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by D. Mowe
January 9th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1243

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Mount eden estate is one of truly great cali chards. Fantastic and age beautifully... looking at the OP's desires i would throw something out there that would be a little above what price you specify but is absolutely stunning - MAXEM - personal project of sam kaplan (arkenstone, momento mori etc.)....
by D. Mowe
October 9th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3397

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Aaron Pott is a badass and makes great wines for a number of people including somnium and his own pott wines. He has been mentored by some of the best and has mentored himself some very talented winemakers. Cost aside, I Would never shy from anything he touches.
by D. Mowe
May 13th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3204

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

A new wine in $20.00 Cabernet category called juggernaut ($18-21.00 and very tasty) by Bogle. Great QPR
by D. Mowe
May 4th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 1184

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

AlexS wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 11:40 am
Tannat from Uruguay

They probably even have some at Binny's.
You beat me to it. Was going to recommend bodegas Garzon from uruguay. Both tannat as well as their white wines are quite nice
by D. Mowe
May 4th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin old bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1367

Re: Coravin old bottle

Hello all, I’ve been lurking for some time now posting for the first time. I had a question regarding the use of a coravin with the standard needle for an older bottle. I’ve got an 83 Chave I’m bringing to dinner next week and want to make sure it’s not flawed. Do I run the risk of the older cork n...
by D. Mowe
February 14th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 VHR Release
Replies: 42
Views: 3962

Re: 2016 VHR Release

One of the most respected brands by folks ITB here in the valley. Anytime I bring a bottle to a tasting or event, it’s one of the first to be empty. I’ll be all in for my full allocation.
by D. Mowe
February 14th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 161
Views: 5034

Re: Diam corks?

I'm not Mel (though I have always aspired to be), but I'd guess that the TCA rate is barrels is extremely low compared to what it has been with corks. And I'd guess it's easier to check for. You can't sniff 300 corks (the number of bottles in a barrique), but it's pretty easy to sniff at each bung ...
by D. Mowe
February 13th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10051

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

When I was employed, my intake was controlled by my paycheck. Now that I'm retired, I can drink everyday. Some day, I'll be able to serve as a bad example. Well, the truth is, it was controlled by workdays and shifts. I worked four ten hour shifts on patrol, mostly Graveyard. There was nobody to dr...
by D. Mowe
February 13th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle Reserve?
Replies: 14
Views: 1584

Re: La Pelle Reserve?

i have had the chance to taste this on a few occasions and I can say this is one of the best cabs of the 2016 vintage i (and yes, i have tasted a lot of 2016's). If you have had the La Pelle NV (100% cab Sauv) you can get a sense where this brand is going. Lots of buzz here in the valley from indust...
by D. Mowe
February 13th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 161
Views: 5034

Re: Diam corks?

I'm not Mel (though I have always aspired to be), but I'd guess that the TCA rate is barrels is extremely low compared to what it has been with corks. And I'd guess it's easier to check for. You can't sniff 300 corks (the number of bottles in a barrique), but it's pretty easy to sniff at each bung ...
by D. Mowe
February 13th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 161
Views: 5034

Re: Diam corks?

Once I was at a trade show where a friend was talking some guys from a cork company. "So, are you guys going home tomorrow?" 'Yeah, 9 am flight.' 'So if there was a 3% chance the plane would crash would you take the boat?' Mel, so all those years of selling barrels all the barrels were 100% perfect...
by D. Mowe
October 31st, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 9247

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Mark Golodetz wrote:
October 31st, 2018, 7:42 am
100 points is perfect; cannot possibly be improves upon. So shouldn’t all these wines from the same region taste the same? Or how can you have so many different perfects? newhere
my favorite summary yet!

HA
by D. Mowe
October 30th, 2018, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 9247

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

once i saw that all the 100 pt wines dont fit on a single page and i had to hit "page down" it became more clear that i do not appreciate WA any longer. yes farming has improved in napa, yes winemakers are more knowledgeable today etc etc. i appreciate all that! but......... i do not believe 30+ win...
by D. Mowe
October 28th, 2018, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Corked Champagne
Replies: 39
Views: 2022

Re: My First Corked Champagne

If each Champagne cork was made from multiple different cork sources without any additional screening or treatment, it would increase the risk of TCA affecting a bottle. I wonder what kind of quality control checks are done to "sniff out" the ones with TCA. All champagne corks are made up of cork g...
by D. Mowe
October 28th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Corked Champagne
Replies: 39
Views: 2022

Re: My First Corked Champagne

If each Champagne cork was made from multiple different cork sources without any additional screening or treatment, it would increase the risk of TCA affecting a bottle. I wonder what kind of quality control checks are done to "sniff out" the ones with TCA. All champagne corks are made up of cork g...
by D. Mowe
September 29th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

I did not say that cork should add flavor... I said - "Another important component which we are studying and believe based upon the results we already have is that there is a significant positive phenolic contribution of whole piece natural cork that you get very little of with micro agglomerated co...
by D. Mowe
September 29th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Define phenolic contribution please. I'll take a stab: 'last-ditch attempt to distinguish cork from more modern closures by persuading people of the implausible idea that packaging can and should add flavor, not just protect the product.' Plastics were a “more modern closure” and 10 yrs ago there w...
by D. Mowe
September 29th, 2018, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Define phenolic contribution please. there is a significant amount of phenolic compounds inherent in cork tissue (tests show around 40 different). There is a reaction of cork phenolic fractions with wine compounds that we believe contribute positively to wine evolution. We have an ongoing study tha...
by D. Mowe
September 29th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

My note specifically stated “screwcap serantin”. I was not generalizing screwcap because there are different liners. The data consistently show OTR of microagglo to be very close to serantin and therefore are more prone to developing reductive characteristics (and Larry there are plenty of studies t...
by D. Mowe
September 28th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

There has been a lot of work on the Burgundy premox phenomenon by the cork industry. some years ago many producers blamed the silicone (sounds like you talked to one of those guys) and therefore asked for no silicone on their cork - this did NOT solve the issue and only gave a whole host of other p...
by D. Mowe
September 27th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 14642

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

I took the post as “what’s new in Napa” that is small (like Macdonald) and of a very high quality and will sell out fast. Both I mention check those boxes. Both are very very good fruit sources and very talented winemakers who are excited/motivated to do thier own thing. Talk to Nigel about what he ...
by D. Mowe
September 26th, 2018, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 14642

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

J.Vizuete wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 8:46 pm

To stay on topic, I’ll throw out Dan Petroski’s new label, Ashes and Diamonds as one to follow
Dan is no longer doing A&D wines. Although am a huge fan of any wines Dan is involved in.
by D. Mowe
September 26th, 2018, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisbon/Porto/Douro Visit Recommendations - November Visit
Replies: 21
Views: 2153

Re: Lisbon/Porto/Douro Visit Recommendations - November Visit

Regarding Douro - I go 2-3 times a year and have visited nearly all the spots. Feel free to dm me and I’ll line you out. There are a couple that don’t get all the attn that ROCK. for instance - quinta S. Jose which u can get to by boat taxi in pinhao. Also between regua and villa real is - Alves de ...
by D. Mowe
September 26th, 2018, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 161
Views: 14642

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Hard to compare because Macdonald have thier own estate vineyard. However In terms of new labels from talented guys with good fruit sources there are 2 names - Kinsman (sleeping lady fruit). Nigel is formerly of Araujo (now eisele) among others and consults for 5 or so clients. This is his own. Not ...
by D. Mowe
September 26th, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Dustin, Have you ever had a lot rejected by the customer upon delivery because it was out of moisture range? Is each lot spot checked on your end prior to shipping? Cheers. Larry, yes it happens. it doesn't happen because of not meeting our own spec, it happens once in a while because some customer...
by D. Mowe
September 26th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

] I really do wonder whether anyone/any affected industry has really sought to get to the bottom of the [random] premox , which I think IS the "premox"...in Burgundy? Have we, as consumers, ever really seen any evidence of this...from ANY potentially implicated industry? Corks? Bottles? Bottling eq...
by D. Mowe
September 26th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Kind of hard to see the line between too dry to form a good seal and too moist..to be antiseptic...as being clear enough to create consistency when things get near the line. I assume that corks , as a natural product, have a range of susceptibility to being more or less moist than other corks, even...
by D. Mowe
September 24th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Love the conversation and the information - thanks to all involved and really enjoying the give and take. As far as humidity and moisture goes, when I worked elsewhere, we ran a moisture reading of corks before they were heading into the hopper on the bottling line. If the number was either too low...
by D. Mowe
September 24th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Not Dustin (obviously)....but....clearly at some point, humidity is needed. Otherwise the cork is like a dried out sponge...and makes a seal the same way..... The "industry" seems to have decided that for TCA/mold humidity is the enemy of the people, so they've tried to dry them out in kilns. I hav...
by D. Mowe
September 24th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Once the corks are washed they go through a cork dryer to bring the humidity down from 20% to around 6%. Humidity is the enemy of cork. We work hard once the cork is stripped from the tree to keep humidity levels low during the whole cycle from tree until we are shipping to a winery finished produc...
by D. Mowe
September 20th, 2018, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oy...Now We Have TEPF in Wine...
Replies: 9
Views: 696

Re: Oy...Now We Have TEPF in Wine...

Well at least these are clearly defined concepts. I mean, even Jenny McCarthy knows about energy in drinks. And anyone who's been to a bar where people have had a few too many and start talking about sports or politics, well they understand tension. If you use a Reidel glass you know precision beca...
by D. Mowe
September 20th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

How IS the silicone applied, Dustin? You keep saying it is "sprayed" on as an oil. But, what is the method? Like a car wash? Hand? Machines? Do you have a video you can share? I guess I'm trying to understand the quality control issue and how it is addressed for consistency. coatings are sprayed vi...
by D. Mowe
September 20th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

Stuart, between this thread and the other, you keep asking the same questions so it is quite difficult to carry on this dialogue. you ask "how is silicone applied"? i answered that above (it is an oil that is sprayed)... It is a second step in the process of coating the stoppers (first is paraffin a...
by D. Mowe
September 19th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").
Replies: 103
Views: 2928

Re: Corks, closures and premature oxidation in Burgundy ("premox").

I will try to answer some of your questions below. hoping i am quoting properly so that you can see which questions i am attempting to answer. In May 2017, I attempted to gather some information and answers about the possible role of the corks in creating poor seals in the "prem-oxed" white Burgundi...
by D. Mowe
September 16th, 2018, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Charter Oak in St. Helena
Replies: 16
Views: 889

Re: Charter Oak in St. Helena

I’ve been at least a dozen times and always been great.
by D. Mowe
September 14th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 4077

Re: Help build a new collection

My advice is not to go out and buy 600 bottles of wine (50 cases) based on your current preferences. Those preferences are likely to change over time and you could be stuck with a bunch of stuff you don't like five years from now. Just buy things you like, taste other stuff, etc. And certainly don'...
by D. Mowe
September 14th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Dustin, I don't think it's a bad way to educate them and have them educate their customers either - but forgive my naivety to believe that a free expenses paid trip to Portugal is not going to 'endear' your customers to your product and 'affect' how they feel about it. Is this a bad thing? No - but...
by D. Mowe
September 14th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Stuart, with all due respect - indeed your statements are wildly false and inaccurate. I do not pretend to tell winemakers how to make wine nor would i try and tell Mel Knox how a wine barrel is produced. Nothing you mention about what is done to cork is accurate. Your making "matter of fact" asser...
by D. Mowe
September 14th, 2018, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Perhaps your company is not financially supporting wineries or wine makers, and perhaps others are not, but how many winemaker junkets has your company or others that you know of provided each and every year for the past few decades? once again you are insinuating that we are "buying" customers. Th...
by D. Mowe
September 14th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

This thread seems to have drifted from the its original news . what makes this newsworthy is that La Roche who hated natural cork decided in 2005 (after trialing since 2001) to move to screwcap and stop buying cork - https://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/A-Chablis-Producer-Abandons-Corks_...
by D. Mowe
September 13th, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

It is NOT a "wildly false statement". At some point silicone was put on the corks regularly. Do you know when that happened? IMO, the only issue here is when , precisely, silcone coatings were applied to corks (in conjuntion with or in place of parrafin; it is of some interest, though largely irrel...
by D. Mowe
September 13th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

This is a wildly false statement. Nobody switched to silicone “only” cork coating and failed to tell customers. Cork has at least for the past 30 or so years been coated with paraffin and silicone. Paraffin is for hydrophobic properties and a small amount of silicone makes the stopper slippery for ...
by D. Mowe
September 12th, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

And, does anyone know when the cork industry started coating its corks with silicone, rather than parrafin....or mixed in silicone corks with the others sold, without telling any end users? This is a wildly false statement. Nobody switched to silicone “only” cork coating and failed to tell customer...
by D. Mowe
September 12th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3379

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Ok, I get what you mean now. Although, if you look at one of the initial earlier identified problems (as Stuart mentions above) it points to the switch from parafin to silicone corks as being one of the main causal factors, so in that sense then it has much more to do with the corks.... There was n...
by D. Mowe
August 31st, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 5047

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

0.5ppt is the limit of quantification for most GC/MS machines including those at ETS laboratories and that is why 0.5 is referred to.
by D. Mowe
August 21st, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using Uber instead of a car service for a day in Napa Valley
Replies: 35
Views: 3551

Re: Using Uber instead of a car service for a day in Napa Valley

There are always ubers available all over the valley. only problem is off the beaten path places. Difficult to gett cell service in Parts of Howell Mtn, Mt. veeder, spring mtn, Diamond mtn, Soda Canyon rd, Atlas peak, Pritchard hill etc etc. Will work great if you plan on going to wineries mostly on...
by D. Mowe
August 19th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 5047

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

Dustin, I see where there can be confusion in the article - but are you saying that they did not purchase ndtech corks but, instead, just 'regular' corks but are asserting that, since Amorin offered the ndtech corks, that they felt that all corks they offered had a TCA free guarantee? What else do ...
by D. Mowe
August 19th, 2018, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 5047

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

Dustin, I see where there can be confusion in the article - but are you saying that they did not purchase ndtech corks but, instead, just 'regular' corks but are asserting that, since Amorin offered the ndtech corks, that they felt that all corks they offered had a TCA free guarantee? What else do ...
by D. Mowe
August 19th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 5047

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

I'm really surprised no one has any further comments on this. This is a case involving corks that are apparently guaranteed TCA free. Yes, the case involved corks from a few years ago in the technology was just getting off the ground, but it is still a little worrisome to see this. Anyone up in Nap...
by D. Mowe
August 18th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cure For Cork taint?
Replies: 214
Views: 5047

Re: Cure For Cork taint?

I'm really surprised no one has any further comments on this. This is a case involving corks that are apparently guaranteed TCA free. Yes, the case involved corks from a few years ago in the technology was just getting off the ground, but it is still a little worrisome to see this. Anyone up in Nap...

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