Tasting Notes for eschwet

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Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
11/17/2022 - eschwet wrote:
93 points
My sweet spot age wise for this wine. It could last but for me I don't see any improvement. Nice balance of fruit/non fruit characteristics. Nose has blown off most fruit, leaving a great blend of spice flowers and soil behind. Mouthfeel is still rich but tannin is low. Lots of fruit flavors left.
Red
12/15/2020 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Nice and straightforward. Fun diversion over the blends but not as complex.
Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
12/16/2020 - eschwet Likes this wine:
92 points
Still tight after 2 hours of air. Still room for this one to age. K liked better than the 2012 Carignane. Full bodied. Fruit still forward with spice/pepper. Will revisit in 3-5? Years.
Red
9/2/2020 - eschwet Likes this wine:
93 points
I rarely drink burgundy. Delicious well balanced and bright. Drank with lobster and filet for K’s 51st.... cherry earth and smoke. 👍. Gift from AM.
White
10/6/2018 - eschwet Likes this wine:
89 points
still fresh tasting. Lots of stone. Very crisp citrus. Reflective of place.
White
9/24/2018 - eschwet wrote:
85 points
Rare miss from Bedrock for me. Would not have picked as a Riesling blind. Tart lemon with an odd finish that was in no way petrol like, just a little off. I've really enjoyed their older Wirtz Rieslings. Looking forward to the 'auslese' version.
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Red
I did not care for this wine at all. Not a single redeeming characteristic.
Red
10/7/2017 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Delicious zin with plenty of structure, especially for the price point. Drank with smoked pulled pork bbq. Yum.
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White
7/26/2017 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Caught me off guard with petrol like character I typically associate with german riesling. Fairly dark (relatively....) yellow. Nice balance, but fruit is more muted. Great with spicy asian style pork.
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Rosé
7/26/2017 - eschwet wrote:
86 points
Nothing special. Not bad, not good. Acidity is high, fruit is low.
Red
5/25/2017 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Didn't keep very good notes, but opened impressively over 3 hours in the bottle. I would call it a rustic style of syrah and fits well into my image of Sonoma.
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White - Sweet/Dessert
3/30/2017 - eschwet Likes this wine:
94 points
Great stuff. Gulpable, which is dangerous. Very Sauterne like. Kept corked in fridge for almost a week and I think I liked it even better then...
White - Sparkling
2/26/2017 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
fresh and lively with great acidity. Very food friendly. Fairly typical nice california sparkler.
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White
2/14/2017 - eschwet wrote:
89 points
Nice example of easy drinking Burgundy chardonnay. Well balanced and creamy without being over the top oak. Dark golden color. Nice acidity. Label reads alcohol 11-14%. Funny....
White - Off-dry
10/3/2016 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Love drinking wine this old that remains so fresh. Sweetness is still in forefront, but balanced in a classic old auslese kind of way. enjoyed it.
White
10/31/2016 - eschwet Likes this wine:
89 points
I like this style much more than NZ. Floral and fruity but with a little minerality to balance.
White
10/7/2016 - eschwet Likes this wine:
87 points
perfectly pleasant oak moderate chardonnay. I like the balance. Crisp/apple side of chardonnay to me.
Rosé
10/12/2016 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Nice malbec rose. Fairly light Strawberry nose and palate and nice acidity.
Red
10/31/2016 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
great simple wine. Drank while we handed out halloween candy. Still held up the next day with a leftover glass....
Red
10/5/2016 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Bright fresh zin. Not as heavy/dark as some of the Bedrock wines.
Red
11/5/2016 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Always love the Bedrock Zins and this one did not fail to keep that streak going.
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White
8/19/2016 - eschwet wrote:
89 points
nice leaning old world style with stone and bright fruit. Relatively simple but tasty. Light on the oak.
Orange
10/19/2015 - eschwet wrote:
This wine would scream flaw in any reasonable sense. My wife refuses to drink it. I'm trying, but man.....and I consider myself geeky when it comes to wine. With the natural background perhaps I've held on to it too long.

visually orange with floating suspended yeast (I assume) Cloudy barely begins to describe it
nose that I can't place at all. I come up with orange, probably because of the color. Floral aspects as well, but more muted...
palate is weird and I can barely do better than that. Some sherry/nutty flavor that I would consider a flaw typically. Nice acidity with lemon overtones. I would buy the description of a fermented apple cider without carbonation, maybe, I guess.....

Crazy wine....
Red
9/13/2015 - eschwet Likes this wine:
93 points
This is the first of the three that we have tasted. I am working backwards??

Color is blackish. Absolutely opaque.

Huge nose of black and brambly fruit.

Super huge barrel/oak influence. Lots of tannicity remains.
Pepper, blackberry, cinnamon??, meaty like old world syrah, but with a huge new world in your face twist. More new world in the nose than the palate.

Long finish that lasts and lasts.

Drinking great now, but I anticipate this will stay level/improve? for another decade.
White - Off-dry
4/17/2015 - eschwet wrote:
92 points
Seemingly ageless. Dark golden. No fall off detected. Rich mouth feel with apricot/honey but not overly sweet. Long finish. Went way too quickly... With grilled pork chops and applesauce....
White
8/19/2014 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Great dry Riesling. Stony and grassy with nice acidity but still with some bright fruit. I could go awry and guess Sauv Blanc on a blind tasting as I don't think I've ever had as much grassiness in a German wine before, but that is just me.... I could see this wine lasting another 10 years easily, if not more. Lots of acidity and body to back it up.

Great food wine. Had with pork chops and roasted mushrooms.
White
8/1/2014 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Nice wine. Clean, acidic, citrus and apple. Grassy is not my favorite flavor in SB and it comes out here. Nose doesn't give me much, stone? is that a smell? I would drink again.
White
7/7/2014 - eschwet wrote:
89 points
I clearly have a hard time with wines like this. Oxidized notes are prevalent, but don't greatly detract from the wine. Funk and minerality with bright sweet fruit that is still overt after 9 years in the bottle support the claim that this can go for decades. I'm stashing one or two bottles in the back corner and coming back in 20 years. The problem is, if I like it, what do I do then???
White
3/22/2014 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Nice wine. Acidity is there to make it last for a good while in the cellar. Revisit in a few years. Not at all sweet. Grapefruit/citrus with long finish. Had with sous vide pork roast dusted with chile cocoa powder.
White
8/19/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Nice wine. Great acidity and finish. Funky opening with oxidized banana on the palate. Spice and ?jasmine/flower on the nose. As it opened, the oxidative side blew off and left with apple and pear. A really nice Chenin Blanc, but for the price not something I'll be drinking a lot of.....
White
7/18/2013 - eschwet wrote:
89 points
Crisp acidity with interesting herbaceous nose. Lemon and apple. Perfectly lovely summer wine. Great QPR at $13. I think freshness may be key as I liked this bottle significantly more than the 2010 we had a just a few months ago.
White
7/9/2013 - eschwet wrote:
85 points
super straight forward supermarket wine. No complaints. Great for a hot summer day.
White
7/9/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Light in color, citrus, tart, great food wine. Can't say I love it as a stand alone, but will happily drink all we have.
White
7/9/2013 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Much better on a muggy 85 degree day with thunderstorms while sitting outside under the porch umbrella than 20 degrees in the winter.....

Golden in color, bread in the nose. Crisp, mineral driven, still lemon, but seems better balanced somehow. Nice finish. Would keep drinking, but all the sudden it was gone.
Rosé
7/1/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Still great wine, but not as complex as 2009 and 2011 versions. Lightest in color by far of all the vintages. Peach, cherry, strawberry on nose and palate. Will drink it all summer, but leaves me pining for past years.... I remember the deep cherry of the Mourvedre shining through. Not as much now
White - Off-dry
6/2/2013 - eschwet wrote:
92 points
Deeper golden, more honeyed, less fruit and less petrol than last nights wine. Overall though, better acidity and balance and longer finish. I'd pick this one. Peach and minerality fight with the sweetness for dominance. Drank with Cajun spice rubbed pork tenderloin and onion scape (from the garden) and bell pepper risotto. Yum!
White - Off-dry
6/1/2013 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Wonderful wine. Lots of life left. Not the most complex aged auslese I've had, but absolutely no complaints. Deep golden, nice floral and still fruit! nose. Overt petrol notes lead with palate of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Long finish. Drank with blackened snapper and guacamole rice and black beans.
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Red
5/3/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
I'm pretty harsh on the Bedrock reds as I love them all. This is a simple, but nice version of Zin compared to his others. Brambly black fruits and decent nose (not as big as some of the others). Had with a burger on one of the first warm days in Cincy. Great everyday Zin.
White
5/3/2013 - eschwet wrote:
89 points
This wine stuck out enough to me at the recent Cincinnati Wine Festival to have our local shop order in. Upon drinking I see why it sticks out. Not at all a typical white. Rousanne, Chenin Blanc, and Viognier. Great florality and acidity. Good food wine. Definitely on the lemon/citrus side with some herbaceousness. Acidity is high.
White
5/3/2013 - eschwet wrote:
91 points
Always enjoy the Bedrock whites. This is a great blend that has nothing to do with a 'typical' California white wine. Florality is abundant on the nose with a atypical range of fruit that I can't quite put my finger on. Viscosity is high with a long finish. Nice acidity as a backbone. Fun wine.....
White
4/26/2013 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Very enjoyable. I tend to agree with the garagiste tasting note. (only not so over the top)

Good balance with nice acidity and oak. Agree that the buttery side is not present. Finish is decent with fruit forward palate of apple. Spice and floral characteristics. Maybe the oak became more balanced with time, because I did not find it overly oaked at all.....
White
4/16/2013 - eschwet Likes this wine:
90 points
Great chardonnay for a typical non-chardonnay lover. Light golden, little oak on nose, more apple/pear/lemon than pineapple/melon richer fruit. Great acidity/clarity on palate. Oak is well integrated but noticeable. Smooth, but not overly buttery or creamy finish. You may be able to tell what I don't like about Cali chard in this review... Like this wine
White
4/12/2013 - eschwet wrote:
75 points
Ok, I realize the garagiste wines like this don't appeal to everyone, maybe even most, but K deemed it undrinkable from day 1. "like apple cider vinegar" I could talk myself into maybe thinking it was ok, if not wonder if a huge joke was being pulled on me. Tried the drink a glass and keep in uncorked at about 45 degrees (from the tasting note). By day 3 completely undrinkable. Can't even complain that it was corked.... Enough said.
Red
2009 Château Martinat Côtes de Bourg Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
3/18/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
very enjoyable sub $20 bordeaux. Color is on the lighter side for cabernet based blends only a few years old. Rim variation fairly pronounced. Nose is complex with loads of non fruit characteristics. tobacco, mint? herbaceous at any rate. Taste tends toward red fruits. Palate finishes well, I tend to agree with others that it is not fully integrated over front/mid/back, but for the price it is great. For what it is worth here is the garagiste note:

2009 Chateau Martinet (Cotes de Bourg – rouge) - $16.82
This is such a lovely red Bordeaux with the incredible fruit of 2009 meshed to a silken Merlot and finely tannic Cabernet/Malbec style that it will have many of you doing cartwheels. I don't want to go into too much detail as the red wine of this estate was recently discovered by you know who and allocations are already hard enough to come by. Please note - my tasting was from a finished bottle, not a barrel sample, and the wine is even better in bottle than it was in barrel last winter (which was already darn great). A truly fine result produced by a property on the rise that will abandon this level of pricing sooner rather than later. Drink 2012-2017+
Red
3/5/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Nice old world style. Pale cherry, little sour on the fruit. Good acidity. Nice berry on the nose. Not too exciting, but for a $20 Burgundy very drinkable.
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White
2/12/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Much darker golden than my typical sparkling wine. Possible first French sparkling wine not from champagne. Also, older than the typical NV sparklers that we have.... Definitely different, but not tremendously so. Not as glowing as Garagiste makes it sound, but not at all bad and always an eye opening experience for me. Apple and minerality rather than yeastiness. Good QPR at $24.
White
2/10/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Chardonnay hasn't been my white preference for a long time. That being said, I think a lot of my prejudice has been the Kendall Jackson style of super oaky wine. With this wine, I thought "this could use a little oak" I think that is a compliment to the good quality fruit in it. Apple and peach on the nose (according to Adam, my 5 year old). Can't disagree with him. Nice fruit, a little sweet for me, but a great hint of spring on a winter evening.
Red
1/28/2013 - eschwet wrote:
90 points
Really enjoyed compared to the base Bedrock Zin. Maybe it is the high elevation/mountain aspect, but seems much more integrated. Still dark, fruity, and high alcohol, but with an extra layer. Oak stands out a little too much for me, but will integrate well with age. Easily re-visitable in 10 years.
Ate with root beer sauced ribs right out of the USA Weekend newspaper insert....thanks Guy Fieri!
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Red
1/24/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
I really like this wine and producer, but when comparing to the Dashe, I think I enjoyed that one better. I have no complaints, just fruity and jammy....
Red
1/24/2013 - eschwet wrote:
88 points
Enjoyable as a compare and contrast with the 2009 Bedrock Old Vine Zin. Different styles of sonoma zin. Dashe is more restrained and integrated of the two. I'd pick the Dashe as the food wine.
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