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by Marc Hauser
June 29th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 29
Views: 1496

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Generally wineries are open, but given the procedures to host, there are fewer spots, so make sure to call and book ahead. And when you go, please buy to your heart’s content - they need as much business as possible. Pity buying is highly encouraged.
by Marc Hauser
June 28th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2515

Re: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines

When I connected with Eric Asimov about how to submit wines, he responded that NYT only reviews wines that they buy and any submission to Eric is for "his edification" only. Not entirely sure what that means. I did send them some wine, but have no idea if they will ever get reviewed or how it works...
by Marc Hauser
June 28th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2515

Re: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines

The entire wine industry is pay-for-play. Since there's no magazine (remember those?) who is going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly a critic around the world and buy hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars worth of product a year, every wine journalist depends on the very peopl...
by Marc Hauser
June 28th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2515

Re: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines

I don’t think one can say what wines will become “cult” - otherwise, it can’t really be cult.

That’s like calling yourself cool.
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Honestly it seems like you are both taking it way too literally and, I don’t mean this as an insult but more as an observation of my own growth over 25+ years making wine where I am exposed to vineyards and the wines they produce EVERY DAY, don’t have a broad enough context to put this into. Terroi...
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Why yes, I did say appreciation of terroir is subjective. What aspects of wine individuals treasure is subjective. You can get complexity, depth and so on from so many factors. All of which are identifiable. Some of which is from terroir. Maybe you just haven't had wines like I have that had that e...
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I started off saying that it’s bullshit and faith. Jim, I respect your nuanced approach, that it may be there, but it’s not something objective and scientific. It may not be measurable, but that doesn't mean it's subjective or unscientific (in the sense that it's voodoo). There are lots of objectiv...
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I started off saying that it’s bullshit and faith. Jim, I respect your nuanced approach, that it may be there, but it’s not something objective and scientific. Sorry, it is objective and scientific. Just because elements of terroir are hardly relevant or lost in the mix in most wines? Who gives a c...
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I think a good and simple argument for terroir is you do not see Côte de beaune reds compete with Côte d’Or reds. I’m sure over time there has been examples however for the most part a Côte de beaune red just doesn’t get close. If they could there would be tons of them for $150-$1000 a bottle as wi...
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Man, I tried to stay out of this. The concept of terroir is innately difficult to both define and to grasp, the smaller the scale that one attempts in which to define it can seem to disprove it and attempting to show it in specific tastings, as Mel notes above, is nigh well impossible. That does no...
by Marc Hauser
June 14th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I think a good and simple argument for terroir is you do not see Côte de beaune reds compete with Côte d’Or reds. I’m sure over time there has been examples however for the most part a Côte de beaune red just doesn’t get close. If they could there would be tons of them for $150-$1000 a bottle as wi...
by Marc Hauser
June 11th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

It’s the “sense” part that I find bullshit. I’m not denying existence of places. This is one of those relapsing bullshit arguments where people feel compelled to choose a side when the answer is "both." Can you tell the difference between a cabernet made in the same manner by the same vintner in th...
by Marc Hauser
June 10th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

It’s the “sense” part that I find bullshit. I’m not denying existence of places. Are you saying someone can't be familiar with key site derived signatures in a wine, then out of a continuum of double-blind tasting correctly identify a wine as being from that area, despite the wine being from a prod...
by Marc Hauser
June 10th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Matt Fleming wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 11:21 am
Marc Hauser wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 6:52 am

I agree that different plots/vineyards create different wines, but sense of place?

? What is a vineyard but a place?
It’s the “sense” part that I find bullshit. I’m not denying existence of places.
by Marc Hauser
June 10th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

You can disagree with my opinion, and I can disagree with yours. But objectively “wrong”? Seems like this thread shows that’s a tough one to prove. It’s kinda like faith in a god. Tough to prove there is or isn’t a god, so there’s faith. That doesn’t make faith right or wrong - it’s a personal pers...
by Marc Hauser
June 9th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I always thought the concept of terroir was bullshit anyway. Well, on this you are wrong. But the tug of war between terroir, wine growing/making, vintage, and other factors, is real, and always present. You can disagree with my opinion, and I can disagree with yours. But objectively “wrong”? Seems...
by Marc Hauser
June 9th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6835

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I always thought the concept of terroir was bullshit anyway.
by Marc Hauser
May 22nd, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Charbono - Impressions and Lab Results
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: 2018 Ridge Charbono - Impressions and Lab Results

How cool - my good friends at Judd’s Hill make a Charbono sourced from Suisun Valley and it’s delicious in the way you describe. I’ll have to hunt out the Ridge, which the website says is sourced from up in Calistoga.
by Marc Hauser
April 26th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 188
Views: 11264

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Adam Frisch wrote:
April 26th, 2020, 3:07 pm
...
Compliance here in the states is a nightmare. I don't know how it got this bad.
It has always been bad.
by Marc Hauser
April 24th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 32
Views: 1977

Re: TN: 2016 Trump Cabernet Sauvignon

What if you inject it with bleach?
by Marc Hauser
April 18th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3497

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

The capsule is like the appendix. Serves no purpose and you might cut yourself trying to remove it.
by Marc Hauser
March 27th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1890

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

What a weird claim.
by Marc Hauser
March 24th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock and Lioco
Replies: 10
Views: 819

Re: TN: Bedrock and Lioco

Rich Brown wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 8:14 am
Marc Hauser wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 10:04 pm
Weird. Did you reach out to Bedrock?
Not doubting the picture (like you said, theres one on CT), but come on. The lengthy description of the wine included in the release is pretty clear. Sometimes you just gotta chalk it up to #UserError
Oh, I don’t disagree.
by Marc Hauser
March 23rd, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock and Lioco
Replies: 10
Views: 819

Re: TN: Bedrock and Lioco

Weird. Did you reach out to Bedrock?
by Marc Hauser
March 23rd, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock and Lioco
Replies: 10
Views: 819

Re: TN: Bedrock and Lioco

If you look on CT, there’s a label for this wine that indeed says “Cabernet Pfeffer” alone on the front, but the bottle itself has a label that replaces those words with “Red Wine”. Adam, maybe you saw the mockup label on CT?
by Marc Hauser
March 15th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 44
Views: 3154

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

This why I think the new world did the right thing by starting to put varietals on the label. That was an easy way to democratize wine and make it more accessible. The French, the Italians and the Spanish are still clouding their wines in this regard, and it makes it less accessible for non-experts...
by Marc Hauser
March 15th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3165

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Ah, WineBerserkers. Come for the debates over whether CA wines are overrated, stay for the pandemic policy opinions.
by Marc Hauser
March 11th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7872

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I’ve heard from friends here (Napa) that they’re seeing less traffic, large tasting groups are canceling, and hotels have unusual vacancy. Also, this reporting: https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.co ... oronavirus
by Marc Hauser
March 11th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 1845

Re: Thoughts on Dave Phinney wines?

Markus S wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Difficult to spend real money on wines with ridiculous sounding names.
You’re referring to the Sine Qua Non wines, right?
by Marc Hauser
February 17th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 5270

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2008 Sonoma County Pinot. Simply delightful and still running strong. Great balance, lots of fruit and acid.

He started doing RRV Pinot futures this year. I bit for a case.
by Marc Hauser
February 12th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3269

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

Philip N. Jones wrote:
February 11th, 2020, 10:21 pm
On this thread, I have twice asked for evidence of declining popularity of zin, or evidence that its popularity is cyclical. All I received in response has been silence.
This is a fair question. Someone ITB with access to Nielsen should be able to pull sales info.
by Marc Hauser
February 9th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 5270

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Opened a 2016 OMV last night. Still on the young side, but coming into its own. Lots of mushroom on the nose for me. Impeccable balance, although it’s still on the early side for the fruit to explode. I’ve been buying a mixed case of zin futures for years now (easily the best deal in wine), and my s...
by Marc Hauser
February 9th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 3269

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

Other examples of boom/bust: There was a steep drop in Merlot sales pre- and post-“Sideways”. Carneros was the center of Pinot until it wasn’t. Australian Shiraz.

I’d agree with Jay that 99% (don’t trust that number) of zin sold isn’t of the style loved by WB (myself included).
by Marc Hauser
February 8th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date
Replies: 143
Views: 12445

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date

Was *really* hoping to limit this to a few whites and roses due to space/budget limits in the wake of Carlisle, Rivers-Marie and Berserker Day, but I am unfortunately intrigued by the description of the “wedding” wine. Anybody know anything about that one? I will write about this at greater length ...
by Marc Hauser
January 22nd, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 12
Views: 1727

Re: Napa and Sonoma

Lawrence, here is a list of my favorites and where I purchase my wines. All but two are in Sonoma. My purchases of Napa wines is rare these days. Will give a brief description of each and where they are located. In no particular order. You can bunch several of these together based on location and m...
by Marc Hauser
January 20th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 61
Views: 3514

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

In this regard, wine is a lot like playing the slots. Or fishing. Or discovering a new band. Or opening a pack of baseball cards. You wait to get that hit, and it succeeds or fails, and then you do it again, because it’s never quite perfect, but you always have in mind that chance of hitting the jac...
by Marc Hauser
January 17th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 30
Views: 2831

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

decant the mag into 2 750s Ah, a perfect illustration of tranching, to create economic value. One "AAA"-rated senior bottle and one non-rated equity bottle, from the same pool, leaving a nice corkage arbitrage. [wow.gif] It only gets interesting when we start selling corkage default swaps on those ...
by Marc Hauser
January 12th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Promontory
Replies: 24
Views: 2766

Re: Promontory

What is the wine price off the mailing list currently?
by Marc Hauser
January 5th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tough outlook for US wine industry
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: Tough outlook for US wine industry

Doesn't help that the US wine industry hasn't got any export whatsoever to ease the pain. US wine dies or soars with the US consumer. That’s not totally true. The US exported 41.7mm cases in 2018 https://www.wineinstitute.org/resources/pressroom/04082019 , which is probably about 10% of production ...
by Marc Hauser
December 17th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Massican Sauvignon '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: TN: Massican Sauvignon '18...(short/boring)

Tom, in contrast, I haven’t liked the Bedrock SBs, but find the Massican SBs very compelling. We agree on Dry Creek, though.....
by Marc Hauser
October 30th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19899

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Winds picking up in Napa today.
by Marc Hauser
October 27th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19899

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Evac advisory for Calistoga just issued.
by Marc Hauser
October 7th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3972

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Wine Berserkers. Come for the tasting notes. Stay for the zoning debates.
by Marc Hauser
October 4th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10444

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Thanks for the tip - bought a pile o’ stuff.
by Marc Hauser
October 4th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1827

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Marcu$ Stanley wrote:
October 4th, 2019, 10:30 am
The Gallo-Constellation deal was for only $1.7 million? For 30 brands? So $50,000 a brand? Either that's an error or the wine business must be very low margin
Yeah, that’s a typo. It was $1.7 billion.
by Marc Hauser
October 3rd, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3446

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

I predict nothing will change and this Board will be having the same conversation making the same predictions 18 months from now.
by Marc Hauser
September 22nd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Caymus Zinfandel winemaker?
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Old Caymus Zinfandel winemaker?

Not meant to be snarky, but did you contact the winery? I’d suspect they’d be excited that someone is interested in their history, particularly one like Caymus that’s been around a long time.
by Marc Hauser
September 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 19340

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 5:13 pm
H Wallace Jr wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Order in. My daughter gets the '16s and my son will get the '18s.
Well done sir.
My child is not good enough for these wines...
by Marc Hauser
September 15th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 36408

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

50% chance of rain Monday morning here in Napa.

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