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by larry schaffer
February 25th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: TablasCreek Roussanne '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: TN: TablasCreek Roussanne '18....(short/boring)

Tom, I'm amazed this showed that much richness that young - as Taylor pointed out, you expect it to pick up body in bottle as it slowly oxidizes, but the fact that they can get richness that early and with that alcohol level is pretty amazing. I believe most of Bob Lindquist's Roussannes are 13.5% o...
by larry schaffer
February 25th, 2021, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newbie - Tannin and Red Varietals
Replies: 23
Views: 564

Re: Newbie - Tannin and Red Varietals

Remember also that everyone's palates are different - and some may find a wine tannic while others may find the same wine does not have a tannic nature at all. If you are able to do tastings with others - either at a wine shop that offers them (hopefully again soon), a winery tasting room or wine ba...
by larry schaffer
February 25th, 2021, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 37
Views: 1934

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Go to Los Olivos or don't even go. Stolpman and Tensley (very nice Grenache) are my main two stops there. Palmina has a tasting room there and is worth visiting if you want to try interesting stuff. The top guys that require a reservation are Jonata and Crown Point. Beckman, Roblar, Koehler, you wi...
by larry schaffer
February 25th, 2021, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buyer Beware: Fake Bottles of Yellow Tail Wine Are Popping Up in the U.K..
Replies: 27
Views: 1188

Re: Buyer Beware: Fake Bottles of Yellow Tail Wine Are Popping Up in the U.K..

This is a really interesting situation, though, and does spotlight potential issues that can arise anywhere. Let's say a new broker or distributor, who a restaurant or wine shop has not dealt with, approaches them with a deal on Silver Oak or Cakebread or Turley - that restaurant or wine shop might ...
by larry schaffer
February 24th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LAST CALL IF SHIPPING EAST OF ROCKIES - tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: LAST CALL IF SHIPPING EAST OF ROCKIES - tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST

Dan_Fusco wrote: February 24th, 2021, 5:13 am Just put my order in. My wife and I are really looking forward to this
Got it and your wines shipped out today!

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 24th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 37
Views: 1934

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Stolpman does make some very nice wines indeed - and have been for quite some time. They've also just opened their 'So Fresh Garage' adjacent to their current tasting room across the street from me showcasing their 'carbonic' wines like Love You Bunches and Syrah So Fresh . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 24th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 37
Views: 1934

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

As you can tell by the responses in this thread, Santa Barbara County is much more diverse than most folks give it credit far. You could easily fill up at least a single day down in Santa Barbara proper, visiting ABC, Margerum, Whitcraft, Sanguis, Jaffurs, DV8, Kunin, Municipal Winemakers, Grassini ...
by larry schaffer
February 24th, 2021, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8650
Views: 648961

Re: de Negoce offer

I don't think restaurants would be concerned with the 'bottle shock' issues that many have experienced with these wines. As Pat mentioned, there are probably more restaurants that just offer 'merlot' or 'cab' and folks don't really know - or care - what they are getting. Seriously. That said, you wo...
by larry schaffer
February 23rd, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 128
Views: 4434

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

Love the piece, William. And to me, it is 'spot on'. I love the concept of 'patina' in a wine - it's not fully 'definable' but you know it when you experience it. I guess what this boils down to is that 'dogma' in wine is rarely ever a good thing - there will be exceptions to every rule. The basic d...
by larry schaffer
February 23rd, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Wine Tasting Kits

I probably should have clarified in my original post, that I'm looking for tasting pours only, not full bottles. Ideally something like five 2oz pours that folks can drink a few different wines for the tasting. Larry - do you offer something like that? That's exactly what I offer - both 2 oz and 4 ...
by larry schaffer
February 23rd, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Wine Tasting Kits

I do these with my tercero wines. Reach out and let's talk...
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 10:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LAST CALL IF SHIPPING EAST OF ROCKIES - tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST

Brian Curtis wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 4:41 pm I've got my testing kit order in, too. I'm looking forward to it!
Thank you [snort.gif] champagne.gif [cheers.gif]
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking
Replies: 49
Views: 1610

Re: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking

I am just releasing my first Clairette Blanche - expect to see lots more being released over the next few years as well . . .
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

I forgot to post a picture of the bottle. The wine is so inky that it seems to have stained the clear glass! Larry gave this too me at Industrial Eats one night when we met for dinner. It's a very well made and unique wine by intention. Chilled it's so entertaining. Funny, when you pour the wine th...
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eagle Eye Wines
Replies: 4
Views: 400

Re: Eagle Eye Wines

Pricing?
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LAST CALL IF SHIPPING EAST OF ROCKIES - tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST

Ordered my tasting kit. Got two other couples to order kits as well. Looking forward to this. If it only included the Carbonic wine [stirthepothal.gif] Thanks my friend - and yep, I have lots more wine to share and I plan on doing more of these. And I also did not include my new Outlier either (I k...
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

Two other points about this 2016 - it is aging at a glacial rate and it really does not change much after opening for a number of days if you leave the wine in the fridge - seriously. And I prefer to serve the wine chilled.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

Chris Seiber wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 1:41 pm
larry schaffer wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 1:36 pm
The other aberrations I have made have been quite different than this 2016 - and none of them have stained the bottle as this one did (and yep, that's exactly what happened).
So the 2016 was somewhat of an . . . aberration?
It definitely live d up to its name . . . [snort.gif]

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
February 22nd, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

Thanks for the notes on this wine - probably my most 'polarizing' wine I've created to date. My 'intent' was to make a wine that mimicked an 'early release Chinon' which I did not accomplish [snort.gif] I decided to make this wine after harvest had started and therefore needed to find a source for C...
by larry schaffer
February 20th, 2021, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 37
Views: 1934

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Are you going to the city of Santa Barbara or 'Santa Barbara wine country'? If you are staying in the city, check out: Jaffurs ABC Margaret Grassini Whitewater Samsara Kunis If you are heading up into the Valley, your choices are numerous and I'd be happy to suggest some but perhaps you can let us k...
by larry schaffer
February 18th, 2021, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 61
Views: 3371

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

I just spoke to the shipping company I use for my shipments. They said that on Monday, they sent out about 50 packages next day air via Fed Ex - less than 10% got there the next day (none of these were mine). And they mentioned that they are sending a small package for me today via 3rd Day, and when...
by larry schaffer
February 18th, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov on vintages
Replies: 69
Views: 3694

Re: Asimov on vintages

Such an interesting article - and an interesting discussion as well. It'd be interesting to see Matt Kramer write about to the same topic, and Rober Parker, and Jeb Dunnuck, etc. I think they may all have different takes on specific vintages but share the same overall opinion that it's a bit of a 'l...
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Alban Vineyards Roussanne Estate (USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: TN: 2000 Alban Vineyards Roussanne Estate (USA, California, Central Coast, Edna Valley)

I would certainly be 'scared' if you poured me that wine and it had that color, my friend. Did you enjoy at cellar temperature or did you chill it? And let us know how it evolves -and if you saved any for day 2.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Bottle Variation Question

The impetus for writing this was one of the DeNegoce's bottlings, their #17. The opinions on this bottle have been so varied that the question of bottle variation has been brought up.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7881

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

Thanks for the info, Eric. As I mentioned above, I don't believe I've heard on this board the concept of someone on the list not getting what they were allocated in the past. My guess is that there are plenty on the active list that are not as active in the past, whereas new folks are jumping on thi...
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penfolds California Collection
Replies: 52
Views: 3323

Re: Penfolds California Collection

Treasury Estates, which owns Penfolds and a bunch of other labels, is aiming to restructure their company and they feel the name 'Penfolds' has a very strong and positive name recognition in the US and worldwide. This probably sits at the core of these new bottlings. It'll be interesting to see wher...
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10013

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

Within the next 4 months or so . . . Larry, why did you wait so long? Adam, I barrel age my wines for quite a long time - most of my reds, including this one, saw 34 months in older French oak, unracked until just before bottling. All of my reds starting in 2013 are also 100% whole cluster, and the...
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10013

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

S. Rash wrote: February 16th, 2021, 8:13 pm 2018 Tercero Spear Vineyard Grenache
Curious to hear your take on this wine. It is still so young and the first time I worked with this wonderful vineyard in the Sta Rita Hills. It definitely shows the 100% stem inclusion upon opening but I feel it integrates pretty quickly.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
February 17th, 2021, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7881

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

Dennis,

I understand the statement - just wondering if they have every had that statement before? I can't ever remember folks on the list not getting their allocations in the past so just wondering if something has changed or is different now than before.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10013

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2014 Ojai Whitehawk Syrah. Found a random bottle of this at my local wine seller...for $35. Seems like a steal. Big eucalyptus, pepper, black raspberry notes. In the Ojai style of rich and complex. Looking forward to releasing my 2014 White Hawk shortly - love that site; 100% sandy soils; lots of d...
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.

How large a run was bottling no. 17? Cam, was this bottled out of one tank or multiple tanks?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Re: Bottle Variation Question

Remember folks - in this case, I am talking about a newly bottled wine that shouldn't be subject to many of the variabilities above . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10013

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2014 Ojai Whitehawk Syrah. Found a random bottle of this at my local wine seller...for $35. Seems like a steal. Big eucalyptus, pepper, black raspberry notes. In the Ojai style of rich and complex. Looking forward to releasing my 2014 White Hawk shortly - love that site; 100% sandy soils; lots of d...
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7881

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

Wondering if this is the first time that those who are on the list were not able to get what they were allocated when they responded by the deadline announced by them?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 804

Bottle Variation Question

I am so intrigued by how varied folks are with respect to specific wines that I am curious as to your takes on bottle variation. There are a number of reasons why there might be serious bottle variation from a newly bottled or released wine as follows: 1) If the bottling is large enough, there might...
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 647
Views: 57729

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Been active on the BD wines this last week. Both the Solomon Hills (Bien Nacido) Pinot Noir and Tercero (Larry Schaffer) Larner Mouvedre were winners, though admittedly the former I picked off on the young side since I have multiples. I picked up my Tercero BD Grenache/Mourvedre order directly from...
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 174
Views: 7630

Re: Diam corks?

Benjamin, There are lots of things that CAN happen - have you experienced TCA from used barrels? I have - twice in 15 years with literally thousands of barrels. So yes, it can happen but it's truly unlikely . . . Cheers Hey Larry, you and I trading anecdotes is a bit like the folks in the Allegory ...
by larry schaffer
February 16th, 2021, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 174
Views: 7630

Re: Diam corks?

I think the chance of TCA coming from something other than the cork these days is pretty much non-existent. With the eradication a chlorine cleaners and other known precursors, the chances are minimal . . . Larry, We've seen it in the last few years, a wine that was under Diam in fact. It turned ou...
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 9:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** LAST DAY *** tercero wines - Rose Futures, Sampler 6 Packs, Free Shipping!
Replies: 204
Views: 5328

Re: *** LAST DAY *** tercero wines - Rose Futures, Sampler 6 Packs, Free Shipping!

Just a heads up that I will be shipping out wines, including the just bottled roses, within the next two weeks. You should be receiving an email either tonight or the next few days - please reach out if you do not. And I will be shipping the Magnums separately . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.

Thank you!
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.
Replies: 19
Views: 1937

Re: Taking de Negoce for a test drive.

Awesome write up - thanks for taking the time to do this.

What I didn't see were your comprehensive notes that take into account how the wines 'evolved' or didn't over the two days. Did I miss that?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 5:27 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LAST CALL IF SHIPPING EAST OF ROCKIES - tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST
Replies: 7
Views: 327

LAST CALL IF SHIPPING EAST OF ROCKIES - tercero Live Zoom Tasting - Wed., March 10th 5pm PST

I'll be doing another live zoom tasting featuring 5 of my current and future releases as follows: 2020 Clairette Blanche 2020 Mourvedre Rose 2017 Carignane 2013 Grenache - Watch Hill Vyd. 2013 Petite Sirah You can purchase 2 oz tasting kits, 4 oz tasting kits or full size bottles at a discount pric...
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard

I had the 05 Seymour’s alongside the 03 Reva this summer and both were classically Alban in the ways described by others above (black-fruited, loads of iron ore, meat and olive notes throughout)—I felt both could go another 3-5 years pretty easily. The big monster of the dinner was 09 Pandora—that ...
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herman Story 2016 Chelle Mountain Cabernet 3-pack OWC
Replies: 17
Views: 1915

Re: Herman Story 2016 Chelle Mountain Cabernet 3-pack OWC

Here’s the verdict (yes, successfully generated some intrigue) We really enjoyed the wine a lot. Yes it was big, fruit forward and very young. It was not rough, it was not huge and no bite. Was young for sure, but smooth, very long finish and as the evening passed it relaxed and evolved. This wine ...
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 174
Views: 7630

Re: Diam corks?

I think the chance of TCA coming from something other than the cork these days is pretty much non-existent. With the eradication a chlorine cleaners and other known precursors, the chances are minimal . . . I wish that were true! https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=207240 Ba...
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidity in Wine
Replies: 18
Views: 1165

Re: Acidity in Wine

Adam Frisch wrote: February 15th, 2021, 12:18 pm Big tartaric adjustments can end up with wine tasting metallic, or have a sort of an alkaline salinity. It tends to integrate better when you add it early on.
True - just like any 'modifications' with wine. If you have to do something post fermentation, something 'went wrong' . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard

Greg Gardner wrote: February 15th, 2021, 1:08 pm I had the 04 Seymour's about two years ago and it was also still massive. These wines either age at a glacial pace, or maybe they just don't evolve much at all.
Isn't that the same as SQN reds? That's kind of what I was asking above . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4076

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

What about Adelaida's old planting?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with Rayas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1060

Re: Pairing with Rayas?

Joshua,

In any event, please post your notes - and post 'the journey' this wine takes you on from start to finish. I am blown away but how these wines 'evolve' after opening, and it's inspiring as someone who makes wine to experience such singular expressions of a variety I adore so much.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
February 15th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 740

Re: TN 2005 Alban Seymour's Vineyard

Awesome note, my friend. How might you compare this with a SQN of a similar age? And did this have any of the 'rubber tire' notes upon opening (reductive qualities) that integrated as the wine opened?

These wines always take one on a journey and truly do evolve over a number of hours.

Cheers.

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