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by Eric Lundblad
June 14th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 35
Views: 3221

Re: Marcassin

What is the business benefit to the “mail-in-check” model? I get the impression that they prefer to keep things lower tech and run their company on their terms. And the costs of having a first class wine e-commerce web app is higher than you'd think. And there are 'costs' associated with understand...
by Eric Lundblad
June 10th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 80
Views: 1688

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

I agree with Evan that amines might be something to consider. But I'm a bit vague on what your allergy symptoms are tho (i.e. separate from what the underlying cause might be)...so suggesting amines is a bit of a stab in the dark. Anyways, a histamine is an amine...and there are other types of amine...
by Eric Lundblad
June 7th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Keplinger Sumo Shake Ridge (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County)
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2012 Keplinger Sumo Shake Ridge (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County)

Try Edmunds St John El Jaleo from the same vineyard...more on the light, delicate, old world side. Course, different grapes involved: the Sumo is Petite Sirah + Viognier, and the El Jaleo is a combination of Rioja-ish grapes.
by Eric Lundblad
June 7th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Rousseau Chambertin or Clos de Beze. Vogue Musigny Roumier Bonnes Mares Mugnier Amoureuses This. If you are looking for 1 bottle to drink young my vote would be the CDB. But what vintages? To "see what all the fuss is about", the wine needs to be near maturity imo. I think it's going to be hard to ...
by Eric Lundblad
June 6th, 2019, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3634

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

The above arguments, and other thoughts, make me thing that a 95, 96, 99 or 00 Rousseau Clos St Jacques would be an excellent choice for this exercise, despite the fact that is, by definition, doesn't qualify (a 1er cru couldn't be the best top end non-DRC red Burgundy). I'm saying this because, in ...
by Eric Lundblad
June 6th, 2019, 12:08 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

One of the most interesting wines I've had was a 91 Rafanelli Zin that I bought on release, and drank about 10 years ago. Both made in a similar style I believe. I remember how lovely some of those Rafanellis were with age. Are they still making them the same way? I haven't had one in years. A funn...
by Eric Lundblad
June 4th, 2019, 10:15 pm
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

One of the most interesting wines I've had was a 91 Rafanelli Zin that I bought on release, and drank about 10 years ago. Both made in a similar style I believe.
by Eric Lundblad
June 1st, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1817

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Agreed - this high tech business of crushing berries in a baggie is universally used, near as I can tell. You say you do it in order to smell the juice. We all do that. And we take note of how the color comes on in that high tech baggie. But Eric - can you honestly say you resist the urge to confir...
by Eric Lundblad
June 1st, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1817

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Eric, I commend you for taking a stab at this. Thanks Casey! Btw, when judging ripeness for picking, I'll crush some grapes in a bag and smell the juice...that lets me know what's going on and translates better to the final wine (esp in lower brix situations) without being distracted/influenced by ...
by Eric Lundblad
May 31st, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1817

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Eric So uniformity and ripeness are the key factors, dont sweetness, acidity, flavour etc play any role ? The things I mentioned (uniformity/ripeness) are more observations to identify grapes destined for high end vs grocery store wine, rather than a reasonable list of key qualities that necessaril...
by Eric Lundblad
May 31st, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1817

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

I win the lottery and have a bunch of money to make my own wine. Im standing in Napa and there are two massive bins full of grapes in front of me, one is filled with wonderful Screaming Eagle quality fruit, one s filled with $20 a bottle cab grapes. How would I with zero experience be able to tell ...
by Eric Lundblad
May 30th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 57
Views: 3040

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

In addition to the color (in the pic above) indicating it's likely in good shape...Richebourg is amongst the most powerful/structured of Burgundies, making it more able to handle that ullage than other wines.
by Eric Lundblad
May 30th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo apogee
Replies: 38
Views: 2882

Re: Barolo apogee

In my experience, Barolo matures to a lengthy 'plateau', rather than a (shorter) apogee, at least with classical/old style barolo...making the issue easier to deal with. This might be different with modern, or the more recent 'burgundy styled' barolo, not sure.
by Eric Lundblad
May 28th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Old vines or old roots?
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Re: Old vines or old roots?

You should ask folks in your area what's common to do...plant on rootstocks or plant on their own roots. I planted a climbing rose in an important location...it died to the ground, but knowing it was on it's own roots, I just let it go (the next year) and, with some pruning & training the next year,...
by Eric Lundblad
May 26th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2035

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

No one bothered by the Latour pasteurization thing--or do they not still do it? I believe they only do it for reds. And they still do. There's a 1983 NY Times article, by Frank Piral, on this (and other Burgundy topics) from reactions to Anthony Hanson's recently released, at the time, book ''Burgu...
by Eric Lundblad
May 25th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

The question is...how to prepare a less than 20yo bottle of Jadot CSJ. First, I'd find these discussions to be much more interesting, and much more focussed, if the first portion of every post were focused exclusively on answering the OPs, Kelly Flynn in this case, question specifically...and then d...
by Eric Lundblad
May 25th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low carb diet effects on wine
Replies: 13
Views: 963

Re: Low carb diet effects on wine

I've noticed this after not eating sugar for a while, but not carbs overall. W/o sugar, my palate is sharper, and sweetness in wine is more noticeable.
by Eric Lundblad
May 25th, 2019, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

I would never double-decant it. I´d open it 5-6 hours in advance, take a tiny sip to taste, refill that and wait. 10-15 min before serving I´d decant it as softly as possible just to seperate it from the sediment. Respectfully, I disagree. I think the risk with any Jadot CSJ, or better, that's less...
by Eric Lundblad
May 24th, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

... I'd double decant it off its sediment...and if your taste indicated it needs some air time, double decant enough time ahead for this. ... I would never double-decant it. I´d open it 5-6 hours in advance, take a tiny sip to taste, refill that and wait. 10-15 min before serving I´d decant it as s...
by Eric Lundblad
May 24th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1471

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

The Anne Boisson Aligote is very good and can be had for $25-$30 (Anne Boisson, Boisson Vadot & Pierre Boisson are all in the same winemaking group).
by Eric Lundblad
May 24th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

Also, imo, red burgundy is better with less/no decanting, assuming it can be open enough to be enjoyable. Eric, For example, next burg I'm likely to open is a '00 Jadot CSJ. It's bit sitting sideways for months, but I may need to stand it up for the sediment to settle. Is this something you would d...
by Eric Lundblad
May 24th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3773

Re: Burgundy treachery

GC and 1er; from 1990 through 2008 In this same recent time frame I have had numerous beautiful older bordeaux, barolo, riesling, rioja. Thanks, Chris. A few recent ones come to mind: Ponsot CDLR 01 Remy CDLR 01 Jadot chambolle "Fuees" 02 M Gros vosne romanee "aux Reas" 02 (I know not 1er) The Pons...
by Eric Lundblad
May 23rd, 2019, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2623

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

I love Chardonnay from all over, but I've never had one that made me think of Chablis, other than Chablis of course. Doesn't make the others any less (or better). Heck, sometimes Chablis doesn't taste like Chablis...usually that's when it's young and primary, not always tho. So, to push this one st...
by Eric Lundblad
May 23rd, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2623

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

I love Chardonnay from all over, but I've never had one that made me think of Chablis, other than Chablis of course. Doesn't make the others any less (or better).

Heck, sometimes Chablis doesn't taste like Chablis...usually that's when it's young and primary, not always tho.
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: 4700

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: 4700

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: 943

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: 327

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: 327

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: 2146

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: 1546

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: 838

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: 2783

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: 224
Views: 10533

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: 1422

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: 1422

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: 1422

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: 6
Views: 380

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: 1422

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: 2783

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: 2795

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!
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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: 419

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: 4425

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: 1546

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: 1715

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: 1715

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: 1185

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: 1185

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...

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