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White

2012 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon

Yountville more

6/29/2013 - ucbeau Likes this wine: NR

Tasted over the course of several hours. Initially showed notes of white flower, grapefruit, and crushed limestone on the nose with plenty of acidity and a chewy texture on the palate. As it opened up, I started picking up faint whiffs of gooseberry, lemon pith, clover, and stone fruit. Wonderfully skewed towards the acidic end of the spectrum, this semillon is at once complex yet light and fun. Outstanding stuff.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    6/29/2013 6:52:00 PM - Fantastic note! Thanks for sharing...can't wait to try this.

Red

2011 Wind Gap Wines Mourvedre Bedrock Vineyard

Sonoma Valley more

6/20/2013 - stubbie999 Likes this wine: NR

Opened at cellar temperature, I had to go back and check to make sure I pulled the right bottle. No way was this Mourvedre - Cru Beaujolais, maybe. Really light on its feet, and peachy and floral with great acidity. After a couple hours in the decanter and warming to room temperature, I still think you'd be hard pressed to call this Mourvedre, but it builds some body, takes on some darker red-fruit tones, and shows hints of that animal/meaty/feral quality I usually associate with the grape. Nevertheless, it remains light and nimble and refreshing with a sneaky complexity lurking in the background if you look for it. As with the rest of the Wind Gap lineup, simply stunning with dinner. It's fun when you get a wine that totally changes your notion of what a variety can do. Wish I had more than the one bottle left in my cellar.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    6/20/2013 12:40:00 PM - Awesome note! Incredibly thoughtful - thanks for sharing.

Red

2011 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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4/14/2013 - Dave Dalluge wrote: 92 points

Popped this to pair with my birthday dinner and wow was it impressive. Bright ruby red in the glass. The enchanting nose dominated by red fruit and spice got me thinking of Gevrey-Chambertin for some reason. Equally impressive on the palate. Barely mid-weight with a lovely texture, great balance and a charming burst of red fruit flavors but showing some earthy flavors that add complexity. No discernible oak. Just enough acidity. Great, long finish. My first Kutch, but wow what an introduction.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    4/14/2013 1:45:00 PM - What a wonderful, thoughtful TN. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on this one!

White

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Albariño Abrente

Carneros more

4/9/2013 - Sauvyfan Likes this wine: 91 points

What a pleasant surprise. I got a ton of peaches upon opening the bottle, but that blew off and succumbed to more citrus fruits. Remarkable minerality for Napa and the salinity that the Rias Baixas is known for is present as well. An almost effervescent quality is strangly obvious in the wine. I am very pleased overall, and will continue to try anything MTP produces.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    4/10/2013 7:39:00 AM - Nice note...completely agree with your impressions.

Red

2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast

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3/19/2013 - Ex-Ray Does not like this wine: 88 points

I keep tasting these and can't figure out what the excitement is about. It's dark and opaque, and the nose has some tar, but it's not a pronounced aroma. Fruit is reserved and one dimensional, tannin a little too prominent. Medium aftertaste. To my taste, there are many much better wines with greater aroma, fruit, and complexity. I don't see the magic in the syrahs, wins, or cabs, and I plan to stop ordering them.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    3/20/2013 5:14:00 AM - 88 points and you don't like it? Confusing.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    3/21/2013 5:06:00 AM - Certainly confusing (for me) when there exists no explanation of your specific methodology and a score of 88 usually indicates a very good wine if one chooses to use CellarTracker's suggested scale. Of course, my assessment of your tasting note is nothing more than my opinion.

    From CellarTracker's wine rating assistant: "The 100 point scale isn't anything to be afraid of, use this guide to help you select the right score. NOTE: Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate describes this in more detail at erobertparker.com."

Red

2009 Vino Noceto Sangiovese Marmellata

California Shenandoah Valley more

3/7/2013 - VeniceCalif wrote: 91 points

Mozart was not the world's most innovative composer (except maybe in the realm of piano concertos). Rather, he excelled within the parameters of the various media as then understood (symphony, opera, string quartet etc). Those compositions are mostly rich, warm, and wonderful; he does not overwhelm you but still he's great. Decanted 1 hr. ahead. Light-medium ruby, with just a hint of orange. Nice nose of allspice, tobacco, cherries, and even a few floral notes. Easy texture, which means not strongly acidic but not flabby either; balanced. Pleasant flavors of spicy oak, pomegranate, red plum. Finishes very well, with another blast of spices ahead of orange peel notes and light velvety tannins. This is a very nice bottle, totally worth drinking now or maybe even cellaring for a couple of years. The label says that this is the biggest & most intense sangio that they make. I disagree; the Dos Oakies takes that role in 09. This wine is a Mozart of sangioveses, completely worth your time.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    3/7/2013 7:46:00 PM - Love this note!

Red

2010 Tablas Creek Counoise

Paso Robles more

1/19/2013 - SimiSusan wrote: 75 points

Didn't taste like it did at the winery.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    3/3/2013 5:46:00 PM - What did it taste like at the winery? And what did it taste like outside of the winery?

Rosť

2011 Copain Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble Rosé

Anderson Valley more

6/25/2012 - egh wrote: 90 points

13.1% alcohol. Beautiful and distinctive color that seems more copper than salmon hued. This is a compelling expression of Rose, offering impressive purity, energy, focus, delineation, and refinement with a profile of kiwi, lime, strawberries, flowers, and minerals. Lighter bodied, lean, crisp and dry with a firm acidic backbone. Definitely my favorite vintage of this bottling to date.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    6/26/2012 6:05:00 AM - Well said!

Red

2010 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

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5/23/2012 - RobertDwyer wrote: 93 points

There's a purity of fruit and freshness here that's tremendously appealing. Light-medium bodied visually with perfectly ripe strawberries dominant and supporting tart cherry notes. It's subtle, but along with mild orange peel notes, supporting herabaceous aromatics and flavors add a perfect touch of earthy compleixty. Not an off note in the bottle. I like this. A lot. A tremendous introduction to the producer. 13.9% alcohol. Read more...

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    5/24/2012 5:46:00 AM - Had the very same experience with this lovely wine!

Rosť

2011 Bedrock Wine Co. Mourvedre Ode to Lulu Rosé

Sonoma Valley more

5/10/2012 - fullpour wrote: NR

Honestly? This particular emperor has no clothes.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    5/11/2012 6:23:00 PM - Huh?

White

2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard

Chalone more

12/30/2011 - Acohen wrote: 91 points

Very impressive chardonnay with lighter style and less oak leading to nice acidity and great lemon and citrus fruit

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    12/31/2011 2:07:00 PM - Just can't bring myself to pop this one, yet. Our introduction to the Brosseau convinced both my wife and I that this would be one of our very favorite chardonnays and when the thought crops up, we gently remind the other that we can't commit what feels like a heinous crime against this baby. Glad to see you liked it!

Red

2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Sonoma Coast

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12/31/2011 - winecharmer wrote: 93 points

PnP at Charlie Palmer Steak in DC. Ready to rock with no decant, though it definitely improved in the glass, too, so decanting is not out of the question. Dark maroon, and beastly body. Drips with bacon fat, tobacco, anis, and a hint of pencil, all sumptuously integrated. Luscious mouthfeel. Absurd QPR. But is any of this a surprise?

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    12/31/2011 2:04:00 PM - 100% agreement on your impressions when it comes to this wonderful wine. I am just thrilled to see Morgan producing such brilliant wines. Thanks for your post!

Rosť

2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Mourvedre Ode to Lulu Rosé

Sonoma Valley more

6/17/2011 - Martin Redmond Likes this wine: 91 points

100% Old vine (planted in 1888!) mourvedre, whole cluster pressed and fermented with native yeast in s/s. Underwent partial ML. Gorgeous eye of the partridge color. On the nose, I picked up fragrant aromas of raspberries, white peach, wet stone and a faint floral note. On the palate approaching medium bodied, dry with wonderful acidity and flavors of spicy white peach, a bit of citrus and mineral. Med-long finish. Excellent rosé. Wish I had more!

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  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    6/17/2011 8:18:00 PM - You hit the nail square on the head! Love this wine and wish I had secured a supply for the entire summer. Nice review!

Red

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Sonoma Coast

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4/11/2011 - zscheiner Likes this wine: 92 points

Blueberries and black raspberries on the nose. Light to medium bodied, with juicy raspberries and blackberries on the palate, buoyed by medium+ acidity. Incredibly vibrant and fresh for a CA syrah, I couldn't stop sipping and swishing. Wish I had bought a case.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    4/12/2011 6:26:00 AM - Been struggling to keep this wine untouched in the cellar, but the more I read about it the more I want to pop it! Nice TN.

Rosť

2010 Bedrock Wine Co. Mourvedre Ode to Lulu Rosé

Sonoma Valley more

4/7/2011 - PIntag wrote: 93 points

Pop & pour - consumed over 3 hours. Very light salmon color - much lighter than most rosés. Initially, a bit sharp and unbalanced - needed about 30 minutes to open up and even out. But did it ever! Nose was subdued but displayed some nice wet gravel and citrus. On the palate, fairly light bodied but showed beautiful minerality with some depth and great balance. Very interesting and enjoyable wet stone flavors with light citrus nuance. Very Bandol-like. I find this to be much better than the 2009 version. Loved it!

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    4/8/2011 12:25:00 PM - Wow! I can't wait to serve this up on a nice warm evening. Thanks for your TN!

Red

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Russian River Valley

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3/13/2011 - lsnider wrote: 85 points

Opened poured out a glass then drank the rest over 2 days.
I feel this wine has taken to much bad press. The first glass did have some prune notes, but I felt as I finished the bottle over the following 2 days it got better. To me that was what I was looking for by opening a bottle this early.
Morgan is a standup guy for what he has done for those who purchased this wine and other things he does for the people who purchase his wines.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    3/15/2011 6:32:00 AM - Completely agree with your assessment of Morgan and his wine!

Red

2008 Dashe Cellars Petite Sirah Todd Brothers Ranch

Alexander Valley more

2/13/2011 - Martin Redmond Likes this wine: 88 points

Inky purple black color. On the nose plenty of dark fruit blackberry, currant, along with pepper and spice. On the palate blackberry roasted coffee vanilla, and spice. Fine tannins medium bodied. Young, but still balanced. Medium long finish.

http://enofylz.wordpress.com

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    2/16/2011 9:21:00 AM - Going to finally get up to Dashe to get mine - thanks for the TN!

Red

2008 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo’s Heirloom

Dry Creek Valley Red Blend more

2/3/2011 - Mike Dildine wrote: 93 points

15.4% alcohol. Medium-dark ruby red. An expressive and interesting nose of red and black fruit and forest spice. The flavors are rich, deep and savory - cherry, black cherry, rasberry, a bit of pepper and a spicy finish. Very well balanced, this wine has great fuit concentration, but comes across as vibrant and light on its feet.

For you vineyard geeks, Lorenzo's Vineyard was planted in 1909. You numismatics will recall that was the final year of the Indian Head Penny and the initial year of the Lincoln Head penny (if you have one from the San Franciso mint, you are in luck). The vineyard is dry-farmed and is a cofermentation of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite and some other stuff. Native yeast fermentation.

Damn I love wines like this!

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    2/4/2011 4:49:00 AM - I have a single bottle of this wine squirreled away, but your TN is putting my self-discipline to the test! Excellent stuff - thanks for the info!

Red

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Russian River Valley

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2/1/2011 - swillpower wrote: NR

I'll be a bit of a contrarian on this one...not to say that I thought the wine was fantastic, but rather that it needs time to be judged accurately. Everything about this is painfully young and backwards, with super-tight flavors, sharp acidity, and some coarseness to the tannins and overall mouthfeel. in short, it strikes me as tasting like a backwards barrel sample. There are certainly some of those flavors people mentioned; I liken it to more of a fruit compote sort of thing. Nonetheless, while I don't expect revelatory greatness, I do think it needs time to be judged fairly.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    2/2/2011 5:06:00 AM - Goodness gracious! Someone willing to show a bit of patience prior to excoriating a wine - common sense still exists! Nicely composed TN.

White - Sweet/Dessert

1992 Columbia Crest Sémillon Late Harvest

Columbia Valley more

1/31/2011 - bmwcarl wrote: NR

Drank over 3 nights. Color of bourbon with a thick, viscous quality. Nose and palate of baked apple, apricot, honeycomb, creme brûlée, and vanilla. Absolutely singing. Wish I had more than a one-off bottle.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    1/31/2011 9:19:00 PM - Sounds absolutely incredible!

Red

2009 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Sonoma Coast

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1/31/2011 - twelch wrote: 93 points

Ok so I popped this expecting to be wowed with all the publicity Morgan has been getting on his wines. Not only was I wowed but completely blown off my feet by the fact that this wine is only $20. Pop and pour and consumed over the next 4-5 hours. It never relented the whole time it was open. You may call me crazy but the nose on this was fantastic and simliar to what I would describe as that Cayuse "funk" game, kalamata olive, earth, meat with a nice floral berry component. This wine was much more elegant in the mouth that one would have expected from the nose. Silky smooth with nice black and red fruits, a hint of leather and a hint of oak that all went great with each other. I immediately jumped online to find some more. Thank god there is some out there for the taking still.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    1/31/2011 6:48:00 PM - Outstanding TN and glad to see I'm not alone when it comes to being impressed with the quality at the $20 price point.

Red

2008 Woodenhead Zinfandel Mendonoma

North Coast more

1/29/2011 - peter_sichel wrote: NR

Good enough to buy 4 more bottles! There's enough alcohol (15.2%) to let the fruit pop more than any other sub $12 wine. With respect to price category, it's a 90. Tasted blind, I'd consider it crap. There're never any great wine deals at Trader Joe's, because they buy what everyone else passed on and still need to profit.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    1/29/2011 5:42:00 PM - This means that at TJ's price point you like this wine, right? Just confirming.

    Cheers!

Red

2006 Cabot Vineyards Syrah Aria's

Humboldt County more

12/12/2010 - z_willus_d wrote: 92 points

PnP to glass. This one was on the purple side of the spectrum with plenty of serious concentration edge-to-edge. The nose is coming off kind of primary on first sniff, begging for additional airtime. With time and lots of swirling, the primary facade of blackberry and plummy cherry fruit peels back to reveal an under-layer of mild, peppery spices and raw cheese funk trending to smoky charcuterie or blood and puss encrusted, antibiotic ointment laden gauze bandages. There's also a bite of tar or bitter insect poison that glances off the end of the bouquet. 30-minutes of sniffing and I have a very particular, unique and complex glass of wine to smell on. Grand, grand plush stuff shows in the drinking. The oak is doing a wonderful job of adding all kinds of silky goodness to the mouthfeel and minute flavor enhancements for dimension; still time will do well to further integrate the wood so it's not so overt -- I shouldn't be able to pin down the oak influence so easily. Medium leaning to heavy bodied, this wine is full of spicy, rich syrah fruit. This bottle is more creamy, and in a way that means clumpy, than the Humbodlt bottle I had last week. This is for the cellar while the other is for drinking in the nearer term, but that's not to say this isn't a pleasure with its reduced violet and Jerky Game meats flavors...little flecks green like broccoli topped by white pepper powder that I like too. Middling acid levels. Tannins deeply submerged. Drinks better slightly chilled, which brings out the true raspberry jam fruit. Medium-plus finish that is very clean and pure. I wasn't much interested in drinking tonight but did so out of some boredom; yet through the procession of inspection, I've found myself an appetite more than I could want -- forced the food and drink to my mouth. This will be even better in 2-4 years time.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    12/13/2010 7:47:00 AM - This is one heck of a note! We had our first Cabot last night and it proved to be a real eye-opener. Super earthy with a whole lot of leather, spice and meaty flavors. Really interesting and satisfying stuff.

Red

2008 Phillips Hill Pinot Noir Beeson Tree

Anderson Valley more

11/10/2010 - ScottGoodwin Likes this wine: 91 points

LIght red. Pale. Definitely some smoke but also earthy strawberries and cherries. Restrained nose. Nose doesn't begin to hint at the palate. Big, vibrant red fruits. Lots of earthy minerality and balancing acidity. Absolutely gorgeous overall mouthfeel and weight. Just kept getting better and more interesting over time. Roasted brown sugard. Root beer. Day 2 - a little lighter on the palate. Smoked fruits. Wet campfire. But still very nice with just a hint of funk.

  • Comment posted by smokeshowing:

    12/8/2010 5:37:00 AM - Thanks for the thorough review. Very helpful!

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