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#1 Post by EHeffner » April 2nd, 2018, 6:20 am

2017 Unfamiliar Mourvèdre
$23 per bottle / 1971 cases produced
12.8% ABV
Have you ever listened to The Devil Went Down to Georgia? Really, really listened to it?

The devil confronts young Johnny and makes a wager with him for a fiddle of gold against his soul in an old timey fiddle duel. The devil goes first and unleashes deep, demonic funky lines, and lays down some nasty grooves.

Instead of surrendering and losing his soul, Johnny jumps up and caws, “Fire on the mountain run boys run!" while delivering some blistering fiddle of his own.

Defeated, the devil, hands over the golden fiddle, and Johnny triumphantly belts out,
"Devil, just come on back if you ever wanna try again,
I done told you once, you son of a b****,
I'm the best there´s ever been!”


The Unfamiliar is light red, and drinks like an exotic cross between our Familiar and Especial Mourvèdre wines. You may never see this wine from us again so buy and drink with gusto!

2017 Alder Springs Viognier
$42 per bottle / 147 cases produced
13% ABV

Scents of pink rose and orange oil reach up to the places that tickle behind your ears. On the palate you drop directly into the deep sea where luminous creatures blink their fruit and spice laden lights. As you ascend to the surface, you look around, pause, take a deep breath, and dive back for more.

The Viognier does it again!

Grown-up and switched on. This is a medium+ bodied wine perfect for pork loin, empanadas, and full moon dinner parties.

2017 Mendocino Chenin Blanc
$34 per pottle / 540 cases produced
12.8% ABV

Cool and clean rocks - early peach with flavors of persimmon, quince, and the forest’s tasty nectar shoot.

Maps to lost cites of gold. An expansive wine with prickly acidity that leads to daydreams of white tigers gnawing on pineapple cores.

This is a bold Chenin Blanc. Serve with food. If out of fried chicken, find a seafood pasta, lobster BLT, or oyster po-boy. In terms of structure, this may be one of the most grand Dirty and Rowdy wines to date.
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#2 Post by EHeffner » April 2nd, 2018, 6:21 am

I’m in for a couple of the chenins and viognier, just debating on how many of the Unfamilar!
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#4 Post by EHeffner » April 2nd, 2018, 8:15 am

I am aware of the other thread but someone mentioned to make a new one for new release and I thought that made the most sense.

Mods - feel free to merge them if you’d like
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#5 Post by Ross Massey » April 2nd, 2018, 2:19 pm

I love any wine release that has a contingency for "If out of fried chicken"
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#6 Post by EHeffner » April 2nd, 2018, 2:39 pm

So what makes the Unfamiliar Mourvedre different from the familiar? Just the unfamiliar weather conditions which 2017 presented us with?
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#7 Post by Drew Goin » April 2nd, 2018, 2:40 pm

Thank you, EHeffner, for posting the email notes for today's Dirty & Rowdy release!!
EHeffner wrote:2017 Unfamiliar Mourvèdre
$23 per bottle / 1971 cases produced
12.8% ABV

The Unfamiliar is light red, and drinks like an exotic cross between our Familiar and Especial Mourvèdre wines. You may never see this wine from us again so buy and drink with gusto!
I have never had a bottle of the Dirty & Rowdy "Especial", so I lack a great frame of reference for the new "Unfamiliar" Mourvèdre. I wonder if it's similar in style to the "almost red" wines mentioned in the "How Much Should a Rosé Cost?" thread. Regardless, the price is ridiculously tempting!!


I would be most appreciative of input from Hardy (or anyone else for that matter) in regards to what to expect from the new "Unfamiliar" Mourvèdre.

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#8 Post by EHeffner » April 3rd, 2018, 9:27 am

Any word on the differences?
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#9 Post by Rich Brown » April 3rd, 2018, 9:53 am

EHeffner wrote:Any word on the differences?
I forget what thread it was in but Hardy chimed in and memtioned the 'unfamiliar' was from a new/different vineyard source compared to the familiar

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#10 Post by EHeffner » April 3rd, 2018, 10:05 am

Hm. Interesting. I think they both are sourced from 6-7 different vineyards
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#11 Post by A.Altman » April 3rd, 2018, 10:31 am

From D/R website:
For reds, 2017 threw us into unfamiliar territory, and we fought like hell to produce the best wine possible. This required us to put on modern winemaking hats -- some fermentations were restarted, some volatility cleaned up and removed, and then nearly everything was blended together and filtered. Our 2017 Unfamiliar is an emotional wine. It is a blend of 100% of the following vineyards: Shake Ridge Ranch, Rodnick Farm (formerly Antle), both Skinner vineyards, Rosewood, Wonderment Rd., Alder Springs, and Brosseau. The final wine, the 2017 Unfamiliar, brings aromatic healing, salvation, and redemption.

Have you ever listened to The Devil Went Down to Georgia? Really, really listened to it?

The devil confronts young Johnny and makes a wager with him for a fiddle of gold against his soul in an old timey fiddle duel. The devil goes first and unleashes deep, demonic funky lines, and lays down some nasty grooves.

Instead of surrendering and losing his soul, Johnny jumps up and caws, “Fire on the mountain run boys run!" while delivering some blistering fiddle of his own.

Defeated, the devil, hands over the golden fiddle, and Johnny triumphantly belts out,

"Devil, just come on back if you ever wanna try again, I done told you once, you son of a b****, I'm the best there´s ever been!”

The Unfamiliar is light red, and drinks like an exotic cross between our Familiar and Especial Mourvèdre wines. You may never see this wine from us again so buy and drink with gusto!

Grapes: 85% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 5% Grenache
AVAs: Monterrey, Mendocino, El Dorado, Amador Counties
Alcohol: 12.5%
Winemaking: 100% whole cluster. Stuck lots restarted. Volatility reduced. Gently filtered. We made the .... out of this wine.
Farming: 90% Organic / 10% Sustainable
Production: 1971 cases of happiness
Price:$23 - 750ML
Closure: Sealed with a NomaCorc Select Bio closure. It is a plant based, carbon neutral, breathable, recyclable, cork alternative.

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#12 Post by H Wallace Jr » April 3rd, 2018, 11:28 am

2017 Unfamiliar Vineyards:

The Unfamiliar is 100% of the following vineyards from ’17- Shake Ridge, Skinner Stoney Creek, Skinner White Oak Flats, Rodnick (formerly Antle), Brosseau, Alder Springs, Wonderment Road (new), and Rosewood. I declassified all of them. The only vineyard designates from ’17 will be Evangelho and Enz.

The Nitty Gritty:

This is a light red wine (neither purple nor rosé) and it looks like a blend of cool climate, coastal Pinot Noir with a dollop of light colored Grenache. It is really pretty. On the palate, it is bright, focused, and packs an incredible amount of flavor, intensity, and minerality for its cheerful weight. It is a wine to consume now through the next 18 months.

Back Story / Why:

For those that didn't receive the spring release letter, my family and I went through hell last vintage. Beyond the multiple / insane heat spikes, I lost vision in one eye for 10 days (both eyes for 3 days) and I couldn't drive for most of that period. During that time Kate's brother tragically died en route to Napa, we then had more heat spikes, multiple memorial services, and then we were out of our house / winery for 8 days due to the fires with some active fermentations and no ability to press off any lots.

With our reds we had a number issues— stuck fermentations that needed restarting, large lots that got volatile, and some of the wines that cruised through fermentation without issues just seemed "incomplete”. Unhappy, I explored every option- Bulking it all off, creating a second label, taking a major loss (this is 85% of our red production), filing a claim, etc... In the end, the best decision I could make was to make this wine. Stuck lots were restarted, almost everything declassified, large blends created and RO'd to clean up volatility. I didn’t want to leave any doubts, and I spent a week+ in blending trials (just to wind back up with the very first blend I assembled). I finally racked everything together and filtered the 2000 case blend.

Salvation:

Though not my normal route, the wine turned out beautifully. It is aromatic, bright, has all that exotic D&R fruit and cinnamon (with a bit more of the Especial / partial carbonic feel). It has great presence for a lighter bodied wine. I am very proud of it. I hope we send it far and wide.

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We want to thank everyone for their support and for allowing us to be transparent and clear with who we are, what we do, and how we get there.

These are the experiences that make us human.
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#13 Post by EHeffner » April 3rd, 2018, 11:36 am

Thanks Hardy!!
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#14 Post by A.Altman » April 3rd, 2018, 11:38 am

Thanks Hardy! I am sorry about your rough year and am happy that despite all the nonsense you were still able to put something together that you are proud of. I am very stoked to try it.

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#15 Post by Rob Isaacs » April 3rd, 2018, 11:50 am

It sounds like this wine has some great QPR potential, at least some great fruit sources. I'll be very happy if it is at all like the Especial, that wine is great. With only two named vineyards in 17 I'm glad I went deep on this one.

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#16 Post by EHeffner » April 3rd, 2018, 12:11 pm

So 18 months is the outer limits of what is recommended for consumption?
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#17 Post by H Wallace Jr » April 3rd, 2018, 12:31 pm

Thanks everyone!
EHeffner wrote:So 18 months is the outer limits of what is recommended for consumption?
There's no need to wait on this one. It might live way beyond 18 months, but that isn't the intention and we won't know until we get there.

This is similar to our Especial and Familiar tier of wines- A good part of the charm is in how well they drink young.
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#18 Post by Rich Brown » April 3rd, 2018, 1:45 pm

EHeffner wrote:Hm. Interesting. I think they both are sourced from 6-7 different vineyards
Annnnddd.....another reason why you should never listen to anything I have to say ;)

Sorry about that. Appreciate you keeping me honest Hardy

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#19 Post by Drew Goin » April 3rd, 2018, 2:38 pm

Thanks, Hardy, for expanding on the story behind the Dirty & Rowdy "Unfamiliar" Mourvèdre!!


Is this "new" Wonderment Way Vineyard* in Placerville?

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* I read about a different winery's Napa AVA Rosé with 85% Lovall Valley Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre inclusion from a "Wonderment Way Vineyard", but I believe the source is actually the same place (not anywhere near Napa).

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#20 Post by Drew Goin » April 3rd, 2018, 2:42 pm

H Wallace Jr wrote: Back Story / Why:

For those that didn't receive the spring release letter, my family and I went through hell last vintage. Beyond the multiple / insane heat spikes, I lost vision in one eye for 10 days (both eyes for 3 days) and I couldn't drive for most of that period. During that time Kate's brother tragically died en route to Napa, we then had more heat spikes, multiple memorial services, and then we were out of our house / winery for 8 days due to the fires with some active fermentations and no ability to press off any lots.

These are the experiences that make us human.


My deepest sympathies to you and Kate's family for the loss. You are in my thoughts. :(

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#21 Post by H Wallace Jr » April 3rd, 2018, 3:53 pm

Drew Goin wrote: * I read about a different winery's Napa AVA Rosé with 85% Lovall Valley Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre inclusion from a "Wonderment Way Vineyard", but I believe the source is actually the same place (not anywhere near Napa).
That's the spot, but the shots look like before they did a bunch of rehab. I was sad to blend this one off. It is in a similar zone to Skinner White Oak Flats, but not as difficult to ripen.

Yes- KEEP got some Mourvèdre for their rosé from Wonderment. They can still label their wine Napa AVA as the Napa % meets the requirement for labeling.
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#22 Post by H Wallace Jr » April 3rd, 2018, 3:54 pm

Drew Goin wrote:
H Wallace Jr wrote: Back Story / Why:

For those that didn't receive the spring release letter, my family and I went through hell last vintage. Beyond the multiple / insane heat spikes, I lost vision in one eye for 10 days (both eyes for 3 days) and I couldn't drive for most of that period. During that time Kate's brother tragically died en route to Napa, we then had more heat spikes, multiple memorial services, and then we were out of our house / winery for 8 days due to the fires with some active fermentations and no ability to press off any lots.

These are the experiences that make us human.

H Wallace Jr wrote:
Drew Goin wrote: * I read about a different winery's Napa AVA Rosé with 85% Lovall Valley Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre inclusion from a "Wonderment Way Vineyard", but I believe the source is actually the same place (not anywhere near Napa).


That's the spot, but the shots look like before they did a bunch of rehab. I was sad to blend this one off. It is in a similar zone to Skinner White Oak Flats, but not as difficult to ripen.

Yes- KEEP got some Mourvèdre for their rosé from Wonderment. They can still label their wine Napa AVA as the Napa % meets the requirement for labeling.

My deepest sympathies to you and Kate's family for the loss. You are in my thoughts. :(

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#23 Post by NoahR » April 3rd, 2018, 7:33 pm

So sorry for your loss, Hardy.

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#24 Post by Rich Brown » April 3rd, 2018, 8:01 pm

My condolences as well Hardy. Really so sorry to hear that.

On a positive note, I went ahead and cracked one of my 2016 chenins tonight, and was damn happy about my decision. Not sure how Hardy always figures out a way for his wines to walk the line between delicious/satisfying/gulpable......while still managing to be wine-geek/intellectually stimulating, but he's pulled it off yet again. A bit too sleek and acidic for me at PnP but it rounded out Nicely after just a short time in the glass with with notes of citrus, lanolin, and pure CA sunshine. Very energetic, bright, lively, and seriously just a pleasure to drink. Placed my order immediately after my first glass.
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#25 Post by H Wallace Jr » April 4th, 2018, 9:55 am

NoahR wrote:So sorry for your loss, Hardy.

In for two cases of Unfamiliar.
Thank you. I appreciate it. [worship.gif] Thank you!
Rich Brown wrote:My condolences as well Hardy. Really so sorry to hear that.

On a positive note, I went ahead and cracked one of my 2016 chenins tonight, and was damn happy about my decision. Not sure how Hardy always figures out a way for his wines to walk the line between delicious/satisfying/gulpable......while still managing to be wine-geek/intellectually stimulating, but he's pulled it off yet again. A bit too sleek and acidic for me at PnP but it rounded out Nicely after just a short time in the glass with with notes of citrus, lanolin, and pure CA sunshine. Very energetic, bright, lively, and seriously just a pleasure to drink. Placed my order immediately after my first glass.
Thank you! That '16 Chenin is in a nice place. I wish we had more of that in library just for a personal stash to dip into over the next 5+ years.

Fortunately, we have a lot (500+ cases of the '17)- I've had a bottle open since Fri. and it is still going strong. Same with the Viognier...
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#26 Post by EHeffner » April 4th, 2018, 11:22 am

Order in! 5 Unfamiliar, 2 chenin and 1 Viognier

Opened a 2016 shake ridge Mourvèdre last night. Initial thoughts after PnP was this is nice and light for a red. After 30 minutes, the flavor profile really started to show and I loved it. Excited to see what it tastes like tonight and tomorrow
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#27 Post by Erik Jones » April 4th, 2018, 11:27 am

D&R releases are pretty much automatic purchases for us. The backstory on the Unfamiliar makes it even more so. Thanks so much for sharing Hardy. A very special order in.

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#28 Post by julianseersmartin » April 4th, 2018, 11:46 am

I opened a 2015 Traditional Sparkling last night and was blown away. Incredible stuff. So very excited for this release to arrive.

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#29 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » April 4th, 2018, 3:35 pm

In for 6 of the Unfamiliar. Here’s hoping for a less harrowing 2018 for the Wallace family and D&R.
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#30 Post by EHeffner » April 5th, 2018, 8:59 am

EHeffner wrote:Opened a 2016 shake ridge Mourvèdre last night. Initial thoughts after PnP was this is nice and light for a red. After 30 minutes, the flavor profile really started to show and I loved it. Excited to see what it tastes like tonight and tomorrow
Poured a glass last night and the wine is fantastic. Quite refreshing. Excited to see what it tastes like tonight for day 3
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#31 Post by Peter Kleban » April 5th, 2018, 9:05 am

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: Here’s hoping for a less harrowing 2018 for the Wallace family and D&R.
+1

My order's in too--all the new ones and a few from previous years. Have yet to try a D&R I didn't like (and I'm up to 17 different wines, counting vintages)!
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#32 Post by H Wallace Jr » April 5th, 2018, 9:33 am

julianseersmartin wrote:I opened a 2015 Traditional Sparkling last night and was blown away. Incredible stuff. So very excited for this release to arrive.
Thanks so much! And to everyone for the continued kind words.

Just a PSA- If anyone was looking to re-order bubbles, there are only 14 bottles left of the '15 Traditional Method Sparkling.
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#33 Post by AD Northup » April 5th, 2018, 11:41 am

Got me to buy one more :)
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julianseersmartin wrote:I opened a 2015 Traditional Sparkling last night and was blown away. Incredible stuff. So very excited for this release to arrive.
Thanks so much! And to everyone for the continued kind words.

Just a PSA- If anyone was looking to re-order bubbles, there are only 14 bottles left of the '15 Traditional Method Sparkling.
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#34 Post by John Webber » April 6th, 2018, 9:39 am

H Wallace Jr wrote:
julianseersmartin wrote:I opened a 2015 Traditional Sparkling last night and was blown away. Incredible stuff. So very excited for this release to arrive.
Thanks so much! And to everyone for the continued kind words.

Just a PSA- If anyone was looking to re-order bubbles, there are only 14 bottles left of the '15 Traditional Method Sparkling.
Damn it, had 6 in my cart yesterday and they are now gone. I really loved the 1 I tried and wanted to reload. It is a real shame you abandoned bubbles.

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#35 Post by Drew Goin » June 27th, 2018, 3:36 am

I received an email from Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines for their Summer Release (with cold-chain shipping):

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"SUMMER IS FOR COOL WINES SHIPPED COLD WITH ONE HECK OF A DIRTY AND ROWDY T-SHIRT!
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"In celebration of the joy of summer, we are including FedEx Cold Chain (refrigerated) shipping and a super-fresh 2017 Unfamiliar T-Shirt with case (12 bottle) purchases. You may mix and match bottles, or simply click the Summer Crusher mixed 12-pack.

"If you'd like to order less than a case, we are offering FedEx Cold chain for $20 on orders of 3 bottles or more. Remaining shirts will be available to purchase separately at a later date.

"Note: With refrigerated shipping, we highly, highly recommend shipping to a business address or your local FedEx Office store. The wines ship refrigerated to your nearest FedEx hub and go out for AM delivery in a normal truck. If you miss signing for your delivery, your wine remains on the truck for the remainder of the day.

"Available Wines:

"2017 Mendocino Chenin Blanc $34
Organic and Dry farmed Chenin from 50 year old vines in the heart of Mendocino. Power, weightlessness, and 'daydreams of white tigers gnawing on pineapple cores'

"2017 Alder Springs Viognier $42
One of the most elegant Dirty and Rowdy wine ever released. Balanced Viognier with incredible freshness, minerality, and beautiful acidity.

"2017 Unfamiliar Mourvèdre $23
The feel good hit of the summer. Whether you chill it down to rosé temp or slightly cool. The Unfamiliar way over-delivers in freshness, and joy.

"BONUS:

"2016 Familiar Mourvèdre $30
When you start digging through the warehouse, who knows what you'll find. We discovered 14 cases of the '16 Familiar Mourvèdre hanging behind some other wines. This one is on fire right now.

"T-Shirts: Our T-Shirts will ship separately and will begin going out the week of July 23rd. They are slightly fitted. If you like them baggy and are close to being in between sizes, order one size up.

** If you order 12+ bottles, please put your shirt size in the comments / notes section of your order.**


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#36 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » June 27th, 2018, 7:59 am

I went long on the unfamiliar, fantastic wine.

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Dirty & Rowdy - April 2 release

#37 Post by julianseersmartin » June 27th, 2018, 8:20 am

Yeah it's pretty great. I think it's best when just a bit chilled.

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Dirty & Rowdy - April 2 release

#38 Post by H Wallace Jr » June 27th, 2018, 9:35 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:I went long on the unfamiliar, fantastic wine.
julianseersmartin wrote:Yeah it's pretty great. I think it's best when just a bit chilled.
Thank you- For a wine we never wanted to make (it is 80%+ of our 2017 Mourvedre production declassified), it is a crazy good wine. It shows well all the way from rosé temp to cellar temp and gets pretty heady with a long decant.

Hands down, it is our most re-ordered wine.

Thanks for the support!
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Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery: Mourvèdre and Semillon Together at Last

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