Tasting Notes for brainchasm

(47 notes on 45 wines)

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Red
4/11/2015 - brainchasm wrote:
flawed
Pretty severely corked. Next bottle was fine. Luck of the draw. Credited by seller, no return requested.
Red
11/15/2014 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Good QPR in my book, and I'm not a zin fan/aficionado.
Red
8/19/2014 - brainchasm wrote:
92 points
As always, soft, feminine, composed, and so very typical of Bonaccorsi (in the best possible way). Love this juice!
Red
5/23/2014 - brainchasm wrote:
94 points
Absolutely amazing right now! Sold to me by my friend and wine director of my favorite restaurant, he said do not wait beyond a rest from travel...drink it NOW! Amazing mouth feel, on par with some aged Bryants I've tried...very integrated, tannins are soft and inviting. Beautiful fruit; hard to believe it's 12 years old! Fragranced the entire living room when I opened it, even at 55degF. Actually made my friend's head whip around like a radar dish when the waft hit her! I'm thinking I'll hold the other bottle for my 40th...
Red
4/25/2014 - brainchasm wrote:
93 points
I drank one as soon as they arrived...barely let it cool off in the cellar...still rather amazing! This approaches Vina Cobos 2007 malbecs for me, and I LOVED those. Should be much better with a rest and at proper temperature.
Red
4/4/2014 - brainchasm wrote:
Been storing one of these for a friend for a while in my cellar (signed bottle). We finally opened it last night, and it was in terrific shape!
Red
10/31/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
93 points
Still too young, but I was thirsty...
Rosé
10/30/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
93 points
I don't care for rose as a general rule, but this was rather amazing! Deep, jewel tone color, like a ruby but even more so.
Big fruit on the nose, highly complex on the mid-palate and a long finish.
It's a shame this isn't available for general purchase, because it's the rose that brought me around!
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Red
10/22/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
95 points
Amazing, and too early to boot! I hope I can keep this other bottle for 2+ years!
Red
10/8/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
95 points
Improved over the last year or so! Much more evolved, but with a gap in the mid-palate (according to Ed).
Red
9/29/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
95 points
So smooth! Delicious, almost shouldn't have had it with food...but it made the meal! But definitely would have rather studied it solo.
Red
8/16/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
96 points
Still absolutely delicious!
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Red
6/29/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
95 points
Very balanced. A little tight on open, but as it should be. Went terrific with a spinach & tomato rotini with a hearty red sauce dominated by onion. Gotta go with ksnj here - this is terrific! Reminded of a phenomenal Conn Creek 2003 I had years ago, and compares favorably. Good mineral dust on the nose, with a bare hint of forest floor. Fruit is immediate and large, but...matured. Alcohol is in balance, and sends the wine into the nasals perfectly.
I'm going to try and drink this second bottle slowly, and give it the air ksnj recommends, and see what happens. Going high score in optimistic anticipation.
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Red
2010 Orin Swift Saldo California Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
3/20/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
91 points
Phenomenal with a top sirloin on the grill, roasted asparagus, and tomato/basil/fresh mozz salad!
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Red
2009 Tati St. Helena Red Blend (view label images)
3/19/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
91 points
Nicely done. 25% cab franc, 25% cab sauv, 25% petit verdot, and 25% merlot (I think), as told to me by the creator of the wine.
Red
2010 Caduceus Cellars Sancha Cochise County Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
2/22/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
92 points
Delicious, good fruit, clear lingering finish!
Red
1/11/2013 - brainchasm wrote:
91 points
Delicious! Bottle #01674
Red
12/13/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Delicious pop & pour! I overindulged last night, so I can't remember specifics, but I remember it being very good!
Red
11/15/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Oh thank $deity, this one had no Brett. Solid 89!
Cocoa, anise, hint of bell pepper on the finish. Excellent QPR for a daily drinker. Their Cuarzo better be phenomenal (@ 6x the price).
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Red
11/15/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
flawed
Grr. Brett. Didn't really blow off, but it did tone down a fair bit over the course of an hour or so of being open. Not scoring this one; hopefully the other will be better.
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Red
10/28/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
88 points
Interesting nose. Grilled meats, tobacco, tar. Tannic & mouth-drying, earthy, muddled. Excellent color, nice legs. Looking forward to the 05, 04, and 03.
Red
9/4/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
93 points
Good balance! Still too young, but showing well. Not heavy on the tannins, great fruit, nice minerality. 2015 should be spectacular for this vintage; 2020 could be the end of the road.
Red
8/26/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Rich garnet, paling to orange at the edge. Pretty obvious Old World profile, thick with earthy/musty.
It's well-composed, but the only definite note I got was a big hit of graphite.
First year of the revamped Cru Bourgeois classification, for what that's worth.
Red
8/24/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
90 points
This is a terrific pinot noir for a red drinker that doesn't usually like PN. Lush & juicy.
Red
8/14/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
90 points
Popped & poured. Didn't pair well w/spaghettios, so I was forced to make pork chops on the grill.

Very earthy, old world, elegant for its age. Nose is must, dust, cedar and pencil shavings. Blueberries, tobacco, and graphite on the palate. Still big earthiness after an hour, reminds me a LOT of French wines I've tried. Overall, excellent.
Red
8/14/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
90 points
Popped & poured. Didn't pair well w/spaghettios, so I was forced to make pork chops on the grill.

Very earthy, old world, elegant for its age. Nose is must, dust, cedar and pencil shavings. Blueberries, tobacco, and graphite on the palate. Still big earthiness after an hour, reminds me a LOT of French wines I've tried. Overall, excellent.
Red
3/30/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
Gah. This stuff is bad, even after laying down for three months. Never again. Dumping the other two bottles.
White
2010 Caduceus Cellars Dos Ladrones Graham County Chardonnay Blend, Chardonnay (view label images)
3/3/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
94 points
Wonderful notes of honeydew and hints of cantaloupe. Went fantastically well with a bruschetta and cheese stuffed chicken breast dinner! Slight green hint, very intriguing. Sediment (potassium bitartrate aka cream of tartar) was really neat to see in a white wine. Absolutely delicious; ordering another bottle now. Half of note was with Megan's gracious assistance and input.
Red
2/23/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Lovely dark deep purple, with a pale violet rim, but only in the right light. Rather lush. Big fruit on the nose; almost jammy. Presents berries, but no stone fruits. Carries the (rather high) alcohol very well...tannins still need to integrate (too young of course). Slight green/vegetal note after an hour. Not grassy...maybe bell pepper? Slight leather note...all in all very tasty. QPR would be right on at $20/bottle.
Red
1/3/2012 - brainchasm wrote:
flawed
Corked. Not horribly, but enough.
Red
12/25/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
Smelled faintly of cheese...
Going to call it bottle shock, and let the other one lay down for a few.
No score, as I don't think it was representative of what the wine should be.
Weird though....cheese.....
Red
11/11/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
91 points
Delicious! Terrific nose, big fruit, jammy.
Rosé
9/17/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
Maybe it's me, but the most redeeming factor of this wine is the blue bottle. At least I can do something decorative with them.
Red
9/11/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
90 points
Very ripe; glad I opened it in time. Nice leather note, not too dry. All in all very balanced. Dark fruit, stone fruit, slight white pepper note; like the tannins. Good structure! Excited for it to breathe for a while and evolve.
Red
8/30/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
90 points
Pretty powerful vegetal aromas after a bit of decanting. I called it green bell pepper, better palates picked up a brine and called it green olive. Wasn't bad, but pretty unexpected. Calmed down and smoothed out after an hour.
Red
6/29/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Hmm. First thoughts are drink now - mine was on the verge. Not overly complex, but nice for a tempranillo (not my fave varietal, I'm finding out). Alcohol is balanced well, aerating actually muddied it a bit for me. Decently dry, even with low ABV. Might buy again, but will keep it MUCH cooler in storage next time (my cellar unfortunately lives at 72degF).
White
5/9/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
93 points
Delicious! Smooth, well-integrated, beautiful blend of ripened pear, pineapple, a hint of gooseberry, floral creme notes. And honestly, I don't even like white wines!
Red
4/9/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
80 points
I dunno what's going on with my first case of Suncé wines, but it'll be the last unfortunately.
Red
3/20/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
90 points
Very dry, fruit forward nose. Balanced and integrated; reminds me of some favorite cabernet sauvignons, without the complexity. Rather surprised and happy with this PS!
White - Sweet/Dessert
3/16/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
92 points
Big hit with my dinner companions, most of whom hadn't had a proper ice wine. Price was unfortunate, but worth it for their experience.
White
3/16/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
79 points
Nose and taste of olives. Pretty unsatisfactory as a second bottle after a 2007 Bonterra Viognier.
Red
3/9/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
92 points
Great balanced fruit, even after 10 years! Evolved wonderfully in the glass over the course of dinner. Glad we opened it now; it may be on the backside of its longevity. Wish I had more of these to drink over and over again. <3 Cuvaison!
Red
3/9/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
flawed
Both bottles flawed, brown, and dead. Contacted wine.woot for replacement. Such a shame, I was rather excited to try them, so hopefully the replacements will be ok.
Red
3/3/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
83 points
Nose was muddled, wine was tight (to be expected; drinking it MUCH younger than I usually drink cabs). Passed through aerator, nose was better, picked up a bit of the oak, smouldering violet petals, bit of leather, a bit of earthiness. Mouth feel is clean, alcohol a bit up, tastes of sour/unripe stone fruits, cassis, bit of baker's chocolate, and hint of green leaves. Not bad, but not buying again at grocery store "sale" prices ($13.99). Lowest community-scored wine in collection...trying to clear room out of the rack. They do better with their petite sirah.
Red
2/19/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
83 points
Pop the cork, alcohol on the nose. First sip, big oak, leather, jammy dark fruits, persimmon, bit of white pepper.
Through the aerator, oak was softened, tannins strode forward, but waved off half-heartedly on the finish.
After some time in glass, integration improved, but complexity was still lacking. Decent drinker for any old reason/meal? Sure why not. At retail or even retail sale prices? No way. Acceptable for what it is, but wouldn't spend money on it.
QPR is definitely not in sync with current reality, or even with crafters who care about what they make.
Red
1/2/2011 - brainchasm wrote:
81 points
With only 13.5% ABV, it was surprising how front and center the alcohol is in the nose. Initially smooth, muddled and undefined. After an hour sitting in a decanter, not much has changed. I have to think that maybe it's beyond its window.
Red
12/24/2010 - brainchasm wrote:
89 points
Very high alcohol; should have decanted for at least 4hrs.
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