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by Roy Piper
February 15th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 1701

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: 946

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: 14
Views: 833

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: 1275

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: 1464

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: 67
Views: 7786

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: 2739

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: 1752

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: 2467

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: 1275

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: 26
Views: 2169

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: 123
Views: 10222

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: 1862

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: 3555

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: 1862

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: 300

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: 526

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: 1766

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: 1766

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: 19664

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: 33093

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: 33093

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: 4357

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: 1426

Re: Looking for Barrels

Good luck Vamsi! I have none of those.
by Roy Piper
October 14th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Picking Houyi on Friday. I wish that 85-87F heat next week were here right now. Would love two more days of that. But the canopy is starting to go and I am 3% raisins even though brix is not that high (for me.) [berserker.gif]
by Roy Piper
October 14th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I am coming off Moulds on Friday. 26.6 brix 287g Gluc/Fruc 3.8 TA 3.66 pH 72 YAN About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away. So you'll do a water add and acid bump before fermentation? I did a 22 gallon saignee off ...
by Roy Piper
October 8th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4030

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Have backup generator at wine storage and the winery. But the winery is in Calistoga.... well, if a fire starts and I can't GET TO the winery, then it does little good. More worried about smoke taint than any other outcome. Still 1/3 of Napa Cab is hanging out there. Power will be shut off here in S...
by Roy Piper
October 4th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Picked Moulds today. Glad to be underway. 3-tons. Fruit was in great shape. I notice a very slight herbaceous streak in everything coming through the winery. Might add a slight Bordeaux note to Cabs this year. Also, I've not seen a single lot of Cab anywhere yet that has reached 27 brix. That is unu...
by Roy Piper
October 4th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I am coming off Moulds on Friday. 26.6 brix 287g Gluc/Fruc 3.8 TA 3.66 pH 72 YAN About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away. So you'll do a water add and acid bump beef fermentation? No acid, but perhaps a 3% saigne...
by Roy Piper
October 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I am coming off Moulds on Friday.

26.6 brix
287g Gluc/Fruc
3.8 TA
3.66 pH
72 YAN

About what I like. I will say that the grapes do not TASTE 26.6. More like 25.5. Glad to get started. Houyi is 10-14 days away.
by Roy Piper
October 1st, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I am coming off in 5-6 days in Moulds. The next 10 days are 69-79F. Simply won’t gain any ripeness in this period so why wait? We will be 42-44F at night starting Sunday so that will shut the vines down. I am 25.5-26.5 and 4.5-5 TA, 3.65-3.75. The canopy won’t last 10 days so off I come next week. ...
by Roy Piper
September 26th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I am coming off in 5-6 days in Moulds. The next 10 days are 69-79F. Simply won’t gain any ripeness in this period so why wait? We will be 42-44F at night starting Sunday so that will shut the vines down. I am 25.5-26.5 and 4.5-5 TA, 3.65-3.75. The canopy won’t last 10 days so off I come next week. L...
by Roy Piper
September 25th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: What's your estimated production cost per case?
Replies: 20
Views: 4302

Re: What's your estimated production cost per case?

$720-850 per case.
by Roy Piper
September 23rd, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4507

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

Not sure the 20-year thing matters. Over 20-years you have different winemakers and there is no guarantee the one there now is as good as whoever was there in 1999. Also, not sure that many of the listed are "old school." Most have alcs in the 14.1-14.9% range and that's just the label! Plus, not al...
by Roy Piper
September 23rd, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Red Flag fire alert going tonight and tomorrow. Will be 100-103F and 15-17% humidity. PG&E lso looking to turn off electricity near the hills in Sonoma and Napa.

My Moulds is 25.2, 5.3, 3.56.

But I feel that flavors are behind brix. Wake me up when pH hits 3.70. Guessing 2 to 2.5 weeks.
by Roy Piper
September 22nd, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Yeah looks like an iffy week. I think we need to watch for the winds on Tues/Wed. Could be fire weather.
by Roy Piper
September 21st, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I hear Tues/Wed might not only hit 100-103F but might have very low humidity and.... drumroll... high winds. Does anyone have any update on this rumor?
by Roy Piper
September 18th, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Was coming on here to see if Merrill had picked yet. Gotta figure Calistoga is 24-25 brix by now, which I think is usually in her wheelhouse. I am going to both my vineyards tomorrow to see where they are at.
by Roy Piper
September 16th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

Brix to me is running ahead of flavor. I am 2-3 weeks out for my first pick. No one has picked Cab yet because there is no reason to. We had 0.1 inches today. Next ten days is 77-95F. Pretty much in the catbird seat. Berries smaller than last year. Tonnage is average to average-plus. Could be a top ...
by Roy Piper
September 16th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 12
Views: 2377

Re: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.

I’ve sent a few of my buyers there. Excellent staff there and they pour a bunch of wines. Great location.
by Roy Piper
September 11th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5423

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Constellation now owns The Prisoner too. And they own Franciscan, who occupied it previously.
by Roy Piper
September 11th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5423

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Alan, I think it is important for several reasons... 1. It could lead to Constellation taking action against anyone (other than itself) from using the ToKalon name, even in marketing conversation, maybe even in print, even if the land was known as ToKalon long before the company ever existed. 2. The...
by Roy Piper
September 11th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5423

Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

When I think of “terroir” in Napa, the vineyard that most comes to mind is ToKalon, in Oakville. It is clearly one of the best vineyards and certainly the biggest name. No one doubts its quality. A bottle of wine with the name “ToKalon” on it carries consistently higher prices than any other large v...
by Roy Piper
September 11th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8055

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

I have been quietly offered fruit I’ve not seen available in a long time. Two years ago there was nothing available. Now even some great vineyards are. And at prices below what I would have guessed. But I am standing pat at my current size for at least another year or so. I don’t know many taking ad...
by Roy Piper
September 1st, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer 2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3013

Re: Greer 2016

I had the 2016 Greer next to the 2015 MacDonald at ReddWood a month ago. Pop and pour for each, with a winery owner from the Stags Leap District. Consensus was MacD was just a small margin ahead of the Greer, but not by a lot. Which gives you an idea how good it is. Aaron told me a year ago the 2016...
by Roy Piper
September 1st, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33093

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Brix taste like 21 at Moulds and 20 at Houyi. Guessing 5-6 weeks out. No hurry. Really don't care about brix anyway. If I had to watch a number it would be pH and I am looking for 3.65-3.75 at pick. Usually find the rest falls in line at those levels.
by Roy Piper
August 19th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?

Corks do breathe. I can see it myself. The cork starts to harden and shrink ever so slightly over time. This allows a tiny bit of air in over many years. Eventually the corks get brittle and break when you try to remove them, when they are very old. Given a vacuum is formed in the wine when bottled,...
by Roy Piper
August 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?
Replies: 13
Views: 1206

Re: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?

Hey! The 14 is a bit more structured than some of my wines, but I don't think it would be any more so in a mag. I think mags last longer because the volume to oxygen ingress over time, is less. As super small amounts of air get into a 750ml, it has a larger effect than the same cork size allowing in...

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