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WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by David M. Bueker » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:39 pm

2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel - USA, California (1/10/2014)
I'm really not sure what to make of this wine right now. It's very good, but nothing like any vintage of Rocks & Gravel I have ever tried. There's a ton of up front fruit, but not in any jammy way. Then behind that there is more fruit. I'm not getting that herbal/earthy/stony complexity that I have gotten out of other young R&G vintages. It's just pure fruit. While I was drinking it I started thinking that if Clos Roche Blanche made a GSM blend it would be this wine. I'm going to keep my hands off of this wine for a year+ and see how it settles down. Overall judgement reserved - not because it was a poor wine (it's not at all!), but because it is so different from my expectations of the ESJ Rocks & Gravel.
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by Steve Edmunds » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:50 pm

time it needs. It's still a bit disjointed after bottling this past Summer, and it's a pretty large-scaled wine. I'm pretty sure its depth will serve it well over the long haul.
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by Patrick Martin » Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:20 am

How are the 2011 reds from ESJs showing?
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by David M. Bueker » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:03 am

The 2011 R&G was showing very young but very focused in July 2013. I have not had the 2011 Syrah in a year, so no useful data point.
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by Patrick Martin » Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:17 am

Thanks.

Are Steve's syrahs small production? Not many places seem to stock them and what's out there is usually just a few bottles, in my shopping experience.
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by David M. Bueker » Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:39 pm

I am not sure of Steve's production quantities. I know there is not a ton of it.

Steve? Now I'm curious.
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by Steve Edmunds » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:17 pm

Rocks and Gravel and Syrah are each just north of 200 cases per year. The Gamay is uneven because it's at such high elevation that we lose quite a lot, some years, to frost. Last few years it's been under 400 cases. Rosé has been around 400 cases. Heart of Gold only a couple hundred.
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by David M. Bueker » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:49 pm

Reinforces my annual subscription to your Syrah!
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Re: WTN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Rocks & Gravel

by Patrick Martin » Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:30 am

That is a small production, only around 2400 bottles of the Fenaughty syrah each year.

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