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Chiming in on Texas heat & shipping.
I've lost several bottles to South Texas heat by ordering in May prior the Summer Wine shipping protocol bring activated. Scott Harvey & Corison. So sad -- all were replaced (I ended up dealing directly with the wineries to delay shipping til the fall), but it killed me to think that those poor grapes died in vain ....
My bottles all had obvious leakage signs -- corks pushed out, stain on packing materials, extended capsules, etc., in varying degrees.
I tasted the wines & used them to further my tasting knowledge & the Corison made an excellent pan sauce. Still very sad to waste such fine wine.
Even with Summer Shipping, we are hesitant to order much for delivery in July and August. One missed delivery try (I was in the shower & didn't hear the doorbell), and your wine is making an extra round trip in a non-climate controlled FedEx truck.
"We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." Benjamin Franklin
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I tasted both at the SoCal gathering two weekends ago. I did not take detailed notes but remember thinking both wines were hot because of high alcohol which muted all other flavors (if any were present). Both seemend out of balance in terms of acidity, fruit, alcohol, and tannins...was not a big fan.
edit: I enjoy BIG wines ala Dry Creek and Paso Robles 15.0% zins
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