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by larry schaffer
June 18th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cannabis&Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: Cannabis&Wine

Focusing back on the article, just compare what's happening in SB County vs how Napa is handling Marijuana . . .
by larry schaffer
June 18th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 19
Views: 505

Re: Top US Syrahs

Gotta throw in:

Jaffurs
Ojai

More to follow . . .
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 80
Views: 1688

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

Such an interesting thread - and one that is certainly thought provoking. It would be most helpful to understand the specific wines that affect you - you mentioned the one red, but which specific whites? I also like the idea of trying them blind to see. One last thing to try - and this may sound str...
by larry schaffer
June 10th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaucastel 2000 Blanc
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Beaucastel 2000 Blanc

Steve,

Did you keep the bottle and allow it to get some oxygen and dry it the next day? Just curious as these wines can sometimes show some 'not pleasant' aromas upon opening but, with air, can gloriously be brought back to life.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
June 9th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '05 KB Garys', '07 Fogdog, `09 Drew Family Valenti
Replies: 5
Views: 471

Re: TN: '05 KB Garys', '07 Fogdog, `09 Drew Family Valenti

Ron Erickson wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 9:59 am
What ever happened to Fogdog? It seems to be about 5 years. What was the source and who has it now?
If I remember correctly, FogDog was Phelps's burgundian label coming from their Freestone property. Do they now just label it as Phelps or? Have not kept up with them.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
June 7th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jaffurs futures release
Replies: 13
Views: 922

Re: Jaffurs futures release

Yes, referencing Matt. Consider him a friend and while I've not heard an ill word out of him I can tell it could've been handled better. Not commenting on current staff as I haven't and wont be drinking the wines. They may be perfectly fine, just different staff and not happy how it all seemed to g...
by larry schaffer
June 7th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jaffurs futures release
Replies: 13
Views: 922

Re: Jaffurs futures release

Albert, If you are still around, let e know if you make it over the hill - more than happy to host you in Los Olivos. David, Are you referring to Matt Brady or anyone else? Stephen is a very good winemaker and he's got a great staff as well. Still getting the same quality fruit that they always have...
by larry schaffer
June 6th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?
Replies: 37
Views: 1825

Re: What happened to all the love for Anthill Farms?

A bunch of wineries had issues with 2008...it was a new issue for a lot of them who had never dealt with the smoke taint. Might as well blackball every winery that ever sold a corked bottle. You are correct, but a lot of wineries handled it way different IMO. After I opened a half of a case I reach...
by larry schaffer
June 6th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 64
Views: 5563

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I would not believe everything in a lawsuit. 2016 Bryant Family Vineyards Cab is an incredible wine.... The quality of the wines is not at question here at all. We can all a test the fact that there are great wines out there that simply do not sell as well as they should. Question here is valuation.
by larry schaffer
June 5th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1027

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Greg,

Not sure how they handled who got to pour, but I was not given the opportunity. I've reached out to Kevin Wardell - let's see what happens in the future.

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
June 5th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in winter
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: Rose in winter

I can make that happen - just reach out!!!
by larry schaffer
June 5th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2
Replies: 15
Views: 1027

Re: Seven % Solution tasting in Los Angeles June 2

Ken, I know someone who attended who dug the location and the wines and wineries pouring. They mentioned that it was busy but not too crowded - but I'm surprised I have not heard more about it as of yet. Very little social media coverage as well. Different than the Northern California versions for s...
by larry schaffer
June 5th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2742

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I will say that the soil in the vineyards that are employing BD techniques seem to be 'more healthy' than vineyards that are farmed in a more 'conventional' manner - however that is described these days. The soil tends to be darker and 'richer', if that makes sense. That's great for the soil - but i...
by larry schaffer
June 5th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eye-opener TN: 1991 Nalle Dry Creek Zinfandel
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Eye-opener TN: 1991 Nalle Dry Creek Zinfandel

Interesting notes indeed. And as we all know, the alcohol levels back then were accurate, right? I would venture to guess not, but I'm sure they weren't over 16%! I really enjoy reading notes about sged Zinfandel. In general, unless they are really really ripe to start with, they tend to take on Cla...
by larry schaffer
June 4th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2742

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Aren't BD soils more alive with microbes and worms? Worm poop too. Happy vines make happy wines. Though some may disagree with this - and state that instead, 'stressed' vines that do not look great make great grapes neener Love the discussion - and all of the anecdotal data points. It's tough to 'c...
by larry schaffer
May 31st, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 12
Views: 725

Re: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

What's the ABV of the 2018? And do you know if they do stem inclusion?

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
May 28th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Jaffurs & Bourgueil at DinDin...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: TN: A Jaffurs & Bourgueil at DinDin...(short/boring)

Tom, Great notes on that Roussanne - and you and I both know that time does wonders for that variety. I find most young roussannes to be a bit 'quiet' until day 2 or 3 - and simply not showing the texture the variety possesses. Did you save any for Day 2? Curious to see how it develops . . . Cheers!
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1764

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

Brian,

Did you try the wine prior to slow oxing? Had you had the wine before?

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1764

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

What does 'slightly riper' mean? How much riper? And how many in the group felt this was the case? Everyone or . . .? A specific wine in question is a 2011 Rupestris. One group tasted a 2011 after a ~10 hour slow o, and at consumption used descriptors such as "ripe", "slightly too sweet", "mono dim...
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1179

Re: OhOh...

Buzz, My 15 was about 12.0%. My 16, my current release, is listed on the label at 11.5% but is actually 10.8% (just didn't think anyone would believe me if I put that on the label!!!). That said, since it's 100% whole cluster, it is definitely not thin - such a fun wine to expose folks to (along wi...
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2742

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

When Artemis bought Araujo and changed the name to Eisele, they also changed winemaking practices as well as viticultural practice. They bought more barrels from us and fewer from others. Naturally that doubled the quality, sometimes tripling!! Can I say quintupled?? I've retired from this cooperag...
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1179

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

That's a great price... Winery price! Remember really liking your 15 Larry...what was the abv? Buzz, My 15 was about 12.0%. My 16, my current release, is listed on the label at 11.5% but is actually 10.8% (just didn't think anyone would believe me if I put that on the label!!!). That said, since it...
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1179

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

That's a great price, Buzz - and I completely agree that it's a fun, relatively easy to drink wine that is perfect for warmer months, and can even be served with a slight chill. I've been pouring my 2016 in my tasting room, and it's always fun watching people view the lighter color and then taste th...
by larry schaffer
May 27th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1764

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

A few questions to begin: What does 'slightly riper' mean? How much riper? And how many in the group felt this was the case? Everyone or . . .? There is no doubt that leaving a wine open uneducated will 'open up' a wine compared to pop and pour. And I generally find that if you open a wine and do no...
by larry schaffer
May 26th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1179

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

I noticed the 2017 version of this is listed at 14.5%. Seems high for the variety IMHO . . .

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
May 26th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article on World's Oldest Cinsault... In Lodi
Replies: 27
Views: 1179

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

Buzz,

Pretty much ever bottling I've seen has spelled it with an 'l' - though the TTB insists that's not how it's 'supposed' to be spelled here in the US. Wineries can dispute this and file protests - and many do and succeed. Interesting indeed . . .

Cheers!
by larry schaffer
May 26th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2742

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

A great thread indeed - and one that is certain to create sides. There is no doubt that it is 'beneficial' to spend more time in the vineyard tending to the vines - it is 'better' for the vines and most likely for the soil. That said, does that process lead to 'better tasting' wines? To me, the jury...
by larry schaffer
May 24th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

It would be really helpful describe what you find as being disappointing? That is a very open-ended term. Is it that they are not meeting your expectations you are not showing as well as you would expect based on notes others have posted? Please be as specific as possible. Cheers!
by larry schaffer
May 20th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 2837

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

'Complex' is such a subjective term IMHO - and that makes this a difficult question to answer. I would go to my local wine shop and attend tastings and get a wider array of wines in front of you to experiment with.

Cheers
by larry schaffer
May 20th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Syrahs..(long/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 1342

Re: TN: Some Calif Syrahs..(long/boring)

Gregg, Why not reach out to Craig Jaffurs directly and ask? Or perhaps to the winery and see if they've opened a regular bottle of the 09 recently? My guess is that it still has a ways to go - 09 was a great year and the wines from the area generally had great structure - but always good to hear dir...
by larry schaffer
May 18th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2421

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

So many great options already mentioned - but a few more in my neck of the woods to consider:

Ojai Vineyards
Jaffurs
Samsara
Stolpman

Good luck! And next time you are heading to Paso, consider detouring to Santa Barbara County instead!

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
May 12th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting - Red Blends 3 or more Varieties
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Virtual Tasting - Red Blends 3 or more Varieties

I'm drinking a glass of Larry's Petite Sirah (awesome), and have some Aberration in the fridge and what the hell, did a 3/4 / 1/4 glass. 25% Aberration - 40% Cinsault, 40% Grenache and 20% Carignan 75% Petite Sirah - 100% Bam, red 4 varietal blend. Not going to try to do the math to readjust the %'...
by larry schaffer
May 12th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1005

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Interesting note, my friend. Curious as to what temperature you served this at - and if it was chilled, how it changed and evolved as it got closer to room temperature?

Certainly a 'singular' wine indeed - and one that's difficult to 'directly compare' to others.

Cheers.
by larry schaffer
May 11th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Sulfate vs. Possible GMO Vines
Replies: 6
Views: 272

Re: Copper Sulfate vs. Possible GMO Vines

The folks at UC Davis are creating all kinds of root stocks that are showing resistance to all kinds of ailments. And they have created vines thatbarenahowing resistance to Pierce's Disease - Adam at Ojai is growing a test acre for instance.

We are moving forward . . .
by larry schaffer
May 8th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting - Red Blends 3 or more Varieties
Replies: 10
Views: 429

Re: Virtual Tasting - Red Blends 3 or more Varieties

Or perhaps a traditional rhone blend?!?!?
by larry schaffer
May 8th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 12
Views: 867

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

Thanks, Tom! I think it will be interesting to see if/what I can taste and apply that to what I encounter. Quite an array you mention! I am going to start with the glycerol and explore these others you mention. Anton, You may want to check out the link I provided - these are products made specifica...
by larry schaffer
May 8th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Turley WhiteCoat '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: TN: Turley WhiteCoat '16...(short/boring)

I remember some of the older WhiteCoats - they were usually out of balance to me, way too alcoholic. At one point, they were using Alban fruit IIRC. Good to see they've dialed back on this and I will probably search it out. One note about Paso white rhones - in general, I've seen a pretty rapid pric...
by larry schaffer
May 7th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 12
Views: 867

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

You can get something similar here: http://www.californiaconcentrate.com This is a company that purchases bulk grapes and makes them into 'varietal' concentrates. My guess is that these are used by more wineries that you may realize - a little sweetness here or there really pops the 'fruitiness' of ...
by larry schaffer
May 7th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3589

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Mel, Curious whether you react to rhone whites in terms of 'premox' in the same way? I am not a fan of what I see as obviously oxidized wines, but I see this more as 'rotten apple' instead of honey and wax. I do not mind the latter descriptors, especially as it relates to aged rhone whites . . . Che...
by larry schaffer
May 3rd, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9841

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Oak usage is like anything in winemaking - if that is what you noticed then the wine, to me, is not 'in balance'. Oak tolerance is also so subjective these days - I have plenty of friends who state that they don't like the 'presence of new oak', but when tasting with them, their preferences oftentim...
by larry schaffer
May 3rd, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 40
Views: 1509

Re: 2018 Rose

for me it is Baudry Chinon Rose Triennes Lucien Crochet Sancerre Rose (pinot rose) Fonstainte Gris de Gris Corbieres Rose Tempier current vintage is the 2017 the 2018 should release in June or later added a few Lopez de Heridia Viña Tondonia Rose 2009 current vintage to the cellar today. A great li...
by larry schaffer
May 3rd, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rose
Replies: 40
Views: 1509

Re: 2018 Rose

Thanks for all of the kind words, my friend. My 2017 is truly drinking wonderfully right now - and it's last call as I'll be 'switching over' to the 18 within the next two weeks. Reach out if you're interested in getting any. Glad to hear the comments about the 2018. I've only had it a few times ove...
by larry schaffer
April 30th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

Interesting question - and I think it has a lot to do with 'perception'. For instance, if you are not that sensitive to TCA, a 'lightly corked' wine may not appear 'corked' at all to you, but may to others. It's really a challenging issue to me - and one that continues to frustrate so many folks. As...
by larry schaffer
April 28th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Las Madres Winemakers Luncheon v20.19
Replies: 14
Views: 501

Re: TNs: Las Madres Winemakers Luncheon v20.19

Brian, Did you inquire with any of the winemakers about the absence of the black olive / tapenade notes? And they usually do the lunch about the same time each year so you'd be talking 'apples to apples' year to year with just vintage differences, right? And there did not seem to be as many wines / ...
by larry schaffer
April 23rd, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 60
Views: 2783

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

With higher levels of brett being noticed, one wonders about provenance of bottles post bottling over time as well. Do you think 'less care' is being given to these bottles now compared to a decade ago? Just curious . . .

Cheers
by larry schaffer
April 23rd, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 60
Views: 2783

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

Herwig Janssen wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 6:59 am
Larry , the brett was not excessive , the wine was undrinkable . That is a big difference . I don’t mind a little brett at all .
Gotcha - but I was responding to your OP where you stated that there was excessive brett.

Did everyone agree on the brett?

Cheers
by larry schaffer
April 22nd, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State
Replies: 34
Views: 2392

Re: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State

I tried the 2015 Wines of Substance Vineyard Collection Klein BX Blend, which Jeb awarded 98. Very little weight, nose of asphalt, rather unpleasant. Medicinal quality, thin. Pretty much plonk. I don't think the bottle was corked. Heat damage is always a possibility. Bottle variation. Very disappoi...
by larry schaffer
April 22nd, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 60
Views: 2783

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

A couple of months ago , I had dinner with Allen Meadows . I brought a 1995 Chambertin from Leroy . It was undrinkable , because of excessive bret aromas . Did everyone at the table 'agree' that the brett was excessive? Or is he more 'hyper sensitive' than other reviewers? I know this has been disc...

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