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by Roy Piper
February 24th, 2021, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking news about glasses
Replies: 24
Views: 2754

Re: Breaking news about glasses

John Morris wrote: June 21st, 2018, 8:50 am The Suckling glass remains much more shapely:
I actually got to try a few wines in this glass and I actually dug it! Just a bit out of my price range and I would have been afraid to hand dry it.
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Entry-level Harvest Internships
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Entry-level Harvest Internships

Producers might be more willing this year because Covid is scaring off a lot of interns. There are not enough to go around this year, so I would definitely apply.
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader offer?
Replies: 38
Views: 3532

Re: Schrader offer?

You are correct. There are 3 fairly new wines that aren't Beckstoffer grapes and I believe are owned by Mondavi. Heritage Block inagural vintage was 2018, Monastery Block inagural vintage was 2017 and Wappo Hill is brand new for the 2019 vintage. Per Jeb Dunnuck: "Heritage Block comes from a s...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Feb 23 Release
Replies: 8
Views: 811

Re: Maxem Feb 23 Release

Has anyone had silver eagle and/or lucky well and can speak to the vineyards? Thanks I did not know he was making a Lucky Well. Both vineyards are farmed by the Ulises Valdez family. I think all of Maxem's bottlings are managed by them. Lucky Well is in the Russian River Valley, I believe, near Occ...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that have significant graphite?
Replies: 23
Views: 1438

Re: Wines that have significant graphite?

I find that graphite/lead pencil descriptor is caused when (for Cabernet and Franc), a slight amount of pyrazine meets a slight amount of reduction. I adore that aroma. Notice that most of the Bordeaux wines with that aroma mentioned here are from the Left Bank and Cab-heavy. Because that's where hi...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: TN: 2016 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

LM Syrah's age forever. I don't know of one that has gone completely over the hill. Also the fact they are usually about 14.2% alcohol and 100% used oak is refreshing. As is the $48 price-point. And.... Steve and Carole are such great people. I think Mt Veeder is an unsung AVA for Syrah and maybe th...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader offer?
Replies: 38
Views: 3532

Re: Schrader offer?

2019 Schrader 'Collection' Pack Price $2,300.00 Includes one bottle each of 2019 Schrader, 2019 Schrader CCS, 2019 Schrader GIII, 2019 Schrader Heritage Clone, 2019 Schrader LPV, 2019 Schrader T6, 2019 Schrader Monastery Block, 2019 Schrader Wappo Hill, and two bottles of 2019 Schrader RBS Cabernet...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 8:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 94
Views: 5199

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Fairly strong winds this afternoon in Napa. I hear more on the way tomorrow. I think we've had at least 2 days since Jan 1st that had worse wind than anything we had last year. Low rain totals this season combined with increased gustiness for this time of year has me a bit worried about fires in the...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad news from Drinkward Peschon
Replies: 7
Views: 1455

Re: Sad news from Drinkward Peschon

I was up visiting Lisa and Francoise at Behrens just 48 hours before the fire on Spring Mtn began, chatting with them as they sorted one of their last picks of the vintage. I snapped this little video at the time not knowing what was about to happen. Great people all the way around up there who ever...
by Roy Piper
February 23rd, 2021, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penfolds California Collection
Replies: 52
Views: 3376

Re: Penfolds California Collection

Penfolds Quantum Bin 98 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Made from 87% cabernet, 13% shiraz. The Australian grapes are A1 grade fruit from Barossa Valley and Coonawarra. The American cabernet is from Oakville and Diamond Mountain, subregions of the Napa Valley. Says chief winemaker Peter Gago: “It’s very mu...
by Roy Piper
February 13th, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1894

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

If you want real cool-climate from Napa, you need to be Oak Knoll or Coombsville or Atlas Peak. Also the eastern part of Conn Valley closest to Lake Hennessey. Maybe Yountville in a non-hot year. Don't confuse old school winemaking with cool climate. One is not the other. Corison is old school, not ...
by Roy Piper
February 13th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager
Replies: 30
Views: 2733

Re: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager

Englehard Vineyard is in the Franz Valley area of Calistoga/Diamond Mtn. Franz Valley is a little zone with a history of good wines. It's essentially off Petrified Forest Rd in Calistoga, adjacent and below Diamond Mtn. It's cooler than Diamond Mtn and there are some nice, rocky pockets. A neighbor ...
by Roy Piper
February 2nd, 2021, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: TN: 2005 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Back when he made them all in .75-ton T-Bins. I believe.

Good note. Always liked the mid-2000s Betz Cabs.
by Roy Piper
February 2nd, 2021, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3529

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

I noticed this aroma on an Ojai Kessler-Haak Pinot 2017, yesterday. That wine was picked at 22,5 brix, had 11% new oak, and was 50% stems. So hard to figure it is either oak or ripeness as the cause. Unless certain coopers have that aroma, either new or used.
by Roy Piper
February 1st, 2021, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3529

What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

I have noticed these aromas on and off for 20 years, from regions all over the state. At one point I thought maybe it was the signature aroma of Anderson Valley, but lately have notice from all over California. Is it an oak thing? Any thoughts?
by Roy Piper
January 30th, 2021, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 705

Re: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

He was picking those at 22-23.5 brix when 24.7-26.5 was the rage. Now everyone is making sub-14% alcohols in the SRH now. Ahead of his time.
by Roy Piper
January 29th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2721

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

That's gold there, Alex. Also, my inner geek looks at the winemaking and wine. Made in roto-tanks? [popcorn.gif] 7g/L of acid and 3.42 pH sounds like exactly the right acid for 22.5-23 brix, which would make 13%. Most NorthCoast and SLH Pinots carry less acid than this wine did. 88F ferment temps is...
by Roy Piper
January 29th, 2021, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2721

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

I've read the ruling and I sense the following.... 1. Vineyard House lost and complete injunctive relied was given to Mondavi. Big win for Constellation. 2. There are some very interesting statements in the ruling that leave room for Graeme (and others), in my opinion. Below the judge is essentially...
by Roy Piper
January 22nd, 2021, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 99
Views: 8458

Re: 2018 Maybach release

Dennis Borczon wrote: January 14th, 2021, 1:13 pm Obviously no mention of smoke issues. Curious if the release will discuss this in terms of the vintage year. Roy Piper has the best information about this in the public domaine
I've not heard anyone on Pritchard with smoke issues in 2018. Would not be worried in the slightest.
by Roy Piper
January 22nd, 2021, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]

How much was this on release?

That's good color for a 19-year old Napa Cab.
by Roy Piper
January 4th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker
Replies: 26
Views: 2195

Re: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker

Very bummed to hear this yesterday.
by Roy Piper
January 4th, 2021, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An Amazing Wine I Strongly Recommend Buying
Replies: 42
Views: 10147

Re: An Amazing Wine I Strongly Recommend Buying

Wow, talk about bringing up an old post! I should say that I've noticed a lot of bottle variation in this Soter bottling. I've had three that were stunning and 3 that just seemed "good" but not terribly exciting. When it's good it's stunning. But it's been 3 years since I've had it. I dran...
by Roy Piper
December 28th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?
Replies: 39
Views: 7586

Re: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?

Thanks Roy, that's exactly what we needed! Since you listed other vintages in your description, I am curious where you put 2001 and 2016. Thanks!! I put them on a similar relative plane. I think 2001 was a balanced, prototypical Napa vintage, with 02 being more lush and more tannic and more full-bo...
by Roy Piper
December 27th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 51
Views: 4696

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

Adam Frisch wrote: December 27th, 2020, 12:55 pm Roy, do you know if they sell any of their Riesling fruit externally?
I don't think so but if they do, let me know! [wow.gif]
by Roy Piper
December 27th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 51
Views: 4696

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

I know none of the people involved nor the actual reason, but I can guess. And I have an opinion about what they should do, too. [popcorn.gif] Long Meadow Ranch owns Farmstead. Given the huge drop in tourism in Napa in 2020 combined with trying to turn around Stony Hill, combined with a possible tot...
by Roy Piper
December 27th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 11
Views: 979

Re: TN: 2002 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Crazy factoid.... I've never had a Salon. [cry.gif]

I am actually afraid to. Because if it turns out I love it, I might have to gut my budget yearly buying it.
by Roy Piper
December 27th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?
Replies: 39
Views: 7586

Re: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?

Now that most 2018s are sold, us winery owners/winemakers have shifted our focus to the 2019 vintage in barrel. Almost all of us have racked the 2019 wines at least once, they have 13 months in oak and we are getting an idea which lots are doing better and what our blends and wines will look like. I...
by Roy Piper
November 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab
Replies: 10
Views: 2077

Re: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab

Great note, Roy. Slightly OT, but what are your 3 favorite 18 Cali Cabs under $125 and 3 favorite 18 Cali Cabs over $125 at the moment. (feel free to post here or in a new thread). Should be interesting as my early sample size of 18s are pretty dang good. Unfortunately I’ve not had nearly as many 1...
by Roy Piper
November 17th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab
Replies: 10
Views: 2077

Re: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab

I think you can, but they need a few hours decanted. They all seem to get better right now with more air.
by Roy Piper
November 16th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab
Replies: 10
Views: 2077

TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab

I've had the 2018 twice now, most recently yesterday. Gets released in a year. No surprise as to quality. 2018 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Tasted twice, once double-decanted, once as pop and pour. Moderately-deep purple color with purple rim. Full-bodied but not massive. Primary aromas are...
by Roy Piper
November 13th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 45
Views: 3987

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Not sure why, but post-ferment lab samples of taint from Cab on the floor are showing no more than you get in any other vintage. Not just for me, but everywhere and everyone I know. Cab seems to have less than Zin and other varietals. Also, press wine shows no difference than free run. None of this ...
by Roy Piper
November 13th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 42787

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Strong drizzle in southern Napa all day, with gusty winds too. Felt like December or Jan. I loved it!
by Roy Piper
October 28th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pott 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Release
Replies: 15
Views: 1795

Re: Pott 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Release

JLuch wrote: October 27th, 2020, 12:54 pm Galloni was particularly fond of the Kali and commented it was one of the best wines he had tasted from Aaron...
Agreed, among his sourced wines in 18.
by Roy Piper
October 28th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pott 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Release
Replies: 15
Views: 1795

Re: Pott 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Release

joejolesch wrote: October 27th, 2020, 12:49 pm Anyone have feedback on the Pott SVDs?
The Cab is lights out. Always is. He and Chris Carpenter at Lokoya are the best Veeder Cab winemakers around.
by Roy Piper
October 24th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 5246

Re: Thomas 2018

I have something like a 3 hour audio interview with John Thomas I recorded four years ago. I really should find that and release it. [tease.gif]

He quietly influenced me, up til now. One man show, one wine, small production, fair (but not low) price, make the wine raw and let time take care of it.
by Roy Piper
October 24th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8694
Views: 656460

Re: de Negoce offer

FYI - OG 20 is even higher - 15.9%....lol.. Re alcohol levels..... 15.0-15.5% is not uncommon at all. But 15.6-16%+ is rare for Cab in Napa, now. Firstly, because most people notice the alcohol at that level and dislike it. Also, because there is only one yeast that can ferment that high commonly u...
by Roy Piper
October 18th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates
Replies: 26
Views: 1963

Re: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates

That has to be an error in the system.
by Roy Piper
October 18th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 375
Views: 36279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Does the tainted wine placed in barrels effect the barrels downstream? I’m thinking of market for neutral barrels and other uses besides flower pots No one knows but I will not be reusing any barrels in the future if any wine that touches them turn out tainted. After bottling one small lot of highl...
by Roy Piper
October 18th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Vintage, other than smoke
Replies: 15
Views: 1720

Re: 2020 Vintage, other than smoke

I made the usual amount of wine, for although one vineyard did not pick, I picked up another vineyard that was dropped, as an experiment. So far not noticing taint but past experience with 2017 tells me it tends to show up more after malo. I just went to barrel a few days ago. I think (other than th...
by Roy Piper
October 16th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 375
Views: 36279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

timmy roos wrote: September 27th, 2020, 9:10 am Does the tainted wine placed in barrels effect the barrels downstream? I’m thinking of market for neutral barrels and other uses besides flower pots
No one knows but I will not be reusing any barrels in the future if any wine that touches them turn out tainted.
by Roy Piper
October 16th, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: #GlassFire

It does not matter one bit of anyone picked before the Glass Fire, although I have serious doubts if you picked AFTER. We had 36 days of smoke before the glass fire and either the die is cast or it is not. So far I am not tasting taint anywhere, which needless to say, is a bit of a shock. But taint...
by Roy Piper
October 15th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: #GlassFire

It does not matter one bit of anyone picked before the Glass Fire, although I have serious doubts if you picked AFTER. We had 36 days of smoke before the glass fire and either the die is cast or it is not. So far I am not tasting taint anywhere, which needless to say, is a bit of a shock. But taint...
by Roy Piper
October 15th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: #GlassFire

It does not matter one bit of anyone picked before the Glass Fire, although I have serious doubts if you picked AFTER. We had 36 days of smoke before the glass fire and either the die is cast or it is not. So far I am not tasting taint anywhere, which needless to say, is a bit of a shock. But taint ...
by Roy Piper
October 15th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There will be NO Hundred Acre vintage in 2020...
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: There will be NO Hundred Acre vintage in 2020...

I was the first to get past the blockade there. Looks like the moon in the hills there. How is your kitty?
by Roy Piper
October 15th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There will be NO Hundred Acre vintage in 2020...
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: There will be NO Hundred Acre vintage in 2020...

No surprise, the fire burned all around both their Arc Vineyard and near their vineyard next to Eisele and within 50 yards of Kayli Morgan. That proximity just makes their decision, easier. Unlike 2011 when he flew helicopters around his vineyards, this one he could do nothing about.
by Roy Piper
October 12th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: #GlassFire

KyleC wrote: October 12th, 2020, 10:46 am In the good news category, Dominus just emailed saying their 2020 vintage is smoke free.
Is that so.
by Roy Piper
October 11th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: T-bin capacity?
Replies: 10
Views: 4949

Re: T-bin capacity?

If we are talking about what I consider a T-Bin, I get .75 tons into em easily and ferment quite nicely. The larger ones that many use can hold 1.2 tons but I find those harder to punch down.
by Roy Piper
October 1st, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: #GlassFire

Why they did the Evac warning and order a couple hours ago around Rutherford.
by Roy Piper
October 1st, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: #GlassFire

This is distressing... 10 min ago from a fire chaser up on Howell Mtn...
by Roy Piper
October 1st, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61806

Re: Wow...

has anyone heard from Jennifer Lamb? I've been sitting on this for a few days, until she gave me approval, but I can now tell you that she lost her house, all the wine in her cellar, most of her family pictures and her 40 jars of homemade jam. She got out with just a few personal items and the dogs...

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