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Martian Ranch Santa Ynez Red (6)

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Cesare


quality posts: 1560 Private Messages Cesare

Martian Ranch 2009 Santa Ynez Red 6-Pack
$69.99 (Normally $167.90) 58% off List Price
$69.99 (Normally $167.90) 58% off List Price
3 2009 Martian Ranch Grenache
3 2009 Martian Ranch Syrah, Santa Ynez Valley
CT links above

Winery website

Previous offer:
11/25/12

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andreaserben


quality posts: 21 Private Messages andreaserben

you got me at "Martian" ;)

sodalite


quality posts: 11 Private Messages sodalite

picked up this deal last time, and so far just enjoyed the granache.

it's a nice medium bodied red that has prominent smoke. it would go beautifully with any meats or cheeses that were or could be smoked.

hookajoe


quality posts: 11 Private Messages hookajoe

I grabbed their Grenache three-pack back in April, and I felt it was well worth the $50.
I've never had their Syrah before, but for an extra $20 for three it doesn't have to be spectacular to make this a good deal to me.
Of course if it is spectacular, then this is a fantastic deal!

greydevil


quality posts: 3 Private Messages greydevil

Thought this was the Crusher wines when i saw the color of the label and almost had a heart attack. Now that i know it isn't i am kind of disappointed :P Still this is a decent deal.

darksites


quality posts: 0 Private Messages darksites

Are you kidding? Pass on this offer, these are not good reds.

andreaserben


quality posts: 21 Private Messages andreaserben

Check out this blog entry for a nice picture describing the Grenache
http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2012/07/04/lunch-at-bell-st-farm-martian-ranch-2009-santa-ynez-grenache-and-no-sulfur-grenache/


Note that they have a new winemaker now, so if you like this style, it will not come back most likely.

I like Grenache in blends with good Spanish Tempranillo (I am a Tempranillo fan) - in my opinion it gives them a bit more 'bite' usually, for those who did not encounter the grape often and need a translation - in Spanish it would be "Garnacha".

I did not find ANYTHING about their Syrah though. Who got it last time and can say something about it?

ThunderThighs


quality posts: 543 Private Messages ThunderThighs

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darksites wrote:Are you kidding? Pass on this offer, these are not good reds.



Could you be a bit more vague... wait, I meant informative. You're really not giving much info here.



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psmurf


quality posts: 1 Private Messages psmurf
ThunderThighs wrote:Could you be a bit more vague... wait, I meant informative. You're really not giving much info here.



LOL. It's just another critic to share nothing meaningful... it's probably not even old enough to buy alcohol.
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chipgreen


quality posts: 176 Private Messages chipgreen
ThunderThighs wrote:Could you be a bit more vague... wait, I meant informative. You're really not giving much info here.



Yeah, that was about as informative as a Mudman post but without the built-in entertainment value provided by the crawling bug in his sig file.

lionel47


quality posts: 3 Private Messages lionel47
darksites wrote:Are you kidding? Pass on this offer, these are not good reds.



Actually, I drank the syrah with a lamb tagine and roasted beet and carrot salad on Christmas day.

The smokiness others mentioned went well with the the main dish and all the sides. The red berry played well with the roasted beets. A good time was had by all and we agreed that it was a nice wine.

My only advice is to let it breathe for 10-15 minutes after opening. I noticed more complexity toward the mid point of the bottle and genuine suppleness at the end.

The grenache (of which I have one left) is equally good, IMHO. The first two bottles were consumed in front of a roaring fire on a somewhat chilly night around 40F on a patio.

Again, let this one breathe. It started out with a slate kind of presentation that gave way to the fruit you would expect. On the second glass about 20 minutes later, it was gone and the full roundness of the medium body shown through. Good fruit in this one. Could have been the smoke from the fire but I did note (on paper that night) smokiness in this bottle.

Anyway, I am mulling going in for one. As is my custom when I am on a SIWBM, if it is still around at 8PM EST, I will pull the trigger.

andreaserben


quality posts: 21 Private Messages andreaserben
lionel47 wrote:Actually, I drank the syrah with a lamb tagine and roasted beet and carrot salad on Christmas day.

The smokiness others mentioned went well with the the main dish and all the sides.



The smokiness was mentioned for the Grenache only as far as I have seen. So both are smoky?

lionel47


quality posts: 3 Private Messages lionel47
andreaserben wrote:The smokiness was mentioned for the Grenache only as far as I have seen. So both are smoky?



I would say yes.

redwinefan


quality posts: 74 Private Messages redwinefan

I really enjoyed the Martian Grenache Blanc (would't mind more of that!) I picked up previously, and I didn't take any detailed notes on this Grenache, but I remember thinking it was definitely decent for this price point.

"You need to invest in a corkscrew. Wine is for drinking." -- Peter Wellington

rmm989


quality posts: 26 Private Messages rmm989

In desperate need of something on the lower price range/higher QPR now that we can't get Highway 12's table wine shipped to us. Would this fit the bill?

edit - the lower alcohol looks pleasing, but don't see the acidity numbers for it. Is it reasonably balanced?

CT

kaolis


quality posts: 27 Private Messages kaolis

On the details page, under the Winery tab... why the link to One Vine Wines? Pretty sure no affiliation to Martian Ranch and Vineyard.

cortot20


quality posts: 130 Private Messages cortot20
rmm989 wrote:In desperate need of something on the lower price range/higher QPR now that we can't get Highway 12's table wine shipped to us. Would this fit the bill?

edit - the lower alcohol looks pleasing, but don't see the acidity numbers for it. Is it reasonably balanced?



Go check woot plus. There are some cheaper reds and whites there that would work for you. I would recommend the climber mixed case.

CT

otolith


quality posts: 22 Private Messages otolith

We had the 2008 Syrah at a tasting I held at my place last month. I'm not sure how much my tasting notes will matter, but I thought the wine was well balanced and well made. For the price listed here, I think this is definitely a good deal. I won't go so far as to say you're foolish if you pass on this, but I would say this falls into the great QPR category.


edit: the 2008 was 14.8% alcohol, so with the 2009 at 13.7%, seems like it may be an apples to oranges comparison.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
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rjquillin


quality posts: 168 Private Messages rjquillin
otolith wrote:I won't go so far as to say you're foolish if you pass on this, but I would say this falls into the great QPR category.

edit: the 2008 was 14.8% alcohol, so with the 2009 at 13.7%, seems like it may be an apples to oranges comparison.

But it is nice to see ABV's falling on some of these offers.

CT

sonomawilliam


quality posts: 4 Private Messages sonomawilliam
andreaserben wrote:Check out this blog entry for a nice picture describing the Grenache
http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2012/07/04/lunch-at-bell-st-farm-martian-ranch-2009-santa-ynez-grenache-and-no-sulfur-grenache/


Note that they have a new winemaker now, so if you like this style, it will not come back most likely.

I like Grenache in blends with good Spanish Tempranillo (I am a Tempranillo fan) - in my opinion it gives them a bit more 'bite' usually, for those who did not encounter the grape often and need a translation - in Spanish it would be "Garnacha".

I did not find ANYTHING about their Syrah though. Who got it last time and can say something about it?



there is a key takeaway, from this post. This 2009 is made from the previous winemaker, whose style is completely different.

I LOVE the new Grenache from Martian Ranch, 100% whole cluster, under 14% al, all neutral oak.
If you have had that, and/or the recent Grenache Blanc, the style will be very different.

That said, most typical consumers are more likely to like this better, and not fully appreciate the characteristics of the new approach.

sonomawilliam


quality posts: 4 Private Messages sonomawilliam
redwinefan wrote:I really enjoyed the Martian Grenache Blanc (would't mind more of that!) I picked up previously, and I didn't take any detailed notes on this Grenache, but I remember thinking it was definitely decent for this price point.



A GB from the last two vintages? If so, different winemaker.

redwinefan


quality posts: 74 Private Messages redwinefan
sonomawilliam wrote:A GB from the last two vintages? If so, different winemaker.



It's from the 2009 vintage (same as this offer), so it's the old winemaker (same as this offer).

"You need to invest in a corkscrew. Wine is for drinking." -- Peter Wellington

geekwench


quality posts: 11 Private Messages geekwench
andreaserben wrote:The smokiness was mentioned for the Grenache only as far as I have seen. So both are smoky?



I can't speak to the Grenache as I've not yet tried it, but the Syrah is indeed smoky. We had it with prime rib and root vegetables for Christmas dinner and quite enjoyed it.

Symbolic2007


quality posts: 9 Private Messages Symbolic2007

I'd pay for the one in the middle, but I dunno about these other five that are three quarters the size with blurry labels. Where was QC on these?! o_O

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geekwench


quality posts: 11 Private Messages geekwench
sonomawilliam wrote:there is a key takeaway, from this post. This 2009 is made from the previous winemaker, whose style is completely different.

I LOVE the new Grenache from Martian Ranch, 100% whole cluster, under 14% al, all neutral oak.
If you have had that, and/or the recent Grenache Blanc, the style will be very different.

That said, most typical consumers are more likely to like this better, and not fully appreciate the characteristics of the new approach.



Is it not possible that most consumers might be able to enjoy both styles, or is it only those with rarified palates who can embrace different winemakers' approaches to the same grapes? I am generally loath to assume that I can predict the palates of others, given that I can barely predict my own. I regularly find myself enjoying wines I didn't expect to, and I also find myself not liking wines that others find perfectly acceptable. Taste is subjective, and I think that "most typical consumers" is an oxymoron when it comes to wine.

I recently bought a case of wine that received high marks from others, and I found it thin, acidic, completely lacking in depth, with a finish reminiscent of rotting vegetation (which worsened after the wine opened up). Should I therefore conclude that "most typical consumers" who liked the wine don't have my trained palate, or should I just assume that my tastes don't concur with those of others who tried the wine in question? I prefer the latter, lest I start thinking that wine is something that only snobs can appreciate.

geekwench


quality posts: 11 Private Messages geekwench

Bought this the last time around and have only tried the Syrah so far. Based on that alone, I'm in for another. For $11-12 per bottle, I think this is a solid purchase. I expect that I'll like the Grenache at least as much as the Syrah based on what others have written, and even if I weren't convinced of that, at this price point, I view this as a low-risk purchase.

I've had wines I've liked better (at significantly higher cost), and I've had wines for which I paid more that I enjoyed much less. I might even be in for two.

redwinefan


quality posts: 74 Private Messages redwinefan

If the winery hops in here at some point, it'd be great to get a Woot+ offer with some of their newer winemaker's wines so we can compare/contrast. I realize they won't be as good of a deal as this unfortunately.

"You need to invest in a corkscrew. Wine is for drinking." -- Peter Wellington

losthighwayz


quality posts: 58 Private Messages losthighwayz

Hey, dont want to start a war on here but the Martian site has a tab for biodynamics....are the grapes for these reds farmed usong that principle? On a side note, I spotted an orange martian pick up truck while picking up my wine shipmwnt at Curtis Winery on Foxen Canyon Road...I asked the guy pouring for us if he knew why they were there but he had no idea...Ishouldve pressed the issue with Ernst Storm, the winemaker at Curtis, to see if there is any connection with Curtis' vineyards or vice versa since the wines from Curtis are always crisp and well-made...anyway, not sure what my point is....I guess I am intrigued by this offer...

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kaolis


quality posts: 27 Private Messages kaolis

In July Jon Bonné from SFGate named Martian a new noteworthy winery:

http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/A-crop-of-new-noteworthy-California-wineries-3741586.php

..and saw a blurb that mentioned the '09 Grenache being sourced from Camp 4 Vineyards in Santa Ynez...fwiw

danzigdan


quality posts: 2 Private Messages danzigdan
redwinefan wrote:If the winery hops in here at some point, it'd be great to get a Woot+ offer with some of their newer winemaker's wines so we can compare/contrast. I realize they won't be as good of a deal as this unfortunately.



+1

I had a feeling I'd see another Martian offering before the end of the year. I bought the Grenache when it was 3/$50 and really liked it. I would like to try new vintages to compare/contrast as well.

Must...resist...buying...more!

otolith


quality posts: 22 Private Messages otolith
rjquillin wrote:But it is nice to see ABV's falling on some of these offers.



Agreed!

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."
--John Muir

dkralston


quality posts: 1 Private Messages dkralston

I found this stuff horrible. Once in awhile wine.woot puts up a real dog of a wine. Ugh, this "wine" was teh crap....

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