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by larry schaffer
October 15th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fred Brander`s 69th birthday party, a stellabration
Replies: 9
Views: 408

Re: Fred Brander`s 69th birthday party, a stellabration

He certainly has been not only a pioneer but a mentor to so many in our area but he does not get credit for it at all. Perhaps he's too modest, but there are so many winemakers that have come through Brander that he really should talk about it. Blake, perhaps you can get him to divulge? And not only...
by larry schaffer
October 13th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A Visit to the Tasting Room of Grassini Vineyards --- out of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: TNs: A Visit to the Tasting Room of Grassini Vineyards --- out of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara

I'd be curious to know if you have also tasted the Grassini Sauvignon Blanc at Dragonette Cellars? I'm always curious about the differences in winemaking styles for the same vineyard and also the differences in the blocks at the same vineyard. I know that there are 32 different blocks at this viney...
by larry schaffer
October 13th, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 50
Views: 3061

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Nathan, Stephen is a lawyer himself and knows plenty of them - I don't think it's point A. This sucks all around - and the fact that it has gone on as long as it has while this winery still is in business and making new wines is absolutely amazing. I do hope that Stephen gets closure on this sooner ...
by larry schaffer
October 12th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 196
Views: 8823

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Nate Simon wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 11:57 am
Berserkers: “I hope these 20+ year-old wines from a legendary winemaker are super cheap!”

Also Berserkers: “I’m in agony over how long I’ve been on the waiting list to buy the latest $200 Cali Syrah.”
Bingo!!! [stirthepothal.gif] [soap.gif] pepsi champagne.gif
by larry schaffer
October 12th, 2019, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 47
Views: 2145

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

So let’s think about this for a minute. The guy gets first ever shipment from Bedrock, and he should wait three years to open anything? He’s going to have a new offering hit his email in 3-4 months. Shouldn’t he try a few to see what he thinks? Agreed. Try them and see if you like them. To get an i...
by larry schaffer
October 11th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 196
Views: 8823

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Guess away, folks . . .

And my impression with older zins in general is that they lose their 'zin exuberance' and remind me more of aged clarets. Anyone else experience this?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting heat damage data point
Replies: 13
Views: 1065

Re: Interesting heat damage data point

This also goes to show how much 'variation' there is in anything related to wines - and how it truly is impossible to 'predict' how a wine will show without opening the bottle and actually drinking it. There is no doubt that subjecting a wine to elevated temperatures is far from ideal - but is it 'h...
by larry schaffer
October 10th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 196
Views: 8823

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Perhaps Joel can post a link so that those that may want to take advantage of these can?
by larry schaffer
October 10th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2203

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

Just to clarify, is this Syrah a 'carbonic' syrah or one that is made with 100% whole cluster? They do not mean the same thing at all - as I hope most on this board understand. My guess is that it is not made in a carbonic style - though a handful of clusters may make it all the way through primary...
by larry schaffer
October 9th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Agharta black label 2009 notes
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: Agharta black label 2009 notes

Greg, Thanks - that helps me understand why many may not like these wines. Saying something is 'undrinkable' or 'bad' simply does not paint a clear enough picture to determine if the wine was faulty or made in a style not desired OR just flat out out of balance (however you want to categorize that '...
by larry schaffer
October 9th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2203

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

Just to clarify, is this Syrah a 'carbonic' syrah or one that is made with 100% whole cluster? They do not mean the same thing at all - as I hope most on this board understand. My guess is that it is not made in a carbonic style - though a handful of clusters may make it all the way through primary ...
by larry schaffer
October 9th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento
Replies: 18
Views: 717

Great Article on Darrell Corti - Corti Brothers in Sacramento

While Tom Hill recuperates from knee surgery, I guess someone else has to step in and post some of these [snort.gif] If you're already familiar with Darrell, this will be a fun article to read as, to me, it captures his personality well. For those of you not familiar with this gem of a man, it's a g...
by larry schaffer
October 9th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2318

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I think one of the biggest challenges here is agreeing that we are experiencing the same flavors/aromas and agreeing what we are experiencing. In addition, in looking at that WSET list of aromas, I think there is room for 'disagreement' on some of these - for instance, I tend to get cinnamon element...
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 40
Views: 2474

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Could this be due to a greater supply being made available? Have they increased their production over the past few years? Or are third parties being more aggressive and not marking up these as much as in the past?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clementine Carter
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: TN: Clementine Carter

Adam Frisch wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 8:48 am
Thanks Larry! That's good info. I'd love to try your Larner. You got some in stock?

And of course, it's Los Alamos, my bad. Changed it now.
I do - let me know when you're in the area next, my friend

Cheers
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clementine Carter
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: TN: Clementine Carter

What is the RS? Do you regularly find a lot of Grenaches that have RS in them? I personally don't - yet they can get a 'candied' element and tend to be fruit forward, giving them a 'sweet' impression that can lead some to believe there is RS in them. Kind of like zinfandel IMHO except usually not a...
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clementine Carter
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: TN: Clementine Carter

Not really a tasting note, because it happened a few weeks ago, but just a general observation. 2017 Clemetine Carter Grenache Larner . I've had quite a few of Sonja's Grenache bottlings and they are always pretty damn good. She also has the Casa Dumetz brand, but I think the Clementine Carter bran...
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2203

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

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 7:47 am
I have not run into VA...not at all.
Great to hear - and hope that this is consistent but based on the number of others stating that they are, either you are 'lucky' OR their perception of VA is your perception of 'something else' perhaps?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!

Intersting discussion. From a winemaking standpoint, there are some 'regions' or 'vineyards' that seem to exhibit these aromas, and sometimes they remain with the wines all the way through. I've noticed that many Santa Maria Valley pinots, and some syrahs, have these notes during fermentation and th...
by larry schaffer
October 8th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2203

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

Sounds like an interesting wine - and I'm a big fan of Pax's use of whole clusters in his wines and always have been. The thing that concerns me a bit is the bottle variation here - and what might be causing it. Some of this has to be chalked up to differences in perceptions from individuals, which ...
by larry schaffer
October 7th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 50
Views: 3061

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Stephen, That truly sucks - and is hopefully the exception rather than the rule in our industry. Is the winery local? Have you had face to face communications with them? I know that you are a lawyer - have you or anyone else attempted to sue as of yet? I agree that it's probably not best to 'name na...
by larry schaffer
October 7th, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1309

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Hi Larry, I have no secrets, but there are a few reasons that make me hesitant to share chemistry and analytics on this board. Anything we can measure in wine only paints a small part of the picture, and I have seen how fixated some people can get on certain parameters. Easy example is alcohol. The...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1309

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Travis, Care to share the chemistries on your Marsanne? It's always 'surprising' to hear any marsanne described as having good acidity as this is certainly not something common with the grape. What I've found in working with the variety is that in order to get 'decent' acidity, one needs to pick rel...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1680

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Bob,

I am not, but lots of these types of 'studies' and trials are being done. Machine picking and pruning is now a reality around the world, even in (egads) Bodeaux . . .
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1705

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

As for wine’s alleged robustness, is there anyone here who would willingly choose a wine that had been exposed to temperatures in the 80s and above for at least a few weeks vs one known to have been kept below, say, 60-65 it’s entire life? If so, please raise your hands. Frank, I'm sure the questio...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1705

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Frank, Who do you suggest pay for this? If there was enough demand, I believe you'd see someone come up with a workable 'solution' that would not cost much - but without the demand, and without consumers truly 'speaking up' about the problem, I don't see anything happening. Shipping is already a 'ch...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2229

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

Kudos to Kevin for getting on here and discussing this. Not a 'fun' conversation to have, but great to be around to explain why they are doing what they are doing . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1830

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I personally would prefer smaller, shyer and subtler. But that's just me. For Oregon Pinot, I believe that less is more. Dan Kravitz But that's what the OP was looking for, my friend champagne.gif [cheers.gif] flirtysmile I've had a couple of Big Table Farm Wines and I would not categorize as 'big ...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1705

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

As for wine’s alleged robustness, is there anyone here who would willingly choose a wine that had been exposed to temperatures in the 80s and above for at least a few weeks vs one known to have been kept below, say, 60-65 it’s entire life? If so, please raise your hands. Frank, I'm sure the questio...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1705

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Such an interesting thread - and one that is bound to lead to lots of potential answers and suggestions. Yep, there probably is $$$ to be made by creating and marketing an 'accurate' way to assess temperatures during shipping. I know that Leslie Fischer has posted extensively on this in the past - n...
by larry schaffer
October 6th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Agharta black label 2009 notes
Replies: 12
Views: 560

Re: Agharta black label 2009 notes

All, at some point I bought a 6 pack of this wine. Now on my third bottle...All are undrinkable....really! So I went back to find any notes, ratings, wine maker comments. I can find none in my files. Or pricing. I would love to know what the original promise was for these wines. They are horrible.....
by larry schaffer
October 5th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1680

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

I wonder who much of this is just too many grapes as a result of bountiful crops with the drought conditions softening Along with over-planting. Lots of new or expanded vineyards planted over the past decade. All of these are the real issues here. And add on to that a glut of grapes being grown ove...
by larry schaffer
October 4th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4821

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

X block is killer - the same block that Qupe had historically used for their best and most age worthy syrah.

If you want something completely different, get a bottle or two of the older rose aged outside in demijons for 9 months.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 2nd, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1098

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

BTW, Michael and Richard Sanford were more in the hippy mode than anything else during this stage of their lives and did not have much more other than a lot of passion and heart. Money, not so much. I have a couple of wines they made in the 70s that I`ll share with Richard when the occasion arises,...
by larry schaffer
October 1st, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1098

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

2) I have a memory [in the last few years] of reading about someone who was trying to grow grapes again out on Santa Cruz Island - I have a strong feeling that there was a thread about it here at Wine Berserkers - but my Google-Fu doesn't seem to be up to the task of finding that old thread. Rusack...
by larry schaffer
October 1st, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 491
Views: 26040

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Hit about 40 this morning here in the Santa Ynez Valley, but will heat up to about 80 as the day rolls on - love the wide temperature ranges, as I still have stuff hanging (all rhone varieties). We'll be seeing temps rise as the week goes on, hitting 90 over the weekend. Me thinks a lot will be comi...
by larry schaffer
October 1st, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 96
Views: 6230

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Yep, lots of extra fruit out there for great prices if you're willing to pull the trigger - and realize how much it will actually cost to MAKE the wine and then try to SELL it!!!

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
October 1st, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months

As I've done in the past, I've posted articles highlighting varieties that usually get no lover whatsoever - especially from more 'mainstream' publications like T & C. And Jay knows wine - he has written about it extensively over the past number of years. To me, as I posted above, this was just lazy...
by larry schaffer
October 1st, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Thanks for the additional information, Paul. Really interesting - and as you said, perhaps it's due to longer hang time. I've usually found that when you pick roussanne (or marsanne) earlier, you can retain better acidity, but you give up the richness that is the hallmark of these varieties. It's gr...
by larry schaffer
September 30th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Curious about the acidity on this wine. The variety is known to provide wines with great texture and even a touch of tannin but not normally high acidity. Also, what temperature was it served at? To show off.its texture, I serve closer to room temperature. And did you save any for day 2, or 3? Chee...
by larry schaffer
September 30th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months

An interesting article about some of my favorite varieties to work with and to drink, including roussanne and marsanne. My only bone to pick is the lack of knowledge on this writer's part about those producing these wonderful varieties on the 'Central Coast'. He rightfully mentions Tablas Creek, but...
by larry schaffer
September 30th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

... I serve closer to room temperature. What's room temperature in California these days? 90F? A valid point indeed neener Since these wines tend to be more 'textural' than acid driven, I find that they sing from about 55-65 degrees or so, and aromaticly even more so at 70 or so. Cheers
by larry schaffer
September 30th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Curious about the acidity on this wine. The variety is known to provide wines with great texture and even a touch of tannin but not normally high acidity. Also, what temperature was it served at? To show off.its texture, I serve closer to room temperature. And did you save any for day 2, or 3? Cheers.
by larry schaffer
September 29th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 32
Views: 1922

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Mel Knox wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Same thing...they got a new winemaker maybe three (four?) years ago and she is very good.

FYI I just tasted a carbonic maceration Mission at a winery in Santa Ynez....how do you make yours??
Which winery in Santa Ynez? And you still in the area, my friend????
by larry schaffer
September 27th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 97
Views: 6068

Re: Cayuse is Live

Dave - in my case I was never granted a wishlisted 3-pack over the three years, so had to keep buying the initial Cailloux allocation to stay active and be able to wishlist other wines each release. I grew tired of that so gave up my spot on the list. Perhaps I gave up too soon, but I have no regre...
by larry schaffer
September 26th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3126

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

Hardy, I hear you - and I'm sure Denis was a major part of the entire effort. But there definitely seems to be things that have happened beyond that tragic loss that have created a sense of 'apathy' about the wines - and pricing is certainly one of them. It's certainly a bummer - and as I stated abo...
by larry schaffer
September 26th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 25
Views: 1392

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Keep the notes coming as you get them please - love to hear more about this variety and what a winery like Ridge is able to accomplish with it.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
September 26th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Syrah JamesBerry '08...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 826

Re: TN: Carlisle Syrah JamesBerry '08...(short/boring)

It's a really tough question to ask - especially when 'winemaking' is a moving and evolving target. Does Justin make a syrah or a syrah dominated wine from the vineyard? Others? It might be interesting to do a side by side to see. I dig what Mike does but generally stick with his zin. Why? I make my...
by larry schaffer
September 26th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry
Replies: 13
Views: 938

Re: NYT: The future of wine: Very very dry

One of the challenges will be to turn vineyards into 'dry farmed' if possible - but this is not always possible. If there is not enough rain and the groundwater is not plentiful enough, the vines will not survive. Anyone have and info on wineries in 'warmer climates' that are dry farming - or have s...

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