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by Eric Lundblad
November 19th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What am I tasting in this 2015 Vieux Telegraphe?
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: What am I tasting in this 2015 Vieux Telegraphe?

From your comments I'm thinking the most likely cause is reduction...i.e. it's either too young (needs more time in the cellar for air to slowly get into the wine) or more air prior to/during drinking. I have found several VT to be quite reductive in youth. For me it is usually more sulfur on the n...
by Eric Lundblad
November 17th, 2020, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What am I tasting in this 2015 Vieux Telegraphe?
Replies: 7
Views: 886

Re: What am I tasting in this 2015 Vieux Telegraphe?

From your comments I'm thinking the most likely cause is reduction...i.e. it's either too young (needs more time in the cellar for air to slowly get into the wine) or more air prior to/during drinking.
by Eric Lundblad
November 12th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 38
Views: 3572

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

I did a Zoom tasting (with Aldo Vaca) of some PdB a couple of weeks ago. The 16 'regular' Barbaresco was terrific on it's own merits and esp for the price. It doesn't have the glamour of the crus, but I'd get this (and did) over the 15 Muncagota, which we also tasted. The 1970 'regular' Barbaresco w...
by Eric Lundblad
October 25th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?
Replies: 29
Views: 1787

Re: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?

Vivino and Delectable always seemed relatively identical. With more usage, Vivino is the winner, and it still functions when you don't have a connection, which is nice. So far, the bottle IDing in Vivino works pretty well. It tries to sell you stuff, but what doesn't these days. Outside bottle pics...
by Eric Lundblad
October 25th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?
Replies: 29
Views: 1787

Re: How irrelevant has The Delectable Wine App become?

Vivino and Delectable always seemed relatively identical. With more usage, Vivino is the winner, and it still functions when you don't have a connection, which is nice. So far, the bottle IDing in Vivino works pretty well. It tries to sell you stuff, but what doesn't these days. Outside bottle pics ...
by Eric Lundblad
October 12th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1518

Re: Lazy decanting method.

Another easy option for getting air into the wine is to use a pyrex glass measuring cup (2 cup size works well). Pour some wine into the pyrex and pour it back in the bottle. The great thing is the pouring lip of the pyrex fits perfectly into the top of the bottle...I've never spilled, even when I'm...
by Eric Lundblad
October 8th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu
Replies: 20
Views: 980

Re: Crowd Pleasing Wins to Pair with Tasting Menu

... The menu really begs for whites, imo. If forcing reds is a must, by course: 1. Barbera; Zinfandel; Grenache 2. a light Pinot Noir (e.g. Bourgogne) 3. - just don't - 4. Pinot Noir 5. Zinfandel; Cabernet Sauvignon; Syrah I agree this is a great whites menu, and my apologises for pimping my own wi...
by Eric Lundblad
October 1st, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6761

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

I couldn't read all the back and forth here. I may well lose my home tonight, and my vineyard from which I produce wines, and my pet, and someone is insensitive enough to ask if he might enjoy the spoils of my heartache? Go away. Wishing you all the luck in the world tonight Merrill. Same here Merr...
by Eric Lundblad
September 29th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2623

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

I wonder if the microbiome of the stems would harbor organisms that didn't exist on the grapes themselves? Maybe not, but it seems possible. I agree on pombe, but I have seen some recent literature that suggests acetic production is strain dependent, I'll try to dig some of it up. Regardless, it wo...
by Eric Lundblad
September 29th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2623

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

Great data about the 0 WC, 50%, and 100% alc levels Jeff. Regarding a mechanism would describe binding alcohol preferentially in the stems...the stems absorb some amount of alcohol by diffusion/osmosis. I agree this would be a tiny amount. You're right that some of the non Sacc C yeasts at the begin...
by Eric Lundblad
September 29th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2623

Re: Re:

... This is just a wild guess, but one possibility is the final alc difference is mostly due to the tanks having somewhat different brix levels, and non-stem was hotter and blew off more alc (can be a significant source of alc loss). ... But it was the tank with stems that ended up a degree lower. ...
by Eric Lundblad
September 29th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2623

Re: Re:

.... The possible paths for sugar: - The sugar gets converted into some other compound, glycerol is a popular option here. Side comment: converting sugar to ethanol is stressful on the yeast...producing glycerol is the yeast's way of relieving that stress (some yeast are better or worse at handling...
by Eric Lundblad
September 29th, 2020, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2623

Paging Professor Lundblad Lol, thanks :) I've spent a fair amt of time on the 'where can brix go' question (there's a "where's Waldo", or a "wack a mole" joke here somewhere I'm sure). It's 3am (fell asleep in front of the TV), so don't expect it to be too coherent. The possible paths for sugar: - ...
by Eric Lundblad
September 28th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sémillon the Southern Hemisphere's Greatest White Grape?
Replies: 29
Views: 1243

Re: Is Sémillon the Southern Hemisphere's Greatest White Grape?

I had my first one yesterday, and I'd have to agree! It was a 2005 Grosset Semillon Sauvignon Blanc...50% Clare Valley semillon and 50% Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc. Ok, not 100% semillon, but it was in charge of this blend imo. A brilliant yellow green color, and amazingly well preserved cool fru...
by Eric Lundblad
September 26th, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Even I, ever skeptical and sarcastic one, underestimated the spin already taking place. RE: "The industry no longer calls it smoke taint as some palates such as my own prefer and seek out the ash taste in wine, so it can be a positive," says Sally Murdoch, communications manager for the Oregon Wine...
by Eric Lundblad
September 18th, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 30
Views: 2079

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Sean Devaney wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Joe B wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 7:38 pm
By more from the previous vintage?
If you are making wine I don't think any grapes from the previous vintage are available neener
I'd be worried that grapes from the prior vintage might be over ripe by now!
by Eric Lundblad
September 13th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Fred Scherrer wrote:
September 13th, 2020, 2:50 pm

Eric,

Based on my experiences and observations this year, I think you'll be fine in that location.

F
Thanks Fred! I always appreciate your thoughts, and esp your wines.
by Eric Lundblad
September 13th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

My Chardonnay is being picked tomorrow/Monday...expect it'll come in at mid 21 brix or so. It's had very little time around smoke, when the near-ish fires we're going, due to its proximity to the coast and location (west of Sebastopol). It's been around smoke more lately, but that was far away smoke...
by Eric Lundblad
September 8th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The best (imo, of course) fire map/imaging website right now is: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#t:adv;d:2020-09-08;l:noaa20-viirs,viirs;@-119.4,40.2,6z Very well thought out & laid out website. This includes options for both VIIRS and Modus...the two best satellite fire imaging (note, th...
by Eric Lundblad
September 8th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires-Oregon
Replies: 131
Views: 10325

Re: Fires-Oregon

Sorry to hear about the fires up there. The best (imo, of course) fire map/imaging website right now is: https://firms.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/map/#t:adv;d:2020-09-08;l:noaa20-viirs,viirs;@-119.4,40.2,6z Very well thought out & laid out website. This includes options for both VIIRS and Modus...the tw...
by Eric Lundblad
September 7th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Yeah, Petaluma and esp Marin have been getting hit hard with smoke for a while now. Great to hear that your place/area is clear Paul. It's my understanding that the portion of smoke that causes the taint, and damages our lungs, is the PM2.5 portion...and it's very difficult to gauge visually. AirNow...
by Eric Lundblad
September 7th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Re Smoke, everything I see for smoke (PM2.5) has sonoma/napa in the green and yellow range for the last 3 days.
by Eric Lundblad
September 7th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ladd Cellars Tempranillo (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: TN: 2017 Ladd Cellars Tempranillo (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)

Thanks David! I'm very happy how this is shaping up. It was a bit challenging...the fermentation was complete and I was scheduled to press this to barrel on the Monday that the big 2017 fires started. So it got a bit of unexpected time on the skins (~2 weeks of extended maceration) because we couldn...
by Eric Lundblad
September 5th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is using DIAM?
Replies: 113
Views: 5854

Re: Who is using DIAM?

Frank, have you had premixed bottles finished with DIAM? Howard, no, I haven't, but although I'm running across them more and more, I've still had vastly fewer DIAM finished bottles than those with natural corks, and not surprisingly they've been from fairly recent vintages. Fevre wasn't all in on ...
by Eric Lundblad
September 4th, 2020, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

Mmmm...Tempranillo :) Having worked with Foothills Tempranillo for a few years, I do think it's an interesting/special place to produce it. The soils, climate and season seem to have what it takes, when picked at a 'reasonable' brix, to produce fruit that has interesting acidity, tannin ripeness, fr...
by Eric Lundblad
September 3rd, 2020, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

Hey, thanks Eric! The 15 Avio Zin isn't the only vintage (the only one I've released tho). Making the 15 Zin came right as I had bottled my first Chardonnay...my first variety after making Pinot Noir only. I could tell that Chardonnay was something I should be making, should have been making earlier...
by Eric Lundblad
September 2nd, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

Thanks for the note David! You captured what I love about this wine, and how it evolves in interesting ways over time, over days if given the chance. A lot of credit for this goes to Berry Crawford, who suggested this vineyard and the benefits of working with early picked Foothills zin. I'm looking ...
by Eric Lundblad
August 31st, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Course, Enartis/Vinquiry got out of the testing business earlier this year. ETS took over their business & clients. I'd be surprised if they expanded very much...seems likely they'd assume less business due to the pandemic and it's effect on the wine economy. So it seems likely that we lost a fair b...
by Eric Lundblad
August 27th, 2020, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acid and aging
Replies: 25
Views: 1646

Re: Acid and aging

My random thoughts: The final state of any wine is oxidized...which is why Madeira is playing the right game and we're all the fools :). If you want to make your own vinegar, you generally need to lower the alcohol down to a level that the acetobacter can survive...most home vinegar makers I know (h...
by Eric Lundblad
August 25th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Looks like there's a significantly lower amt of current or potentially current fires out there (less so in the north tho), judging by the VIIRS and Modus detections fire detection maps. It's not over yet, by a long shot, but if the current weather holds out...
by Eric Lundblad
August 23rd, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Also, I forgot to mention...fire fighting these fires vs in prior years: Prior year fires were caused by very low humidity & very high winds. Those two things makes it really easy to get a fire started...but it also makes it incredibly hard to fight and control the fire. The current fires are from l...
by Eric Lundblad
August 23rd, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

. . . https://gispub.epa.gov/airnow/?tab=0&clayer=ozonepm&mlayer=none . . . Ugh. If this is accurate, all the vineyards I care about are in the solid red area. What number is the "danger" level? As far as I can tell, everything connected to smoke taint is complicated...sheesh. I believe that one da...
by Eric Lundblad
August 21st, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Have yet to notice anything in the 2017 CA wines I've drank. Either I'm fortunate or my palate does not care; or both. We'll see what 2020 brings. And I think that Mike Judge would approve of the prodigious use of taint in this thread. In 2017, most fruit was already picked by the time the fires st...
by Eric Lundblad
August 20th, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32387

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

This situation is different cuz there aren't the strong winds the the prior years had, which made matters much worse. For the places I'm paying a lot of attention to, west of Sebastopol to the coast (and roughly south of Graton), and the east bay (where I live), things are surprisingly good for most...
by Eric Lundblad
August 16th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7451

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Alan's right...the rain isn't welcome. It means my SC Chard will likely have some botrytis to deal with...perhaps not, that'd be a happy outcome. There are ways to deal with it tho. And, between botrytis and powdery mildew...I'll take bot any day. Besides, lots of excellent wine has been made from r...
by Eric Lundblad
August 15th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7451

Re: Napa Heatwave......

There seems to be a lot of head in the sand thinking by wine growers in more southern regions of California. Climate is changing rapidly not slowly and many of these vineyards are in places that just won't survive global warming no matter what we do of do not believe. Needs to be some reality here....
by Eric Lundblad
August 13th, 2020, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3167

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

Oh no. Not that thread again. And just after we all came to a general consensus here. neener Seriously missed that thread! Or I’ve blocked it out. I don't think it's come up recently. I do remember standing bottles up for storage as a time honored controversy. It's because you need a sufficiently l...
by Eric Lundblad
August 11th, 2020, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Pinot Noir AVAs... mostly Sonoma Coast/Santa Barbara/Willamette Valley

You should try Greg's Iskaranu RRV Pinots...excellent/complex wines from great sites (I also make nuanced/forestfloor-ish RRV Pinots).
by Eric Lundblad
August 8th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3167

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

My experience aligns with Charlie's...esp with old Barolos and old/70s CA cabs. Another benefit of standing bottles up (applies to younger wines than we're talking about here tho) is it gives the wine the chance to slowly release any (often much) dissolved CO2 in the wine, which can have a significa...
by Eric Lundblad
August 8th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN and hotmail
Replies: 20
Views: 2064

Re: SQN and hotmail

Hotmail is still alive, thanks to microsoft buying/running it. It can be a pain to send email to hotmail recipients tho due to spam issues. If you have a hotmail account...it is possible to set it up so email from a specific email address, or any email address from a specific domain, will not be cla...
by Eric Lundblad
August 7th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2496

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

Robert Grenley wrote:
August 6th, 2020, 5:52 pm
... the fruit lass “prominent” and more muted than usual ...
I love it when the Fruit Lass is prominent yet more muted than usual :)
by Eric Lundblad
August 6th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2496

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

When tartrates (potassium bitartrate) drop out/precipitate of wine: if the wine's pH is below ~3.95pH then precipitating will lower the pH, if the pH is higher then the pH goes up. It usually reported as above/below 3.65pH...which is true when tartrates drop out of a water solution. But alc raises t...
by Eric Lundblad
August 6th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2496

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

... Even in 2011 we were adding acid... not as much, but we still added. ... I talked to a number of people in 2011 that brought in pinot with good TAs (acidity) only to find that malic was a large portion of the TA, and tartaric was a small portion...so ML made the acid mostly disappear. Apparentl...
by Eric Lundblad
July 23rd, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: TN: 2008 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

... Really good just on pop and pour, then evolves into a more tart mode with air. It's just being a tease when it does that :). I've always loved this wine, and it's always evolved in a bit of a circuitous way, but that's been an asset when drinking over several nights, and for the long term evolu...
by Eric Lundblad
July 18th, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 171
Views: 12802

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Looks like I'm glad I got KLWM's postcard that seemed to be offering Pizza (looks like a very good pizza!)...maybe all I could afford :)
by Eric Lundblad
July 11th, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?

Paul H Galli wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 9:08 pm
Eric Lundblad wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 11:15 pm
Volnay
Gevrey
Nuits St Georges
My exact order! (Volnay by quite a bit in my case)
Obviously you have good taste.... [cheers.gif]

TTT
Woo Hoo...great palates drink alike :)
by Eric Lundblad
July 10th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZOOM Social Friday/Tonight 7/10 6:00 PM PST
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: ZOOM Social Friday/Tonight 7/10 6:00 PM PST

I'm up for it, if there's a quorum.
by Eric Lundblad
July 7th, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?
Replies: 51
Views: 2238

Re: What Burgundy villages do you have the most wine from?

Volnay
Gevrey
Nuits St Georges

Chablis
Meursault
Aloxe Corton
by Eric Lundblad
July 5th, 2020, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2520

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

2018 was great, both for my chardonnays and reds...looking forward to see them unfold over time.
by Eric Lundblad
June 30th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Higher ABV wines in cooler years?
Replies: 3
Views: 240

Re: Higher ABV wines in cooler years?

My highest alc % RRV Pinot I've made was from 2011 (14.5%). The closer the grapes are to picking, the more delicate they are. I really don't like grapes, Pinot esp, to go through a heat wave close to picking. There's a significant shift in character pre and post heat wave, and coastal Calif is prone...

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