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WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by David M. Bueker » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:50 am

2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Riesling Zweiter Zweieiiger Zwilling - USA, California, North Coast, Cole Ranch (1/10/2019)
I go into any tasting of American Riesling with a healthy dose of skepticism. This bottle turned that right on its head. From the first sip this was top notch. I spent a couple of hours casting around in my brain for comparisons, but nothing made the perfect fit. The weight of the Bedrock is greater than most German Rieslings, so perhaps leaning towards modern Alsace. The balance of sweetness and acidity had me in the mind of a modern Rhine Kabinett, on the high end of what most producers bottle as Feinherb. The fruit was more Californian. It tended to ripe tree fruit (pear, ripe apple), with only a light overlay of citrus. I would have preferred a touch more acidity, but there was no qualitative issue with the balance.

Putting aside the molecule by molecule breakdown of the wine, I thought it was a very fine Riesling, and I kept having to refill my glass. It was fun to drink!
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by TomHill » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:49 am

David M. Bueker wrote:2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Riesling Zweiter Zweieiiger Zwilling - USA, California, North Coast, Cole Ranch (1/10/2019)
I go into any tasting of American Riesling with a healthy dose of skepticism. This bottle turned that right on its head. From the first sip this was top notch. I spent a couple of hours casting around in my brain for comparisons, but nothing made the perfect fit. The weight of the Bedrock is greater than most German Rieslings, so perhaps leaning towards modern Alsace. The balance of sweetness and acidity had me in the mind of a modern Rhine Kabinett, on the high end of what most producers bottle as Feinherb. The fruit was more Californian. It tended to ripe tree fruit (pear, ripe apple), with only a light overlay of citrus. I would have preferred a touch more acidity, but there was no qualitative issue with the balance.

Putting aside the molecule by molecule breakdown of the wine, I thought it was a very fine Riesling, and I kept having to refill my glass. It was fun to drink!


Well, David..I haven't tried my two (dry & sweet) that just came yet. But yours is a pretty good endorsement.
Recently had the WirzVnyd Riesling and very impressed by it.
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Re: WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by David M. Bueker » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:31 am

I have one bottle of the 2017 Wirz Riesling that I will open soon.
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Re: WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by Steve Edmunds » Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:21 pm

Cole Ranch is a really unique spot, I think, and the rieslings I've had from there have always been much more compelling than most every other one from CA. Not surprised that Morgan did something special with those grapes.
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Re: WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by Dale Williams » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:09 pm

I seldom read a note on a Cali Riesling that makes me want to try, thanks for bucking the trend
I'm sure Lowell G would appreciate
What does Zweiter Zweieiiger Zwilling mean (if anything)?
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Re: WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by David M. Bueker » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:18 pm

Google translate says "Second two-handed twin"

That can't be right.
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by TomHill » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 pm

David M. Bueker wrote:Google translate says "Second two-handed twin"

That can't be right.


Zweieiiger Zwilling means “fraternal twins”. Morgan made an Erster a dry .18%) and a Zweiter (3.41 %) which is off-dry. Both were picked same day, same block.
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Re: WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by Jim Grow » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:04 pm

I have some 2012 Smith-Madrone Napa Riesling I have not yet opened. They seem to have an excellent reputation and are said to also age gracefully. Do you guys agree?
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Re: WTN: I'll be Zwillin', to be movin'

by David M. Bueker » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:06 pm

Never tried their Riesling.
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