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by larry schaffer
August 19th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2164

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Bummed I missed you but glad you had a positive experience. There certainly still are plenty of 'bigger and more structure' pinots being produced here, but based on who you tasted with, you would not tend to experience them at places like those.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
August 17th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I checked with my friends in Oregon. They told me there have been some disputes between neighbors growing cannabis and vineyards but nothing like what is happening in Santa Barbara County. Also the Wine Association and vineyard owners are neither proposing to ban cannabis growing structures which a...
by larry schaffer
August 15th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

mbeckman wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Can we get a Coturri or Mike Benziger to chime in here?
If they or any other winemaker - including Corey Beck, the keynote speaker at last week's Wine and Weed Symposium - had some real research to share, we would all love it.

Tyler is doing just that . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
August 15th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Vincent, Did you read what Tyler said above? There have not been any studies to truly look at this - as far as I or anyone can point to - and Tyler's brief study seems to point in the direction that 'contamination' may be an issue to look further into. The other big issue we are dealing with down h...
by larry schaffer
August 15th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I do believe that the two industries can co-exist here, but modifications of current policies will need to be made in order for that to happen But why should they have to coexist? There must be good growing land well away from any wine AVAs. I honestly don't understand the logic of using expensive ...
by larry schaffer
August 15th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Vincent, Did you read what Tyler said above? There have not been any studies to truly look at this - as far as I or anyone can point to - and Tyler's brief study seems to point in the direction that 'contamination' may be an issue to look further into. The other big issue we are dealing with down he...
by larry schaffer
August 15th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Thanks to Tyler for popping on here. And his small research project certainly is interesting - and the first of these types of studies of any kind that I have seen. Another big issue to point out is that the state mandated that cannabis must be free of pesticides and fungicides and it is mandatory t...
by larry schaffer
August 14th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 1931

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

This is not the first time I have heard the concept of 'charging higher prices to gain greater recognition'. There is a producer in the Happy Canyon AVA who has a $250 cab - feeling that their wines are 'just as good' as those from up north. And we see that with Paso Cab producers as well. This is a...
by larry schaffer
August 13th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land
Replies: 24
Views: 1265

Re: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land

Thank you for posting this. And it should be really interesting to watch. A lot more drama in this than appears on the surface, as this guy had been president of Foley and stepped away just as these charges were being filed. Note that it took over two years for the information to come out about Rhys...
by larry schaffer
August 12th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Alban Roussanne Estate '98...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: TN: Alban Roussanne Estate '98...(short/boring)

Maybe the 98 was premoxed? newhere [snort.gif] [wow.gif]
by larry schaffer
August 12th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Alban Roussanne Estate '98...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: TN: Alban Roussanne Estate '98...(short/boring)

Bummer - would have expected more as well. But IIRC, 98 was not a great year. And much to my surprise, this Roussanne is no where near the 16% alcohol his normally is. Perhaps this contributed to it not lasting as long as it should? When was the last 98 you had? Perhaps it's just the vintage . . . C...
by larry schaffer
August 10th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I have been surprised that no one from Oregon has posted. Oregon was legally growing cannabis in wine country before California. There is a major study from Australia on the subject. Unfortunately, I am technically unable to include it here. I can barely do emails. The findings are that eucalyptus ...
by larry schaffer
August 9th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 65
Views: 2170

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Adam, I think what you'll find on this board is not what you would find if you asked questions of consumers on Facebook or perhaps queried 'more popular' wineries in any region. Most consumers here seemed to have moved away from the 'traditional' wine club concept - but then again, many wineries tha...
by larry schaffer
August 9th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 47
Views: 2010

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Nooooo, bring on the herbaceousness! “In fact, the beautiful toasted oak notes of American oak can help cover some of the herbaceousness of cabernet sauvignon. Monte Bello is in a cool location, the Bordeaux grapes grown there can often have an element of herbaceousness” This comment also caught me...
by larry schaffer
August 8th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

So is the research being done because the wineries are concerned about it or was it prompted for some other reason? Curious to hear . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
August 8th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Kyle Schlachter wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 10:05 am
Here in Colorado we are actually in the process of initiating some research on such possible transfer of hemp VOC to neighboring vineyards.
Kyle,

Who is conducting the research? A local university? Curious to hear and what exactly they'll be looking for . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
August 8th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 67
Views: 2310

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Maysara winery has been suing there neighboring cannabis grow facility for years so far with no settlement. My son is representing the cannabis growers. Lawrence, Do you know if the winery has turned in any 'scientific' data? Would be really interested in hearing about it if possible - and to see i...
by larry schaffer
August 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

Corey N. wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 1:45 pm
larry schaffer wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 8:46 am
how long until there's a 'pumpkin spice' cab?
If this becomes a thing, we are holding you responsible.
And if it does, I'll take a % - and laugh all the way to the bank! champagne.gif [snort.gif] neener

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
August 7th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10173

Re: Top US Syrahs

Couple of wine business friends were falling over themselves praising Paul Lato's Pinot Noir. To me, it didn't hit the spot (I'd rather drink King Estates for a third of the price all night long). But then they opened the Paul Lato Syrah, and that did impress me. Wonderful. Adam, Which Paul Lato sy...
by larry schaffer
August 7th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question of Quantities - Next of Kyn Magnums
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Re: Question of Quantities - Next of Kyn Magnums

I have no actual knowledge on this specifically or how benchmark acquires wines generally (other than i have never sold to them). That said, i would not be surprised. Lots of people are not heavy buyers / users of magnums. And with NOK specifically the magnum is included in bundle to get the wine. ...
by larry schaffer
August 7th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question of Quantities - Next of Kyn Magnums
Replies: 3
Views: 297

Question of Quantities - Next of Kyn Magnums

Just got an email from Benchmark with a bunch of domestic Rhone variety high scoring wines, and was amazed at the number of magnums they had of relatively hard to find wines. My guess is that these are being sold to Benchmark who are then reselling - would most find that correct? Or do you think tha...
by larry schaffer
August 6th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25616

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

leslie renaud wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 11:53 am
I have known Darren for a long time, and he is not a racist. He is a writer, and I believe he was trying to set the scene.
+1
by larry schaffer
August 6th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1007

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

Joe, Great points - these are not wines that will appeal to most on this board but will appeal to the masses. This is another example of 'blurring lines' between wine, beer and other alcohols. And we'll continue to see this happen - 'flavoring' successes in these other industries will lead to more o...
by larry schaffer
August 6th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week
Replies: 20
Views: 1612

Re: Williams Selyem Allocation Next Week

It is a strange review - and should this have been a 'no name' winery, my guess is that the score might have been lower. How was this write up and score compared to all others reviewed at the same time? Also goes to show why many reviewers require 2 bottles of the same wine to taste - just in case o...
by larry schaffer
August 5th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2376

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

It is 'illegal' to tell a retailer what to charge for wine - just as it us for most other products. That said, if a winery has 'clout', they can choose not to sell to retailers who don't abide by what they want to. The idea of 'not undercutting' the retailer is an interesting one - and it is not con...
by larry schaffer
August 5th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25616

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Don, Vineyard development 'back in the day' is certainly different than today - and it's impossible to truly imply any comparisons. For instance, the thought of removing dozens of old oak trees to develop these days is frowned upon, but it certainly happened on a regular basis decades ago and was no...
by larry schaffer
August 5th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Musar (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 591

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Musar (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)

Here's the thing that 'sucks' about this, though. I assume that Bob understands what a corked wine should smell like - and he didn't mark it as 'corked'. Could it have been? Sure . . . or it could have just been a bottle that did not perform as well as one would hope or expect. As I've learned from ...
by larry schaffer
August 4th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 1920

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Is Rose 'hard' to make? Depends upon your definition of 'hard'. To me, it is the most 'transparent' of the wines that I make - very few decisions to make from grape to bottle and into bottle quite quickly. Totally 'different' than a white wine that is barrel aged and fermented for up to 16 months or...
by larry schaffer
August 4th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25616

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

This thread has become so darned interesting. Was the company guilty of an infringement? Yes. Did they admit as such? Yes. Why are folks discounting this as 'over-regulation'? What if KJ or Constellation had been accused? My guess is that the results and comments here would be quite different . . . ...
by larry schaffer
August 3rd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25616

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Here's the press release: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Rhys.pdf The various articles seem to shade things a little differently. But in law, there are always questions of knowledge and intent, which determine the severity of the offense. Someone may cause great harm comp...
by larry schaffer
August 3rd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1539

Re: Kosta Browne

Had an interesting conversation with a somm friend who recently led a tasting of Kbs from both the 2007 and 2017 vintage. His comments on the pinots: the 2007s spoke of the 'house style', whereas the 2017's spoke a lot more of vineyard sources / AVA's. I honestly have not had these wines for quite s...
by larry schaffer
July 30th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked bottle?
Replies: 17
Views: 930

Re: Corked bottle?

Stephen,

Wet cardboard = TCA; band-aid = brettanomyces . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
July 30th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1309

Re: Bottle weight

I hate oversized bottles as much as everyone else, but this isn't the target community for marketing. This. There is no doubt that 'perception' comes into play here. Would The Prisoner sell as well if it were in a lighter claret bottle? My guess is no . . . Kudos to Tablas for their efforts and for...
by larry schaffer
July 26th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1238

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

I have to agree with sentiment of others here - drink what you like and eat what you like. Are there pairing that are 'magical' and truly make for a unique combination? Of course - and all of you probably have discovered you own. But in reality, a good chef to make any wine 'go' with any good based ...
by larry schaffer
July 25th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Tercero Cabernet Franc aberration
Replies: 13
Views: 795

Re: TN: 2016 Tercero Cabernet Franc aberration

Such a fun wine, eh? And I'm digging it more and more the more bottle age it gets! And I just found a few Mags.of this!

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
July 25th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4080

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

The real concern is how long the heat wave will last. At these temperatures, the vines will shut down in order to preserve themselves, and no amount of irrigation will change that in the short term. This happened in our area in 2006 with extreme temperatures for quite some time in July. The vintage ...
by larry schaffer
July 24th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?

I just finished up my 2007 and 2008 Estate Roussannes and they were fine. Deep gold color and they take on a nutty characteristic. The viogniers are likely goners. Totally agree - the Roussannes are different beasts than the Viogniers for sure. I've had generally good luck with these in the past. A...
by larry schaffer
July 24th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy | Baie par Baie "technique"
Replies: 18
Views: 847

Re: Burgundy | Baie par Baie "technique"

I would think that hand destemming would result in more unbroken whole berries than using a destemmer, even the gentlest out there. Removing the pedicel would not necessarily break the skin if one very gently - though not sure how much time and effort is being put in here. I of course could be wrong...
by larry schaffer
July 23rd, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fit-Vine Wines: “We Crush Grapes, You Crush Life”
Replies: 10
Views: 504

Re: Fit-Vine Wines: “We Crush Grapes, You Crush Life”

Doug is correct - misleading in that most wines at about 14% alcohol and that are relatively dry will have under 120 calories per serving, assuming a 5 ounce serving. Increase the alcohol level and calories go up; increase to a 6 ounce glass, and the calories go up; increase RS and the calories go u...
by larry schaffer
July 23rd, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8190

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Wow - sad to see this thread and read about what happened. Alan was certainly a colorful member of WB who seemed to love to stir things up - and did an honorable job of doing so. RIP . . .
by larry schaffer
July 21st, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?

Intersting - so if this wine did not have that anise flavor, you would have been happier? Just trying to understand. I've never felt that 'anise' was a fault - but there are plenty of folks that do not like that aroma or flavor whatsoever so I understand your 'displeasure' with the wine.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
July 21st, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best review site
Replies: 33
Views: 2174

Re: Best review site

Greg, Great points as usual. The publications you mentioned do oftentimes list best value and top XX point wines under $ oftentimes, as does the WA (or at least they have in the past). And yep, there is no shortage of ways to get a 90 point score - and thus for retailers to advertise them. In fact, ...
by larry schaffer
July 21st, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?

Jon, A few questions: 1) Have you had their Central Coast Viognier bottling in the past? If so, what did you think of it then? 2) What flavor profile of Viognier do you enjoy or appreciate? I have always found this bottle an 'in your face' style of Viognier, one that is somewhat of a benchmark for t...
by larry schaffer
July 21st, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best review site
Replies: 33
Views: 2174

Re: Best review site

I searched for this topic and couldn't find a lot. If it's been done recently, please point me to the thread, otherwise… After the death of their BB, I am letting my WA subscription lapse. The thing I miss most (after the BB) is the shear volume of scores. Back in the glory days, almost any wine I ...
by larry schaffer
July 21st, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 4
Views: 252

Re: TN: 2014 Sandlands Trousseau (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

David,

Thanks for the notes. Seems like an interesting wine - and your comments mirror mine for way too many wines. Patience yields some great results much of the time . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
July 19th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 640

Re: 2017 Alban Viognier Central Coast - thoughts?

More importantly, what was your impression?
by larry schaffer
July 19th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Summer Release
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: Alban Summer Release

I was on the list 15 years ago, got booted off after 2008 and got back on starting with 2013 Reva. It's always mentioned in "top US syrah" lists but it doesn't seem to get as much love as Saxum or SQN. And I can't find any scores for the "15 reds. Not sure i can justify $100 a bottle. Do you like t...
by larry schaffer
July 19th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 93
Views: 10107

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Nobody seems to know if stylistically these are wines that pair best with a cheese course, or as a stand alone experience, sorta fruit in your face "unctuous and well endowed" Parkerization apex examples, or ? Over a hundred for Grenache or Syrah with no track record is out of line, IMO. Caymus Fam...
by larry schaffer
July 17th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2164

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

I love Urban Eats. I try to eat there once a day when I visit. For wineries there are obviously lots of options and many have already been mentioned. My favorites are Tyler and Chanin out in the ghetto. Believe tastings are by appointment only. Industrial Eats in Buellton is what I think you mean [...
by larry schaffer
July 17th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1371

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Really interesting notes - and I agree that blind tasting can be quite humbling . . . Anyone know if Hanzell was using American Oak back in the day? Or untoasted barrels? That could explain that flavor profile. And I agree with tasting older wines and trying to figure out things - for instance, I o...

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