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by Eric Lundblad
May 9th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4664

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

First, any discussion that leads to a Wittgenstein quote can't be all bad :) Cherries: Wes was correct...I was complaining about the use of Cherries when people really mean 'generic red fruit (medium acid)'. But more than that, I was defending minerality as a descriptor and went too far with attacki...
by Eric Lundblad
May 9th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4664

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

There's a third option, actually not so much a third option as an extension of option 2: Minerality is a Jedi Mind Trick that doesn't exist in wine in any form (minerals from the soil or perception of minerals from some other source) and that others are tricking you into believing is there. The "pro...
by Eric Lundblad
May 7th, 2019, 11:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Hanna Wine Titrator
Replies: 11
Views: 890

Re: Hanna Wine Titrator

The error percentage of the vinmetrica is higher than sending samples out to labs. But, my experience is the error percent of the vinmetrica is relatively constant. Otoh, the error percent when doing your own aeration oxidation is highly variable. Errors that are relatively constant are, imo, tolera...
by Eric Lundblad
May 7th, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

If someone says they're using 1/3 new oak, it generally means that they're replacing their 1/3 oldest barrels with new barrels. If you're a 'medium' or larger producer making the same wines ever year, it's a simple way of spending less time ordering oak and getting back to the vines, which is always...
by Eric Lundblad
May 7th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: TN: 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Thanks for the great note and comments! This was my second vintage working with this fruit...second vintage making a white, 2013 being the first of course. The fruit is from a single vineyard on the coast, between Sebastopol, Occidental & Freestone. The vines are 40 years old...one of the things tha...
by Eric Lundblad
May 4th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2105

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

Shoot, all I have is Pinot from somewhere!
by Eric Lundblad
May 3rd, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

I made an initial shipment to Florida earlier, and it froze :(. So I held off a bit. I've pulled the wines and will be shipping over the next weeks. Hi Eric Just wanted to check in on the shipping from this sale. What should we expect? Thank you Hey, I'm looking at next week, if that works for you ...
by Eric Lundblad
May 3rd, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.
Replies: 25
Views: 827

Re: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.

Interesting. Perhaps it's omitted because, at the stated 27 Brix, the wine would end up at ~16% if fermented dry. Unless they added water. Good point. At 27 Brix, you have to ask if there is (a) very high alcohol, (b) residual sugar, (c) water added, or (d) some combination of all three. Or dealcin...
by Eric Lundblad
May 2nd, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 60
Views: 2743

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

It can often be very difficult to tell the difference between brett and reduction, esp in a young burg. The most reliable indicator/test is that brett gets worse with air time, and reduction gets better. Also, Brett is a yeast, not a bacteria!
by Eric Lundblad
April 26th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 181
Views: 8404

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I'm kind of dying to disk the odd rows this year, just to smooth out some of the gopher/labrador mounds and holes. It's been a few years of no-till, and spraying has become a pretty violent tractor ride. All this late rain complicates that plan a bit, as I'd like to keep a full cover crop to suck u...
by Eric Lundblad
April 26th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Chablis -- Domaine William Fevre vs. Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevre
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: 2017 Chablis -- Domaine William Fevre vs. Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevre

Sorry to hear you're caught up in a confusing situation Bob. Nathalie & Gilles and William Fevre are separate & unrelated domaines. I just looked at Garnet's website...you're right that their page for '2017 Domaine Fevre Chablis' has pictures for both Domaine Nathalie & Gilles Fevre Chablis and Doma...
by Eric Lundblad
April 23rd, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Are you still a non-believer wrt struck match being a sulfur/thiol related compound Alan? The above seems pretty conclusive to me. It's my impression that 'reductive' winemaking (i.e. sulfur related compounds) has more to do with the lees than anything else. I.e. the wine doesn't necessarily have t...
by Eric Lundblad
April 23rd, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Alan, how is that different than my take? Reduction CAN lead to mercaptans, didn't I say that? Yes, you did. My response was that I don't really know what "reduction" means in wine. Meadows uses it relentlessly in his tasting notes. But a "reduced" wine, or a wine that suffers from "reduction" has ...
by Eric Lundblad
April 23rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

They did it long before Pierre Morey, when the Virot family were making the wines! And you're right, Coche do two winters in barrel, with a homogenizing racking after malo, followed by bottling by hand direct from the barrel. Thanks William. I don't know much about the Virot family...any info out t...
by Eric Lundblad
April 22nd, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prop 65 Warnings in packages
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Prop 65 Warnings in packages

Stewart Johnson wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 9:32 pm
I thought I had seen that there was some number of employees (9 or 10?) below which the statute was inapplicable. Or was that just wishful thinking?
This is correct....9 or fewer employees and you're exempt:

https://oag.ca.gov/prop65/faqs-view-all
by Eric Lundblad
April 22nd, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

What a friend of mine does - and he's a big white Burg fan, with Coche-Dury as a model, as well as having worked for a couple board fave CA producers - is barrel age, then put in stainless for about 3 months. So, it gets all the benefits of oak aging, then turns a bit reductive before bottling. Thi...
by Eric Lundblad
April 21st, 2019, 12:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 60
Views: 2743

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

Heavy toasting changes the sugars in oak making them more 'appealing' to brett. I think the effect here is pretty slight tho. Note that there are 'reasonable' (I put this in quotes because it appears that reason has left us long ago) measures/solutions to brett (I'm excluding velcorin from this, whi...
by Eric Lundblad
April 7th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2788

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

A. So wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Dennis Atick wrote:
April 6th, 2019, 2:38 pm
It's funny. The people whose hard work and care go into making this luxury product, one of CA's finest Chardonnays, suggest a serving method for impulsive types, and you all are like, yeah, f*ck that!
[rofl.gif]
These are always solid 93 pointers!
by Eric Lundblad
April 5th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bernard Boisson-Vadot
Replies: 8
Views: 418

Re: Bernard Boisson-Vadot

Interesting, tho not surprising I guess, that the Boisson-Vadot label is going away. Who will be making the Anne Boisson wines...same as before (I'm heard different stories about who does the AB wine making, i.e. Pierre vs Anne vs a collaboration)? In any case, great wines and I'm a fan. Along those...
by Eric Lundblad
April 2nd, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4353

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

OK, here's what I scratched out, tasted about 50 or so: (49 notes deleted for brevity!) 2016 Ladd Cellars Cuvee Voile Chard Another success for Eric, I echo Brig’s notes---the flor is well-integrated here and is a wonderful interesting add. Lovely balance and length to go out some years too. #11 Th...
by Eric Lundblad
March 28th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

I made an initial shipment to Florida earlier, and it froze :(. So I held off a bit. I've pulled the wines and will be shipping over the next weeks.
by Eric Lundblad
March 28th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1709

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

The alc in 13.4%...which doesn't indicate unusually early picking, on brix anyways. Not that brix is the best picking metric, but still. According to the WG website, the pH here is 3.2 which is low but not unusual...so picking doesn't make sense to me. I'd say more time esp given the pH, and/or it's...
by Eric Lundblad
March 27th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)
Replies: 19
Views: 1709

Re: Wind Gap - strike two (sigh)

+1 on Randy's comments...and would add decanting. Chardonnay, a structured/well made Chard, has an under appreciated need/benefit of air prior to drinking, esp when young...more than equivalent Pinots.
by Eric Lundblad
March 25th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1167

Re: Fevre: Checking In

No issues since Diam. This is my experience with Fevre as well....starting with 07 for 1er crus and 2010 adding the grand crus. I haven't had any premoxed post-Diam Fevre either, though my experience isn't vast. Coincidentally, at a recent tasting with Fevre Cellar Master Didier Séguier, I asked hi...
by Eric Lundblad
March 23rd, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1167

Re: Fevre: Checking In

No issues since Diam. Same as jadot. This is my experience with Fevre as well....starting with 07 for 1er crus and 2010 adding the grand crus. I had a 10 Fevre 1er Mont de Milieu last month that was excellent. Looks like there's something similar to Diam out now. Trefinos, a spanish cork company es...
by Eric Lundblad
March 21st, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 685

Re: Wine chemistry question?

The exact cause of the perception of acidity isn't yet agreed on by scientists that study this. The perception is due mainly/entirely to the TA (total acidity) of the wine, but why isn't well agreed on. pH is due to the number of Hydrogen Ions (H+) in solution....and H+ seems like would be the cause...
by Eric Lundblad
March 17th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2432

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

dteng wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 9:52 pm
George Chadwick wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 3:52 pm

Don't explain your jokes, it just ruins them.
You're right I was condescending .

Condescending means to talk down to someone.
George can’t help it.
He’s taller than everyone.
Hey, if that's the only requirement, I've got that nailed!
by Eric Lundblad
March 17th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2432

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish final details

I'll be there, mentioned on FB but can't join in too often right?

I'll be bringing a double half mag as well :)

by Eric Lundblad
March 14th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18
Replies: 4
Views: 429

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

Brix is a fine measure for predicting alcohol, but you need to centrifuge your samples before testing. The real issue is getting a juice sample that's truly representative if your tank as a whole, a difficult thing to do with precision. And predicting the specific details of your fermentation can be...
by Eric Lundblad
March 5th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1943

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

Make Monsanto proud! John, you see that piece somewhere recently about glyphosate levels in wines? Even organics can't rid themselves of it. Glyphosate is in nearly every consumable AG product, not just wine, due to ground water in big AG areas. Things grown outside of big AG areas are much less of...
by Eric Lundblad
March 1st, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 89
Views: 5488

Re: California 2017

Ken's right, as always, that the heat wave was an issue only for fruit that was approaching whatever the picking target was...fruit that's not close to being picked rides through a heat wave unaffected (wrt quality...the fruit gets riper quicker, of course). For fruit close to picking when the heat ...
by Eric Lundblad
February 27th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shifting My Cellar
Replies: 41
Views: 2661

Re: Shifting My Cellar

Frank, what is your general strategy on Champagne drinking windows? Are you buying stuff that you plan to age for years, or is it near-term consumption? I’ve bought some stuff from Envoyer (I blame you for it all 😂 ), but it never seems to last long enough in the cellar to get any age on it. Sean, ...
by Eric Lundblad
February 25th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4194

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Kris Patten wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Lopez de Heredia
My other +1!
by Eric Lundblad
February 25th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4194

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

jcoley3 wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 4:14 pm
If we’re not counting bubbly, I would say the Clos Cibonne Cuvée Speciale is pretty exciting.
+1
by Eric Lundblad
February 25th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Retsina?
Replies: 15
Views: 494

Re: POLL: Retsina?

Flawed poll: "It's the only thing to drink while pine tarring your cross country skis"

:)
by Eric Lundblad
February 19th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 4337

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

Hey Jasper...thanks for joining in and your thoughts on this! Let me know if I can help out in any way. In the early/mid 2000s, the BIVB did some research into the causes of premox...there were several articles about their effort at the time. Eventually I read that they had concluded it, having look...
by Eric Lundblad
February 13th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2910

Re: Diam corks?

Diam makes a champagne cork as well...I forget what they call it. TCA can get into a wine in the cellar. Also, reduction can sometimes be confused with TCA...the rule is that TCA gets worse with air time, reduction gets better (reduction reduction!). Fevre has been working with Diam since ~2003...in...
by Eric Lundblad
February 12th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Ray Walker
Replies: 3
Views: 1347

Re: Burgundy: Ray Walker

Was this necessary?
by Eric Lundblad
February 12th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 132
Views: 2910

Re: Diam corks?

Diam corks have a low oxygen transfer, at the low end of natural corks...one reason they are popular with White Burg producers. Low oxygen transfer means the wine is more prone to reduction in the bottle. On top of that, diam corks have very tight tolerances (i.e. high consistency between corks) of ...
by Eric Lundblad
February 5th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11425

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Also I'm probably one page away from moving this to asylum. LOL I've occasionally thought about posting on this thread, but didn't seem worth it while it's being swamped by law/etc talk. It be great if it were possible to split this into a wine thread (left here) and an everything else thread (in a...
by Eric Lundblad
January 30th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage Near Berkeley
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: Wine Storage Near Berkeley

There's The Wine Chest in Pleasant Hill as well, which is very good. But it's much further. And Subterraneum is excellent and closer (disclosure: I store my personal wine there). Don't know of any others that are close-ish by.
by Eric Lundblad
January 30th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sanguis 1/1
Replies: 13
Views: 436

Re: Sanguis 1/1

Sanguis is by an ex-Sine Qua Non person, right?
by Eric Lundblad
January 30th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

An update/clarification on my Chardonnay vines. I was talking to someone this morning that thought my 40+ vines had a 'short term' status...i.e. that they'd likely be on the chopping block soon. Not true, based on discussions with the vineyard folks, as long as they remain reasonably healthy and pro...
by Eric Lundblad
January 29th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Noël Verset Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)
Replies: 9
Views: 565

Re: TN: 1990 Noël Verset Cornas (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Cornas)

I was there as well. Yes, thanks very much RL.

It was the syrah expression of an aged burg. Awesome.

Also, I want to eat Pickles with Alan sometime!
by Eric Lundblad
January 28th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Thanks so much to everyone that participated, with my offer and all the others! And thanks to Todd and the Wine Berserkers...a great group to hang out with!
by Eric Lundblad
January 27th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

I'm all caught up now, so if you've ordered and haven't gotten an invoice & a link to pay with (separate emails) then ping me and I'll figure out what's going on (except for you Seth!). I'll be out until later this evening (might be on occasionally tho, maybe). Thanks for everything...Woo Hoo!
by Eric Lundblad
January 27th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Thanks for all the great comments and orders...keep them coming!
by Eric Lundblad
January 26th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Great question Paul. The Primitivo was picked at 22 brix, surprisingly early for a Primitivo...heck for any red, but it was fully colored up and had great flavors, so I went for it. The Zin was picked at 23.2 brix (i.e. low 23 brix)...also colored up & great flavors when picked. I love Foothills fru...
by Eric Lundblad
January 26th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ladd Cellars!
Replies: 25
Views: 1526

Re: Ladd Cellars!

Hey Shane, Thanks for asking that, it's per purchase (i.e. no matter how much you order), not per pack. And with shipping costs these days, even at the smallest order my shipping fee is a small fraction of what my actual shipping cost are, sadly. I'll added that worthwhile clarification to my post a...

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