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by larry schaffer
December 1st, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 168
Views: 8556

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

375ml air tight glass container kept in the fridge works great for up to 2-3 days. I rarely wait more than a day. I really don’t see the need for gadgets. Where do you buy your empty 375ml’s? And when you say airtight, you just screw the top on as tight as possible? Do you fill the 375 to the point...
by larry schaffer
December 1st, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines
Replies: 23
Views: 1543

Re: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines

And please don't forget that there is tremendous variability in the aging process as well. Some of this is due to wines being bottled unfined and unfiltered, and some of this is due to the variability of the closure used. Winemakers can have a say in how the process takes place in bottle based on wh...
by larry schaffer
November 29th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Love a good screw

Todd,

But no hard data to back up your claims - and that will always be the.challenge . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 29th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Love a good screw

Drank a 2007 Inman OGV Pinot under screwcap a couple of days ago, and I was impressed by the freshness of it. Though I have to wonder if the aging curve is retarded quite a bit, which is somewhat of a concern to me. Paul, That's a really good question - and of course there is no way to know unless ...
by larry schaffer
November 26th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1503

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

Neal,

I wouldn't characterize it as an 'outrage' - just not helpful. Heck, it's only wine we're talking about here . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 26th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1503

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

I had my first Patricia Green and smell was nice but the taste was horrible. I thought it was maybe just me but others at the table said the same thing. After one sip we pouref the bottle down the drain. I can't recall what was wrong with the taste. It was long ago This is one of those cases that i...
by larry schaffer
November 26th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1503

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

Neal, I here you, but terms like this are used often here and elsewhere a lot - subjective terms that make it impossible for someone else to understand more about the wine. I agree with what Tom does - he uses the term only after he explains why. Others simply thrive it out there without explanation...
by larry schaffer
November 26th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1503

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

This is somewhat of a pet peeve for me. When I read a tasting note that states this, it always leads to the question of why. There are already enough challenges with tasting notes in terms of trying to think of things objectively. When I read this, I wonder if the wine is faulty in some specific way...
by larry schaffer
November 24th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20769

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

Great to hear, William. Now would you mind and come back to taste wines from Santa Barbara County please? champagne.gif flirtysmile [snort.gif] [cheers.gif] [wow.gif]
by larry schaffer
November 24th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some great memories...TN: 2011 Riverain Syrah from 3L
Replies: 4
Views: 284

Re: Some great memories...TN: 2011 Riverain Syrah from 3L

Hey my friend. Loving putting this in context - which is kind of how I look at all wines. Love hearing your input into this specific wine - it certainly makes it that much more special.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 24th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20769

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

A couple of thoughts . . . Sad that the board is closing - great memories of wonderful conversations and great friendships. Some have carried forth over here; many others have not and that's sad to me. As far as the brand goes, as others have mentioned, this is certainly not about RMP at all - they ...
by larry schaffer
November 21st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Tasting this on day 2, the acid is definitely more front and center. The aromatics are holding strong - still an interesting blend of almost 'candied' fruit and darker, earthier elements. I can see the high acid being 'unfavorable' to some, and it totally makes sense. This is a 'lively' young wine -...
by larry schaffer
November 19th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3285

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

My answer would be 'no' - it all depends upon subjectivity and 'defining' good or bad. Period. One of the challenges of the wine biz in the US is being 'pompous' or 'looking down upon' those who drink wines we consider 'bad'. At the end of the day, though, would someone who really enjoyed drinking t...
by larry schaffer
November 19th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

My question is about this bizarre tangent that derailed the conversation. From my tasting of a flawed '17, I perceived an array of components that it had in common with the '16. I didn't experience either wine in the "too young" stage. I didn't get notable carbonic character in any, which is someth...
by larry schaffer
November 19th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3637

Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

Was just reported by wine spectator. I'm certain they'll be plenty more details to come shortly.
by larry schaffer
November 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Clenenden/Joseph Swan whites.
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: TN Clenenden/Joseph Swan whites.

Adam,

Did you purchase the Clendenen wine directly from their tasting room or website, or after market? If the former, I might suggest contacting them directly - as you said, something was 'off' and they will hopefully take care of you. Keep us posted.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 19th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 22
Views: 1564

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Bummer that the wine did not show well. And this also goes to show the potential 'variability' in wine. As you said, it should not have been that advanced, compared to the other bottle that you had. I have found some of the older Tens evolve gracefully like older, more classic CdP's, believe it or n...
by larry schaffer
November 18th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting White Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 823

Re: Decanting White Wine

I have decanted young rieslings, viogniers, chardonnays - they can be just as 'backwards' as red wines. How about yourself?
by larry schaffer
November 18th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5621

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Yep, Top 100 is out and no real surprises in there. MacDonald made it as did Saxum and Denner . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 17th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 63
Views: 3634

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

Spent half a day in Los Olivos on wednesday and made it to Liquid Farm, Stolpman, Solminer and Beckman. (Lots of places closed mid-week, unfortunately.) Nice experiences with exceptional hospitality and good to very good wine at each place, although almost none that I decided I had to buy for futur...
by larry schaffer
November 17th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 889

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

Brett can take on so many different characteristics, many more than just barnyard and band aid. It makes it quite difficult sometimes therefore to isolate a specific fault - and oftentimes faults are combos of many things . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 15th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 42
Views: 2782

Re: It's The End Of Bordeaux As We Know It

The only thing that makes this 'noteworthy' in all honesty is the old school 'rules and regulations' that AOCs, DOCG's, etc have had to live by for so long. The bottom line is that the wine world is changing and everyone is having to change along with it. Now do you think most if many producers in B...
by larry schaffer
November 15th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5621

And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Somewhat surprised that no one has posted on the top 10 wines of the year from the WS yet. I know it's not 'cool' to say that you look at this stuff but it is interesting to see any of these lists, whether or not you agree with them. The No. 1 wine will be announced later this morning but the rest o...
by larry schaffer
November 14th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1574

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

A couple of others to check out from Santa Barbara County: Pence makes one from estate fruit Whitcraft makes one occasionally from Pence fruit Martian used to make one from their own estate fruit (no longer producing wine) Story of Soil (as others have mentioned) My guess is that others are working ...
by larry schaffer
November 14th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj Parr Wine Club?
Replies: 14
Views: 1195

Re: Raj Parr Wine Club?

John,

What are the a la carte prices? The 'regular' pricing seems high.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 13th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Qes,

I dig your comments but you're really pretty funny. The low SO2 should not be the issue - or one could use that argument that there was zero in the 2016

Let's share a bottle soon please . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 13th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2653

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Thanks for the notes, all - and I wish more bottles were left open for multiple days and reported on for comparison sake. 'Stewed' flavors on day 1 certainly can mellow out over time - but if they are on day 1, they are there. A 'challenge' here is that not everyone will allow these wines to sit as ...
by larry schaffer
November 13th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

No. Pax’s note specifically says that none of the fully carbonic lots made it into the 2017. Thank you for once again providing clarity, my friend. It's interesting in this thread how folks see what they want to - and are not actually reading what I'm posting. Then again, perhaps it's just me . . ....
by larry schaffer
November 13th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Wes, Thanks for the reply. Pax was pretty clear that 17 was not fully carbonic but 16 was. That alone would create a marked different wine, no? I think we just need to share a few bottles when we get together next . . . You're going in circles on a tangent. The issue is the low SO2 caused bottle va...
by larry schaffer
November 13th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 1972

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

I opened a 97 Heritage last night and this thing was very much alive. Needed some time to open up, but it was pleasurable with some wonderful texture and great body. Aromatics were okay - not great - but well worth paying $16 for a +20 year old wine and having it give this much pleasure. May have to...
by larry schaffer
November 12th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Wes,

Thanks for the reply. Pax was pretty clear that 17 was not fully carbonic but 16 was. That alone would create a marked different wine, no? I think we just need to share a few bottles when we get together next . . .
by larry schaffer
November 12th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Wes, I have not claimed anything about the soundness have any bottles. All I have mentioned is the knowledge that the two wines were made using different methodologies. Therefore, comparisons between the two vintages are pretty tough to do directly. Since I have an ongoing communication with Pax I w...
by larry schaffer
November 12th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

And a bit more info from Pax, comparing the two vintages: 16 was san soufre... 17 has a free of <20ppm> both are unfixed & unfiltered. 2016 should improve until 2023 and last a long while... 2017 is more dense and has bigger fruit and will improve til 2025 at least, although I don't seeing it making...
by larry schaffer
November 12th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I wanted to circle back on this thread since there continues to be some 'uncertainty' about how the wine was made compared to the 2016 - and I was really curious since I do all 100% whole cluster reds these days. Therefore, I reached out to Pax and this is what he said about the 2017 (remember - the...
by larry schaffer
November 12th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 97
Views: 11810

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Have any consumers received any? Tried any? Really curious for non-professional tasting notes.

Did any of you attend any of the dinners he's had - or has there only been the one in Ojai?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 11th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

Another interesting thread - and AG's sentiments could certainly be echoed by every 'professional' reviewer out there. I understand where he is coming from - but this doesn't kind of sound a little 'sour grapes' to me, no? At the end of the day, are wines being made 'better' and 'more consistent' th...
by larry schaffer
November 10th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

And I continue to have a 'challenge' with how this is categorized in CellarTracker - I know that I'm a bit of a 'broken record', but this should be not 'Central Coast' - it really should be USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek AVA . . Was it always as you state or did it change after the firs...
by larry schaffer
November 10th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)

Brian, Thanks for sharing your notes on these two wines. I have really enjoyed working with both of these 'lesser' rhone varieties, and to me, they are just as expressive as any of the other ones that I've worked with for quite some time. Both of these definitely fall 'under the radar' for most peop...
by larry schaffer
November 10th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

And I continue to have a 'challenge' with how this is categorized in CellarTracker - I know that I'm a bit of a 'broken record', but this should be not 'Central Coast' - it really should be USA, California, Paso Robles, Willow Creek AVA . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 10th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

2011 was a 'challenging' year for much of CA, but certain regions, including Paso and Santa Barbara County, did not receive the extreme rain amounts that our neighbors up north received. We also had a pretty major frost early on that created yield challenges. No surprise that this one is aging well ...
by larry schaffer
November 9th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Just curious - is that what Pax has to say - at it's peak now and drink them near term? Just curious . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 9th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2497

Re: Shipping companies hates me

I developed a good relationship with my FedEx guy, to the point where we had an agreement that he would sign for me and leave my wine if I weren’t home (where we lived it was always protected from the elements and safe from porch pirates). He mentioned to me that he had a couple of other regular wi...
by larry schaffer
November 7th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

The '18 should be out soon, so you can compare that. Do we really need to go in circles? 1) I asked for links after not seeing any info on their site, and didn't get any. 2) Not on both wines on release sound about the same. 3) Notes on sound bottles about 9 months out sounds about the same. 4) The...
by larry schaffer
November 7th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 145
Views: 7678

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

"That sound bottles of the '17 should be very similar to the '16, not "stylistically different" Wes - per post #38 it appears that '16 was carbonic and '17 was not. Perhaps I missed something but wouldn't this be stylistically different if this is the case? Ian, Thank you for bringing this up. This...
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2080

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

Define 'terrible' or 'undrinkable' on an objective manner please . . .
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Syrah X-Block '12-'14...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Syrah X-Block '12-'14...(short/boring)

Thanks Tom. So you think Bob picks later? Or that the w/c in this case makes these wines too rustic and hard around the edges?
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4344

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

I totally agree that WS is not irrelevant at all - it probably moves more wine than most other publications these days. Perhaps not here, as others have pointed out, but it's not to be 'dismissed' as a 'has been' in any way . . . Cheers. WS is the only review publication that actually moves units i...
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4344

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

I totally agree that WS is not irrelevant at all - it probably moves more wine than most other publications these days. Perhaps not here, as others have pointed out, but it's not to be 'dismissed' as a 'has been' in any way . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
November 5th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Syrah X-Block '12-'14...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 744

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Syrah X-Block '12-'14...(short/boring)

Tom,

How would you compare these to Qupe's wines from the same block? Are these leaner than Bob's?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
November 4th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1701

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

They could all save a lot of time by just making sure their cellar is very clean, their equipment is sanitized every time they use it and minimize the use of very old barrels, which cannot be sanitized no matter what you do. Looking under a microscope just tells you what you “have”, not how to avoi...

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