USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tre Cellars, TRE, Guglielmo Winery, 2007




Wait 2 hours after opening for best effect.

N/ Slightly reduced for first hour. Gunpowder. Gunnysack.
Dry cassis and vanilla. Graham crackers.

T/ Medium full.  Medium clean. Ripe red berries. 
Honeyed coffee. Wet earth.

Retail $9.95

Very Good+.
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30 seconds on what this site is about...

1) I love wine and beer, 2) I have been blessed/cursed, with some sort of industrial-accident-breeds-turbo-sniffer nose, and 3) I have a bad memory for tasting notes.

Accordingly….

I take detailed notes so that when I’m shopping I can pull up my own site on my iPhone to guide my purchases.

In short, these are notes I basically write for myself.

I also very much enjoy having people try wines I recommend, and the interactions I have with winemakers and other wine business folks.

I try to rate wines with a view to how we normal folks consume them. If you try some of these wines I’ve rated, see if my notes ring true for you. I truly hope they do.

Also, wines are rated within price category - because I, and I assume many people, go to a wine outlet with a per-bottle budget in mind.

As we all know, wines can change dramatically over time in your glass. I see that as an elemental part of wine rating, one often missed by the time demands placed on professional tasters. Therefore, I analyze over hours - not just the minutes many wine sages usual have.

When I don't finish a given bottle, I will take notes again the next day to gauge how well the wine survived overnight slumber in the fridge.

A more detailed rating key can be found beneath the post below.

Also - for beer ratings, other musings, my magazine articles, etc. please see the links below.

Cheers and happy ethanol!

Ratings KEY detail

I list the country of origin first, then the name of the grape varietal, the maker, wine name, and finally the year.


C/ = Color. Rarely noted unless unique for that varietal.

N/ = Nose, aroma - how it smells.

T/ = Taste, mouthfeel, finish.

95-100 Astounding. Total quality on all fronts. Seriously memorable. The starting material must have been near perfect, and the makers clearly took pride in their art.

90-94 Brilliant. Special stuff indeed. Do what you can to try it, you will not be disappointed.

85-89 Very Good. Above average quality. Worth a try.

80-84 Good. Average.

75-79 Fair.

50-74 Yuck. Avoid. Don't even think about trying. A disaster.

Notes

Both the Astounding and Brilliant ratings are always accompanied by a label picture. If a Very Good rating is interesting enough, a label shot will also be included. Finally, some of the wines I'd recommend avoiding also have a picture.

I usually decant red wines at least 20 minutes before tasting begins.

My ratings reflect my perceptions from, typically, multiple hours of smelling and sipping.

I try to taste at the same time of day, in the same glass, and without food to be as objective as possible.

Many wines I will vaccu-vin, refrigerate, and rate the next day to see how they hold up.

Wines are only rated against other wines in the same price category.

Magazine Articles // Active Links below the Titles


Argentine Wine (South American Tour de Vino, Carne, y Cerveza - Part 1 of 2)



Beer (Boiled flowers, fungi sex, dirty whirlpools and ant colony
algorithms)


Bourbon (Corny, delectable and a toast to the French)



Champagne (The sublime flavors of yeast carcass, exploding bottles,
sparkle capture and smaller as actually better)




Chilean Wine (South American Tour de Vino, Carne, y Cerveza - Part 2 of 2)



Chocolate and Vodka (Function over fashion)



Coffee (Infiltration of enemy lines wearing a fashionable turban,
caffeine-fuelled revolutions, allegations of widespread flaccidity and
exploding peaches)




Diamonds (Supersonic lava burps, the perfect crime and misguided
metaphors)




Gold (A perverse story of sludge, cyanide, skull holes and bad
schnapps)




Grappa (A journey from barnyard dirt to crystal-decanted pomp)



Napa (Spoiled For Choice; Creating and tasting the best of
California’s Napa Valley)




Napa Guide, Part 1, Wine (Road-mapping through sinewy vines and
imbibing in delectable times)




Napa Guide, Part 2, Dining



Oil (Watching your mud pressure, exploding cracks and the dangers of
over sucking)




Rum and Cachaca (Spirits from sugarcane: slave trading, machine guns,
seasick mobsters and 145-year-old yeast)




Sake (Mold Spores, Microbial Swordplay, Liberated Sugars, and Peppered Grass)


Scotch and Cigars (Simplifying the complexities of sophistication)



Sushi (Life in the raw: Godzilla, sublime flesh and Speedy Gonzales)



Sweet Wines (The underworld of legendary wines: rotten grapes,
mouthwatering fungal funk, barnyard stench, snow jobs and respectable
shrinkage)




Tequila and Mescal (Drunken Opossums: A crash course in the evolution
of Tequila)




Tobacco (Zeal and History: Earning a smoke by testicular deportation,
Aboriginal drug delivery, facial hair, and airline reprimands)


What can you get out of this website?

Wine, as a liquid, is an incredibly complex symphony of chemistry.

Enjoying wine, however, does not need to be complicated at all.

Many wine drinkers are perplexed by fancy labels, crazy price ranges, and the pervasive legend that one needs to be an "expert" to really enjoy wine.

Hogwash.

You know EXACTLY how you like your: steak, cocktails, toast, vegetables, salad dressings, and fish to be served. Why?

Well, even though you don't know everything about how, where, why, and under what exact climatic conditions your meat, produce, and boozes are made - you know how you want them to smell and taste.

The same can, and should, be true for your wine preferences.

Yes, what I get out of drinking wine is enhanced by how much I know about it, but that does not mean I will enjoy a given glass any more than a non "expert" can.

How can this website help you?

Well, the pricing of wine is sadly dominated by marketing and fads. In short, a wine's price is not a highly reliable indicator of its quality.

Accordingly, many fantastic bargains exist.

The goal of this site is to help bring those gems to your glass!

Another way in which this site is different is that we only rate wines against other wines in their same price category. In other words, you can use this site to find affordable gems, but you also can pick a price point and then look for the highest ratings within that monetary range.

About Me

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I've been fortunate to take my scientifically curious senses all around this glorious globe of ours. My appreciations of the world and her sensual delights are forged via the smelting of deep biological curiosity with various states of inebriated reflection. I hope that such "qualifications" might make me useful to you. My academic career included a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology - where I studied how biochemical cascades within the brain lead to long-lasting changes, including our memories. Therefore, when my brain tells me that whatever stuff I just jammed in my piehole is yummy, my interest usually relates to the cerebral hows and whys of my responses. I hope you enjoy my musings.

BrainWines.com Focus

Red Wine, White Wine, Beer, Scotch, Whisky, Whiskey, Bourbon, Rum,
Rhum, Tequila, Mescal, Mezcal, Cachaca, Champagne, Sake, Grappa,
Vodka, Cigars, Tobacco, Chocolate, Coffee, Cheese, Sushi, Travel,
FlyFishing.

The vast majority of rated wines are usually less than $15-20 retail,
unless noted.

Favorite Wine Styles = Red Blends, Bordeaux, Meritage, Claret,
Botrytis Infected, Late Harvest.

South American Focus = Red Blends, Carmenere, Malbec, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Bonarda, and Torrontes.

Red Varietal Focus = Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere,
Malbec, Tannat, Pinot Noir, Charbono, Pinotage, Syrah, Shiraz,
Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Maréchal Foch,Grenache,
Merlot.

White Varietal Focus = White Blends, Late Harvest, Riesling,
Gewurtzraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Torrontes, Semillon, Viognier, Muscat,
Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.

Wine Region Focus = Argentina, Bordeaux, Brasil, Brazil, Casablanca
Valley, California, Chile, Colchagua Valley, France, Germany, Lujan de Cuyo,
Maipo, Maule Valley, Mendoza, Mexico, Napa, Oregon, Paso Robles, Patagonia,
Rapel Valley, Rio Grande Do Sul, Sonoma, South Africa, Spain, Tupungato,
Valle de Colchagua, Valle de Maule, Valle de Rapel, Vietnam, and Willamette Valley.

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