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#1 Post by Steve Brickley » March 20th, 2016, 3:42 pm

The next offer is Tuesday, March 22. This from the earlier email and the list of wines offered is from the website:

Greetings from Rhys Vineyards!

Please save the date! The final 2014 vintage Futures offering featuring the wines of Bearwallow Vineyard will be coming up Tuesday, March 22nd. We are particularly excited to be offering our first ever Bearwallow Chardonnay, a wine that we think will be an instant hit with fans of our Alpine and Horseshoe Chardonnays.

This offering is intended to allow our customers to secure larger formats, such as magnums and 3 liters, as well as full case quantities of standard 750mL bottles.

In addition, this Futures offering will include the opportunity to purchase the Rhys 2014 Chardonnay sampler pack in case quantities of 375 and 500mL formats. These sampler packs will contain 4 bottles each of our Alpine, Horseshoe and Bearwallow Chardonnays. These small format bottles will be shipped with the regular orders this fall.

2014 Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard Pinot Noir
2014 Rhys Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay
2014 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Syrah


This will be the first year for Bearwallow chardonnay. Has anyone tried it or the others by chance? The PN has one professional review in CT.
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#2 Post by Jason T » March 20th, 2016, 5:13 pm

First world problems, but I really wish they weren't offering a Bearwallow Chard. I love Bearwallow Pinot, and am also a huge fan of the Alpine and Horseshoe Chards. I already buy about as much of the Chards as I can, and am not really in the mood to take on more, which means I'll likely just start ordering less of the Alpine and Horseshoe to take on the Bearwallow.

Again, first world problems...
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#3 Post by Markus S » March 20th, 2016, 5:21 pm

Why does this post seem like spam to me? [wow.gif]
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#4 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 20th, 2016, 5:22 pm

Markus S wrote:Why does this post seem like spam to me? [wow.gif]
Because you thought you were on ESPN.com?
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#5 Post by Markus S » March 20th, 2016, 5:53 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
Markus S wrote:Why does this post seem like spam to me? [wow.gif]
Because you thought you were on ESPN.com?
Huh? [scratch.gif]
Doesn't this seem like a blatant commercial post to you? It is basically printing out the private email from the winery. If that is not commercial, I don't know what is.
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#6 Post by Greg D » March 20th, 2016, 6:06 pm

Markus S wrote:Why does this post seem like spam to me? [wow.gif]
People do it all the time. Usually trying to provide information about the offering. In their mind being helpful. Seeing as this post/thread is about the upcoming offer, I'd consider it material.

I don't see anything about the post to make me think the winery was behind the post. If they were, THAT would make it spamy...
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#7 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 20th, 2016, 6:13 pm

Greg has it right. People post about winery offerings all the time. If you had not noticed then you were not paying attention.
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#8 Post by Steve Brickley » March 20th, 2016, 6:14 pm

Greg and David, yes, in fact I took the time to put these pieces together so readers would be informed. I have done this before and the response usually is "what are the prices?" Maybe not obvious, but I have nothing to gain from this post other than knowing if anyone has tried the chard so I can buy some.
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#9 Post by Craig G » March 20th, 2016, 6:16 pm

Nevertheless, we reserve our right to outrage.
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#10 Post by Markus S » March 20th, 2016, 6:22 pm

Steve Brickley wrote:Greg and David, yes, in fact I took the time to put these pieces together so readers would be informed. I have done this before and the response usually is "what are the prices?" Maybe not obvious, but I have nothing to gain from this post other than knowing if anyone has tried the chard so I can buy some.
Well I saw "Redwood City" (aka "Bay Area") and thought you were affiliated with Rhys instead of merely being on the cheerleading squad. I like Rhys too, but don't appreciate this place used for commercial posts, although I guess it does happen all the time.
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#11 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 20th, 2016, 6:31 pm

How is it commercial if it is not from someone ITB?
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#12 Post by alan weinberg » March 20th, 2016, 8:21 pm

small bottle sampler pack is appealing.

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#13 Post by Steve Brickley » March 20th, 2016, 10:05 pm

Guilty. I have been found out! (Kevin Harvey on right.)
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#14 Post by Steve Brickley » March 20th, 2016, 10:08 pm

Might as well implicate my spouse too. Partners in crime.
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#15 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 21st, 2016, 4:09 am

alan weinberg wrote:small bottle sampler pack is appealing.
I love the 500 ml bottles. That's my go-to on the futures offering.
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#16 Post by Bob Paul » March 21st, 2016, 8:54 am

I too would be interested in input from anyone that has tasted the Bearwallow Chardonnay. Would be curious how it compares to the others.

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#17 Post by Peter Petersen » March 21st, 2016, 9:00 am

I'd also be interested in hearing about the Bearwallow Ch.
I probably won't participate in this offering except possibly for the sampler pack. I'm simply not a fan of AV PNs. After 10 years of buying several producers and finding that they don't age in a way that I can appreciate it is time for me to spend my cash on PNs from other places.

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#18 Post by Alan Rath » March 21st, 2016, 9:56 am

Steve Brickley wrote:Might as well implicate my spouse too. Partners in crime.
Come on, that's not Rhys, that's the Magic Castle at Disneyland!

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#19 Post by Sebastian C. » March 21st, 2016, 4:50 pm

Anyone open one of the 13's?
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#20 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 21st, 2016, 5:05 pm

The '13 what?
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#21 Post by Sebastian C. » March 21st, 2016, 5:10 pm

The recently shipped and received 2013 wines. Curious a about the Porcupine Hill.
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#22 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » March 21st, 2016, 5:17 pm

The recent releases just shipped. I received mine today. Not going to Pobega those.
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#23 Post by Jeremy C » March 21st, 2016, 6:04 pm

I got mine a few weeks ago but I won't be trying them for a while.
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#24 Post by Peter Petersen » March 21st, 2016, 7:23 pm

Has SCM PN recently. I found it delicious. Full of rose petals, light red fruits, well proportioned and balanced with quite a bit of structure that is not just from acids. In case you are adverse to a bit of stemmy bitterness you might want to wait.
Glad to have 5 more and sad not to have even more.

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#25 Post by Kevin Harvey » March 22nd, 2016, 5:25 am

Bob Paul wrote:I too would be interested in input from anyone that has tasted the Bearwallow Chardonnay. Would be curious how it compares to the others.
Bob,
There won't be many people that can chime in on this as the Bearwallow Chardonnay is not yet in bottle. While it is made in the same style (and with the same vine material) the terroir expression at Bearwallow is quite different than Horseshoe or Alpine. There are some analogies to the Bearwallow Pinot in that the BW Chardonnay is earlier drinking (compared to Horseshoe and Alpine)and it offers a great spicy minerality. It is also lower priced at $59/btl. Meanwhile in the 2014 vintage we will also be offering an Anderson Valley Chardonnay (non vineyard designate) made entirely from Bearwallow fruit. This AV Chard will be offered at $39 in the first regular release of 2014s this Fall.
For those on the fence, I would probably recommend the sampler pack or waiting until the regular release. That way you can get a better idea what to expect from this bottling before "loading up".
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#26 Post by Jay T. » March 22nd, 2016, 9:01 am

Peter Petersen wrote:Has SCM PN recently. I found it delicious. Full of rose petals, light red fruits, well proportioned and balanced with quite a bit of structure that is not just from acids. In case you are adverse to a bit of stemmy bitterness you might want to wait.
Glad to have 5 more and sad not to have even more.
I love the SCM Pinot. It's the Rhys Pinot we drink most often. I'm in a phase where I almost prefer Bourgogne Rouge and Villages Burgundy to PC Burgundy (I hardly own any GC) with our meals at home. The SCM Pinot fills the same role as a nice Villages wine. A bit more heft and complexity than a Bourgogne, but still approachable, delicious, and it doesn't turn the meal into a wine tasting. It might all be psychological, but it's what we're enjoying right now.
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#27 Post by Peter Petersen » March 22nd, 2016, 1:07 pm

Jay, I think I've tried a different vintage of SCM PN before, but I don't remember it being this good. Btw I have only one San Mateo County left from the fall. Should asked for extras of that one as well.

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#28 Post by J Sullivan » April 1st, 2016, 10:00 pm

Any fellow Berserkers heading to the pickup day tomorrow?
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#29 Post by robert creth » April 2nd, 2016, 9:45 am

I will be heading up today.

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#30 Post by Craig G » April 2nd, 2016, 3:39 pm

All right, which one of you ate all the food?
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#31 Post by ATaylor » April 2nd, 2016, 4:06 pm

Craig G wrote:All right, which one of you ate all the food?
Not me....but I did drink all of the library magnums of Skyline Terrace that were being poured......... neener


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#32 Post by J. Galang » April 2nd, 2016, 4:18 pm

Is that a pizza oven!?
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#33 Post by ATaylor » April 2nd, 2016, 4:33 pm

J. Galang wrote:Is that a pizza oven!?
Yep......and the BBQ, gas grill and under counter fridges/cooler drawers are all Viking. Very very nice setup.
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#34 Post by John Preston » April 2nd, 2016, 5:03 pm

Wow! I will have to make this a destination wine vacation next time. Thanks for the pics!

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#35 Post by Gus Johnson » April 3rd, 2016, 10:57 am

Tasting notes anyone?

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#36 Post by Steve Brickley » April 3rd, 2016, 2:49 pm

How could it be that no bees are the plate? Remembering my last adventure there. In London on biz/fun now. Sorry I missed it. Fun fact I know for those of you that store at Wine Bank in Menlo Park (maybe K&L too?) - Rhys delivers your wine personally there. Just in case you don't want 24 hours in that dreaded outside temperature.
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#37 Post by Steve Brickley » April 3rd, 2016, 2:50 pm

Oh damn it, that sounds commercial too. Forget it.
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#38 Post by Markus S » April 3rd, 2016, 2:55 pm

Nice patio. Is that redwood?
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#39 Post by M Mager » April 3rd, 2016, 3:20 pm

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In your photo, is that the "Ridge" ridge over on the other side of the San Andreas?
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#40 Post by Craig G » April 3rd, 2016, 5:29 pm

Steve Brickley wrote:Oh damn it, that sounds commercial too. Forget it.
Oh, don't be shilly.
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#41 Post by Kevin Harvey » April 3rd, 2016, 5:49 pm

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In your photo, is that the "Ridge" ridge over on the other side of the San Andreas?
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Yes that is Montebello ridge. It is ~2 miles across the San Andreas fault east of Skyline (our winery site).
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#42 Post by Chris Kramer » May 9th, 2016, 12:17 pm

Anybody happen to know when Spring shipment wines will be delivered to WineBank in Menlo Park?

Thanks in advance!

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#43 Post by Jason T » May 9th, 2016, 6:08 pm

Chris I would just follow up directly with the Rhys team. Whenever I have a question about shipping I just shoot them an email and they usually get back to me in a day or so, sometimes much more quickly.
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#44 Post by Jeff Brinkman » May 9th, 2016, 7:53 pm

Chris Kramer wrote:Anybody happen to know when Spring shipment wines will be delivered to WineBank in Menlo Park?

Thanks in advance!

Chris
Hi Chris,
Half was delivered last Wednesday and the other half will be there this Wednesday or Thursday.

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#45 Post by Chris Kramer » May 9th, 2016, 8:36 pm

Awesome, thanks Jeff!

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