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by larry schaffer
January 21st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1589

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

A couple of things to add here: She does not touch upon the fact that as wine ages, especially in its early stages, and free anthocyanins combine with tannins, the structure of the tannin changes such that it has a lower affinity to bind to your salivary proteins and therefore will appear 'less astr...
by larry schaffer
January 21st, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 21
Views: 1508

Re: What a great community we have!

Another great example - I traveled to the East Coast last week, partly to visit my son in Boston. I reached out to see about getting a small offline together and BAM - Kevin Foley worked his magic with a great group of folks and a terrific spot, Troquet. A truly magical evening made possible by thos...
by larry schaffer
January 21st, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 46
Views: 1626

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Some natural wines can be magical. When they're good, they unlock this parallel world somehow. I wouldn't even have ventured into the natural world had I not had Tony Coturri's Albarello at a hipster restaurant years ago. I didn't know wine could taste like that. I would however say that my natural...
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2075

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Hoping that the BdB might show up at Falltacular . . .
by larry schaffer
January 20th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 21
Views: 1508

Re: What a great community we have!

FMIII is certainly is a great example of what makes WB a special place - and what had made the eBob boards the same back in the day. He leads by example and sets the example more if us should follow indeed. He also stays engaged on the board itself, something he certainly does not have to do, but so...
by larry schaffer
January 19th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 219
Views: 18035

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Goodness, I don't expect participation in Politics or heated debates on wine topics even but engagement with customers is a great thing. Just being a presence - thanks folks for tasting notes on your wines, contribute to the weather posts or comment on a wine you enjoyed recently that wasn't yours ...
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5081

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Field oxidation is an interesting topic.- but it's difficult to separate over-ripe fruit and the higher pH that comes along with this fruit. The higher the pH, the more SO2 you need to add to minimize both oxidation and bacterial issues . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 18th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 219
Views: 18035

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Nothing? Interesting . . . If you think Ridge is going to engage here regularly as you do, MY GUESS is that you are mistaken. I've been wrong before.... Merrill, You are correct - but there are so many smaller labels that take part, sell wines that one day, and are never heard from for a year. To m...
by larry schaffer
January 17th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 219
Views: 18035

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Nothing? Interesting . . .
by larry schaffer
January 16th, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 219
Views: 18035

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

My only hope is that a higher fraction of those wineries taking part will actually stay around post BD and become active members of the community rather than just being here one day . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 16th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards
Replies: 5
Views: 820

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards

Great 'under the radar' wines from a terrific winemaker! Tyler is a gem, having worked at HdV and having been the winemaker at Donelan after Pax and Joe split. He's down to earth but incredibly knowledgable - and will out geek nearly any of you!!!
by larry schaffer
January 15th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Spring release
Replies: 21
Views: 1827

Re: Saxum Spring release

Anyone care to share release prices on all of these? And what is the composition of the qhite?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 14th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 846

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

If it's there, it's there - doesn't matter how long it is in bottle unless you are storing it in a non-temp controlled setting.
by larry schaffer
January 14th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 135
Views: 15224

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

I agree that wines in general are 'getting better all the time' due to many things, including lots of modern science. Many would argue that 'growing conditions' are not necessarily 'better' than in the past - we have more 'tools' to deal with a variety of issues these days.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 14th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 135
Views: 15224

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Thanks for posting and congrats to the RM team - it is quite an accomplishment to receive this score for sure. My comment above had more to do with the sheer number of 100 point scores we've seen from different reviewers over the past decade - and the interesting 'responses' those have on this board...
by larry schaffer
January 13th, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 75
Views: 4739

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

deadhorse I'm working Tue-Fri in Santa Barbara next week. Flying in around noon on Monday so I'm planning to get a couple of tastings in the afternoon. What's the one spot in Los Olivos I shouldn't miss (beside Tercero)? It's been over 10 years since I've been in the area and I'm feeling somewhat no...
by larry schaffer
January 13th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 75
Views: 4739

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

Spent a day in Los Olivios, and been tasting my way through the SB wineries for the past few weeks. In Los Olivios, the theme of the day was "cellar temp" red wine, which made tasting somewhat difficult. We went to 7 tasting rooms, and I think all but 1 were serving red at 55 or 60F... ugh. Samsara...
by larry schaffer
January 13th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)

Their older Roussannes are absolutely stunning - the viogniers do not age as IMHO.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 13th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: TablasCreek Roussanne '14...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Re: TN: TablasCreek Roussanne '14...(short/boring)

I too love their Roussanne - and try to explain to.folks that it does get better with age. Not everyone gets it - but those that do are heavily rewarded.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
January 13th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 135
Views: 15224

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

'Perfect'? Interesting . . .
by larry schaffer
January 13th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 646

Re: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)

How do you REALLY feel about these? [rofl.gif] [bleh.gif] [swearing.gif] [stirthepothal.gif] I love your takes on these, and truly appreciate your insights and stories as well. I take them at face value, knowing that there is no agenda here - just your take.vs. other domestic rhones and their develo...
by larry schaffer
January 12th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bolt To Ballard Canyon Grenache
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: TN: 2014 Bolt To Ballard Canyon Grenache

I believe Karin is either Dusty's wife or girlfriend . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 11th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1652

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

And he sold both his Big House and Pacific Rim labels quite some time ago . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 11th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1652

Re: Not Really..

TomHill wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 8:49 am
Not really similar to the Qupe thing. Quite a bit different, I think.
Tom
My point was more about a bigger company coming in and having a plan to shrink the number of offerings, make them more 'mainstream' and have them go 'national'.

The specifics of each sale are quite different . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 11th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bolt To Ballard Canyon Grenache
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: TN: 2014 Bolt To Ballard Canyon Grenache

Hi Larry Didn't know that's what it was! Damn - why didn't I think of that? Would have saved me a lot of money and sweat equity! [wow.gif] I paid $190 for their 6-pack sampler. Yeah, it was certainly "bigger" than I would have expected for a Grenache, but very pleasant. I would never have had it do...
by larry schaffer
January 11th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2228

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

Circling back here, I think the concept of folks saying 'undrinkable' to something they simply do not like is a 'challenge' because this comes down to subjective 'likes and dislikes'. As I stated early on, we've all seen notes of wines being 'undrinkable' without an explanation and to me that's a r...
by larry schaffer
January 11th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1652

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

Nice article: https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/I-m-deeply-ambivalent-Winemaker-Randall-14965653.php Read this article and it was quite illuminating. It describes how 'ambivalent' Randall is about selling, about his shortcomings on the running of a winery from a finance side, and about his d...
by larry schaffer
January 10th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bolt To Ballard Canyon Grenache
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: TN: 2014 Bolt To Ballard Canyon Grenache

From what I understand, this is their 'negotiant' label, butmying excess wine from others and packaging it up. What was the price and what was the abv? Too bad about the oak - grenache tends to be so pretty without it . . .
by larry schaffer
January 10th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2228

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

Circling back here, I think the concept of folks saying 'undrinkable' to something they simply do not like is a 'challenge' because this comes down to subjective 'likes and dislikes'. As I stated early on, we've all seen notes of wines being 'undrinkable' without an explanation and to me that's a re...
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for PA Ballers
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: PSA for PA Ballers

6-8 pm at the Wayne store on Lancaster. You need to pre-register - hope you and a few other WBers can make it!

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for PA Ballers
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: PSA for PA Ballers

Next Thursday, my friend!
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for PA Ballers
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: PSA for PA Ballers

Too baller for me, but really appreciate the post since I now realize there is a way to search by new (and seemingly order for delivery before bottles are allocated to far flung stores). Larry, saw your rose in state stores last summer I think. Hope they sold well! Lee, Thanks for the note - I beli...
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2020, who's going?
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Hospice du Rhone 2020, who's going?

Mel,

Though I may not be attending, I might be interested in that dinner. Please keep me in the loop.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
January 8th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA for PA Ballers
Replies: 11
Views: 1047

Re: PSA for PA Ballers

I'll be back there next week - may have to check it out! champagne.gif [wow.gif] [snort.gif]
by larry schaffer
January 7th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4485

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

It was today - and I think it may carry off until tomorrow . . .
by larry schaffer
January 7th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2768

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

What I have forgotten to add: "down the drain" seems to happen quite often immediately after initial disapointment, often without advanced opening, and well before watching the evolution of the wine for several hours hours, even several days (I know there are exceptions here who do that). If I had ...
by larry schaffer
January 7th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merryvale Suing Marketing Partners - This Will Get Interesting
Replies: 6
Views: 1469

Merryvale Suing Marketing Partners - This Will Get Interesting

Have to imagine we'll see more of these types of lawsuits as brands struggle to maintain placements and 'prestige' in the marketplace. I know many of you will feel that this is really insignificant because you don't drink Merryvale or Starmont wines but my guess is that there are a number of other w...
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th
Replies: 14
Views: 544

Re: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th

Looks like the 14th will be the better evening as my son has some commitments at school that night. Let's see if we can come up with something, if even just a few folks . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Roussanne (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

Did you save any for day 2? I have found both of these bottlings to benefit from a quite bit of air, often showing best on day 2 or 3 . . . Cheers. Next time, and I usually prefer to do 1/2 one night and 1/2 the next. I did open the bottle and take a whiff the next day and that one unique note stoo...
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need help - Ojai vineyards
Replies: 10
Views: 914

Re: I need help - Oaij vineyards

You should purchase this wine with confidence - Adam is one of the best winemakers in CA and continues to over-deliver for the $$$$ in my honest opinion. This specific grenache comes from a cooler climate site on the eastern edge of the Sta Rita Hills. It is not your typical CA Grenache but instead ...
by larry schaffer
January 6th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5081

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Had a Turley 2004 Rattlesnake Ridge Petite Syrah over Christmas. Alcohol was over 15% The blue and black fruit competent was still bright and juicy. No port like or raisiny aroma or taste at all. Wine showed no signs of aging on the color. Rhone varietal by a producer that many on this site say mak...
by larry schaffer
January 5th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2829

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

Why purchase a bottle of $75 wine that will last me through one meal when I can purchase a nice bottle of bourbon/scotch/whiskey that will last me weeks/months? I'm sure that this is a question some consumers are asking - and even more so on the cheaper end. Are craft liquors affecting the wine busi...
by larry schaffer
January 5th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5081

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I truly don't think we understand this phenomenon quite yet - and may never entirely as we need to deal with individual 'preferences' here. An interesting set of data points is some of Pax's early wines and the reactions folks have had to them. Many of his early syrahs and blends were pushing 16% or...
by larry schaffer
January 4th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2998

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Hi Joseph, I've not found a clear and consistent way to predict it other than experience. It tends to happen most with thin skinned varieties like Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, and with more traditional producers rather than those described as modernist, but again these are generalizations. Kirk's sugge...
by larry schaffer
January 4th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2998

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

We just uncorked a domestic Cab built for aging, 2014 vintage. Decanted it six hours and it showed very strangely: subdued and almost absent nose, minimal fruit, lovely texture with silky tannins. Mildly corked, overdecanted, dumb phase? All plausible explanations! And that's one of the things that...
by larry schaffer
January 3rd, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on SommSelect?
Replies: 21
Views: 1638

Re: Thoughts on SommSelect?

Guidance is a great thing if you think you need it - and these guys, though a bit hyperbolic, do a very good job with what they offer. Could you do 'as well' hitting up a local shop, getting to know the owners or those on the floor, and taking suggestions from them? Perhaps - but they do make it pre...
by larry schaffer
January 3rd, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th
Replies: 14
Views: 544

Re: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th

I will be in the area visiting my son, who is attending Northeastern. I'd be available either that Monday night or Tuesday night, whichever might be best for folks, and would be flexible with themes (though I'm always drawn to Rhones). I'll be staying in downtown and that would be ideal but I am fl...
by larry schaffer
January 3rd, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th
Replies: 14
Views: 544

Re: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th

Jud Reis wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 4:04 pm
Larry - so sorry I will be out of town. Hopes one of the Boston berserkers will step up to the task. Larry is good people!
Thanks for the kind words, Jud . . . next time!

Cheers
by larry schaffer
January 2nd, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th
Replies: 14
Views: 544

Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th

I will be in the area visiting my son, who is attending Northeastern. I'd be available either that Monday night or Tuesday night, whichever might be best for folks, and would be flexible with themes (though I'm always drawn to Rhones). I'll be staying in downtown and that would be ideal but I am fle...

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