Wines That Rock 6-Pack

Wines That Rock 6-Pack
$79.99 + $5 shipping
2 Grateful Dead 2009 Red Wine Blend
2 2010 Woodstock Chardonnay
2 2008 The Dark Side of the Moon Cab
CT links above

Winery website

Previous offer:

The Dark Side of the Moon cab makes this an almost auto-buy. I’ve never known Pink Floyd to be involved in anything that wasn’t spectacular :wink:

But, hearing about some peoples experience with these wines would be really helpful.

Previous offer includes a wine makers voicemail. The wines are different, but at least two of them are the same.

He discusses crafting a wine that links the wine and the music.

Redwood? …really? …interesting.
Any info on how it differs from the more traditional woods (oak from hither or yon) used?

For all it’s worth, CT links below show a slightly higher level for the wines with different years and forum ratings. The Chard seems to be the general winner and the '07 version of the Dark Side Cab being panned a bit. None get super high grades across any years but I’m sure these are just fine “weekday” drinking wines.

With Peter Frampton playing in town tonight, I almost wish I had a bottle of one to round out the theme!

Dark Side Cabernet

Woodstock Chardonnay

Grateful Dead Red Blend

Edit: Updated after initial posting

If I’m not mistaken, Redwood is old, old school. I seem to recall seeing giant old redwood vats and barrels on display at some of the really old norcal wineries.

I know at one point they were used in puncheons (larger barrels) and really large, upright wooden tanks; typically with very large volume. Redwood isn’t nearly as pliable as Oak, so making smaller format barrels isn’t easy.

As for what it imparts on wine, I’m not too sure. I’ve heard it can hue white wines yellow but I have no idea… and no idea what it does to Reds.

Peter, if you’re still around, would you happen to know? Any other CA winemakers available to post their 2 cents? It is surely intriguing from a knowledge standpoint.

Greetings from Healdsburg tonight. In brief, I’ve recently spent quite a bit of time tasting and touring the winery where these are made.

The Old Growth Redwood tanks are 60 years old and not used as a flavoring agent as much as oak barrels are used, more for storage. I’ll attached some pictures of my day on flicker (if I can upload, slow connection tonight in the middle of a 40 year old cabernet vineyard!) impressive to see these gigantic old growth tanks, the wood is 3 inches thick and each tanks holds 20,000 gallons.

Appreciate the info… Could you share your flickre address, I’m curious to see these ginormous tanks. Thanks…

What I recall learning about Redwood, and other woods (like beechwood) is that they tend to start out fairly neutral in terms of flavor & tannin. Any barrels older than several vintages are totally neutral, used for storage.

Novelty wines are an automatic pass in my book :frowning:

Go Blue!

I am from the winery and am the ‘Ringmaster’ of the Direct to Consumer division…a fun and cool gig. It is great to be a part of this Woot today!

This is true. All of the old growth redwood barrels that we use are a minimum of 60 years old and most are around 100. They impart no taste from the wood, so in the aging process you end up with a true taste of the fruit in the end, unless we were to blend some of the aging from oak barrels as well.

Too bad as these are not novelty. Just because it has a band on the front, the wine maker has taken great strides in making this wine from the finest grapes in Mendocino county. It has won many awards across the country and is now the #1 wine in all of the Hard Rock restaurants worldwide…no small feat. The wine truly speaks for itself.

Redwood was used over 100 years ago when we had so much of it in N California. When we reviewed whether to keep using the 70+ 10-20,000 gallon old growth redwood tanks, it was decided to keep them all in full production because redwood imparts no taste to the wine, which offers the winemaker ability of having the full fruit taste when blending and aging in wood. We have around 5000 oak barrels which we use for blending when we want the oak taste blended in with the neutrality of the redwood. It makes for a wider pallette of options when making the wine.

I just bought a set to donate to a charity event next month. If you are the winemaker and would also like to donate let me know.

I’m intrigued. I really am. But I need someone to convince me that this is a deal. I’m seeing pricing from other sources that, barring the tax and excessive shipping cost, would imply that this isn’t much of a deal. I depend on wine.woot to not only bring us good wines, but the best deals…I’m just not too sure this is the case here…

Anyone want to convince me otherwise?

I posted below about the redwood tanks.