The place for all things wine, focused on serious wine discussions.
User avatar
User

Bill Buitenhuys

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

1519

Joined

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:47 pm

Location

Phoenix metro

WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by Bill Buitenhuys » Sun Jul 02, 2006 11:00 pm

2002 Edmunds St. John Rocks and Gravel, CA
$16 13.8%abv. 65% mourvedre, 25% counoise, 10% syrah.
Major yum. This is such a refreshing wine, even without the usual grenache majority. Great balance of fruit, fennel, lavender aromas and flavor, minerality, spice, good acidity, and soft tannins. When I last had this, about a year ago, the tannins were more forceful, it was hot, and quite honestly, I didn't like it. Now everything is playing happily together.
no avatar
User

John Treder

Rank

Zinaholic

Posts

1630

Joined

Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:03 pm

Location

Santa Rosa, CA

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by John Treder » Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:01 am

I ordered a bottle of that in a restaurant a year or two ago (I don't remember the vintage) and it was OK, but I thought it was served too warm. It had a sort of muddy impact. Recognizably Rhonish, but it had no particular character of its own.
I'm happy to see a note about it -- I'll have to have a look in the stores.
User avatar
User

Bob Ross

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

5862

Joined

Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:39 pm

Location

Franklin Lakes, NJ

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by Bob Ross » Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:02 am

Thanks for the note, Bill. I put it aside based on your earlier report -- probably give it another six months, but I'm happy it's coming together.
no avatar
User

James Roscoe

Rank

Chat Prince

Posts

10500

Joined

Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:43 pm

Location

D.C. Metro Area - Maryland

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by James Roscoe » Mon Jul 03, 2006 12:25 am

What is the current vintage out in the stores? Steve's wines are hard to find in Maryland. I can sometimes get them at a place near Baltimore, but it's a hike. I've enjoyed the one's I've tried.
no avatar
User

Steve Edmunds

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

712

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:05 am

Location

Berkeley, CA

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by Steve Edmunds » Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:14 am

You're most likely to see the '03, which is the current wine in the marketplace. The '04 is bottled, as of 11 or 12 days ago, and should appear later this year or early next.
I don't know just how I'm supposed to play this scene, but I ain't afraid to learn...
User avatar
User

David M. Bueker

Rank

Riesling Guru

Posts

22450

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:52 pm

Location

Connecticut

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by David M. Bueker » Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:59 am

Steve Edmunds wrote:You're most likely to see the '03, which is the current wine in the marketplace. The '04 is bottled, as of 11 or 12 days ago, and should appear later this year or early next.


I can't wait for the cool weather...then I can place an order!! Go Mourvedre!!
There behind the glass lies a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass. Move along. Move along.
no avatar
User

James Roscoe

Rank

Chat Prince

Posts

10500

Joined

Wed Mar 22, 2006 7:43 pm

Location

D.C. Metro Area - Maryland

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by James Roscoe » Mon Jul 03, 2006 11:15 am

Steve Edmunds wrote:You're most likely to see the '03, which is the current wine in the marketplace. The '04 is bottled, as of 11 or 12 days ago, and should appear later this year or early next.


Thank you Steve. Now if only I could get it at my BAWS. (Corridor, part of the Total Wine chain) I have to travel all over the I-95 corridor looking for the stuff.
User avatar
User

Bill Buitenhuys

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

1519

Joined

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:47 pm

Location

Phoenix metro

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by Bill Buitenhuys » Mon Jul 03, 2006 11:47 am

I can't wait for the cool weather...then I can place an order!! Go Mourvedre!!
I may have to bother you about an increase to that order. NH is still carrying the '02's from what I've found.
User avatar
User

David M. Bueker

Rank

Riesling Guru

Posts

22450

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:52 pm

Location

Connecticut

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by David M. Bueker » Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:56 pm

Bill Buitenhuys wrote:
I can't wait for the cool weather...then I can place an order!! Go Mourvedre!!
I may have to bother you about an increase to that order. NH is still carrying the '02's from what I've found.


No problem.
There behind the glass lies a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass. Move along. Move along.
User avatar
User

OW Holmes

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

745

Joined

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:57 pm

Location

Grand Rapids, MI

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by OW Holmes » Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:26 pm

Steve, have you secured a direct shippers license to ship direct to customer in Michigan? I can't seem to find your product here anywhere.
-OW
User avatar
User

Dave Erickson

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

832

Joined

Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:31 pm

Location

Asheville, NC

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by Dave Erickson » Thu Jul 06, 2006 6:03 pm

Well, I'm glad nobody's talking about Rioja. :mrgreen:
User avatar
User

Bill Buitenhuys

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

1519

Joined

Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:47 pm

Location

Phoenix metro

Re: WTN: Who needs grenache? (2002 ESJ Rocks and Gravel)

by Bill Buitenhuys » Fri Jul 07, 2006 10:39 am

Well, I'm glad nobody's talking about Rioja.
Why is that, Dave?
Rioja night was last night...notes coming soon. :wink:

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baidu [Spider], Yahoo [Bot] and 6 guests

Powered by phpBB ® | phpBB3 Style by KomiDesign