Featured User: Patrick Derdeyn

Patrick Derdeyn is a marketing technology sales executive who lives in Dallas, TX with his wife. They began learning more about wine together through their travels and love of cooking. They try to expand on both of those loves through hosting and participating in several local wine education groups and through an annual trip to explore and learn more about individual wine regions. Delectable: What sparked your passion for wine? Patrick Derdeyn: Growing up my father always had a fairly substantial wine collection which was filled with representative bottles from wine regions around the globe. Wine was a staple at our dinner table and always paired with the meal. Through this experience I acquired a passing knowledge of wines which I would later expand upon as my own interests grew. D: What wine region are you wild about right now? PD: Santa Cruz Mountains. The region offers so much variety of world class wines. Everything from a Judgement of Paris champion BDX blend to world class Pinot Noir , Chardonnay and Syrah . The region has something to offer for everyone. D: What is the most unusual wine you’ve ever tried? PD: A 2007 Jean Bourdy Cotes du Jura . I purchased a case on release and had one immediately, and then tried the second one recently now that the wine has a decade on it, and it has not progressed an inch. On release it was said that these are 50+ year whites, and I’m now a believer that is the case. D: What is your golden rule for wine? PD: Serving temperature is the most overlooked aspect in wine service. Whites are muted and linear when too cold, and reds tend to have the fruit overwhelmed by alcohol when too warm. It’s a simple aspect to manage. When at home, put your reds in the fridge 15 minutes before you want to drink them and take your whites out of the fridge 15 minutes before you want to drink them. At a restaurant just ask for a chiller with your bottle of red. D: Say you’re not allowed to have wine, what is your second option? PD: Craft Beer. I like everything from Barrel Aged Stouts to obnoxiously hopped IPAs. Beer is so much like wine in that there is a style for everyone as long as you’re willing to keep exploring, and exploring is half the fun of the pursuit. D: Choose a movie, book, quote, or song and pair it with a wine PD: My highest rated wine on Delectable was a 2005 Colgin Cariad so I’ll choose that. As that also happens to be a very critically lauded bottle from last decade, I will also choose a critically appreciated song from the same decade, and one that sums up the wine perfectly. Everything In Its Right Place by Radiohead. D: If you were a wine, what wine would you be? PD: I wish I could be more like Champagne . Always ready to party, puts a smile on everybody’s face, and pairs well with absolutely everything.

Ancillary Cellars

Sun Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

This wine really shows sonoma coast, very dark fruit but not at all heavy, also has a really nice tarry note on the mid palate that adds intrigue. Framed by medium+ acidity I think these will improve for a a few years, but all of mine are already gone! — 5 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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@Patrick Derdeyn Congratulations on your Delectable feature! Welcome to the team! 🤓🍾


@Patrick Derdeyn Patrick Nice Delectable feature Cheers 🍷
Dennis P.

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@Patrick Derdeyn just read your feature, congrats. Nice outlook on wine.

Kalin Cellars

Cuvée CH Sonoma County Chardonnay 1995

3rd time I’ve had the chance to try this wine which was released more than 20 years after the vintage. It’s a real stunner, showing some secondary characteristics but not oxidized. This is what great chardonnay can become with age, showing the awesome terroir of the Charles Heintz vineyard. — 6 years ago

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Severn Goodwin

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This is some seriously cool stuff, not easily found either.

William & Mary Wine Company

Shifflett Vineyards Proprietary Red Merlot Cabernet Franc 2016

A preview from the upcoming release. This is the Prop Red. Same SV as the cab, but this is 50 Merlot/50 Cab Franc and it’s damn delicious. Needs a couple more years in bottle to integrate, but it’s definitely going places. The next vintage will actually be a coferment of these varietals. More good things to come from W&M!! — 6 years ago

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Hugh O'Riordan

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Is this a Virginia wine?
David L

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Napa. Jeffery Shifflett is a crazy man. The vineyard is highly underrated. Great stuff!
Patrick Derdeyn

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This was one of my WOTD in a day with some serious heavy hitters. Really fantastic stuff that will only get better.

Bedrock Wine Co.

North Coast Syrah 2016

A little richer syrah expression than some of the single vineyards but well balanced. Dark fruit with a spice and pepper note that should continue to evolve for several more years. — 6 years ago

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Bedrock Wine Co.

Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

The ‘17s just arrived so that means it was perfect timing to drink my last ‘16. @Morgan Twain-Peterson says these can age 5-10 yrs, but mine never seem to make it 5-10 months while I let all of the SVs rest in peace. A splash decant really helps the bouquet jump out on these. Rose petal, spice, and dark fruits balanced by wonderful acidity and some light tannin presence. A screaming value year in and year out. — 6 years ago

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Under the Wire

Alder Springs Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2013

I figured since the blanc de blanc was drinking so well that I would try the rose too. It remains the darkest sparkling rose i’ve ever seen, like a Tavel in color. It’s really rich with the red fruit, but much more integrated than a year ago. Also has a creaminess that helps keep the acid in check. A really interesting sparkler that will continue to improve as the fruit comes into balance with everything else. — 6 years ago

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Carlisle Winery & Vineyards

Carlisle Vineyard Zinfandel 2015

The delectable review below is spot on. A great young Carlisle Vineyard built on a firm backbone, this will be one to improve for a number of years. As always this includes a number of interplanted and cofermented varietals for added depth and color. A beautiful wine year in and year out, showing off both the best of Zinfandel and of Russian River. — 6 years ago

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Nicolas Feuillatte

Brut Réserve Champagne Blend

Drinking some of the big houses today. I always enjoy the house style of Fuillatte, a little richer and more on the oxidative side. Tasty. — 6 years ago

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Domaine Carneros (Taittinger)

Brut Rosé Blend 2014

This is the vintage rose, a step up from the cuvée pompadour. Still quite young and fresh red fruits burst from the glass as the pinot dominates. It’s balanced by great acidity and a crisp finish that lets the fruit keep shining. These will improve for several more years and should be drinking great a decade in. This was best on night 3 as the fruit profile settled nicely into the rest of the structure. — 6 years ago

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Regusci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Exciting to try this new(ish) project from TRB. He is making a Napa and an SV under this label and it’s a real winner. Among the best cabs we tasted all day and even better when the bottle was finished with a steak at dinner. — 6 years ago

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