2008 One Time Spaceman Moon Duck – $22.79

This is a personal favorite.  This is a blend of 40% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Tempranillo from Paso Robles.  The winemaker is Mark Adams, also the winemaker at Ledge and assistant winemaker at Saxum.


This was pretty much pop and pour.  The wine is a deep, dark, ruby to purple color.  This has an outstanding and expressive nose full of blackberries, smoked meat, black pepper, licorice, cherries, underbrush, dark chocolate, and some nice earthiness.  The wine is fairly full bodied with solid, ripe tannins and nice acidity.  There is nice fruit and spice up front on the palate with layers of additional fruit and savory notes adding tons of depth.  There is a very nice, long, lingering finish full of fruit, spice, and earthy notes.  This is still very young and will reward additional cellar time.  (94 pts)




2007 Core Hard Core – $19.15

Core has been a favorite winery in my house for several years.  I used to be able to stock up on trips to Sam’s or Binny’s when I went to Chicago.  I no longer make that trip, so I get by on a few bottles here and there since it doesn’t make it to Wisconsin.


This is a blend of 37% Mourvedre, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Syrah, 4% Grenache from Santa BarbaraCounty on California’s CentralCoast.  I’ve been wanting to try this wine for a while, Jeb Dunnuck from The Rhone Report loved the wine (92+ pts) and JL from WS trashed it (82 pts), my palate generally more closely aligns with Jeb’s, so I have no fear in opening this bottle.


The wine is a deep, dark, ruby color.  The captivating nose has black cherry, smoked meat, black pepper, cassis, vanilla, dark chocolate, fresh ground espresso, dried herbs, and a touch of earthiness and cedar.  This is medium to full body with fairly solid, ripe tannins and very nice acidity.  The wine is rich and spicy on the palate with layers of flavors popping in, including nice dark chocolate and espresso grounds elements.  A fairly long finish full of fruit and dark chocolate with some nice, spicy oak and earthiness adding to the enjoyment.  An outstanding effort that will reward additional cellar time.  (93 pts)



One oddity was that the label says 2007, but the cork is branded with 2008.





 2011 One Time Spaceman MCA Rosé – $15.21

Since it was only a couple weeks ago, I’m copying my post from my August 13 – August 16 blog which is still 100% applicable.


I’ve had this a couple times and it’s a very nice, easy drinking, fruity Rosé.  It is a bit softer and shows a touch of sweetness.  This is a Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre blend from Paso Robles.  The winemaker, Mark Adams, is a rising star in my opinion.  Besides the One Time Spaceman label, he has another label called Ledge.  I recommend doing a Google search for them and joining the mailing list.  Mark is also the assistant winemaker for a small Paso Robles winery you may have heard of, Saxum.  In his spare time, he is also a musician.  Check out his latest offering, Panjanatan, I know it’s available on Amazon, probably other places as well.


The wine is a bright salmon color.  This has watermelon, strawberries, white peaches, white pepper, and a touch of earthiness on the soft and pleasing nose.  This is light to medium body with nice acidity and just a touch of sweetness.  On the palate the wine is full of sweet, juicy red fruit with some citrus kicking in on the backend.  This is a nice, easy drinking Rosé, perfect for a casual dinner on the deck or patio or to sip on a hot day.  (89pts)




2007 Turley Zinfandel Tofanelli Vineyard – $34.00

Smoking up some ribs and hot links for dinner, so a big zinfandel was in order.  I had a hard time selecting between a Turley and one from Carlisle.  It’s been a while since I had a Turley, so it won.  As you can see from the bottle, the Turley fought getting plucked from the wine cellar, but I won.  Actually the scrape comes from the slightly too tight a fit in my wine cellar racking system.  It’s not a big deal to me since I buy my wine to drink, not to resell.


I generally like the Turley zins from Tofanelli Vineyard.  They usually show nice minerality and loads of pepper and spice.  The Tofanelli Vineyard is in about 26 acres on Dunaweal Lane, 1 mile south of Calistoga, in the NapaValley.


The wine is a fairly deep ruby red color.  There are brambly berries, cherries, minerals, fresh ground black pepper, dark chocolate, ground dark espresso coffee beans, and a touch of earthiness on the very inviting nose.  This is medium to full body with nice, ripe tannins and very nice acidity.  Nice spicy, peppery, fruit on the palate with some dark chocolate and minerals coming in on the back end.  A fairly long finish which highlights the dark chocolate and briary fruit.  This is in a prime drinking window right now, but should hold for a couple of years.  Delicious!  (93 pts)


I smoked some ribs for our Sunday dinner.  Dinner was glorious with the ribs, hot links, and my wife’s macaroni salad.


Here’s the rack of ribs with the dry rub:


I wrapped these in plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator over night.  This allows the seasoning to be absorbed into the meat.


Here’s a picture of the meat platter for dinner:


The wine was a perfect pairing with the meat.  Both had nice spice and the tannins had softened in the wine enough to cut through the juicy meat but not clash with the spicy rub I use.




Mailing Lists


Jean Edwards Cellars

This is the home of some fantastic NapaValley cabernets at unbelievable prices.  Their latest offer includes their 2009 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet and the 2009 Seventy Four – Forty One Howell Mountain Cab came out of Friday.  If you can bribe your way onto their pre-release mailing list, these are 25% off the normal, release price.  As a bonus, they also have a Library Release of their first commercial offering, the 2004 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet.  Visit https://jeanedwardscellars.com/ and tell Karen I sent you.  I have an earlier blog here with a review of the 2009 Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet.


Villa Creek Vineyards

Ordering a case from Villa Creek is always a no-brainer decision for me.  Generally, the hard part is trying to keep my order between a case and a case and a half.  This release had two of my favorite wines from Villa Creek, The Avenger and Mas de Maha.  These are both nice blends from Paso Robles.


The Avenger is a blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, and the Mas de Maha is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan.




Remember to support your local wine store!




Nice Wine Stuff

A Facebook friend, Heidi McLain, has a very nice product and is looking for some startup funding.  The product is the To Your Taste!® Wine Party Kit.  As an incentive to donate, she has some really nice “pledge rewards” for pledges of as little as $25.  Visit https://www.fundable.com/to-your-taste-for-wine-llc?_s=613 to see the marvelous product or even better to assist in the funding effort.  You can also visit the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/To-Your-Taste-Wine-Party-Kit/34193039949



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Notes – I use the “official” Cellar Tracker name for the wines.  I use Cellar Tracker to help manage and organize my cellar.  I highly recommend checking it out at www.cellartracker.com.  Loading you existing cellar is a lot less intimidating than it would first appear.  There is a good chance 99% of your wine is already in the system, so you generally only need to enter part of the wine’s name and the system will find it for you.



Prices noted are the prices I paid at the time of purchase.  I don’t shop around to find the best prices, but my local store is usually VERY competitive.  I generally get case discounts, and since I work there part time, I get a 5% discount.  Wines purchased direct from a winery do not include any shipping charges.  None of the prices include the sales tax.



All wines that were sent to me free of charge to sample will be noted and I will show suggested prices when available.