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by Alan Rath
April 24th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10732
Views: 476841

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Wait, you mean there are two Fu's scouring the globe for unicorn wines. I'll just hang up my credit cards now.
by Alan Rath
April 24th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

This time around my googling turned up some better links. It never made any sense to me that there could be sulfides or mercaptans produced in a match strike; it's an oxidizing environment, whatever's there has to be... oxidized (as in SO2), not reduced. Here are some links that (assuming they are a...
by Alan Rath
April 24th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau Musar Rosé (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau Musar Rosé (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)

Several of us had a dinner with a few Musar wines a couple months back. Some of the conversation was around how long it can take for the grapes to get from the vineyard to the winery, especially when there is shooting going on. One report was they can sit around for as long as two weeks! So nothing ...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau Musar Rosé (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau Musar Rosé (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)

I’m flabbergasted you could get botrytis in that climate
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few nice wines with fellow Berserkers
Replies: 3
Views: 407

TN: A few nice wines with fellow Berserkers

A few Bay Area Berserkers got together for dinner recently: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (4/23/2019) Fabulous medium intensity, lovely saline and mineral notes, really quite mineral, this needs time;...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

I'd claim that everyone means 'sulfur related compound' (aka thiol/disulfide/mercaptan) when they mean reduction or reductive winemaking So you don't think Meadows ever means SO2? If so, I'd love for him to be more descriptive. Because the nature of that aroma tells me something about what it might...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Are you still a non-believer wrt struck match being a sulfur/thiol related compound Alan? The above seems pretty conclusive to me. It's my impression that 'reductive' winemaking (i.e. sulfur related compounds) has more to do with the lees than anything else. I.e. the wine doesn't necessarily have t...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Alan, how is that different than my take? Reduction CAN lead to mercaptans, didn't I say that? Yes, you did. My response was that I don't really know what "reduction" means in wine. Meadows uses it relentlessly in his tasting notes. But a "reduced" wine, or a wine that suffers from "reduction" has ...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Brandon, I think we first need to define what those qualities are. My post wasn't meant to be condescending, just a broader complaint about the use of "reductive" (not directed at you specifically). I'm not even sure I agree with Greg's distinction (and to be honest, I'm not completely sure what he ...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 54
Views: 2196

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

It's certainly possible that there is a problem at some addresses, or specific wines. OTOH, I can't remember the last time I had an obviously bretty Burg. It's never been something I've noticed in any wine at La Paulee, for example, where a lot of quality wines get poured. As for Meadows, given tha...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

To me, the whole premise of this thread is confusing (which is not to say the question raised isn't a good one, just that it needs to be cast differently). First, it's not clear that the various contributors are even talking about the same thing when they use the word "reductive" (in my mind, one of...
by Alan Rath
April 23rd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13

Yeah, and none of that Juge, Hirtzberger, or Keller crap.
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1875
Views: 149658

Re: Steak Porn

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 5:56 pm
We have a ranch hand that physically lives on property. I don’t have to do anything other than eat the beasties.
Not a rancher
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 10:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13

Better be damn good neener
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: Paris itinerary / wine accessible restaurants

Love Septime. BTG can be a great way to go as well as a single drinker. 110 de Taillevent has some excellent btg selections and outstanding food.
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 148
Views: 5822

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Alan, you also should remember that the morning of my banishment Squires deleted both your and my posts from late night before to present us as "bad guys" in an argument with Parker over a certain new label and wine maker (KB involved in the discussion). I had to do some "clean up" via emails to ex...
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 54
Views: 2196

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

But, the trade and wine writers really have a choice right now. "Help" producers or help consumers. If it picks the latter, a few producers might be hurt who are called out where the wines turn out not to have brett. That would be horrible, but if it is quiet and there is a problem that is widespre...
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 54
Views: 2196

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

I don't know Howard- too soon to tell. I will tell you that the article was a surprise to me and left me completely dismayed because that was my first impulse when I read of the possibility of this becoming the next premox. The analog to premox is not a good one. If a particular domaine (or wine) h...
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 54
Views: 2196

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

So, is your recommendation that we stop buying red Burgundy until this is figured out? Please, please, yes. It's certainly possible that there is a problem at some addresses, or specific wines. OTOH, I can't remember the last time I had an obviously bretty Burg. It's never been something I've notic...
by Alan Rath
April 22nd, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 148
Views: 5822

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Jürgen Steinke wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 8:34 am
Who expected ever that somebody is always right?
Parker did
by Alan Rath
April 20th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Alan, I assume you were able to taste the '03s young (I did not taste them young). Do you feel that '15 is going to turn out like '03, or do you think '15 has enough extra acidity to make it meaningfully different? Asking because I strongly dislike '03, and will consider pumping the brakes on '15 i...
by Alan Rath
April 20th, 2019, 12:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 148
Views: 5822

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

The deletion of the epic Negam-Aki Thread was an inexcusable loss of modern financial market history. That was deleted? Have you reached out to ask if they have it in archive form? That was an incredible thread. I have a PDF of the entire thread, at least through April 2010. Someone archived it and...
by Alan Rath
April 19th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

I have a bottle each of the 2015 Prager Achleiten and Bodenstein Riesling Smaragds, if anyone could comment on these and drinking windows in context of the vintage. With the caveat that others will probably disagree with me: I think almost anything from 15 in both Germany and Austria (except perhap...
by Alan Rath
April 19th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Alan, I assume you were able to taste the '03s young (I did not taste them young). Do you feel that '15 is going to turn out like '03, or do you think '15 has enough extra acidity to make it meaningfully different? Asking because I strongly dislike '03, and will consider pumping the brakes on '15 i...
by Alan Rath
April 19th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?
Replies: 14
Views: 1002

Re: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?

If stored properly, and seal is good, I think they can last a long time. A couple years ago I stumbled on a Mortlach 16 I had purchased in Edinburgh back in 2001. It was stellar (wish I could get more of that bottling). That's only about 15 years, but at least one data point for you. I have Cognac I...
by Alan Rath
April 19th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s this wine flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 552

Re: What’s this wine flaw

The rubber tire aroma is probably a mercaptan (also called thiol), which is the analog of an alcohol with a sulfur atom replacing the oxygen. There are all kinds of mercaptans, some of which smell pretty bad, and some of which offer more interesting aromas (the smell of coffee, for example, is in pa...
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Then do you really like Riesling, or do you just like acidic wine? Not meant as an insult, just an observation. Love Riesling. Prefer the versions that fall on the acidic side of what most would deem "well-balanced." Also, I like acidic wine. :-D Alan, Your comment surprises me. How do you feel the...
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

That's surprising, Alan. Both '10 and '15 are vintages of high ripeness and high acidity, though I think '10 is higher in both. I find '15 to be much more consistent and balanced. Hmm, I can only say that 15 was FAR warmer and riper than 10 to my tastes. That's true in both Germany and Austria. I h...
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

That could be, I stopped sampling the wines after a dozen or so, just too ripe and rich for me.
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

2010 was higher acid, sleeker wines, particular Spatlese and below. 2015 was a very warm, rich vintage. I guess I don't see them being that similar.
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1922

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 12:04 pm
I will buy folks' unwanted '10s and '15s.
That's interesting, as I find the two vintages to be almost polar opposites. I loved 10, but I don't care for 15 much at all.
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1514

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

Gumbo, I'd probably stay away from red. One of the less expensive Champagnes, or a white with some cut. If you drink Sauvignon Blanc, the Lucien Crochet is a nice wine. For Chardonnay, the Hubert Lamy Princee is very nice, and not unfairly priced these days. As already mentioned, the Rougeard Bourg ...
by Alan Rath
April 18th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3938

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

1. People who enjoy new world wines have so much good wine to choose from that they would rather spend the time drinking instead of complaining on an internet board. 2. There is no need to punch down. Why would you feel the need to dump on others with inferior tastes? 3. Most old world wine is fina...
by Alan Rath
April 16th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?
Replies: 5
Views: 178

Re: Suggestions for Grand Tetons, Yellowstone & Environs ?

Two weeks would (and should) be a nice amount of time to do both Yellowstone and some subset of Utah Parks - though they are in opposite directions, and will involve a fair amount of driving (make sure your car has unlimited miles). Bryce is at the top of my list for Utah, though it is the farthest ...
by Alan Rath
April 16th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1155

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

Ah, didn't make the connection between this and your overall trip, duh. In that case, hauling wine around and worrying about it in a warm car is a PITA, one which would put a scowl on even my wife's face ;) Shipping is definitely the answer.
by Alan Rath
April 16th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3705

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

Alan, I often feel people around here give you grief you don't deserve. In this case, you deserve every ounce of it, you're being a total ass. And I'm sorry we have the same name to confuse people in a thread like this.
by Alan Rath
April 16th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1155

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

If you're going to be a wino, your wife will have to learn to accept this ;) I'm actually quite serious. And it's not really a big deal.
by Alan Rath
April 15th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10732
Views: 476841

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Day was perfect, great weather. Loved the 18 Monte Bello sample (though it's the same blend as it was a month ago, somehow tasted better on a nice day, rather than the cold, windy, rainy day it was a month ago).
by Alan Rath
April 15th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3705

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

Very sad. I can't understand anyone even thinking about making a joke on the subject, but whatever.
by Alan Rath
April 12th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.
Replies: 28
Views: 1581

Re: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.

But look at all those empty slots! You are one lazy wineaux ;)
by Alan Rath
April 12th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1295

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

Almost no policy that I know of covers earthquake damage. Here in California you’re option is to buy a policy backed by the California Earthquake Authority, generally through your homeowners carrier. That policy will have a large deductible (ours is something like $60k), and probably has limits on e...
by Alan Rath
April 10th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2928

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

That's tragic. Did they say if there will be a new one somewhere? Probably on the Sonoma Square, where wineries are taking over all the real estate.
by Alan Rath
April 10th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1920

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

Chuck, you're right, a full bottle weighs about 3lbs. Which would put the bottle itself at about 1.4lbs. So a 50% increase in the glass gives about 8% increase in effective thermal mass. The conclusion is the same: it's not enough of a factor to matter, even if a producer was paying attention to it.
by Alan Rath
April 9th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1920

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I assume that some use the thicker bottles to help reduce temperature variation? I like this angle too- makes sense the extra weight is added thermal mass. Heat capacity of glass is about 20% of water. A bordeaux bottle weighs about 3lbs, the wine inside about 1.6lbs. So if you're adding, e.g., 30%...
by Alan Rath
April 9th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1920

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I wish EVERY wine was in the simplest, lightest Bordeaux bottle. So much easier for lifting, storing, handling in every way. I don't choose wines by the shape of their bottles (or labels, except in one case: Jadot, because it's so damn ugly). But I get that a lot of people do, and a lot of producers...
by Alan Rath
April 6th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1149

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

I'll bet Napa Valley Wine & Cigar sells them, Carrie and Randy here on the board. Or order one and have it delivered to the hotel :)
by Alan Rath
April 6th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 33
Views: 504

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May

Works for me!
by Alan Rath
April 6th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1149

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

Yes, I’ll be driving up and back! Also, I did initially think to stop back at the hotel between tastings, but thought it would be too time consuming (St Helena to Napa back to St Helena is over an hour drive)... however, after reading everyone’s comments, I think that’s what I might just do especia...
by Alan Rath
April 5th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1149

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

mid-May can be fairly warm. Do I understand correctly you'll be driving up/back? If so, you can leave whatever wine you've already picked up in your hotel, then if you can't make a stop back at the hotel to drop off any wine you got that day, keep it in styro. If you can find shade to park your car ...

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