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by larry schaffer
July 11th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma cabs from the '80s and '90s...
Replies: 28
Views: 1202

Re: Sonoma cabs from the '80s and '90s...

I bought a bunch of 81 Kenwoods a few years back and they do not disappoint, even though the foils are corroded and the first pours are often tinged orange. Give em an hour to 'come to life' and they offer a flashback to a time when cabs were made with better acidity, elegance and a touch of herbace...
by larry schaffer
July 11th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 29
Views: 978

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

The challenge is, as others have mentioned, not only finding 'old world' producers (traditionally the term refers to those in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, etc where the wines are names for a place rather than a variety) but also producers whose production methods 'speak' of old world wine...
by larry schaffer
July 5th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 688
Views: 41424

Re: de Negoce offer

More power to Cameron! Because of his reputation as a negotiant, he will be able to get access to bulk wines unlike most others. And as you can well imagine, there is a boatload of wines still sitting in barrels - or tanks - that wineries are hoping to unload (1) before the next harvest and (2) to g...
by larry schaffer
July 3rd, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 38
Views: 4067

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Very good arguments made all around. The style may not be for you but it appeals to many others. And who's to say what is 'too expensive' and what isn't? Mel made some great points as usual - how many >$120 no name Napa cabs are considering 'okay'? Too many. And some scoff at spending $45 for a Temp...
by larry schaffer
July 2nd, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1850

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

The tasting rooms in Santa Barbara County are allowed to remain open - but we can only conduct tastings outdoors (same as restaurants can only offer outside seating). I think this will prompt more folks to 'take over' parking spaces and roads to maximize outdoor seating. On the one hand, I get this ...
by larry schaffer
July 1st, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here we go again - Santa Barbara County Wineries Closed Except Outdoor Tastings . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: Here we go again - Santa Barbara County Wineries Closed Except Outdoor Tastings . . .

and I just heard the State of CA has issued a no inside dining demand effective today for 19 counties {that includes wineries and tasting rooms} and our dinner group was slated for the Corkroom at bouchon tonight. I then heard they are setting us up outside. We shall toast to the wellbeing of all. ...
by larry schaffer
July 1st, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here we go again - Santa Barbara County Wineries Closed Except Outdoor Tastings . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Re: Here we go again - Santa Barbara County Wineries Closed Except Outdoor Tastings . . .

We will see - if everyone has to be outdoors, it'll be pretty clear if anyone is pouring INSIDE - and they have announced a stepped up enforcement team as well . . .
by larry schaffer
July 1st, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here we go again - Santa Barbara County Wineries Closed Except Outdoor Tastings . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 420

Here we go again - Santa Barbara County Wineries Closed Except Outdoor Tastings . . .

The next twist - we can stay open but ONLY if we offer outdoor tastings. No one allowed inside except to use the restroom (if you have one) and only one person at a time. This is effective immediately and will remain in place for the next 3 weeks (at least). Of course, if you want to hit up Paso, no...
by larry schaffer
July 1st, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 69
Views: 4645

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Rusack has just released their first Mission wine, using grapes from their Ballard Canyon estate from cuttings gathered on Santa Cruz Island from an old island vineyard that was planted at the turn of the 19th Century: https://www.independent.com/2020/06/30/first-taste-of-rusacks-boundless-mission-g...
by larry schaffer
July 1st, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 39
Views: 2268

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

I've said it before - without Parker and his love of Rhones, we would not have had the explosion of quality rhone varietal producers here in US, unless not as we've seen it thus far. Love him or hate him, he is almost solely responsible for this . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
June 30th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Higher ABV wines in cooler years?
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: Higher ABV wines in cooler years?

There are so many variables here that it's a bit too complicated to simplify in all honesty. 'Cool' vs 'Warm' year also has to be looked at from region to region - a 'cooler' year in Napa may not mean the same thing down here. With a cooler year, you are generally waiting longer to pick - waiting fo...
by larry schaffer
June 29th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked 2012
Replies: 3
Views: 438

Re: Corked 2012

I would certainly reach out to the winery and let them know - they should replace it. And it sounds like you are pretty lucky!

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
June 29th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
Replies: 16
Views: 736

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling

I have only had a handful of these and they are truly world class - but in such a different style than the ones out of old world areas. That 'gatorade-like' lemon/lime slate quality is simply so unique, and so refreshing . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
June 29th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1850

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

from the CDPH as of June 28: Proposal for Selective Sector Closing of Bars in Counties on the County Monitoring List from the link above: The scope of this action is defined as follows: - Brewpubs, breweries, bars, and pubs, should close until those establishments are allowed to resume operation pe...
by larry schaffer
June 29th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1850

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Just a heads up that things may indeed change in the coming weeks. The Governor just announced that bars need to close in 7 counties across CA, including LA County, where they are also requiring that wineries and breweries close unless they offer 'dine in service'. 8 more counties, including Santa B...
by larry schaffer
June 28th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Older Calif Syrahs....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 382

Re: TN: Two Older Calif Syrahs....(short/boring)

Tom. We didn't have that '97 during our infamous 'Woodshed' dinner in Oakland, did we? I think we had the '98 or '99, which were still holding up pretty well IIRC. Bob just held a 'master class' in Syrah last weekend at his tasting room - I did not attend but I understand it was awesome and he opene...
by larry schaffer
June 27th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question Regarding Alternative Closure Branding
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Question Regarding Alternative Closure Branding

I see this a slightly different way - and perhaps it would be more helpful for consumers. If a winery chooses to use a DIAM instead of natural cork, they should proudly state that they do so. One cannot tell under the foil, assuming the winery uses foil, but it may impact the purchase decision. And ...
by larry schaffer
June 23rd, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19170

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I boycott every winery in Sonoma because I am sick of seeing a sticky about tips on visiting Sonoma on this Board. What makes Sonoma so important of all the winemaking regions in the World? Why not Mendocino or Central Coast or Temecula? Temecula needs all the visitors they can get. The other stick...
by larry schaffer
June 23rd, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premium Austrian wines and closures
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Premium Austrian wines and closures

Though I don't make riesling, I have been 100% screw cap since 2006 and would be happy to share some older ones with folks out there should they like to try any. I can guarantee that wines do continue to evolve under screw cap - period.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
June 23rd, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 77
Views: 3744

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

Actually, I think it's time to dig deep into Rhone varieties - both domestic and from France, Spain, Australia, Italy, etc. Start with Grenache and go from there. Done . . .
by larry schaffer
June 17th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19170

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Late to the party - but I gotta say that this has been one interesting thread . . . I know that there are wineries that some decide not to purchase from for one reason or another, but the idea of 'boycotting' is something entirely different IMHO. In that case, folks are extra vocal about not support...
by larry schaffer
June 15th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?
Replies: 29
Views: 796

Re: National Rosé Day - what’s everyone opening?

A 2016 Virage, a 2016 Tercero and a 2017 Franny Beck all disappeared from my cellar this weekend. All were very tasty, and shows that rose can indeed age. Dave, Glad to hear that 2016 showed well. I still have a few cases left that I am laying down to see how they develop over time and I'm excited ...
by larry schaffer
June 14th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 71
Views: 5104

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Just came back from Torrin, based on the above recommendations. They were pouring two Pinots (Lagom) and three Torrin. Definitely a keeper and the Banshee was the wine of the trip (compared to Epoch, Denner, Herman Story). I just did a private tasting with at Torrin yesterday. We actually sat outsi...
by larry schaffer
June 11th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe2O3~2a, b & c
Replies: 3
Views: 474

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Grenache Atlantis Fe2O3~2a, b & c

Tim,

Would you have identified it blind as a Grenache?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite lower alcohol wines
Replies: 33
Views: 847

Re: Favorite lower alcohol wines

And of course, this all assumes folks are 'honest' about their wine labeling, too - including those overseas.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6912

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

First, my experience with Rousseau is that many times the wines are not that exciting young, but for some reason they explode later on. I have no explanation. This is an area where I wish I had more experience. Second, if we really want to examine winemaking vs terroir we should look at Bordeaux, w...
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

Still awaiting 'approval' from our County's Public Health Office - the same as every county at this point. Things are looking good, but every county is dealing with different metrics to compare/contrast. Fingers crossed and we would here today . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite lower alcohol wines
Replies: 33
Views: 847

Re: Favorite lower alcohol wines

Many Northern Rhones, some ABC wines, some Sandlands wines, many Arnot Roberts wines, some Pax wines - it's a bit of a hodge podge out there, which is going to be a challenge when you choose an arbitrary number in all honesty. Also, are you looking for wines to lay down and age, to drink now - what ...
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6912

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

But no one has noted the key to terroir - optical sorters, of course. Fascinating discussion indeed, and though I'm not well versed I Burgundy, the same thoughts should be applied to any great region - or renowned vineyard. How similar are the various wines produced from the To Kalon Vineyard? Is th...
by larry schaffer
June 7th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experimental cultivars?
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: Experimental cultivars?

UD Davis has been working on experimental cultivars for over 100 years. Their recent work, as Tom mentioned above, has been to develop cultivars that are resistant to specific diseases, with Pierces Disease being a major push over the past decade. They have made these new cultivars available to nurs...
by larry schaffer
June 6th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

I'm pretty sure that it will be rescinded beginning this Friday . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
June 6th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

Sonoma County Health Dept issued an update last night that starting today, June 6, wineries, breweries, and restaurants were now good to open for indoor dining. wineries may serve alcohol but only in the same transaction as providing a "bonafide meal" (meal definition still vague). That is what we'...
by larry schaffer
June 6th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Napa Wineries Opening Up This Weekend - Others Next Weekend . . .

We were given word yesterday that much of the state is moving into Stage 3 of the COVID recovery, and as such, wineries and tasting rooms are being allowed to open without the need to serve food and act like a restaurant. Napa was given the green light to open as of yesterday, one week ahead of othe...
by larry schaffer
June 3rd, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?
Replies: 18
Views: 1414

Re: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?

Brings back memories of the 01 Montelena Cab that Laube scored 69.It certainly wasn’t a stellar rendition, but I had a 6pack over a decade that was good to very good. I remember that - he picked up minute amounts of TCA, which were confirmed by a lab, and the winery dug out new caves because of it....
by larry schaffer
June 3rd, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?
Replies: 205
Views: 10700

Re: Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?

Not sure what Merry Edwards goes for but Massican is my favorite SB out there and it is around $30. Liquid Farm is also doing a SB which I enjoyed and I think that is going for less than $25.. I don't currently see one listed on their website - is this something that they've offered more than once?...
by larry schaffer
June 3rd, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

I did the same with 2 cases of natural corks - aged them for 7 years - had random oxidation and a few had TCA. Decided that was that and didn't want to use natural corks ever again! (this was just meant as a humorous reply - but I'm hopeful that neither they or anyone else finds their data 'fact' th...
by larry schaffer
June 3rd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?
Replies: 18
Views: 1414

Re: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?

I think it's pretty funny - and perhaps Garagiste is looking at their core customer base, noting as other's have said that 'if Parker panned it, I gotta try it' . . .

Truly interesting spin indeed.
by larry schaffer
June 3rd, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1514

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

Really interesting, and I'd love to hear more of what happened. Usually in these cases, it's the opposite that folks have discussed - too little oxygen and therefore not enough development. And I would agree with the others that there was most likely issues with the application of the screw caps at ...
by larry schaffer
May 29th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2368

Re: Caymus cries foul

If I had to guess, we are a few weeks away from opening, with social distancing, without food . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
May 29th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2368

Re: Caymus cries foul

That's gonna be a lot of glasses to clean, eh?
by larry schaffer
May 29th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

I'm curious what the tasting fee was and the minimum purchase to have your tasting fee waived?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
May 29th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2368

Re: Caymus cries foul

Also, it’s not just Caymus that thinks this makes no sense. From the SF Chronicle: “Many wine industry leaders say no. On Tuesday, the heads of 31 California regional wine associations — groups like the Napa Valley Vintners, the Lodi Winegrape Commission and Monterey County Vintners — sent a letter...
by larry schaffer
May 29th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: TN: 2016 Peake Ranch - Pinot Noir Peake Ranch Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Great note - and I would guess that 'skunky' quality was reduction, which should go away with air (or a copper penny). This certainly is a site to watch - the owners of this vineyard also own the John Sebastiano Vineyard in the Sta Rita Hills and Sierra Madre in the Santa Maria Valley IIRC. Their wi...
by larry schaffer
May 28th, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2368

Re: Caymus cries foul

Matt, Tasting rooms are now allowed to offer tastings in SB County as of this afternoon. And SLO County has already been offering tastings as of last weekend - and this does not seem to jive with what the ABC has been saying, but so be it. I have no problem with Catmus filing this, as this is an iss...
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Customer service with wineaccess
Replies: 13
Views: 837

Re: Customer service with wineaccess

With regards to styrofoam, it seems that there is 'no way to win' as so many dislike them - yet they are great insulators. Just note that a 12 pack styro shipper with an ice insert will add about $15 or so cost to the shipping winery or retailer versus pulp - something to consider.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
May 26th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws
Replies: 42
Views: 2296

Re: Relatively low RP rating but wine drops your jaws

Anything made by Qupe or ESJ . . .
by larry schaffer
May 25th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tin City Documentary
Replies: 13
Views: 1012

Re: Tin City Documentary

Pilots in Paso, you say? You might just go a bit south go a bit south from there . . .

A couple of others in Paso that make pinot, usually from SBC fruit, include TH Estates and perhaps Torrin's winemaker?
by larry schaffer
May 24th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif St.Laurents RicciVnyd '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: TN: Two Calif St.Laurents RicciVnyd '18...(short/boring)

It's interesting that Solminer went that faraway to get the variety - I guess there's nothing closer and the haven't planted any themselves?

Hope you are well, my friend.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
May 24th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Truchard Roussanne Carneros '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Re: TN: Truchard Roussanne Carneros '18....(short/boring)

Have not tried their roussanne for awhile but will have to reach out. As I try more of more domestic roussannes, I tend to be disappointed by noticeable heat and lack of texture. It's a variety that takes a deft hand to understand the balance of richness and texture and alcohol, and then done right,...

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