
7/19/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
89 points
Really not bad value, but lacks the depth and complexity you might expect from Barolo. Also still surprisingly tannic for an 04. Might say hold for 5 more years.
Rosé
7/17/2015 - soychick wrote:
87 points
A very pleasant, refreshing wine to drink cold in hot weather on its own. Subtle and moderately complex palette although one-dimensional fruit nose and no finish. But very insubstantial and will not stand up to any food, even fruit salad will overpower it.
Red
2012 Tait The Wild Ride Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
4/16/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
90 points
Smoother than some other Taits but still huge. Berries predominate but complex and dimensional. Will buy again ASAP.
Red
2010 Château de Villambis Haut-Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/29/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
89 points
This was very impressive for a bargain wine from Costco (twelve bucks if I remember right). Kind of a Margaux style; aromatic, fairly light and elegant. Bouquet is berry and rich floral with sour raspberry and cherry dominating the palate, some tannic sourness on the finish not noticeable with steak or cheese. Might last and even improve.
Red
2011 Tait The Ball Buster Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend, Syrah (view label images)
3/14/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
92 points
Well, we are Shiraz people, so bear that in mind, but this for us is the ultimate spicy grill wine. Strong, slightly sour berry fruit edge but without being notably acid and no hint of roughness. Delicious Shiraz nose. I thought 89 drinking before dinner, but with a stellar spice-rubbed steak and Indian vegetables it soared to 92+. Blend of 75% Shiraz with 22% Cab and 3% Merlot, and you can detect the presence of all three. But it's not really a ball buster, don't let the name put you off. It is utterly perfect for spiced steak, but was overpowered by a mature raw milk cheddar. Your balls may tingle but they will remain intact.
Red
3/7/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
89 points
Very impressed with this. Same kind of quality and style you'd expect from Ordonez products, but interesting, different grape. Good wine to drink solo or go with lighter cheeses, pork, maybe stronger flavored fish (sardines say). Rating reflects price tag under ten bucks.
Red
2011 San Zenone Toscana IGT Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
3/5/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
87 points
Aldi is starting to have some compelling wine buys, and this is one of them. Very attractive dark berry nose, tastes as good as it smells, smooth, light bodied and quaffable. No detectable flaws. Not incredibly complex, but heh, its six bucks, and I've had less interesting barolo.
Red
2/7/2015 - soychick Likes this wine:
85 points
Not bad for the price. Almost no bouquet. Otherwise similar to a Douro red wine (not port); dark berries and alcohol. Very full bodied and perfectly pleasant, but not complex in any way. A bit of burn on the finish.
Red - Fortified
2/1/2015 - soychick wrote:
81 points
I've still to find a port I didn't enjoy, but this is closer than I'd like to get. Roughly tannic, overly sour, and a distinct aroma of rubbing alcohol. It's still possible to enjoy this, especially with fruitcake, and it would be great for culinary purposes. Probably I'd prefer this to ruby ports in the same price range, but next time I will pony up for an LBV from Fonseca, Warre's, Graham, Noval etc..
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White
2/1/2015 - soychick wrote:
82 points
Better than you might expect, but still not what you'd call good. Fairly complex but too acidic.
Red
12/23/2014 - soychick wrote:
87 points
Very reduced. Almost undrinkable at opening. One or two days of air shows a very reasonable pinot. Might mellow with age. Acidity is fine.
Red
12/23/2014 - soychick wrote:
87 points
Not perfect, but very enjoyable. Kind of like a young Priorat.
Red
12/22/2014 - soychick Likes this wine:
88 points
Well I liked this but SO did not. It's a new world / old world thing. I thought it was excellent value. Very complex and deep. SO did agree it tasted like a 3x more expensive wine, just not enjoyable...
Red
12/22/2014 - soychick wrote:
86 points
Not bad, but complex and vegetal. Serious wine but not a crowd pleaser. May improve with age and air, but not as good as the 2012.
Red
12/6/2014 - soychick wrote:
90 points
This really improved with 4-5 years in the cellar. Comparable to a big name Napa or Sonoma zin.
Red - Fortified
12/6/2014 - soychick wrote:
90 points
Good port, and highly drinkable, but still a bit rough at the edges and lacks the finesse of a vintage bottling. Might improve with a couple more years.
Red
11/30/2014 - soychick wrote:
92 points
Well, we enjoyed this tremendously with a roast beef dinner. Elegant, understated, complex and very good QPR which is not something you hear much about Margaux. Needs at least an hour decant though as there are some off odors on opening.
White - Sparkling
11/29/2014 - soychick wrote:
90 points
We love this wine. Not sure we will buy champagne again while we can get this.
White
11/28/2014 - soychick wrote:
85 points
Meh. Drinkable, but overly acidic for us and bone dry with it. Not a lot else going on. Might be more enjoyable paired with shellfish as suggested on the label, but still think you'd want something less sour. Had much better wines at much lower price points.
Red
2008 B.R. Cohn SyrZin Sonoma Valley Red Blend (view label images)
11/28/2014 - soychick Likes this wine:
91 points
Unusual blend of CA Zin and Syrah but the end result is a bit like a fine Australian Shiraz. Excellent, berry-driven wine. Great with turkey.
White - Sweet/Dessert
11/28/2014 - soychick Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious botrytized Sauternes. Golden yellow and full bodied, with a subtle mix of floral flavors balanced with bright acidity. Tiny unclassified producer right next to Rieussec.
Red - Fortified
11/23/2014 - soychick Likes this wine:
95 points
This was quite special. Very subtle and light on it's feet, and astonishingly quaffable, yet complex, floral and delicate. Recommend a balloon type glass. There are no flaws; however if you are one of those new world wine drinkers that likes to be blown away by huge flavors, this isn't for you. It is hard to identify a single outstanding characteristic that would deserve a higher score.
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Red
2010 Clos de los Siete Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
11/23/2014 - soychick wrote:
90 points
Well, we REALLY liked this. It's not restrained or elegant, kind of CA style rough around the edges, but it's huge, complex and a very good pariring with any robust flavored meat dish. Berry flavors dominate but it's not quite a fruit bomb. Noticeable but not unpleasant tannins. Likely will improve with another 3-4 years.
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Red
11/18/2014 - soychick wrote:
I am not scoring this wine. However it did not seem to be spoiled or corked in the usual way, but was utterly undrinkable nonetheless. I would give it a zero. There is clearly at the very least some quality control problem here.
Red
11/13/2014 - soychick wrote:
90 points
A really excellent 100% cab franc at a true bargain price. Bone dry and light, but with an ethereal, almost sweet bouquet and complex vegetal notes that make it seem like a much more expensive bottle. Pleasant but significant tannins suggest it may continue to improve. Sealed with a Nomacorc.
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