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by Marc Hauser
February 17th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 51
Views: 2628

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: 2748

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: 51
Views: 2628

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: 2748

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: 140
Views: 10393

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: 1642

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: 3338

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: 2740

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: 12
Views: 1420

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: 1448

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: 220

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: 19677

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: 19677

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: 3927

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: 10245

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: 1778

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: 3383

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: 532

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: 18971

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: 33693

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

50% chance of rain Monday morning here in Napa.
by Marc Hauser
September 15th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

You can keep up with harvest reports here: https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/nap ... 62172.html

There’s a threat of rain tomorrow morning.
by Marc Hauser
September 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5426

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

I had to stop the Jeremy Nickel video half way it was so cringe worthy. If somebody had to ask what is wrong with wine and the industry I would show them that video. Coincidentally, I had a bottle of Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard 03 this past April and it was great lol. Have to agree. That even...
by Marc Hauser
September 6th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2720

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

I think that this thread is a good example of why people don't like wine snobs. Like rock snobs. Or art snobs.
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8077

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

You are clueless. I personally know folks who paid cash for million dollar plus homes, Lamborghini’s, custom cycles, race cars and in one case a new set of teeth all from pot money. Those are individuals. Not companies. Execs and founders may be comped well (some of them work for my clients), but t...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8077

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

Living in Colorado I see some folks making money beyond belief from THC and CBD products. Way more more than from grape juice. If they're operating legally, they're not making money from THC products, due to the federal tax rules. It's why the US companies have great gross margins, are lucky to hav...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8077

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

Adam, AUS and NZ don't have the same labor costs. They've adapted and mechanized. They also have historically export-friendly currencies. We've done so on the low end but have been slow to adopt on the mid to high tier. And, quite honestly, CA is a tough state to operate in. There is a lot of cost ...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8077

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

Vineyards will move to the next cash crop...pot. Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Peti...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 101
Views: 8077

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

Vineyards will move to the next cash crop...pot. Which will then crash and burn, even harder than grapes, as the supply far outgrows demand - unless enough gets siphoned off to the black market. Watch for increases in arrests on this front in the coming decade. Adam's 100 tons of unpicked Lodi Peti...
by Marc Hauser
September 4th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 598

Re: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?

Had Spiritterra's Muscadine wines. Certainly have that Muscadine funk taste. Indescribable unless you haven't had it before. Touch of burned doll and petrol in there, too. It's almost Retsina-like at times. Not very pleasant. I keep being fascinated with Muscadine, though. Just ordered a few bottle...
by Marc Hauser
August 26th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9445

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Yes, this was a lower end Chard, for sure. Mass market. Don't even recall what producer, I suppressed it. But a few months back I had Stag's Leap (which was also on the cheaper side, admittedly) - same thing. And numerous other ones. It's what's kept me away from Chards over the years and only by t...
by Marc Hauser
August 26th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: TN: 2007 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

I just opened my last bottle of the 2008 this weekend. Here's my notes: Medium ruby red. Sweet and seductive nose of blueberry, strawberry, cherry, roses. Medium body on the palate with focused acidity, some tannin. Smooth and silky, lots of fruit. Sour cherry, strawberry. Not much on the midpalate ...
by Marc Hauser
August 24th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9445

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

More than any other grape varietal, I seem to always get a kind of chemical, artificial taste with them, unless I kind of splash on Failla or Lioco etc. But all the everyday Chards I buy are all awful. Oak can muddle things up, but it's not that, it's something else that just feels processed. What ...
by Marc Hauser
August 9th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3711

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Wait, the research hasn't been done? There is a lot of certainty in this thread for not having any actual scientific data. Come on. It's 2019. Who needs science when you have belief? If there's emotional resonance to your idea, then it's a good one. And you're entitled to hold it with all your stre...
by Marc Hauser
August 8th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3711

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I can tell you definitively that there is no possible way for wine grapes to be tainted by cannabis flowers in any way. The resin that is produced by cannabis flowers is a solid and cannot be airborne. There's no chemical way the aroma from these flowers can bind with sugars or the skins of grapes ...
by Marc Hauser
August 4th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed
Replies: 9
Views: 974

Re: Chenin Blanc Parentage Revealed

I was hoping for a DNA test clip from “Maury”.
by Marc Hauser
July 20th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine experiences in Napa
Replies: 22
Views: 1550

Re: Wine experiences in Napa

Judd’s Hill does a blending day camp https://www.juddshill.com/page?pageid=5 ... 29D756510E
by Marc Hauser
July 10th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3239

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 3:38 am
Rich Salsano wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 3:08 am

Matthiasson - Steve’s wines are phenomenal and his cab and merlot and Bordeaux style “red” are all what I would consider old school

I have only had whites from them. Where are they located and do they take visitors?
They’re in Napa on the NE end and they do now take visitors.
by Marc Hauser
July 8th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3239

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Stony Hill
Chappellet
by Marc Hauser
July 5th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3749

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Buy Australian Shiraz based on a certain critic’s scores.
by Marc Hauser
July 4th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist

Matthiasson is now doing visits at their new winery, on the estate vineyard, which is one of the most unassuming in Napa (it is the polar opposite of Darioush). Steve is one of the most prominent consultants and winemakers of The New California Wine style (or whatever it’s now called). The main pers...
by Marc Hauser
June 28th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 3046

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

A case of Scherrer zin and about 250 tacos.
by Marc Hauser
June 18th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cannabis&Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 761

Re: Cannabis&Wine

It’s more of a risk for the lower price point wines and beer.
by Marc Hauser
June 17th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1911

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Spent the evening at the home of a winemaker friend. He opened a 2002 Napa cab/merlot blend made by his Dad (it runs in the family). It was de-lovely.
by Marc Hauser
May 19th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.
Replies: 19
Views: 856

Re: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.

Last time I did an inventory, I discovered I was off by 20%. That was both a good and a bad day.
by Marc Hauser
March 19th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 1164

Re: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)

Tom, I agree with you w/r/t the Bedrock single vineyard SBs, but I was disappointed by the Sonoma County bottling. I found it lifeless. Probably the only Bedrock I’ve had that I didn’t like.
by Marc Hauser
March 18th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1854

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

Cat pee, because it's the funniest.
by Marc Hauser
March 16th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box..WOW!
Replies: 28
Views: 2967

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

Boxes are dead at retail.

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