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by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Tasting
Replies: 11
Views: 394

Re: Santa Barbara Tasting

Cab is not what we're known for, but some to search out would include Crown Point (made in a riper style), Dierberg (beautiful stuff and Tyler Thomas is a rock star winemaker!), Grassini and a few others. Cheers Love me some Crown Point!! [snort.gif] Care to bring Benny into the mix?!?!? [snort.gif]
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Tasting
Replies: 11
Views: 394

Re: Santa Barbara Tasting

Cab is not what we're known for, but some to search out would include Crown Point (made in a riper style), Dierberg (beautiful stuff and Tyler Thomas is a rock star winemaker!), Grassini and a few others.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18
Replies: 3
Views: 246

Re: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18

Interesting - took part in a seminar yesterday where they were finding the opposite down here - higher conversion factors rather than lower. Could have been 'user error' in getting accurate starting figures for sure but interesting indeed. Many wineries do not send off initial samples for glue/fruc ...
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Pinot Noir Technical Tasting Today in Ukiah - Anyone attending?
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Pinot Noir Technical Tasting Today in Ukiah - Anyone attending?

Took part in an event called DRT yesterday - Domestic Rhone Tech - here in SB County. 40 different wines from the 2018 Vintage from Paso, SLO and SB Counties with about 25 syrahs, 5 mourvedres and 10 grenaches tasted blind and then discussed among smaller tables and then the group as a whole. Humbli...
by larry schaffer
March 21st, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Tasting
Replies: 11
Views: 394

Re: Santa Barbara Tasting

As others have said, lots of choices for sure. More than happy to host you at my tasting room in Los Olivos if you have the time. Within 1/4 mile of my space and within walking distance is Dragonette, Stolpman, Larner, Samsara, Andrew Murray, Barbieri, Tensley, Refugio Ranch and a few others. A shor...
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: DC / VA Distributor Suggestions?
Replies: 0
Views: 54

DC / VA Distributor Suggestions?

Heading back next week for a Rhone Rangers tasting and hoping to connect with potential distributors. Ideally looking for a smaller distributor where my wines won't get lost [snort.gif]

I'm all ears, folks. Feel free to post here or email me at larry@tercerowines.com.

Thanks in advance!!!

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 56
Views: 902

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

Honestly in reds what gets me is stem inclusion and the resulting aromas young and with age, along with how it tends to fill the donut that is a hollow mid-palate on so many wines. Agreed entirely. When done right and 'integrated', stems just add a little something all around, and I love your 'donu...
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 56
Views: 902

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

The incredible range of non-fruit flavors and aromas that wine can exhibit, running the gamut from black pepper and bacon to flowers to salinity to baking spices. Love these descriptors for sure. It's somewhat 'easy' to get a lot of fruit in wines - something entirely different to get non-fruit ele...
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NINE SUNS Save the Date
Replies: 26
Views: 1226

Re: NINE SUNS Save the Date

Wow - just wow. What's the current price on Rayas?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 19th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 573

Re: Wine chemistry question?

To cut to the chase, the fact that they are there and the quantity of them has no direct correlation with how acidic a wine is - period. Greg's explanation is awesome - the only thing to add is that it's now possible to do tartrate stabilization via an ion exchange system that takes a mere few hours...
by larry schaffer
March 18th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 101
Views: 2604

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

Really been digging the 2017 rose. Opened 1 btl of the 2018, very good as well, but the ‘17s are rocking. Might have to order some more, ‘cause we aren’t even close to summer yet. Thanks my friend - and I agree that the '17 is really rocking these days. I'm pouring it in my tasting room and it's gr...
by larry schaffer
March 18th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 101
Views: 2604

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

It's been fun getting notes from many folks that have begun opening up bottles of my 2018. It's still quite 'exuberant' but is already showing beautifully!

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
March 18th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help Requested: Central Coast Wine Suggestions for Tasting Group
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Help Requested: Central Coast Wine Suggestions for Tasting Group

Good luck on the miracle. With the constraints listed it will be tough. It would be a lot easier if they chose Rhone varietals. Agreed - but if you're going to do that, I would get more 'specific' than Central Coast. If one was going to do a cab tasting north of SF, my guess is that you would focus...
by larry schaffer
March 18th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help Requested: Central Coast Wine Suggestions for Tasting Group
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Help Requested: Central Coast Wine Suggestions for Tasting Group

Rick, You know my take on the term 'Central Coast', eh? Not sure folks would use 'North Coast' in the same way here . . . [soap.gif] [stirthepothal.gif] [snort.gif] I would think that cabs would be more 'distinct' from this 'way too large' area than zins because cabs are grown throughout the region ...
by larry schaffer
March 18th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a "polished" wine
Replies: 52
Views: 1072

Re: What is a "polished" wine

And this thread goes to show how we truly and honestly do not use 'objective' language when discussing wines whatsoever. I really think that this has as much to do with 'context' as anything else, Yep, I would agree that the first thing that pops into my head would be 'without harsh edges of any kin...
by larry schaffer
March 17th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 56
Views: 2321

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Did people also stop buying from Amazon when they stopped the music for the tax free sales? Seems odd to get upset with WineBid over this. Anyone not paying taxes on sales they normally would should have known they were getting away with something. Not that it was something they got because of prin...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 351

Re: TN: 2017 Le P'tit Paysan Chardonnay Jack's Hill Vineyard

I wonder why the switch from screw cap to natural cork? Any idea?
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

Thanks and I did! Thank you . . . Very different but quite enjoyable.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 696

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

Kelly, Awesome note, my friend. Kind of reminds me of the Pax notes that started popping up a few years back from some of his 'hi octane' earlier stuff. Keeping an open mind the challenging thing in life in general and especially when it comes to wine these days. We all have preconceived notions ab...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 696

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

Kelly, Awesome note, my friend. Kind of reminds me of the Pax notes that started popping up a few years back from some of his 'hi octane' earlier stuff. Keeping an open mind the challenging thing in life in general and especially when it comes to wine these days. We all have preconceived notions abo...
by larry schaffer
March 16th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When really bad wines show distinct terroir
Replies: 2
Views: 315

Re: When really bad wines show distinct terroir

Great topic starter - and I don't think it applies to just 'cheap' wines or 'bad' wines either. Terroir and Typicity are two words that seem list on so many folks, even knowledgeable wine folks. Non wine geeks probably will never get it - and that's okay. They just want something that 'tastes good',...
by larry schaffer
March 15th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 11
Views: 672

Re: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi

It's great to see this Vineyard and this variety get some notice. I've been working with the variety for a couple years now and absolutely dig it. I'm not fortunate enough to get fruit from this revered sight, but I dig what I am able to produce with the fruit hat I get. That Bechtold fruit is prett...
by larry schaffer
March 13th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles
Replies: 22
Views: 770

Re: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles

If you do go to Tin City, you might want to check out monochrome, a winery that exclusively does whites. I've heard good things about the wines there.
by larry schaffer
March 12th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...
Replies: 28
Views: 1563

Re: Lots of lurkers-to-posters lately...

I love the idea of this thread. Pretty much every week, I have someone coming into my Chase room saying that they visit the board but tend to lurk. Glad to see more folks being active.
by larry schaffer
March 11th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles
Replies: 22
Views: 770

Re: Feedback on Itinerary for Trip to Santa Ynez Valley and Paso Robles

Jordan,

Send me an email and I'll be more than happy to give you some suggestions for our area - not only wineries but places to stay, places to eat, a tip about a beer speakeasy, and more.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
March 11th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch

Marcus, Again, I'm not Hardy and don't want to speak for him. I also have 'heard' that these wines 'are not meant' for long term aging, but I'm not sure what to make of that. Define 'long term'? Will they last as long as some of the best Tempier's? Not sure. What I will say is that I enjoyed these 1...
by larry schaffer
March 11th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch

They are in a great place - drink up! So people were right saying these really won't last that long? Marcus, As David mentioned, that's not what I am saying. What I AM saying again is that these 2013s, based on what I tasted at Falltacular, are in a very good place right now. I think they still hav...
by larry schaffer
March 10th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 89
Views: 5074

Re: California 2017

My experience with the 2008 vintage suggests to me that smoke taint becomes more conspicuous over time. Taste before you buy -- and if there is any amount of smoke detectable, buy to drink, not to cellar. It's difficult to compare the amount of smoke exposure in different years -- in 08 IIRC the sm...
by larry schaffer
March 10th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2013 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch

Had a chance to try a few of Hardys 2013s at Falltacular and I really enjoyed them. They are in a great place - drink up!

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 10th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Mount Eden with a great vegetarian dinner (long)
Replies: 27
Views: 1331

Re: Aged Mount Eden with a great vegetarian dinner (long)

Had a bottle of the 2010 Chardonnay the other night and it was singing - quite beautiful and elegant and I agree that it is still showing young and bright and full of zest. Will have to pick up a couple of bottles to see how they age.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
March 10th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)

Not cheap at about $45. How do they age? Better to drink young or?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 9th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2188

Re: WSJ wine article

Though I can't read the article, I get the gist of it. And I think we need to think of this from multiple factors: 1) From the non-wine geek side, this may nor may not be a good thing. Too many voices make it difficult to figure out 'who to believe' and most wine consumers won't put the time in to r...
by larry schaffer
March 9th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 150
Views: 5055

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

USDA NASS " California Grape Acreage, 2017 Report " Total Acres Planted to Carignane , 2016 : 1.) Madera (1,233 acres) 2.) San Joaquin (369 acres) 3.) Mendocino (356 acres) 4.) Sonoma (181 acres) 5.) Fresno (129 acres) 6.) Contra Costa (61 acres) 7.) Merced (30 acres) 8.) Santa Clara (26 acres) 9.)...
by larry schaffer
March 8th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5030

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Well stated, my friend. There is no doubt that with the name chosen, they were 'implying' certain things that were not true. Just as Franzia had put the word 'Napa' on a wine that was not from the Napa area. Some things seem so plain to see - how this made it through the TTB when they won't let me s...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: DC Help?
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: DC Help?

Larry - Agree with the suggestions on names. A strategy may be more important for a (relatively) small volume producer. Personally, I think that your best fit is Weygandt. Approx. 80-90% of the stock is stuff that Peter imports. They have started carrying some lesser known American stuff in the las...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Loring Futures
Replies: 14
Views: 730

Re: 2018 Loring Futures

Blake, I guess it depends upon the winery and their 'philosophy'. There are some local wineries who may have a 'loss leader' of a wine whereby they'll sell it cheaper than their customers can get it - but then again, they won't pour it in their tasting rooms. And I guess I'm looking at the 'old scho...
by larry schaffer
March 6th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Loring Futures
Replies: 14
Views: 730

Re: 2018 Loring Futures

I do receive emails from Loring, but the prices at the local Total Wine are better, especially with their coupons. That's a really interesting comment. Where are you located and how many Loring SKUs do they have there? One would think that you'd get it cheaper directly from Brian, but perhaps the c...
by larry schaffer
March 5th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Loring Futures
Replies: 14
Views: 730

Re: 2018 Loring Futures

Can you explain what the deals are for those of us who do not get these emails? What kind of discount are you receiving and when will you receive the wines? As far as Brian's wines, there usually are plenty of notes on them - he also is active on WB Day and there are threads there and his wines were...
by larry schaffer
March 5th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 101
Views: 2604

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

I opened one of the 18 Rose's last week. I had one glass and then it sat in the fridge for 6 days. On day 1 it started out a bit tight and shy when we opened it probably because it was to cold. Once it warmed up in the glass it exploded both on the nose and palate. Then I had a glass 6 days later a...
by larry schaffer
March 5th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 101
Views: 2604

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

Got my mixed case of 17/18 rose yesterday. I have one 16 left, and look forward to comparing the three vintages. Dave, Let me - and us - know when you do compare them. Have not had a 16 in a few months but the last bottle I had may have been the best bottle I've had thus far. I really dig the 16 an...
by larry schaffer
March 5th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!
Replies: 101
Views: 2604

Re: Extended thru Fri, 2/1 - tercero wines BD10 Offers - Including My 2018 Mourvedre Rose!

Just got my half-case of 2018 Rosé. Had to Pobega one. Light salmon in color. Some floral aromas. Crisp. Combo of Jolly Rancher and citrus/nectarine. Delicious. Will put the other 5 away and wait for warm weather. Paul, Curious if you saved any for Day 2? This is the earliest I've ever bottled my r...
by larry schaffer
March 5th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1387

Re: Napa in Newport

Can't speak to Garguilo as I don't recall even tasting it. I probably skipped 1/3 of the wineries as there was simply too many to hit. Spottswood was solid, They were in the hallway leading to the main room so it was one of the first tables I hit, but way too young and they just opened the bottle m...
by larry schaffer
March 4th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Shafer Has Passed Away
Replies: 12
Views: 1366

Re: John Shafer Has Passed Away

Markus S wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 11:04 am
I realize the spelling is different from yours, but sometimes families spell things differently. Was he any relation to you?
Nope, not at all. Just someone who I respected and whose legacy will live on for a very long time.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
March 4th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1640

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 9:41 am
In general I find a lack of freshness, or when a wine is "fresher" it lacks aromatic depth.

Not every grape belongs in every place.
Agreed . . .
by larry schaffer
March 4th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Shafer Has Passed Away
Replies: 12
Views: 1366

John Shafer Has Passed Away

by larry schaffer
March 4th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1640

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

I keep trying, but still have not had a domestic Chenin Blanc that made me think it was actually worth buying. That includes trying most of the wines mentioned in this thread. Even the ones from wineries I otherwise really like have left me cold. Wondering if this is because you feel that aren't 'a...
by larry schaffer
March 4th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1640

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

There are a number of folks who make Chenin from the Jurassic Vineyard in Los Olivos - part of the old Firestone Vineyard for those who know the area. I know Field Recordings has been working with the fruit for quite some time as have others. Might be worth seeking out others working with it to comp...
by larry schaffer
March 3rd, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 2775

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

Is Pax still sharing a space or selling some Wind Gap stuff? I though they were completely separate by my now?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
March 3rd, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5030

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Doug Uno wrote:
March 3rd, 2019, 5:50 pm
I am a layman. What is MOG?

Thanks
It stands for 'materials other than grapes' . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
March 3rd, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5030

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Reasearch of qualitative assessments is notoriously fraught with peril. But you knew that when you asked the question. Of course I did - I ask lots of 'questions' and make lots of 'statements' on here to 'beg the questions' because it seems that many others do not. I've been involved with some 'ane...

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