Germain-Robin O&R Now in Stock
The wait is over! I know many of you placed your pre-orders a week or so ago, but—for those of you who have been holding back until these bottles were in stock—now is your time. Yesterday, I popped one of the Small Blend #3 bottles for the staff to taste. I wouldn't be able to open everything from the incredible Old & Rare portfolio (and not everyone has the time to drive three hours north to Ukiah), but at least I could give my co-workers an idea of what we were dealing with here. Right after I left yesterday evening, while I was driving up 280 North listening to the Giants unload on the Royals, I received this text from my colleague Joel:
When I got to the store today people were freaking out. "Holy _____!!!" said our Aussie/NZ wine buyer Ryan Woodhouse. "I don't think I even have words to describe how good that brandy is. The best part is that you can taste each of the listed components in the blend, and understand exactly why they married them in those proportions."
That was a pretty good way of describing it, in my opinion.
In any case, I could list all my notes again, post links to the bottles, and give you quotations from every staff member, but I won't. Instead, I'm going to send you to the man himself—Ansley Coale—who is busy uploading videos that describe each of the O&R selections in fine fashion.
Check out the site here. It's much more compelling than anything I could write or say. The video links are under the descriptions for each individual expression.