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by Wes Barton
October 22nd, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 35
Views: 1391

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Going to my brother-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. About 20 people and he wants me to bring a case of US Pinot. I had other ideas (Gamay, Trouseau, Grenache, etc.), but since he is the host, I will bring him what he wants. A few thoughts were Melville Estate (K&L has it for $30) or Hitching Post ...
by Wes Barton
October 21st, 2019, 12:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

'86 Gruaud Larose and a mystery wine.
by Wes Barton
October 21st, 2019, 12:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Harrington Alvarelhao
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: TN: 2016 Harrington Alvarelhao

Also sad is those vines weren't doing well, so I think they got taken out.
by Wes Barton
October 19th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 53
Views: 1635

Re: Aglianico

Sagrantino is sooooooo tannic. More than nebbiolo or sangiovese, more than aglianico ... more than mourvèdre, malbec or tannat ... This is why I did not mention it. It doesn't have to be. Soil and winemaking. The Italian ones tend to be out-of-whack tannic, but that's what those sites give when ign...
by Wes Barton
October 18th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie Laide Fall Pick Up and Open House 10/12/19
Replies: 14
Views: 424

Re: Jolie Laide Fall Pick Up and Open House 10/12/19

Thanks Tom. I signed up for their mailing list, maybe I'll dabble in some of their wines in 2020 if I get an allocation. K&L have some of their wines in stock, but not these fall releases. The Melon de Bourgogne looks particularly interesting. Chalone AVA. The old Chalone Pinot Blancs were actually...
by Wes Barton
October 18th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 53
Views: 1635

Re: Aglianico

And as far as being too modern, that's just weird to me. Who said that? Otto mentioned "modernist" producers, contrasting their wines to traditional takes. My personal opinion is such producers are clumsy hacks, regardless of grape variety. They aren't "listening" to what the grape has to give. The...
by Wes Barton
October 17th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 53
Views: 1635

Re: Aglianico

Depends what you like, but there are near countless varieties there. Many producers off the beaten path really pushing quality with unique grapes. Perhaps the best wine book ever written, well, a very fun and informative read, is Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D'Agata. A couple that are easier t...
by Wes Barton
October 17th, 2019, 12:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

ERPark wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Wes Barton wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Our default theme is: DRC and other wines that will go well with the food.
You left out the Coche-Dury, Wes.....
Yeah.....on purpose. Getting tired of that stuff.
by Wes Barton
October 16th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

Our default theme is: DRC and other wines that will go well with the food.
by Wes Barton
October 16th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1580

Re: Yup...

This seems like a good place to announce that in the last year I’ve fallen in love with Picpoul. Had a bunch - so nice and pleasing and crazy cheap. Oh, and this wine sounds fantastic. Yup, Jason..the Picpoul contributes mostly to the structure and mouthfeel, but the aromatics speak mostly of GB/Ro...
by Wes Barton
October 15th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 885

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Hi Tom - Thanks for that. What an unusual 180 degree turn! Per his website, he appears to still farm organically with prudent uses of copper sulphate and sulphur in the vineyard. Not sure how I feel about his change. I guess time & tasting will tell. I don't know if it's really a 180. He's got his ...
by Wes Barton
October 15th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 24
Views: 667

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Excellent Pinot Noir producer, too. And Zinfandel. A 2001 Shale Terrace over weekend was still quite enjoyable. He gets a certain amount of praise here for his Zins and Cabs, and Todd had already mentioned the Zin in this thread. Interesting to hear about his Chard in David's response - I haven't e...
by Wes Barton
October 14th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 24
Views: 667

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Excellent Pinot Noir producer, too.
by Wes Barton
October 14th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3069

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

You could say my interest in his ratings is like apples to cats. Apples are of little interest to cats. I beg to differ. There are quite a few compilation videos of cats playing with Apples (MacBooks, iPads) on YouTube. Seems like they're VERY interested. That sort of Apple is the closest thing the...
by Wes Barton
October 14th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2467

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I think refering to fruit flavours/aromas as primary non-fruit ones in young wines as secondary and flavors/aromas that appear as the wine ages as tertiary makes it a lot simpler. But that's just my opinion. Simpler, as in simply guessing? What's the point in pretending we know which compounds come...
by Wes Barton
October 13th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3692

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Nathan - wine is a bitch to sell. Trying to sell a massive quantity of someone else's wine in short order would mean getting some small fraction of the retail value (10%?). There'd be great expense negating higher return schemes. (You also be essentially marketing for the winery, while also contendi...
by Wes Barton
October 13th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3069

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

My point was this publication, which is the apples to apples in measuring a score from same. Again, not arguing its a great value (as many other wines are not as well) James Laube? With him it's a dice roll to dice roll comparison. That's with wines of the same style, where you'd think it would be ...
by Wes Barton
October 13th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2467

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

While I agree that the definitions provided here are the generally accepted ones, I also agree with the other folks who find them confusing. One significant reason is that the line between what is from the grape and what is from the fermentation is quite unclear, with even many "primary" fruit comp...
by Wes Barton
October 11th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 3656

Re: Barolo Sediment

10% of nasty is nasty. Plenty of us posting in this thread have experienced wines ruined by being stirred up. Nebbiolo in particular. Often, it's actually still suspended sediment in a thin layer above what has settled out. That is easily stirred up and can be particularly bitter. Shine a light thr...
by Wes Barton
October 11th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3069

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

While i hate nascar in general I think it sucks to see people taking pot shots at her record, knowing how hard it must have been to be the first woman to break that glass ceiling I have nothing against Danica Patrick, or the idea of women competing in car racing (I have no idea why more of them don...
by Wes Barton
October 11th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 93
Views: 3656

Re: Barolo Sediment

10% of nasty is nasty. Plenty of us posting in this thread have experienced wines ruined by being stirred up. Nebbiolo in particular. Often, it's actually still suspended sediment in a thin layer above what has settled out. That is easily stirred up and can be particularly bitter. Shine a light thro...
by Wes Barton
October 9th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3069

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

She didn't quite make it as a model, didn't quite make it as a race car driver either, so what should be different when it comes to wine? She had real potential as a racer. Bobby Rahal recognized it. He brought her back to the U.S. and got her a good seat in Atlantics. Unfortunately, despite the ca...
by Wes Barton
October 8th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3650

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Victor Hong wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Much of CA water comes from non-CA sources.
Sprawl only increases water usage.
The topic here is Napa, not Los Angeles.
by Wes Barton
October 7th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!
Replies: 15
Views: 621

Re: Tomato/Sundried tomato Aroma and TN -- help!!

I'd suspect over-cropping as a factor much of the time. Also, note that you can imprint this sort of thing in your brain. Like, a particular wine where it really stands out by the negative reaction you have tells your brain this yuck-o thing is important. Then, you have a wine where it wouldn't prev...
by Wes Barton
October 5th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3692

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Maybe some lawyers can chime in, but you should be able to go back to court and get a lien on the winery. Then, if they still don't pay, you should be able to force a sale of the winery in order to collect. I don't anything about Crazyfornia "law" [or if it's largely lawless out there in Crazyforni...
by Wes Barton
October 4th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3692

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Maybe some lawyers can chime in, but you should be able to go back to court and get a lien on the winery. Then, if they still don't pay, you should be able to force a sale of the winery in order to collect. Also, you should be able to have the ABC strip their license to sell alcohol and/or buy grape...
by Wes Barton
October 4th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct

Wouldn't mind a Tueszu in Nov...
by Wes Barton
October 3rd, 2019, 11:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct

Donato.
by Wes Barton
October 2nd, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

In other words, better me drinking them than Himmler. Presentism disgusts me. The San Francisco school that was going to destroy murals by a Mexican leftist because they depicted Native Americans in a subservient position... gimme a break! Remember that there is another term for Political Correctne...
by Wes Barton
October 2nd, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2515

Re: Mountain Lions

You've got your harvest, they've got theirs.
by Wes Barton
September 29th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 514
Views: 34620

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Someone brought a '16 Monte Bello to our harvest picnic today, so I was forced to drink some. Not shut down yet, so very expressive and enjoyable, firm tannins.
by Wes Barton
September 28th, 2019, 11:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Sorry, but in what way am I confused. The area belonged to Mexico. A bunch of Americans moved there and then took it away creating a new country that was not part of the U.S. Any ulterior motives , as your post suggests, and I do not contest, are irrelevant to the question Marcus raised, which was ...
by Wes Barton
September 28th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Sorry, but in what way am I confused. The area belonged to Mexico. A bunch of Americans moved there and then took it away creating a new country that was not part of the U.S. Any ulterior motives , as your post suggests, and I do not contest, are irrelevant to the question Marcus raised, which was ...
by Wes Barton
September 28th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

...And while it also denied states the right to enter into treaties and to make war independently Guess Texas didn't get the memo when they took their land from Mexico. When Texas did that, it wasn't part of the United States, but a separate republic (assuming one can describe a slaveholding state ...
by Wes Barton
September 27th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct

ChrisStags wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 8:36 pm
George loves Paul Martins! So do I [smileyvault-ban.gif]
Other than the food, it's great!
by Wes Barton
September 27th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 70
Views: 1328

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct

Those look good for me, too.
by Wes Barton
September 25th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

This thread has gone so wrong regarding R.E.Lee It's just so easy to judge the past when you're not living it. I find based on past experience that most people that "judge" the behavior of the past don't really know much of the actual history of the time... As one of the few blacks on this board, m...
by Wes Barton
September 25th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6339

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

The Robert E Lee stuff...what are they commemorating? Second place in the Civil War? By all accounts, he was a gentleman, but he led an army against my country and killed American soldiers, should I put up memorials to Isaac Brock, as well? It's a little more complicated. The Iron Chancellor, Otto ...
by Wes Barton
September 23rd, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 501
Views: 26696

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Crunch time in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Some stuff has been coming in over the last 3 weeks. The scrambling with a shortage of pickers started today. For a friend's winery the remaining 75% is coming in over the next 10-14 days.
by Wes Barton
September 23rd, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting corked out of my mouth
Replies: 38
Views: 1306

Re: Getting corked out of my mouth

I have the same problem with TCA. Cleansing the palate doesn't help. It's like the taste is in the tissue around the tip of my tongue, where I get the "taste"/tactile sensation. (Same area I pick up "gris" from Pinot Gris, Grenche Gris, etc. which can also linger for hours.) So, the best course of a...
by Wes Barton
September 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A "natural" White & a VinoRosso..(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 253

Re: TN: A "natural" White & a VinoRosso..(short/boring)

Brachetto is a dead ringer for Black Muscat. The dry one I tried and the fizzy one that lost its fizz (remnant open a day or two) showed the same deficiency. In other words, making a straight-forward dry one will yield a boring, mediocre wine. Sorta like Mission that way. But, in the right hands it'...
by Wes Barton
September 23rd, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1291

Re: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!

If it was legitimately bad, likely some microbial issue. Let the winery know. The residual sugar is a nice nutrient for the buggies. Sometimes that will result in an in-bottle alcoholic fermentation, which produces CO2. A small amount of just that isn't a big deal and is normal for some wines. You ...
by Wes Barton
September 22nd, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting corked out of my mouth
Replies: 38
Views: 1306

Re: Getting corked out of my mouth

Hal Blumberg wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Saltine crackers followed by extensive whistling.

[rofl.gif]
by Wes Barton
September 22nd, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 15
Views: 1103

Re: Any impact from early rains?

Alan Rath wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Terroir is real. I have none, lol. I just grow them for fun and education. Made wine once, it was abysmal.
What variety(ies)?
by Wes Barton
September 22nd, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 15
Views: 1103

Re: Any impact from early rains?

Helped sort Mindego Ridge PN (just north of Alpine Vyd., same soil type) Wednesday for a friend's winery. No rain effect. Fruit looked great. We'll have to do a comparative tasting in a few years. Rhys Alpine Vyd. and Mindego Vyds. from Mindego, Fogarty, Sandar & Hem and Kutch.
by Wes Barton
September 20th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 1226

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

There's a surplus of high-end Napa Cabs right now, making it very competitive, with some producers holding a lot of wine out of the market to keep the prices up. We've seen other quality historic producers get sort of forgotten about, while all the next best things grab all the attention. That can t...
by Wes Barton
September 19th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 25
Views: 1405

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

Saw it at K&L.
by Wes Barton
September 19th, 2019, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2269

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Yes, very tasty bottle, Sean.
by Wes Barton
September 18th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 135
Views: 4567

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

The Mount Eden was singing at the end of the night. Nice to have a snapshot of all these wines, but impossible to really follow them properly. Impressive and fun, though. Not sure which Rhys pick was delayed by the rain. My friend Rob, who's joined our group a couple times and was a 2016 Rhys intern...
by Wes Barton
September 18th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Araujo eisele vineyard cab
Replies: 24
Views: 1226

Re: Araujo eisele vineyard cab

William, the thread probably should be in Wine Talk where the discussion of wine tastings and experiences are shared. Wine Pimps is primarily for retailer problems, successes, suggestions and help. On the other hand, the wine IS that good if it has been properly stored and no, I, won't sell you any...

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