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by Eric Lundblad
January 21st, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26: the most relaxed wine event you will ever attend
Replies: 9
Views: 418

Re: The usual: SF Marina Sunday afternoon Jan. 26

Is the cab franc bottled? Yes, the 2017 CF is (the 18 will be bottled in May). I was thinking of bringing my 17 Cuvee Voile Chardonnay (and a non-Ladd wine or two, of course)...I could bring the CF instead (or both, tho what would I bring next time?), whatever your preference works for me! In any c...
by Eric Lundblad
January 16th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Grands Charrons
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: TN: 2009 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Grands Charrons

Thanks very much for the note. I opened a bottle of this with a group last month and had similar thoughts. This was poured into a decanter...a half a glass left in the bottle. I noticed and had the half glass the next night, and was surprised at how lively it was, and was still evolving. It made me ...
by Eric Lundblad
January 14th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 2989

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

That was a great evening...thanks for organizing and including me! It was great to meet everyone...too bad it's so impractical to swap places at the table. I loved the opportunity to taste the excellent line of of Cab/related wines, my favs were the 79 Clos du Val, the Arietta (02 H block?) and the ...
by Eric Lundblad
January 11th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 2989

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Assuming I'm over my cold, I'll bring a 2017 Ladd Cuvee Voile Chardonnay, a 'sous voile' chardonnay...my second vintage of this, the first was 2014 (I vetted bringing this with Alan Rath, who's had it & gave his thumbs up), and another bottle to be determined (on what I find in my locker!). Thankfu...
by Eric Lundblad
January 10th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3464

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Yeah, seems the increased money & time scenario would make the most difference on the lower communes, and the 'changing of the guard' scenario would make the most difference in the more respected communes. Drouhin Laroze owns a lot excellent Grand Cru acreage...I like their wines, but have to wonder...
by Eric Lundblad
January 10th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3464

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Could make your same argument (+ the 'handing over the reins to the younger generation' arguement) about Meursault...Boisson Vadot as an example.
by Eric Lundblad
January 10th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3464

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Taste wines made by the same vigneron from different vineyards, in different vintages, enough times, and you won't have much doubt of the existence of terroir. But: winemaking technique (and/or vineyard management + picking decisions) can create differences as great, or greater, in wines from the s...
by Eric Lundblad
January 10th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)
Replies: 65
Views: 1969

Re: Korean food matching (not korean bbq)

Sparkling Shiraz or 'similar'. Believe it or not, I've had a couple of sparkling shiraz (the only ones I've had) that were quite good, both were brought back by CA syrah winemakers, so maybe that had something to do with it. That said, SS would be an excellent match with Korean.
by Eric Lundblad
January 8th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 2989

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Assuming I'm over my cold, I'll bring a 2017 Ladd Cuvee Voile Chardonnay, a 'sous voile' chardonnay...my second vintage of this, the first was 2014 (I vetted bringing this with Alan Rath, who's had it & gave his thumbs up), and another bottle to be determined (on what I find in my locker!).
by Eric Lundblad
January 5th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 74
Views: 3520

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 5th, 2020, 6:13 am
Andrew what is Detert?
A Cab & Cab Franc producer in Napa, mostly/entirely (or was) old vines.
by Eric Lundblad
January 4th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Jonathan Grunzweig wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 7:22 pm
... I have had great success with this vintage (wine- and spouse-wise!) and hope to sustain that heading into her 50th...
Good luck with that...I'm sure it'll all be great!
by Eric Lundblad
January 3rd, 2020, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 526

Re: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

I've had the 71 of this a number of times as well....in my experience, if the cork is sound, the bottle has been standing long enough to let the sediment settle, and the wine gets some air and decanted off the sediment well ahead of dinner...it's always been a great drink!
by Eric Lundblad
December 29th, 2019, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3464

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

I think terroir is more complex and has more 'interesting' dimensions than any particular set of winemaking decisions can encompass, so the best you can hope for is to have the experience/knowledge/intuition to make the right & interesting ones for that vineyard in that vintage.
by Eric Lundblad
December 20th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
Replies: 10
Views: 685

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

Fevre started with Diam on their 1er Crus in 2007 onward....and on their Grand Crus in 2010 onward (some 2009 GCs got Diam, but only some apparently). It's interesting (or depressing, depending on what you have in your cellar) to do a search in Cellar Tracker for '2007 fevre 1er cru' vs '2007 fevre ...
by Eric Lundblad
December 16th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2481

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

Thanks for pointing that out Joel. It's a tough situation. On the one hand, you have to respect Jadot's efforts to give ownership credit where it's due. Otoh, James is right that you really have to give Jadot a lot of your attention to get it straight...and requiring attention where it's not critica...
by Eric Lundblad
December 13th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2481

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

it's worth noting that Fevre Chablis has both Domaine and Negoce bottlings of the same wine (Preuses and Fourchaume, for example, not sure about others). Their label is very clear about the differences (Domaine, in script font, appears above William Fevre on the front label)....but their website isn...
by Eric Lundblad
December 12th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2481

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

The difference between the two is the line of text right below the Joseph Drouhin name, but the pictures are reversed because the text is shown on the picture provided for the non-domaine bottle, but it says "Propriétés de la Famille Drouhin" (Drouhin Family Properties). When you click on the shelf...
by Eric Lundblad
December 12th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2481

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

Thanks. Why are the Domaine Jadot wines not being discussed in this thread? Because there is no Domaine Jadot version of the Clos St. Denis. Just for clarification, while there isn't any 'Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot' Clos St Denis, there is a 'Domaine Andre Gagey' CSD...and many people refer ...
by Eric Lundblad
December 9th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 2989

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

I'm in if there's room...if not, no worries.
by Eric Lundblad
December 9th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1615

Re: What does "pure" mean?

I think we're kidding ourselves if we think were going to come to a common agreement about a word that's used in tasting notes, or any set of words in tasting notes. Heck, we can't even agree "what the meaning of the word 'is' is." :). For me, if I read a note written by Jeremy, Anton, Jeff, Marcus,...
by Eric Lundblad
December 4th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 4995

Re: Barolo Sediment

It's possible/likely that the high residual sugar has an effect (or completely changes) on what I said...can't say for sure unfortunately cuz wines with residual sugar isn't my gig (just did some searching around and sure enough, cold temps can cause sugar crystals to form...so your experience migh...
by Eric Lundblad
December 4th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay

Lafite and a few other cork producers offer cork selections that are guaranteed TCA free. The corks are more expensive as they have to be individually tested. And as a small cash-strapped producer I was in two minds about it initially myself. Questioned if it was worth it. But once you factor into ...
by Eric Lundblad
December 3rd, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 4995

Re: Barolo Sediment

To the detriment of the wine? This would also seem to impact those who freeze wine as a preservative (I have never tried this). There's evidence that these situations (crust/sediment after time in cold temps...fridge/etc) is caused by tartrates precipitating/dropping out of solution...the tartrates...
by Eric Lundblad
December 3rd, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 4995

Re: Barolo Sediment

I've had dense young wines produce a crust of sediment on the sides of the bottle after a few weeks in the fridge. Because I host tastings regularly, I end up with leftovers and sometimes they get buried in the fridge and I come on them long after the tasting. To the detriment of the wine? This wou...
by Eric Lundblad
November 27th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 2015: Drink now or hold ?
Replies: 14
Views: 628

Re: Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 2015: Drink now or hold ?

Definitely open now...once it shuts down it'll likely take 20+ years to get back to where it is now (in a different way of course). Besides, notes on CT are quite positive.
by Eric Lundblad
November 23rd, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1399

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

John Morris wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 5:01 pm

I disagree. You can pretty much assume that any new plantings at this stage are not on the best sites. So it is a protection of quality.
Doesn't climate change change that equation? My assumption (and to a lesser extent, experience) is it will.
by Eric Lundblad
November 21st, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2263

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

Josh Grossman wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 7:33 pm
1988 Catherine et Pierre Breton Chinon Beaumont
This, or other similar Cab Francs!
by Eric Lundblad
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3805

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

I understand the Pahlmeyer vineyard is in Atlas Peak. Is it near Stagecoach? They're roughly the same distance, on either side, of Atlas Peak. Their position, relative to everything else (i.e. weather influences), isn't identical, but seem moderately similar. The soils aren't the same either, but t...
by Eric Lundblad
November 21st, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 2989

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

I'm interested
by Eric Lundblad
November 20th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1417

Re: Fukushima’s Nuclear Signature Found in California Wine

I saw an article with a big headline in the LA Times recently. It proclaimed that "Microplastics are found in Lake Tahoe’s waters for first time ever." https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-08-26/lake-tahoe-microplastic-pollution-detected Then there was a long article full of ominous and g...
by Eric Lundblad
November 20th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3805

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

Blake Gray's article on this deal, including some interesting observations on what drove it:

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/11 ... -pahlmeyer
by Eric Lundblad
November 17th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

Turns out the wine has brett which is causing the stinky/cheesy feet! I stumbled onto an excellent beer faults website...it had an entry for a cheesy fault and listed Isovaleric Acid as the cause. Searching for "Isovaleric Acid wine" brought up Brettanomyces as the cause (in wine, not sure about bee...
by Eric Lundblad
November 16th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

john stimson wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 9:43 pm
...gets better with air (takes a while), or copper, which is pretty quick.
Makes sense to me (note: air and copper address different & overlapping things...so one, the other or both might work...making the whole mess more complicated)
by Eric Lundblad
November 16th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

Stinky, cheesy somehow doesn’t sound like mercaptans to me, which in my experience are more likely to be skunks, rubbery, coffee type aromas. Cheesy feet sounds bacterial. But, Mercaptans were this odd/arbitrary set of compounds (arbitrary compared to the coherence & scope of Thiols). You're right ...
by Eric Lundblad
November 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

Yeah, reduction (inc mercaptans, but they were moved into Thiols). These flavors develop in barrel, esp when the wine isn't given enough air to its liking (& other causes, but air is key)...and sometimes continues to develop in bottle. Cab needs a lot of air, more than Pinot for example. Anyways, if...
by Eric Lundblad
November 16th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 2122

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

Definitely...tho I think of CC as a cross between the Montrachets and GC Chablis (or Monts with some GC Chablis influences). Given its more structured nature, esp the portions that face Savigny more, I'm thinking these will fair better as climate change progresses.
by Eric Lundblad
November 13th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac
Replies: 6
Views: 427

Re: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac

I agree...I've loved D'Armailhac in every vintage that I've bought, put in my cellar and forgot about for a good number of years. Even vintages that would 'never become much' were interesting, in the right context.
by Eric Lundblad
November 13th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1537

Re: Wines helped by climate change

I'm not sure that's true wrt Barolo (and maybe Barbaresco, not sure there). The alc & ripeness is increasing to a level where the balance is changing. Maybe it'll change to something else interesting, but maybe it won't be the magical wines that live for 50+ years and still need to be decanted all d...
by Eric Lundblad
November 12th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

They could have used Mariafeld (clone 23) tho, which has the reputation of being the PN clone that comes the closest to syrah. Is that a feature or a bug? I like both varieties [<-- N.B., I'm trying to steer clear of the grammar police], I don't want either to taste like the other. My comment did c...
by Eric Lundblad
November 12th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Vitis vinifera is the species, not the variety. “Variety” is used as a synonym for cultivars in some settings, but even in nomenclature systems that don’t use it as a synonym for cultivar it always seems to be a taxon below species. Huh, can't remember where I 'learned' the above, but you're right....
by Eric Lundblad
November 11th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

The thing with being bothered about variety vs varietal is they aren't either one. They're cultivars (the variety is Vitus Vinifera). No one uses varietal for apples/etc because varietal became a noun (from an Adj.) from varietal wine. And hey...if we aren't allowed to turn adjectives into nouns wil...
by Eric Lundblad
November 11th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

93 points from Wine Spectator. Walt's tasting note: Rose petal, red fruit/raspberry, cola, soil/tobacco, oak & minerals. Sounds more like a Pinot, esp a RRV Pinot, than WS's note. Wonder which one is closer to reality. I was leaning towards Syrah. Bet it's got some, and a good deal of stem inclusion...
by Eric Lundblad
November 5th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 622

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

The Ladd zinfandel was one of my favorite wines from Falltacular 2019. My note from the time: Ladd Cellars 2015 Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills. This was a 13.8% zin picked at 23 Brix. I love zin, and I’m not at all against riper and bigger versions of it (at least if the oak is kept moder...
by Eric Lundblad
November 5th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 622

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

TomHill wrote:
November 5th, 2019, 1:49 pm
All you need, Eric, is a Patty Rafanelli in your operation!!! [snort.gif]
Tom
Dave and Patty had the good cop/bad cop thing down :)...tho Patty was always nice to me (I learned early to follow the Rafanelli Protocol!)
by Eric Lundblad
November 5th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 622

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

Ever since I starting making wine, Pinot, my sister has asked/bugged me to make a Zin...a Zin in the style that Dave Rafanelli made in the 90s. No pressure tho. (many years pass). Then she asked me to make a Chardonnay...which turned out well. At that point, I had no choice. Berry Crawford, an exper...
by Eric Lundblad
November 2nd, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19518

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

If P&E and others had studied as much, and learned as much as Cal Fire & Sonoma County Fire (et al) put into it, we would be far better off. We should put less stock in ideologies, e.g. public/govt vs private enterprise and more about who is focusing both on the big picture as well as the specifics ...
by Eric Lundblad
October 27th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2535

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

This is the wine equivalent of TPing someone's house
by Eric Lundblad
October 26th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19518

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

+1 to all of this.

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