Barrel House Brewing Co.

A Sour Beer Co.

The Rare Barrel Lotsa Heart 2020

Such a well balanced and complex beer. The fruit and brett are so well integrated. — 15 days ago

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Ziereisen

Viviser Gutedel 2019

Tastes like a high quality white Burgundy. A profound wine of power and beauty. Blew all other 10 Gutedels/Chasselas‘s out of the water. Although my co-Tasters from Baden did not agree because his style and vinfication is different. Reductive. Quite stinky nose which blows off. Awesome, especially the next day. Hazelnut, plenty of acid, marble dust, lime, hint pine needles. Some tannins. Build to last. This is great! At a friends house in Freiburg im Breisgau. — 24 days ago

Emily, Iwan and 11 others liked this

Safriel House

Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc

I love the taste of home! — 4 months ago

Adam Robinson
with Adam

Bedrock Wine Co.

Evangelho Vineyard Carignan 2020

Bedrock’s first effort at making a vineyard specific Carignan from their Evangelho site was a big success in my book. Milky purple in the glass, it opens musty and dusty for a young wine with a great balance of richness and acidity. A touch of minerality too. A great food wine — felt a bit like a Barbera to me overall. Sadly this isn’t planned as an every year wine from Bedrock, just when the barrel samples warrant it and aren’t headed for the field blends Bedrock is known for — 12 days ago

Matawhero

Church House Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2020

A great Gisborne Chardonnay — 4 months ago

Josh, Ted and 12 others liked this

La Frenz

Rockyfeller Vineyard Shiraz 2017

2017 vintage.
95 % Syrah and 5 % Viognier co-ferment then 20 months barrel ageing.
Violets, dark fruit and black olives on the nose.
Bold and complex with ripe black berries, dark plums, sage and savoury qualities.
Really well balanced for being this young.
Northern Rhone in style yet the wine maker, Dominic McCosker, is Aussie.
And he is a super relaxed guy.
— 5 months ago

Bob, Brent and 1 other liked this

Pali Wine Co.

Neighborhood Winery Carmen in the Garden My Fruit Trees Gamay Blend 2021

Very unusual but you could smell and taste are the verities that make up the wine. A nice opening wine on a evening at our beach house. — 3 days ago

Jones von Drehle

Rock & Rail Yadkin Valley Red Blend

Surprisingly good AFTER a lot of aeration. After 30 months in barrel and years on my rack I thought this would be in a good drinkable place from the cork, which was not unpleasant by the way. The predominant notes of Merlot and PV shown through in all stages, but the big take away was the breath and complexity increased with a couple days of air. (Vac’d plug of course) juicy, harvest fresh berries combined with just enough structure and herbal intrigue to make this delightful with artisan sausage pizza and our house smoky bacon bean soup. I had a chance to get a second bottle but it will be fun for someone else to taste a touch of North Carolina’s better half.  — 18 days ago

King Family Vineyards

Monticello Merlot 2012

Solid effort from a classic, even tempered vintage…this likely spent approx 8 mon in barrel, and the downward slope is evident of less tannic input. Nevertheless, and a nice stewed red fruit core is delish as a sipper or with lighter proteins. Acids have waned a bit to far for serious food cleanup. Our house made Thai coconut beef curry soup was even a little too much, but it still was delicious to have in between long bites and afterwords with Keylime pie. This is my aging/cellar project… Learn how vintages and terroir match with winemaking and longevity. Lesson learned here… as the 2010 is the benchmark of a plus Merlot from the Monticello AVA. The 2010 is twice the wine that this is… Emphasizing the quality of the vintage vis-à-vis 2012 — 4 months ago