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Red
2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast
1/8/2018 - pickhardt wrote:
90 points
Note to future me. Next year get more rather than less of this. You'll thank me later.
  • pbredon commented:

    1/9/18, 5:18 PM - How I feel every year to be honest...

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel California
8/15/2017 - swade wrote:
94 points
Maroon color. Effusive aromatics of forest berry, bramble and spice. This is packed with a fist of blackberry juice, cocoa powder and black licorice. Linear, Willy Wonka flavor profile. Plush and zesty. Enjoy now, but this can run a few years. I don't remember ever having a better zin. 94
  • pbredon commented:

    8/15/17, 9:14 PM - And I think almost impossible to find a better value!

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
7/21/2017 - ozziewine Likes this wine:
92 points
Decided to experiment with this one. Drank over three nights with no nitrogen, just left it in the bottle in the cellar.
Night 1 it was good (after 2 hours of air) but still a bit tough.
Night 2 it really softened and drank beautifully.
Night 3 best yet. Super smooth with dark fruit, lip-smacking, flavors with a clean finish.
First used a Syrah glass, then Cabernet and settled on my New World Pinot glass which seemed to bring out its' best (go figure).
As it was drinking great after 48 hours in the bottle, I'd say it could stand to age a few more years at least. 2020 perhaps?
  • pbredon commented:

    7/21/17, 6:08 PM - This is a really helpful review, thanks!

Red
2010 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo Paso Robles
5/1/2017 - UofM Likes this wine:
93 points
Excellent! Gave 2 hrs of air before serving with grilled ribeye and veggies. First 1/2 glass was still heavy on the alcohol, but it blew off thereafter. Tannins were present, but not over the top. Big nose, hints of charcoal, earth, and some licorice. moved nicely into the dark fruits and herb notes on the back palate. Wine was even better on day two.
  • pbredon commented:

    5/1/17, 3:05 PM - Thanks for the helpful review! I was thinking of opening one of these in the next 6 months or so...

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast
3/24/2017 - dclaggett Likes this wine:
90 points
Dark purple, clear. Legs on glass. Typical Syrah nose, not too deep or floral; likely due to youth. In mouth fine grained tannins that stay in the mouth for 20 sec, full mouthfeel. Black pepper, earthy, olive, black fruits, some sweetness and bacon fat on finish. Good QPR - $28 at Whole Foods. Good drinking now pop and pour, more tertiary notes with some air.
  • pbredon commented:

    3/24/17, 6:28 PM - I've never seen Bedrock at Whole Foods--which region?

White - Fortified
2011 Alvear Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez de Añada
2/21/2017 - geppetto Likes this wine:
99 points
This just continues to get better. I need to slow down my consumption in order to enjoy some over the next couple of decades.
  • pbredon commented:

    2/21/17, 9:05 AM - Any suggestions for those of us who have less than ~4 bottles? Open one now, then again every ten years? Or wait a while yet?

  • pbredon commented:

    2/22/17, 11:04 AM - Thanks! Anything is helpful. I keep reading these great notes, so I'm tempted to open one soon...

Red
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Petite Sirah Drummond's Cuvee California
12/25/2016 - RichEB1 wrote:
I know. WTF am I thinking right. Totally broke my own 'don't touch the BR single Vineyard wines for at least 5 years rule'.

That's ok - bought an extra one of these because I was damn excited to try Morgan and Chris's first PS.

Well, common sense prevails here. There's some really, really nice sweet red and blue fruits here....but it's blocked by a MASSIVE wall of tannin and oak. I can find pleasure in 'bigger' wines, but this is way, way beyond this.

I truly feel confident that the deep sweet fruit and the huge tannins will integrate and this will be a showstopper in 20 to 30 years.....but for now, this is a clear and utter HOLD!! My remaining 4 will head straight to the deepest and darkest part of my Cellar.

Sincerely,

#ImAGluttonForPunishment
  • pbredon commented:

    12/27/16, 7:20 AM - Thanks for the review! I only have two and was wondering how to space them out...

Red
2011 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc Napa / Sonoma
12/5/2016 - ey1294 wrote:
93 points
- Brick color with slow forming legs and aromas of cherry, vanilla and cedar. It's balanced and has flavours of cherry, black currant and blackberry with a medium/full body. Smooth texture with a long finish - Decanted four hours. The wine lost its edge and gained its body over the time. The cedar nose is slight pencil shavings. Loved this wine; served with pork chops with root beer sauce, thank you chef Emeril Lagasse, a perfect match!

Slight sediment thrown, I think another 7-10 years in cellar.
  • pbredon commented:

    12/5/16, 8:09 AM - Thanks for the helpful review! I have two left in my cellar and was planning to open one for Christmas. Been a few years since I had one.

Red
2010 Garavin Cabernet Sauvignon Linked Vineyard Knights Valley
11/28/2016 - FullPolicyLimits Likes this wine:
91 points
Nose is cedar, tobacco, earthy tones, some dark berries but muted slightly as we decanted for about 30 minutes(probably needed an hour) palate is smooth mouth feel, impressive tannin and acid balance, flavors of again cedar and berry with a hint of sour on the midpalate that dissipates quickly. Nice wine for price point bought at $20. My only bottle. Hope to see another tasting note that maybe lets the wine breathe a little more or pops in 6 months??.....Extremely low production (less than 200 cases)
  • pbredon commented:

    11/29/16, 10:13 AM - Did you pick this up from Last Bottle Wines when they had their mystery case offer?

Red
2013 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition One Weill Vineyard Sonoma Valley
10/27/2016 - mtolerico Likes this wine:
95 points
Second wine I've had from the series this year, bright red fruits, good acidity, less meat than the "two", cooking spices, great extraction, rhubarb, earth, dates, really really good. The "two" was better off the bat, this wine took a bit longer to come around, so I'd leave for 1-2 years before trying. But if you are so inclined like me, decant for a few hours first. Great wine again from Morgan/Chris and crew!
  • pbredon commented:

    10/28/16, 3:49 PM - I'd hold on to that last one given Parker's recent rating!

  • pbredon commented:

    10/28/16, 4:26 PM - Morgan and Chris were drinking Cristal for lunch (via Instagram), so I looked--two and three each scored 100 points! Glad to hear you have multiples! I was only allocated and bought one of the three-packs. Now the dilemma of when to open each one...

Red
2011 Force Majeure Collaboration Series VI Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Rhone Blend
9/1/2016 - ibglowin Likes this wine:
93 points
I do not know how this wine only received an 85pt WS score. Perhaps time in the bottle. This wine was amazing. Needed about 30 mins to open up and once it did it sang through the whole evening. I got more Syrah on the nose than Mourvedre. Lots of black fruits, pepper, violets. Perfect in every way. Wish I had another bottle.
  • pbredon commented:

    9/3/16, 2:53 PM - Glad to hear that JD's 94-96+ pts Wine Advocate score is more accurate!

Red
2011 Force Majeure Collaboration Series VI Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain Red Rhone Blend
12/4/2015 - shadow wrote:
92 points
Little spice on the nose. First sip tart, hot, leather and strong smoke. Another sip, fruit is fighting to take control, strong flavors, bold and interesting.
Someone asked now or hold, as I don't post on this wine BB I'll answer here, wine was singing by hour three, probably earned another point, so open now and decant or let them rest, no hurry.
  • pbredon commented:

    12/4/15, 4:31 PM - Decant and drink now or hold?

Red
2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa / Sonoma
4/17/2015 - chablis28 wrote:
93 points
PNP Great nose and subtle tannins from the get go. Dark purple almost opaque color. Balance, balance, balance is one of the hall marks of most every Pride Cab I've had. "Massive", overstates things but the mountain fruit is substantial and concentrated and yet this wine always taste vibrant and vineyard fresh picked. There is real depth here with a kaleidoscope of flavors from dark chocolate to tobacco, tea, herbs, raspberries and cherry. Big and rich as this is there is still precision and enough lift to keep this feeling pretty nimble. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot 14.5% Alc but not even a hint of heaviness or heat. The oak is perfectly integrated. This followed a couple glasses of champagne and that always makes any excessive oak jump out immediately at me. This should be everyone's no brainer Cab buy at around $70 from the winery or less at retail. One of Napa Valley's few remaining great values. I paid $54 at retail which was an out right steal as this is worth every bit of the then $68 winery price. Pride is a wonderful zen like place to visit with its unpretentious passion, and welcoming attitude on a beautiful mountain top setting. I always feel good about buying and drinking these wines. I should only be buying direct from the winery but I can't resist a great retail bargain.
  • pbredon commented:

    4/19/15, 10:37 AM - Great review, thanks!

Red
2010 Rasa Vineyards QED Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend
12/21/2014 - geneburrus wrote:
89 points
Way too soon. Won't open another for 2 or three years.
  • pbredon commented:

    12/21/14, 7:06 PM - I agree. I opened this over the weekend, double-decanted for 6 hours, and it still wasn't ready. But it has such great potential!

Red
2011 Sanguis Misfit Central Coast Syrah Blend, Syrah
7/26/2014 - jonahfactor Likes this wine:
95 points
(Tasted at the winery after a two-hour decant) Our favorite of the tasting and an excellent QPR at $45. Blood red in the glass with a regal robe even the pope would be proud to wear. Floral notes in the bouquet with a brambly quality that pokes in and out. On the palate it pumps out plum, blackberry and anise flavors, followed by more floral notes that echo mountain meadow wildflowers after a summer rain. Incredible purity and spot-on acidity. Serve with food, and then crack open another bottle to serve the guys with cigars on the back patio. Delicious! (Thanks Gabe!)
  • pbredon commented:

    7/26/14, 6:46 PM - I just picked up a bottle of this wine in Newport today, and am really glad this showed up -- thanks for writing the note. I can't wait to open mine in a few months!

Red
2010 Rasa Vineyards QED Walla Walla Valley Red Rhone Blend
6/8/2014 - PDX-S wrote:
Too early, too tight. Wait.
  • pbredon commented:

    6/8/14, 10:14 AM - How long? I was hoping to open one in the fall...

  • pbredon commented:

    6/9/14, 2:32 PM - Thanks!

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
3/29/2014 - sqn19 wrote:
94 points
Very young, needs a lengthy decant. Dark fruit, black pepper and clove notes. Structured and elegant, nice acidity, everything integrated. Age worthy.
  • pbredon commented:

    3/29/14, 8:11 PM - I'm curious how long you decanted this...?

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Griffin's Lair Sonoma Coast
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.
  • pbredon commented:

    3/23/14, 8:07 PM - I had the same thought when I tasted this -- I put it down and turned to my wife and said, "we can't open this for 3-5 years." We're thinking at least 2017.

Red
2010 Rasa Vineyards Creative Impulse Yakima Valley Red Bordeaux Blend
6-hour decant, consumed over 1 hour. wish we could have followed it longer, but it was loved by all! really special stuff. i got tons of blueberries and chocolate-y cherries on the nose. pure and focused and plush in the mouth, but graceful rather than powerful. a very well-made wine. if scoring, 93-95. pretty awesome now, but i'm sure it will do well with 6-8 years of additional age.
  • pbredon commented:

    3/17/14, 8:09 PM - Great tasting note -- thanks a lot! I was thinking of holding this at least until 2017, and this is great confirmation.

Red
2012 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto Yorkville Highlands Red Rhone Blend
needs a little bit of decant i think overall its youthful and needs more side ways time to develop, its very plushy in the fruit profile with like a watermelon cherry rind thing going on,
  • pbredon commented:

    3/12/14, 8:44 PM - How long do you think this needs? I am getting a 2012 and a 2011, and was pondering opening the 2011 in the short-term while holding the '12 for a few years.

Red
2011 Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend
2/5/2014 - Hammar wrote:
90 points
Pop and pour, very harsh off the first sip. Let it sit an hour, astringency remained. Used a VacuVin, came back to it two days later, and the astringency had mostly blown off.

Tasty enough, but I didn't quite get the same experience as others had with this wine.
  • pbredon commented:

    2/5/14, 8:27 AM - Do you think this needs more time, then?

Red
2012 Bedrock Wine Co. The Bedrock Heritage Sonoma Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel
12/27/2013 - DavidDay Likes this wine:
92 points
Pepper, incense, blueberries and blackberries, in the nose, full bodied, but its seems to be more of a wine for drinking today than the 2011 is. In other words I would drink the 2012 before the 2011.
  • pbredon commented:

    12/27/13, 4:13 PM - Do you still believe this has a long life?

  • pbredon commented:

    12/27/13, 9:48 PM - Thanks! I have 6 bottles. I'm planning to open one in 2014 and go from there. I'd like to keep at least one or two to open in 2017+.

White - Sweet/Dessert
2009 Château de Myrat Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend
12/18/2013 - awkwardhaiku wrote:
First glass: Good structure but currently tight and racy. Weighs in at 14%, so I'm going to bottle decant this (in the fridge) for the next couple of days.

Day 2: Still racy the alcohol hasn't integrated as well as I had hoped. The tannin is smoothing out and the structure is still holding strong.
Right now it needs some food to brace it.

Day 3: Finally, the alcohol subsided. The structure is beginning to wain. Put cork in.

Day 4: Holding steady.
  • pbredon commented:

    12/20/13, 5:58 AM - I'd love to hear your thoughts on how long to cellar this before opening.

White
2012 Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier Sonoma County
12/18/2013 - ChinonRouge Does not like this wine:
86 points
Faint green grass on the nose. Fair acidity with hints of toast on the palate. Really veiled and not giving up much in the way of flavor. Rather dull for my preferences. Kind of hot on the back end. Ho-hum wine. Factor in price and say no thank you, unless it is free.
  • pbredon commented:

    12/18/13, 12:58 PM - I feel the same wine. This wine seemed better several years ago. Even the 2011 is better than the 2012, imho.

Red
2011 Hahn Pinot Noir SLH Santa Lucia Highlands
10/31/2013 - RobertDwyer Likes this wine:
89 points
Fruit driven with ripe black cherry aromas and flavors. Legit Pinot markings. A delight to drink in an attractive package. I've seen these Hahn Pinots around for years but haven't tried them until now. Remarkably good given the ~$20 price. Sample for review.
  • pbredon commented:

    11/29/13, 10:25 PM - I was able to get this for $14.95. Had it at Thanksgiving. Good stuff given the price range.

Red
2010 Lamborn Family Vineyards Zinfandel "Middle-Aged Vine" Howell Mountain
10/13/2013 - knorthrip Likes this wine:
91 points
Well balanced and more elegant than previous vintage. Certainly benefits from time in the glass.
  • pbredon commented:

    10/13/13, 5:30 PM - I agree; we had a bottle over the weekend with some friends and it seemed to need some more time before it fully became itself.

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