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by Roy Piper
September 16th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Greer
Replies: 25
Views: 1420

Re: 2017 Greer

I won't offend anyone, I like Charlton Athletic, in League One.
by Roy Piper
September 16th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Greer
Replies: 25
Views: 1420

Re: 2017 Greer

I did not know this was going on sale until this morning. I had the 2017 Greer two weeks ago. Since everyone is going to wonder, the 17 fires broke out the night before their scheduled pick, so they had to push out a handful of days. But as we learned in 2017 and in 2020, a week or so of smoke, as l...
by Roy Piper
September 9th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22153

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Today was unlike anything I remember here, even in 2017. Orange/yellow sky all day, very poor visibility. Peak temps of 67F in Calistoga (was 112F two days ago.) Oddly, the actual air quality was better today than yesterday by looking at online meters. But it sure did not look that way. It was like ...
by Roy Piper
September 7th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 495
Views: 28618

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Last Three Days ... St Helena.... 108, 112, 111(now) Santa Rosa... 103, 107, 109 (now) Tomorrow will be 100-104 in these areas. We talk about possible taint but forget what f*ck quality in many places in 2017 was actually the Labor Day heat. Well.... here we are. And no one will be able to claim th...
by Roy Piper
September 7th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 837

Re: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)

The Chards he made at Chalk Hill in the early 90s actually are some of the wines that GOT me into wine.
by Roy Piper
September 7th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 495
Views: 28618

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Last Three Days ... St Helena.... 108, 112, 111(now) Santa Rosa... 103, 107, 109 (now) Tomorrow will be 100-104 in these areas. We talk about possible taint but forget what f*ck quality in many places in 2017 was actually the Labor Day heat. Well.... here we are. And no one will be able to claim the...
by Roy Piper
September 7th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lokoya
Replies: 13
Views: 1385

Re: Lokoya

Kris Patten wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Mt. Veeder is the best and hardest to find IMO, maybe the best expression of Mt. Veeder Cabernet produced.
yes, it is
by Roy Piper
September 7th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22153

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

It's 111F in Calistoga at 2pm. Even more crazy is 109F in Santa Rosa. And even more crazy than that is Freestone is 102F. Freestone is usually 85F when Napa is 100F. It's fairly smokey everywhere right now and yesterday, too. Nothing like 2017, but after three weeks of this, and no letup in sight......
by Roy Piper
August 26th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22153

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Just because we had fires in August does not mean they won’t show up when we have 40mph winds in October.
by Roy Piper
August 26th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22153

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The 23rd and 24th were not good for Napa. Although the fires have mostly moved further away, the smoke finally came into the valley and we had 3/4 mile visibility, everywhere. Yesterday and today are much better. A lot of this is simply down to wind direction. The fire causing our troubles is the on...
by Roy Piper
August 21st, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spottswoode/Madrona Ranch
Replies: 15
Views: 1273

Re: Spottswoode/Madrona Ranch

I’ve had both many times. They are very different styles. The Spottswoode is in a softer red fruit, older school Napa style. The Madrona is built for age with much greater power and complexity imho. Some might say Spottswoode is elegant compared to Madrona. I think Spottswoode is all cabernet. Madr...
by Roy Piper
August 20th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 242
Views: 22153

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I just sent this to my list an hour ago but made the blog "public." Anyone interested can watch. It covers the fires and taint in the first 1/3. You can skip my berry tasting in the middle, if you want. The last 1/3 is the map of the fires and where we all are by comparison. Summary... the fires are...
by Roy Piper
July 25th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Roy Piper offer out!
Replies: 28
Views: 3539

Re: 2018 Roy Piper offer out!

IIRC Farella is one of the vineyards that very unfortunately got torched in the 2017 fires. Roy? (I'm pretty sure I remember talking with Jeff Ames about it and how he didn't make any Rudius wine from the vineyard that year). Yeah, the fires burned into his property that year. By 2018 Realm had sta...
by Roy Piper
July 24th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1469

Re: First Real Tribidrag??

Somehow I've never had Steve and Carole's Tribidrag, but will rectify that soon.
by Roy Piper
July 23rd, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer
Replies: 141
Views: 12097

Re: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer

Trying to pace myself...does anyone know when William & Mary typically releases their new vintage? Betting he sells before harvest this time. I had all 3 of his 2018s the day before bottling, in May. William has a new wine, I think it's gonna be called "Pickett Road." 100% Cab from a vineyard near ...
by Roy Piper
July 20th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines
Replies: 51
Views: 4770

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines

I have some sitting right next to me, as we speak. Have opened two of their wines (but not the Mission one) and really like them for the price. Gorgeous packaging! And I like the intention of this winery.
by Roy Piper
July 9th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becheur 2018 Cabernet
Replies: 195
Views: 10441

Re: Becheur 2018 Cabernet

This is the craziest thing I've seen in a while. I love it. [wow.gif]

I have no idea which vineyard this is from but guarantee you it ain't VHR or some Cru-level Oakville vineyard. He would be upside down if he purchased that juice in 2018.
by Roy Piper
July 9th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Kayli Morgan - Hundred Acre release
Replies: 13
Views: 1575

Re: 2017 Kayli Morgan - Hundred Acre release

Can anyone screenshot the letter? They are a gas to read and this one sounds like no exception.
by Roy Piper
July 8th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8501

Re: California Cult

I doubt the newer Harlan’s are bigger than the older ones. Certainly the 90’s Harlan’s were extravagant wines, and pleasing to me. Bryant however made perhaps the finest Cult wine for with their 1994 and 1995. Helen Turley! Newer Harlans since at least 2006 are more elegant and structured, with les...
by Roy Piper
July 8th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6257

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

For Napa... imho

1997... not really sure what happened here
2004... sexy ultra-ripeness lead to super short life
2007... turns out 2006 was better
by Roy Piper
May 17th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Napa Vintage
Replies: 26
Views: 2046

Re: 2014 Napa Vintage

A lot of Napa producers are pitching yeasts though aren't they Brian? Natives ferments don't seem all that ubiquitous in the region. Surprised to hear that they're struggling with ferments stalling. Napa seems like a region that would have a number of designed yeasts and all sorts of bells and whis...
by Roy Piper
April 21st, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB Piper Cab 2010-2015
Replies: 8
Views: 515

Re: WTB Piper Cab 2010-2015

Wish I could! But I have nothing left of anything in that grouping except 2014. pileon
by Roy Piper
March 6th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 184
Views: 10431

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

two more data points, just to put all this in the public domain: 1990 Ducru Beaucaillou: 12.16%, TA 0.52, pH 3.56 1955 La Mission Haut Brion (one of my all-time favorite Bordeaux): 12.1%, TA 0.58, pH 3.81 That 1955 number seems weird to me. 3.81 pH typically points to 13.5% in Bordeaux and 15% in N...
by Roy Piper
March 6th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 184
Views: 10431

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Here is a couple lab numbers for 2010 Clos Saint Jean “Deus Ex Machina” and 89 Lynch Bages.

2010 DxM
Alcohol 16.23%
Residual Sugar 1.2g/L
TA 5.2
pH 3.88

1989 Lynch Bages
Alcohol 13.36%
RS: 0.4g/L
TA: 4.8
pH: 3.73
by Roy Piper
February 15th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 2002

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

I can't stop worrying about the legal claim by Constellation that they can make any wine from anywhere in the world of any varietal, and call it ToKalon. I believe this is their intent, eventually. "2022 To-Kalon Wine Company Central Coast Chardonnay. $19"... anyone?
by Roy Piper
February 15th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Verite wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Verite wines

Back in the day, the wines were mostly from Bennett Valley, outside Sonoma, a very cool area that I believe someday is destined to be primarily Syrah/Grenache territory. Now they are made up of various parcels from Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley, Chalk Hill and Knight's Valley. The wines are made ...
by Roy Piper
February 13th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 25
Views: 1617

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Does Betz usually take 13 years to enter its "drinking window?"
by Roy Piper
January 18th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: (San Francisco) Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2640

Re: (San Francisco) Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM

I would like to attend the sold out K&L event. If anyone has an extra ticket, please text me at 707-266-4168. I am already going to the event the day before but would love to attend this one too. Thanks! Roy, looks like they put up some more tickets, see you there! Think I got one. Awful website fo...
by Roy Piper
January 17th, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1684

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I go to Littorai a couple times of year. Long-time fans should know he is back to making his "One Acre." Had it, and it was really good.
by Roy Piper
January 17th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 73
Views: 8956

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Went to visit their site... clicked on Shipping Information (https://www.tokalonvineyardcompany.com/shipping-information) and was led to this: "The Prisoner Wine Company is licensed to ship wine to the following states: AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NM, NY,...
by Roy Piper
January 17th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 30
Views: 2842

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

Uhhhhh, I would make your views known to the manager and if they don't get reasonable, not go there again. There are too many good restaurants in any city to deal with that.
by Roy Piper
January 17th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1856

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

Two experiences.... 1. Buy the 1999 Dominus in 2019, drink it, it has great secondary and tertiary aromas, but no fruit left and color is kinda gone. You like it. Decide... this has aged 20 years! 2. Buy the 1999 Dominus on release and by 2009, it it peaking for you. Every couple years later you try...
by Roy Piper
January 17th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2663

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Built into the question "should we evaluate natural wine differently?" is the following logic 1. Natural wines (perhaps) needs it's own category, for quality review 2. Because it typically does not rate as well 3. Because there is a price to pay for obsessing on "natural" 4. And against everything e...
by Roy Piper
January 17th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: (San Francisco) Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2640

Re: (San Francisco) Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux January 24, 2020, 5:30PM-7:30PM

I would like to attend the sold out K&L event. If anyone has an extra ticket, please text me at 707-266-4168. I am already going to the event the day before but would love to attend this one too. Thanks!
by Roy Piper
January 16th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 30
Views: 3395

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

As a guy whose buying tops out around Elysian/Maybach/2nd growths (i.e. mmmmaybe $200) I'm trying to figure out the $350 price tag. My first thought was that they are positioning their competitors/peers as Dominus and Opus One -- but wow a lot of back vintages of those are less than $350. Not only ...
by Roy Piper
December 28th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 140
Views: 13953

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

2018 is the best vintage for Napa since 2013 and perhaps only behind 2013, 2002, 1991 and 1974. You can throw a dart.
by Roy Piper
December 28th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1992

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Michael S. Monie wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 11:14 am
Let me reemphasize, I'm not judging artisan or producers with extremely small productions.
You probably should. [rofl.gif]
by Roy Piper
December 28th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3680

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Beckstoffer treats every vineyard and every block the same in Napa. If there was ever anyone who has a vineyard regimen, it’s him. Yet differences in quality between vineyards (and even blocks!) can be vast. Part of this is likely due to planting material, row direction, etc; in other words “human d...
by Roy Piper
December 28th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1992

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

Whisky sales in US are $18B per year. Sales of US-made wine was $47B. Foreign-made wine $23B. $70B total. In addition, one bottle of whisky goes a long way. Wine goes a for a night. Thus, you need more product to satiate demand for when people wish to actually... drink it. Supply... demand. I bet 1/...
by Roy Piper
December 25th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: TN: 2008 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I believe this was mostly made up of Moulds Family Vineyard. Kobalt of the mid-2000s is one of the wines that influenced my winemaking style and a prime reason I wanted into Moulds. The inky black color of that wine and my wines is all the Moulds influence.
by Roy Piper
December 2nd, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Piper Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Re: 2011 Piper Cabernet Sauvignon

Glad it showed well! I agree that my 11 is BDX-like. Lower alc, very slight pyrazine note that reminds me of a 1999 BDX from Pauillac. Age 8 and looks like it has some good time left.
by Roy Piper
November 4th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1880

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

Haha, yeah I knew that remark would gather some attention. Felt the discussion needed a little push. I think using a microscope is an odd choice but then again when I send a sample to the lab that’s what they use.😜
by Roy Piper
November 2nd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1880

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

They could all save a lot of time by just making sure their cellar is very clean, their equipment is sanitized every time they use it and minimize the use of very old barrels, which cannot be sanitized no matter what you do. Looking under a microscope just tells you what you “have”, not how to avoid...
by Roy Piper
October 28th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 20035

Re: Curious...

TomHill wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Kinda curious..any reports on fire damage to that Indian casino up there on the mountain?
Tom
As far as I hear, none. Literally burned their landscaping the first day but no buildings.
by Roy Piper
October 21st, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37333

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I stepped on a rattler once in a vineyard back in 2010. It was 7am just after dawn, during harvest. I could feel the squishy feel through my tennis shoes and knew it was a snake mid-step. Freaked me out. When I turned back to look at it, it must have been sleeping or something because it slowly unco...
by Roy Piper
October 19th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 37333

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Came off two nights ago at 3am. Two tons of Houyi.

26.1 brix, 3.4 TA, 3.81 pH. Surprisingly high YAN of 173 (I am usually sub-100.)
by Roy Piper
October 14th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.
Replies: 33
Views: 5356

Re: Why wineries fail at eCommerce.

Very interesting, Greg.
by Roy Piper
October 14th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for Barrels
Replies: 2
Views: 2615

Re: Looking for Barrels

Good luck Vamsi! I have none of those.

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