Tasting Notes for rwalker82

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Red
12/31/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
90 points
Its honestly a bit early to rate this one - but giving it a 90 based on current enjoyment. As others have stated, this is from a cool WA vintage, which gives it a cool climate feel (reminded me a bit of a sonoma coast syrah). It has cayuse signiture to it - but at this point dominated by traditional cool climate syrah character, not that there's anything wrong with that. After reading the half dozen or so notes on this, a kinda knew what to expect with this before opening but wanted to pop before committing to the 2012s. I drank over 2 nights - by far my favorite was the initial glass, the wine mellowed out from there and by day 2 wasn't all that appealing. Its hard to tell exactly where this wine will go over the next few years, but I have hope that the wine will transition into something nice.
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Red
7/12/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Pop and pour. Just a baby. This needs more time in bottle. Whereas the no girls 2009s were showy, this is more backward. Dark fruit, ash, minerally, earth, slight funk. Lots of stuffing. Like a bigger version of the 2008 no girls. Could be doable with a long decant. Otherwise, thinking at least another year in bottle. 91 with lots of upside.
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Red
5/27/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
94 points
Pop and Pour. In a great place right now. Interesting nose that you just want to keep smelling. Big dark fruits with plenty of structure. Paired wonderfully with bbq ribs. This could end up being my red wine of the summer.
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Red
5/12/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
92 points
Nice wine for red fruit fans. In contrast to the occidental, this has a red fruit core, more open structure, more apparent florals, grapefruit? nose, and classic orange peel-zest TRB PN qualities. In a good place right now but will improve over many years.
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White
5/12/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Enjoyed this. Different than prior vintages imo (which I enjoyed). First, visually, lightish yellow, clear, zero haze. Nose, slightly tight, will get better with 6-12 months. Less tropical than prior years. Great balance - everything as it should be - thought more white burg than ca chard - lots of nuance. Buy this up. 91+
Red
5/12/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
94 points
Tasted with Will at RM. Beautiful wine. Very cool aromatics - floral, orange, brown sugar, tea, nutmeg?, blackberry. Taste... Dark black fruits, blackberry, slight cranberry, and some typ russian river big pinot qualities but not overblown. Structure in spades. Enjoyable now with decant but will get better in 1 yr. Into black fruits then drink this. Into red fruits then drink the summa.
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Red
5/4/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
93 points
Tasted at pickup day. As a background, love the Bedrock and Carlisle Papera's. This wine is surprisingly in a very nice spot right now - in comparison, the Bedrock needs time in bottle to settle down. Ripe red fruits, nice structure and acidity, just very enjoyable to drink.
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Red
5/5/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
93 points
My favorite of the pinots from the pickup day. Beautiful nose, nice midpalate fruit, with plenty of underlying structure. Very well put together - I would recommend a few hour decant or holding onto for a few years - this wine will have a long life ahead.
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Red
5/5/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
Tasted at pickup day. There were no major discernable differences between the russian river, sonoma coast, and central coast appelation pinots. More femine and lighter weight style - not a whole lot of structure. Maybe they will put on weight in bottle?
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Red
5/4/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
Tasted at pickup day. There were no major discernable differences between the russian river, sonoma coast, and central coast appelation pinots. More femine and lighter weight style - not a whole lot of structure. Maybe they will put on weight in bottle?
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Red
5/4/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
Tasted at pickup day. There were no major discernable differences between the russian river, sonoma coast, and central coast appelation pinots. More femine and lighter weight style - not a whole lot of structure. Maybe they will put on weight in bottle?
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Red
5/5/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
96 points
Opened with family for birthday weekend. 2nd bottled opened - one left. A very cool wine - funk, brine, salt, meat, dirt - with a background of enjoyable fruit and medium weight. One of my favorite syrahs of all time.
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Red
5/3/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
95 points
Opened for birthday dinner with family at Spinster Sisters. Dark red fruits, dense, ripe, with ample structure. Drinking nicely even with pop and pour. walks the line between being feminine and big/ripe. Didn't get any heat - in a good place right now. Very nice!
Red
5/3/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
93 points
Surprisingly open for business. Pop and pour. Pretty big, fruit+, but in balance. Fun wine and very tasty. Will improve over the next few years.
Red
4/25/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
88 points
Decanted for one hour. Even with, this wine was very wound up. Has nice acidity but wasn't intergrated (yet) with the other wine components. Nice red fruits and cool florals. My sense is that this needs at least 6 months to come around, but will have a long live ahead of it. 88 now based on enjoyment. 90+ on potential
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Rosé
4/22/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Drank at Easter BBQ. I really really like this rose. Great combo of acidity, fruit, and dab of tannin. My favorite bedrock rose to date. Surprised not more love on CT for this wine, but then again, I'm a rose novice
Red
4/22/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Popped for Easter dinner. This wine is still a baby - needs 1-2+ years in bottle to settle down. Definitely not a fruit bomb - more restrained red/raspberry type fruit (kind of like a dry creek zin). Has interesting but restrained florals. Inital sip makes it seem accessible but then immediately shut down with a wall of intense fine grained tannin. Enjoyed with a fatty juicy rack of lamb, which didn't put much of a dent in the tannin wall. 91-94 based on potential. Storing my other bottles for as long as possible
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White
3/1/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Tasted a few months back. Quite rich, long finish, like liquid buttered popcorn. While expressive, it didn't blow my hair back. Had a 2007 marcassin three sisters chard about a year ago which was impressive. This 2009 wasn't in the same league.
White
3/30/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Picked up two cases from friends and family sale. Tasted previously. Bottle one of the two cases. Really like this wine - ripe but has ample acid - very white burg to me. Given the ripeness, I question if it was acidified, but then again I don't care because its damn tasty. Had some heat poking through on the backend - only issue. Looking forward to enjoying over the coming two years.
White
3/30/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Tasted at the pickup day. Enjoyed this with fish tacos. On the riper side of chard but with nice acidic balance. Bright yellow fruits. Had viscosity but not too heavy. Will please both the ipob and aubert fans. Drink now or hold for a bit.
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Red
3/30/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
90 points
Tasted at pickup party. Ranked 2nd of the three pinots. Slightly awkward stage - recently bottled. Red fruits - lighter stylistically - but should gain weight in bottle. I'd hold for six months.
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Red
3/30/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
Tasted at the pickup party. Ranked 3rd for the three pinots. In an awkward spot right now. Guy said it had recently been bottled. Wouldn't recommend opening for at least six months. As others noted, not made in typical flamboyant KB style or even std RR PN style (but I can see if gaining weight and volume with time in bottle). Curious if stylistic shift or overcropped...
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Red
3/30/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Tasted at pickup day. Score based on current enjoyment. The SLH was by far the most accessible of the three wines. I noted this to the staff who said the RR and SC had just recently been bottled, hence the tightness on those two wines. Wine was medium ripe - black fruits - balanced- quite tasty. Hold the rr and sc for now.
Red
3/22/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
92 points
Tasted at the pickup day. Surprisingly drinking finely right now (must have been decanted) but will obviously improve with time. Black fruited, big but balanced, gamey, smokey, tar and asphalt.
Red
3/24/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
86 points
Tasted at pickup party and via bottle next day. Very interesting wine but honestly wasn't a huge fan. Grapey, lite tannin, some heat. Better with food and chilled. Maybe needs time to integrate?...
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Red
3/23/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Tasted at the pickup day. This wine is a beast. Very cool aromatics. Firm structure - needs a lot of time. Buy this only if committed to aging for many years. 91 based on potential.
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Rosé
3/22/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Tasted at pickup day. I really enjoyed this. Bone dry. Nice acidity balanced by a solid fruit mid palate.i wouldn't hesitate to buy this rose.
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Red
3/21/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Amerique's tasting note is spot on. In a good place with a 2 hour decant. I'd recommend holding for another 6 months at minimum.
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Red
3/13/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
Needs more time. Three hour decant. Has that too young taste, like its missing its mid palate and is stemmy/green. As I've learned with Bedrocks, I certainly believe this will come around, gaining completeness, viscosity, and losing the too young taste. Both this wine and the SC Syrah are some of the very few wines in the $20 category, entry level for the brand, that just need time in bottle. 89 nowv based on current enjoyment and 91+ based on potential.
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Red
3/11/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
92 points
Beauty of a wine! This wine continues to improve. Has put on substantial weight, viscosity, and has lost that too young syrah character. Florals have mellowed out - less high tone. Nose has tar, charcoal, black licorice. Taste is blackberry pie, nice structure, charcoal, rock and pavement. Has a viognier character to it - don't recall if this has viognier.... what I'm coming to realize is that 2010-2012 bedrock vintages need time in bottle. Give them time and they deliver.
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Red
3/2/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
Purchased from bottle barn - bit surprised to find as my wishlist for this same wine was rejected... anyways, I recall from the mailer notes that this one needed many years in the cellar, which I confirm. Don't open for at least 2 years. Opened up with decant but didn't get to a stellar place. I suspect this one will blossom with time. Highlight was an enjoyable and unique nose, offset by a needs-more-time taste. Bury this in the back of the cellar - could end up being a killer wine by 2020...
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Red
2/15/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
93 points
Risked opening this on the early side of drinking window. Was rewarded with a fine wine. Pop and pour, a delicate zin with plenty of backend power. BlackBerry, raspberry, orange. Structure in total balance with fruit. Had some initial I'm too young character which dissipated after an hour. Only neg was slight heat. Highly recommended. Good to drink now but will improve over coming years.
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Rosé
2013 Rudius Rosé Carneros Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
2/8/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
Tasted at the Open House. This Rose was very unique. I can't explain the wine's character, but when I mentioned this to Jeff Ames, he said it was due to it being fully dry, which makes some sense. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but don't drink much rose, so don't have too many reference points. Bedrock rose is probably the most similar.
Red
2/8/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
92 points
Tasted at Spring Open House. 92+ Very unique wine. The color sticks out - like a cool vintage oregon pinot - red, transparent, clear. Has awesome aromatics. For what the visuals provided, I was really suprised by the power. The fruit had a certain focus to it. Has plenty of backbone, making me suspect this wine needed a good decant to show so well. Its similar to the 2010 version in many ways, but also different - hard to describe - a thinking man's wine.
Red
2/8/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
93 points
Tasted at Spring Open House. 93+. This was my wife's favorite wine. Nose reminded her of cupcakes. Was very accessable - guessing it was decanted. Big, thick, meaty, almost syrah like, except that it had more zin/cab character versus a syrah.. Very serious structure but plenty of fruit to provide fun drinking. Winner
Red
2/11/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
87 points
I was a little disappointed that this wine wasn't more approachable from the getgo. Been buying bedrock since the 2008 vintage. This NC syrah is very similar to the 2011 version, which is coming around but still needs time in bottle. I would hold onto this for 6 months plus. Just wasn't too enjoyable to drink. Nice aromatics and a serious wine overall, but takes effort to finish off a glass.
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White
2/10/2014 - rwalker82 wrote:
95 points
Tasted at the pickup party in feb 2014. This wine was frickin ridiculous! I enjoyed the 2011 but still think it needs more bottle time. This vintage was another story. Bright yellow in color. Expressive nose. Powerful chard, ample acidity, med+ viscosity, lots of minerality. It will be hard for another chard to top this in 2014...
Red
2010 Maison Bleue Gravière Upland Vineyard Yakima Valley Snipes Mountain Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/28/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
93 points
DGRIFFIN's tasting note is spot on. Night one this was a bit closed and slightly tart - it was enjoyable but obviously a young wine. Night 2, this opened up nicely, with a much rounder mounthfeel, solid fruit components, abundant structure, savory qualitites, and interesting peppery, earthy, meaty notes. I think this wine needs another 1-2 years before it enters the prime drinking window. Decant for at least 6 hours if you drink now. I recommend enjoying one glass on day 1 and the rest on day 2.
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Red
12/22/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
92 points
First off, don't think about drinking this wine unless you give it a substantial decant. Pop and pour delivers a very young/raw cool climate styled syrah that for me wasn't especially enjoyable. Drank a glass then left the remainder in bottle for the next evening. Completely different wine on day 2. Gone is the overly young syrah character (bitter/astringent/dark chocolate/etc). In its place, a great balance of fruit, seamless mouthfeel, med viscosity, plenty of stuffing/structure, and other interesting aspects. I plan to bury my second bottle for a few years. This one needs patience but has a lot of potential.
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Red
12/9/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
Tasted at the winter pick up party. Still a baby. Tastes like a barrel sample. Bright fruits. Lip smacking. Too early to assess.
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Red
12/7/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
96 points
Tasted at the winter pickup party. This wine is pretty unbelieveable. Top bedrock and overall zin blend tasted for 2013. Right now it just has so many compelling elements. Beautiful nose, fruit profile, complex notes, and total structure. Its hard to describe the fruit density. Its not bordering anywhere near being ripe or too ripe, yet it provides so much depth.
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White
12/7/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
Purchased at bottle barn for $18. Been meaning to try since raytek got involved. Overall, very impressed! Great value for the price. Was hoping for a ceritas-esque chard at a lower tariff - this delivered! Nose: lemon, cool climate, steely fruit. Taste: clean fruit, round mouthfeel, balanced with firm acidity.
Red
11/22/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
This has really filled out since I last tasted it. Fruit much more apparent, versus previous tastings being a more lighter style. The wine still has the stuffing to age for many years but is in a good spot now. Very enjoyable!
Red
11/21/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
90 points
I didn't get a great sense for this wine. The others in our group raved about it, but I didn't get enough alone time with it yet. Both the 2010 and 2011 were killer, so I suspect this will also get there but it seemed a bit rough around the edges. I typically drink the Bedrock OVs too early (i.e. all gone before the next release) - I'm going to attempt to hide these for at least 6 months, a strategy that paid dividends with the 2011 NC Syrah.
Red
11/25/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
92 points
As the other notes attest, this wine is still a beast. Opened my first of two bottles. In the first 15 minutes, its nothing but tannin. By the end of our meal, say 1 hour later, it started to open up and be fairly enjoyable. Its hard to tell where this wine is going to end up. Is it enjoyable now? Yes, but give it a half day decant. But, like I recall MTP saying, this wine is meant to grow old, so bury it in the back of your cellar.
Red
11/25/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
This wine is finally starting to come around. But, I'd say it still needs another 6 months to enter its early prime drinking window. Meaty, gamey, moderate black/blue fruits, and cool floral character. We finished 2/3rds of it on day 1, with the remainder opened on day 3, by which point, it was holding up strong, with its fruit in the background and florals in the front. Keep holding to unlock the potential, otherwise a few hour decant should do it.
White
11/21/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
91 points
I enjoyed this wine a lot. Think slightly sweet-acidic-minerality. For $17 a great bargain. Bring some to thanksgiving dinner
White
11/21/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
89 points
I was honestly a little disappointed with this one. First time with this producer - had heard many great things. I was expecting a more racy/lean/acidic style of chard, especially for the vintage. (i.e. ceritas, eveningland, etc) I didn't get much acidic verve to this. The fruit was nice - it was clean tasting - had a solid mouthfeel - just didn't have any character to it.
Red
2012 Copain P2 Anderson Valley Red Blend (view label images)
9/22/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
88 points
Enjoyable wine. Light ruby very clear. Muted nose. Almost masked by an oaky character but doubting this has any oak on it. Reminds me of a lighter version of the bedrock kirchimen. Fresh tasting, red fruits, has some weight, grapefruits, lote but persistent tannin, and a little heat on the finish. As someone mentioned previously, a great pairing for thanksgiving dinner.
Red
9/17/2013 - rwalker82 wrote:
96 points
Enjoyed this wine over two evenings. Night 1 - explosive rocks nose - funk, olives, brine, tar, black fruits. Taste - inline with the nose - powerful fruit and funk, unruly at first but settled in after an hour, very nice mouthfeel (medium + viscosity), and fine grained tannins supporting it all. Left a glass for night 2. Night 2 - less pronounced nose but the taste is sooooo seamless. Reminded me of the one sqn grenache and one lillian I've tasted previously. Just in perfect balance. So enjoyable. Really hard to beat this wine. Woty so far.
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