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by Roy Piper
November 17th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab
Replies: 10
Views: 1785

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: 1785

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: 1785

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: 30
Views: 1813

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: 569
Views: 36712

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: 1720

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: 1720

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: 35
Views: 3370

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: 7377
Views: 457197

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: 1815

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: 349
Views: 32279

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: 1341

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: 349
Views: 32279

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: 60635

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: 60635

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: 60635

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: 877

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: 877

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: 60635

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: 4017

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: 60635

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: 60635

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: 60635

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...
by Roy Piper
October 1st, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

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...
by Roy Piper
September 29th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

Bad news... 50-50 new Red Flag warning for Napa and Sonoma starting Wednesday. Just announced. Temps over 100, low humidity and slight to modest winds.
[smileyvault-ban.gif]
by Roy Piper
September 29th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

Add to this list of survivors...

Venge
Grace Family
Hunnicutt
Vineyard 7&8
by Roy Piper
September 29th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

I can confirm with my own eyes today or from the owners/winemakers that the following wineries are good...

Forman
Seven Stones (just one guest house lost)
Eisele
Fleming
Tuck Beckstoffer
Mending Wall
Napa Reserve
by Roy Piper
September 28th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

They did a full evac of the city of Calistoga, which seemed like being overly cautious. But it seems warranted as the fire is in the hills above it as of 30 min ago.
by Roy Piper
September 28th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

I saw a fire developing behind Grace Family a bit ago that looked ominous. And I hear a car just drove into the Oakville Grocery Store, which if true, seems like a good sum-up of 2020 for Napa.
by Roy Piper
September 28th, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

by Roy Piper
September 28th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

Thanks, Ben. Jenn and I evacuated last night from the Summerfield Lane/Spring Lake/Howarth Park area of Santa Rosa at 2am. She went to a friends in Petaluma and I am in Yountville. I got to sleep at 4am and just got up 20 min ago. We left early last night when we saw all the roads out of the area cl...
by Roy Piper
September 28th, 2020, 2:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

Josh Grossman wrote:
September 28th, 2020, 2:46 am
Jenn and I lived on Mountain Hawk and San Ramon and moved after the 2017 fires. Now tonight we have evacuated where we moved too after leaving the SkyHawk area. Crazy.
by Roy Piper
September 27th, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

A titanic set of 3 fires has broken out on Spring Mountain. One behind Brasswood/CIA, one near Fantesca, one near the top near Pride. This is already worse than the Glass Fire. This is gargantuan and could threaten St Helena. These are apparently threatening Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, as ...
by Roy Piper
September 27th, 2020, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

A titanic set of 3 fires has broken out on Spring Mountain. One behind Brasswood/CIA, one near Fantesca, one near the top near Pride. This is already worse than the Glass Fire. This is gargantuan and could threaten St Helena.
by Roy Piper
September 27th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

Frick, fire starting on Spring Mtn near Schweiger,
by Roy Piper
September 27th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60635

Re: #GlassFire

This is bad. As of right now... Fire is 2400 acres and no containment It jumped Silverado Trail briefly near Ehlers Lane and went past the Napa River, but they got it out Burned in and around Merus, Neal, Tuck Beckstoffer, Mending Wall, Failla, Jones Family, Reverie, Viader, Burgess, Zaikin, Dana "L...
by Roy Piper
September 26th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck
Replies: 38
Views: 3585

Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

Jeb is wrong.😜

2019 is the best Pinot year ever. No question. 2019 will be for Pinot what 2013 was for Cab. You heard it here first. And I don’t even make Pinot!
by Roy Piper
September 26th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

FWIW, I think the taint would be more of a taste and retronasal thing at this point than a smell. Enzymes in your saliva can break down the glycosides and free some of the volatile phenolic compounds. Some of them also break down as the wine ferments although I think the amount depends on the pH. I...
by Roy Piper
September 26th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

In 2008 the wineries said fu¢k it and some bottled wine knowing it was seriously tainted. I think they have better understanding of the data these days. It’s magical to me how half the fruit was on the vine when the fires hit in 2017 but in release letters, everything seems to have been off the vin...
by Roy Piper
September 26th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Jeff, a highly doubt “there will be great wine made” in 2020. Does every vintage have to produce some great wine? No Does Mother Nature always comply with favorable conditions? No. There are great winemakers out there but sometimes it’s just out of their control. Mother Nature didn’t throw a curveb...
by Roy Piper
September 24th, 2020, 10:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 569
Views: 36712

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My area has turned into a small city the last couple of days, with so much picking going on and the traffic it creates (a car for each picker, multiple tractors and trucks hauling bins full of fruit). I think there is a heat spike forecast for this weekend - this is probably a rush to get them all ...
by Roy Piper
September 24th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 569
Views: 36712

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Brought in Moulds yesterday. Lab shows 26.5 brix, 3.8 TA, 3.80 pH. Pretty much the dream. Now we have to keep my fingers crossed but I am not getting my hopes up just in case.
by Roy Piper
September 24th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 210
Views: 23971

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Roy, what do you think are some of the other plots that are “as good as Macdonald” but not recognized because they are blended? Oh boy, don't get me started.... A few spots in Mondavi ToKalon are very close, but I am not sure how well they manage that, sometimes. I-Block, which makes the great Sauv...
by Roy Piper
September 24th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 210
Views: 23971

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Glad to see this post bumped. However, two years later and nothing has truly surfaced as becoming the "next MacD", a true anomaly for sure! [dash1.gif] And nothing will. Because you have to get dirt of that quality, first. There are patches of dirt roughly at the MacD level in other places, but 99/...
by Roy Piper
September 24th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 210
Views: 23971

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Joe B wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 10:02 am
JohnP wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 8:10 am
NED VALOIS wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 8:00 am
Maybe it is the secret MacDonald's Reserve that only a few of us get ?
I call bs...wait, is there such a thing?
I’m not telling but.......
Don't worry folks, he is just teasing. MacD makes just one wine. [snort.gif]
by Roy Piper
September 24th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Fascinating responses and a lot to cover... We've had fires for 4 straight years now and I don't think we are done with fires in 2020. Typically, October is fire season, not September. We had the stunning fires from 2017 in Napa and Santa Rosa that messed up a lot of grapes still on the vine, althou...
by Roy Piper
September 23rd, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

If it has that acrid edge I’ve tasted on many tainted Cabs it wouldn’t be a buy at any price. OMMV, they’d better hit it with lots of new oak and cross their fingers. Aussies have bush fires all the time. One of them told me this is one reason they like American Oak..... vanilla masks it better tha...
by Roy Piper
September 22nd, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Jeff I think the key thing will be transparency. Wineries will need to be honest about taint test results to gain the confidence of their customers. Btw I have seen no evidence of smoke taint appearing after 10-20 years. It pops out no later than 6-9 months after bottling. Paul I think that is gene...
by Roy Piper
September 22nd, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32279

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I think 2020 CA fire zone reds are going to be extremely tough sales to folks like us. 2017 was a much different situation in that quite a bit of the fruit was already harvested. With so much exposure to smoke taint, I myself will be very leery of purchasing 2020 in any sizeable quantity. This isn'...
by Roy Piper
September 22nd, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary - September 22nd!
Replies: 190
Views: 13934

Re: William & Mary - September 22nd!

Philip G wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 9:45 am
Changed my cart multiple times and settled on 3-3-3. Will I be kicking myself in 5 years for not getting more of that Napa Cab?
At $75? Probably kicking. But you will be shooting yourself for not getting more than 3 of the Estate Cab at $110.

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