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by Eric Lundblad
October 17th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

All excellent suggestions so far. You should look into Iskaranu's Putnum Vineyard Pinot, on the coast near Annapolis...in the same ball park as Peay (an excellent option mentioned above). Boheme, from vineyards around Occidental, is another one to look at. Plus, I have 'Cuvee Abigail' from the Occid...
by Eric Lundblad
October 16th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 55
Views: 4363

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Al Osterheld wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Should be xyzzy. Works better.

-Al
Uh, from what I interpret the 'xyz' comments above...'xyzzy' would more likely be the opposite.
by Eric Lundblad
October 11th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26225

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I agree...great looking fruit and job Casey.
by Eric Lundblad
October 10th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26225

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Power issue? Yep, currently both the winery and the vineyard have no power. Well, the winery has a generator for cooling and other basics, but not enough to run full operations...hey that's more than the Caldecott Tunnel has (or had, until a day ago)! Hopefully this will all be over well before Mon...
by Eric Lundblad
October 8th, 2019, 10:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26225

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I'm supposed to pick Cab Franc (mid 21 brix or so) next Monday....but will I???
by Eric Lundblad
October 8th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3739

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Everything I have fermenting currently depends on nothing (cooling/etc) or no one (punch downs et al). However, in 2017, during the terrible/awful fire, my first fermentation of Tempranillo was stranded. And here I am, with another Tempranillo fermentation that's about to be stranded due to fire. Cl...
by Eric Lundblad
October 7th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19471

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

For those who are saying that Champagne, Italian wine, and Portuguese wines are not included in the tariffs, I have to wonder if that really matters. Do you expect that importers and retailers will look to offset price increases in French, German, and Spanish wines by also increasing the prices of ...
by Eric Lundblad
September 25th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Variety and Aging
Replies: 27
Views: 943

Re: Grape Variety and Aging

Why does 'Varietal' get all the grief and 'The meek shall inherit the earth' gets none?
by Eric Lundblad
September 19th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 135
Views: 4495

Re: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin

Sounds like an awesome dinner...I'm sorry I wasn't able to join in!
by Eric Lundblad
September 18th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 32
Views: 2891

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

It'll be interesting to see what the premox rate is for the reconditioned wines...i.e. does premox always show early/subtle markers (that would cause Leflaive to reject) in which case the reconditioned bottles would, in theory, have little/no premox. Doesn't seem implausible. I don't know of any ot...
by Eric Lundblad
September 18th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 32
Views: 2891

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

Adding SO2 doesn't eliminate oxygen. I think that was just a poorly structured sentence. The preface was "then add inert gas and a bit of SO2 to eliminate any oxygen". The inert gas replaces the oxygen, correct? You're right. I looked up the Eternam machine (link below) and the entire process (remo...
by Eric Lundblad
September 15th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3032

Re: Barolo Sediment

Considering what a Durand costs, that's cheap!
by Eric Lundblad
September 14th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3032

Re: Barolo Sediment

In my opinion there is no need to stand up the bottles. The far easier method is to buy a wine cradle and retrieve the bottle from the cellar in the cradle and decant with the bottle still in that position. I have never had an issue with sediment with this method. I agree that this is an excellent ...
by Eric Lundblad
September 14th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: T-bin capacity?
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: T-bin capacity?

A TBin has 1.36 times the capacity of a half ton macro bin. A TBin has 32.2 cubic feet capacity. A half ton macro has 23.6 cubic feet capacity. Other specs: https://www.plasticpalletsandbins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Macro-T-bin-SPEC-PPB.pdf https://www.plasticpalletsandbins.com/wp-content/uplo...
by Eric Lundblad
September 14th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3032

Re: Barolo Sediment

Ashish's comments are my experience as well. Barolo sediment seems to always be at least somewhat bitter, and sometimes incredibly bitter and nasty (in this case, ruining the bottle for me). Also, all paper coffee filters add a paper taste...it's better than sediment in the wine, tho coffee filters ...
by Eric Lundblad
September 7th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5999

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I don’t buy this. Assume the facility is at 55 degrees. To maintain that, a commercial system will typically output air at about 49 degrees, which immediately begins to mix with the ambient 55 degree air. My compressors (redundant) run maybe 10% of the time, the fans run 24/7. So 90% of the time th...
by Eric Lundblad
September 7th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5999

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

A long long time ago (long before I started making wine), I had a wine locker in a professional storage unit...except my locker was in the direct air/firing line of one of the air coolers, which caused similar large cooling & warming (relative) cooling cycles, at times (summer) relatively frequent c...
by Eric Lundblad
September 2nd, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1554

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

The risk or premox has gone down a lot in the last ~5 years tho cuz most of the worst affected producers (and many others) have done a number of things to address this...switching to Diam corks and changes in the cellar (assumed in many cases, Fevre has been the most open about the fact they had pro...
by Eric Lundblad
August 31st, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7663

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Actually, I thought of a domestic Chardonnay that I think is still in this range - Matthiasson. Matthiasson's Linda Vista Chard (their lowest priced chard) is very good...but it's in the high $20's (not $15-20 as J Rock wants). As far as I remember, it's always been mid $20's+. It doesn't surprise ...
by Eric Lundblad
August 31st, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Voting Process for Wine BID

Mark Morrissette wrote:
August 31st, 2019, 10:20 am

(I have zero dogs in this hunt. Just trying to understand what the OP is talking about.)
Thanks for clarifying the OP!
by Eric Lundblad
August 28th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chilling Wine Post Ferment
Replies: 9
Views: 771

Re: Chilling Wine Post Ferment

What's the wine and situation Vamsi? Once off the skins & in a steel bbl, I've never found the temp to be the most critical thing in the world. If it's still fermenting & temp is the issue, rent a steel porta tank 4 to 100 times too large and finish it there. The porta tank will be comparatively che...
by Eric Lundblad
August 27th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26225

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

What's your mildew program consist of Casey...looks like excellent/clean fruit
by Eric Lundblad
August 25th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2802

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

Eric, do you find that sulfuring just before bottling increases bottle shock times? I add/build up the SO2 over a 2 month period prior to bottling, so the free so2 levels are stable by bottling. I think the so2 contribution to bottle shock isn't very large. Course, I generally, give my wines a wide...
by Eric Lundblad
August 24th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2802

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I don't add SO2 at crush...unless the grapes give me a reason to...I sort in the vineyard at pick so this is rare, fortunately. I don't add SO2 in barrel (new bbls, are an exception) until bottling, again unless the wine gives me a reason to. Most all bbls are once used to neutral, which have a sign...
by Eric Lundblad
August 22nd, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2802

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I'm absolutely more partial to the AFWE side of the spectrum, with one exception... I largely avoid SS wines that aren't very young. Supply chain to consumer is way too variable. And, while I can't prove it, I also hold reduced S in combination with gentler pressing as a potential culprit for premo...
by Eric Lundblad
August 21st, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2802

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

I thought Allemand used some whole cluster on his Sans Soufre...in which case he does do some partial carbonic
by Eric Lundblad
August 21st, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3517

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

Nathan Smyth wrote:
August 12th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Negative interest rates are very, very difficult to think about.

...

Or corked?

...
With NIR, in a year it'd be 5% less corked!
by Eric Lundblad
August 20th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 161
Views: 7877

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

Yeah, like the indicator dots that Ponsot use to use :)
by Eric Lundblad
August 12th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jérôme Chezeaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Replies: 10
Views: 886

Re: TN: 2015 Jérôme Chezeaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

According to Neal Rosenthal: "Jérôme’s daughter Lyse, having completed a series of international internships, has now joined her father full-time, her brightness and enthusiasm adding a wonderful dimension to our visits to the family cellar." https://madrose.com/jerome-chezeauxs-2016s-quality-over-q...
by Eric Lundblad
August 11th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2545

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Mel Knox wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 10:06 am
Eric,
Before I got into this business I thought oaky lactones was the name of a country and western band from Bakersfield.
I don't see any of your Oaky Lactones youtube videos...whats up with that? (+ sorry for stealing your lactone answer thunder! :) )
by Eric Lundblad
August 11th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2545

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

In the last two years the Ridge estate chards handed out at the assemblage tasting have been much less oaky than in undrinkable prior years. But I was told the percent of oak did not go down They pour the new release estate cab at some events, and the 2013 on release at one event was undrinkably oa...
by Eric Lundblad
August 10th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2545

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I'm not Mel but...trans lactone tastes like coconut, and cis lactone is the raw oak flavor.
by Eric Lundblad
August 9th, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27170

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Please, this is not the thread to continue a discussion about the implicit association thread...or any other sideline discussion. If you'd like to continue it, and I'm sure I'd find that quite interesting, do it in another thread. Continuing this thread for any discussion other than the current Rhys...
by Eric Lundblad
August 9th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2545

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I wish they'd cut back on the oak with their chardonnay. I think it could be really great, but the fruit can't carry all that wood IMO. Buy the Monte Bello Chard, not the estate: The last couple of years they've lowered the oak to ~10% new on the MB (from ~17% new). The estate chard oak level is st...
by Eric Lundblad
August 8th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1302

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

I think a 95 is more likely to show well than a 96 at this point (plus, I like VR BM more than Cherbaudes). So I'd go for the Rion (agree they're under appreciated), unless someone I'm opening it with really wanted to drink Fourrier. (Apparently I've had better 95's, Jadot Gevreys and Ponsot mostly,...
by Eric Lundblad
August 4th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27170

Re: Could Someone..

TomHill wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Could someone post the GoogleMaps coordinates so we could all look with our very own eyes?
Tom
The vineyard is at 39.6072, -123.5537 (lat, long of course).
by Eric Lundblad
August 4th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6979

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

More important than having wine with food is...eat something *before* you drink, preferably fats & carbs. Most alcohol is absorbed by your small intestines...if there's not much in your stomach/intestines, the wine will go straight to your small intestines and get absorbed quite quickly. consuming f...
by Eric Lundblad
August 1st, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3121

Re: All Natural Wine

Yeah good wine but gives me a headache unfortunately
by Eric Lundblad
August 1st, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 26225

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Seems like CA is cooler than most places this...none of my foothills fruit has started veraison yet!
by Eric Lundblad
August 1st, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: Wineries to not miss in Gold Country?

I agree with all the recommendationas given here, esp Ken's.

In addition, Hog Wild BBQ in Placerville is great and reasonably priced...their Brisket is esp good. I make a point of stopping by (when I possibly can) whenever I'm up there checking my fruit. Woo Hoo.
by Eric Lundblad
August 1st, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3121

Re: All Natural Wine

What GregP said (I think it's 1.2 g/L for whites and 1.4g/l for reds, but lower limits would be better all around).
by Eric Lundblad
July 27th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '96 Pommard - no longer a young tough
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: '96 Pommard - no longer a young tough

Thanks...any experience with Voillot Pomm Rugiens to extrapolate from your 96 Glantenay Rugiens to a 96 Voillot Rugiens?
by Eric Lundblad
July 18th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Bevan Cellars Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 472

Re: TN: 2015 Bevan Cellars Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard

Ceritas made a Ritchie Chardonnay in 2009 that was very good. The only vintage of this I think?
by Eric Lundblad
July 14th, 2019, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1938

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Nice tasting. My top wines were the Halcon, Levet and the ESJ. The Levet was 'difficult' to appreciate, but at the time it seemed to have the elements to show well in a million years or so :). The ESJ was showing extremely well. I disagree with the 'drink soon'assessment. My experience with ESJ's is...
by Eric Lundblad
June 26th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3976

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Reported to be 44C (111F) in Chablis! :(
by Eric Lundblad
June 20th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 9
Views: 938

Re: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

Some bottles have what appears to be premox :(
by Eric Lundblad
June 20th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 37
Views: 2570

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

I don’t get this dill-pickle character from old Viña Real (1991 and earlier) or from any Lopez de Heredia wines. And I find Imperial absorbs oak well over time. Maybe different sensitivity to this aspect? But for example I find this oak-character in most La Rioja Alta wines except maybe certain one...
by Eric Lundblad
June 14th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 58
Views: 7780

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: 87
Views: 2763

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...

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