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by BenjaminL
February 22nd, 2021, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 50
Views: 7391

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

Definitely no love lost between Graeme and Constellation, not sure how much that translates to the "bottom line" of grape sales.
by BenjaminL
February 22nd, 2021, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk Rheingau
Replies: 64
Views: 2611

Re: Let's Talk Rheingau

Slightly off topic but I was gifted the book The Wines of Germany by Anne Krebiehl and it has broken the mold. Highly recommended if you need any more enthusiasm for Rheingau or German wines as a whole. Free review on Jancis website here.
by BenjaminL
February 18th, 2021, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 564

Re: TN: 1992 Silverado Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

As the independent viticulturist of their vineyards I'm impressed with the longevity of the staff at Silverado and their consistency. Excellent group of folks! Jon Emmerich is the winemaker now; he started working at Silverado 31 years ago. His associate winemaker has worked with him basically the w...
by BenjaminL
February 16th, 2021, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 174
Views: 7621

Re: Diam corks?

Benjamin, There are lots of things that CAN happen - have you experienced TCA from used barrels? I have - twice in 15 years with literally thousands of barrels. So yes, it can happen but it's truly unlikely . . . Cheers Hey Larry, you and I trading anecdotes is a bit like the folks in the Allegory ...
by BenjaminL
February 15th, 2021, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidity in Wine
Replies: 18
Views: 1162

Re: Acidity in Wine

Do it early if you have to. Also, unless you are sterile filtering both malic AND citric are good substrates (read: food) for organisms. I think you can get diacetyl (butter) from incomplete metabolism from citric acid. Grapes are one of the only fruits to accumulate Tartaric acid, which is not a su...
by BenjaminL
February 15th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 174
Views: 7621

Re: Diam corks?

I think the chance of TCA coming from something other than the cork these days is pretty much non-existent. With the eradication a chlorine cleaners and other known precursors, the chances are minimal . . . I wish that were true! https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=207240 Ba...
by BenjaminL
February 15th, 2021, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 56
Views: 6153

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

Definitely go to continuum. Went there last week. Was absolutely fantastic. If u can get into promontory. That’s one of the best wineries I’ve ever been to. The winemaker, Steve, at Continuum is one of the best people in the industry, IMHO. I haven't been to Promontory yet- but I was there when it ...
by BenjaminL
January 28th, 2021, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2698

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

Constellation Beats Winery In 'To Kalon' TM Fight By Andrew Karpan Law360 (January 27, 2021, 8:28 PM EST) -- ... "That [Robert Mondavi Winery], and now Constellation, use the term as both a brand and a reference to all of their alluvial fields in [Oakville] does not weaken the mark. Rather, it...
by BenjaminL
January 28th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2698

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

Jeff Skinner wrote: January 28th, 2021, 11:18 am
BenjaminL wrote: January 27th, 2021, 5:08 pm
Bummer! I've been hoping to be able to ride on the coat tails and finally get ToKalon on my bottles of wine!
Call it "No-Kalon" (just kidding, not a lawyer, this will probably get you sued).
Three-Kalon.
by BenjaminL
January 27th, 2021, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2698

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

Saw an article today that said that Constellation won their case against Vineyard House over the use of the To Kalon Trademark. The article was posted on Bloomberg Law and unfortunately my Bloomberg Business subscription there doesn't get access to the full article. Are there any attorneys on the b...
by BenjaminL
January 27th, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended till Sunday: BD12 Offer 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET NEW VINTAGE ADDEED
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Forgotten Union Wines BD12 Offer Shipping Reduced or Included- 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET ITT!

Tom H o l b r o o k wrote: January 27th, 2021, 2:10 pm Also in for a 6 of the Cab. Have wanted to try this for a while, so thanks Benjamin for making it easy!
Pleasure is all mine Tom!
by BenjaminL
January 27th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended till Sunday: BD12 Offer 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET NEW VINTAGE ADDEED
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Forgotten Union Wines BD12 Offer Shipping Reduced or Included- 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET ITT!

Woo-hoo! So far you berserkers have snatched-up 10 cases of wine at crazy discounts, thanks for the support!
by BenjaminL
January 27th, 2021, 6:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Interesting. Why would there be a requirement on how much wine was produced from Napa fruit? Isn't that issue already resolved by AVA labeling rules? I can see an argument for "protecting the Napa brand" but figure it's probably something the Napa Valley Grapegrowers pushed through! Don't...
by BenjaminL
January 26th, 2021, 1:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended till Sunday: BD12 Offer 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET NEW VINTAGE ADDEED
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Forgotten Union Wines BD12 Offer Shipping Reduced or Included- 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET ITT!

Eric Werner wrote: January 26th, 2021, 12:48 pm Really cool story, especially the vineyard source. Can't wait to try.
Thanks Eric, you won't be disappointed!
by BenjaminL
January 26th, 2021, 11:53 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended till Sunday: BD12 Offer 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET NEW VINTAGE ADDEED
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Re: Forgotten Union Wines BD12 Offer Shipping Included- 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET ITT!

Michael S. wrote: January 26th, 2021, 11:21 am Bump for a fellow BD newbie. Just placed an order for a few bottles of the Old Federal Vineyard CS. Can't wait to try!

Cheers,

Michael
Thanks Michael!
by BenjaminL
January 26th, 2021, 8:21 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: SHIPPING UPDATE Lagier Meredith -- Serious Syrah at a Silly Price
Replies: 52
Views: 3120

Re: Lagier Meredith -- Serious Syrah at a Silly Price

I hear the Hand Harvesting really makes this Syrah delicious! Say hi to Steve for me!
by BenjaminL
January 25th, 2021, 1:32 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Ken, my wines are TTB approved only with the AVA. No requirement to put Lodi on there. Thanks, Adam. I'd thought that Lodi had conjunctive labeling but I guess not. In my experience TTB doesn't care about conjunctive labeling*. I understand when Napa wines neglect to list "Napa Valley" on...
by BenjaminL
January 25th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Until recently, I think Coombsville might have also fit this criteria, but now is it picking up a bit of prestige. I've heard this from other sources- "Coombsville" is hip now. Do you think that's an increase in quality due warming taking place or because new folks are moving in (aka Paul...
by BenjaminL
January 25th, 2021, 9:23 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Conjunctive labeling requirements in Napa County compels wines marked with any sub AVA to also include "Napa Valley" next to the AVA name. I don't see a conflict with consumers seeing Calistoga on the bottle.
by BenjaminL
January 24th, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Not sure why this is so surprising. More than 1/2 the fruit grown in Santa Barbara County, for instance, gets shipped outside the County for production in any given year - and 2020 might have seen an even bigger increase since our fruit was not affected by smoke taint for the most part. Might some ...
by BenjaminL
January 22nd, 2021, 2:14 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Jason L. wrote: January 22nd, 2021, 12:33 pm Interesting. Why would there be a requirement on how much wine was produced from Napa fruit? Isn't that issue already resolved by AVA labeling rules?
I can see an argument for "protecting the Napa brand" but figure it's probably something the Napa Valley Grapegrowers pushed through!
by BenjaminL
January 22nd, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 25
Views: 1024

Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Producers based in the region sold about 80 million cases of wine last year, but the North Coast grape supply only supports production of roughly 22 million cases. So that reflects that larger wineries are producing brands made from grapes and wine from other parts of the state. https://www.northba...
by BenjaminL
January 10th, 2021, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS
Replies: 41
Views: 2915

Re: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS

I was a Turley wine club member for a few years. I think they are more balanced now. I'm particularly impressed with the Cedarman these days, very refined and not overripe/overextracted. Dragon, Dusi and Pesenti Zin are also favorites.
by BenjaminL
January 7th, 2021, 8:13 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Extended till Sunday: BD12 Offer 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET NEW VINTAGE ADDEED
Replies: 13
Views: 1520

Extended till Sunday: BD12 Offer 30% Off OAKVILLE CABERNET NEW VINTAGE ADDEED

Greetings Wine Drinkers! Update: I'm getting requests to add 6 packs of the 2017 Old Federal Vineyard to your orders, that's awesome! I've set up a 6 Pack and a coupon BD12VV so you can add multiple 6 packs and use multiple coupons and get a full case of delicious wine! Only 25 cases left! I’m a no ...
by BenjaminL
January 5th, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 2135

Re: Consumption in 2020

Up 30%, but that's on a nearly 100% increase from 2018!

2018 117
2019 208
2020 262

Interestingly, the price per bottle went up a little over 30% as well:

2018 117 $28.63/btl
2019 208 $28.05/btl
2020 262 $34.33/btl
by BenjaminL
January 5th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1730

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

Why blend the variety and not celebrate for what it is? Xinomavro is like Nebbiolo, i.e. rather pale in color. If I'm buying a Xinomavro, I'd expect it to be pale and a brick hue wouldn't be a problem. However, a dark, concentrated Xinomavro would only raise eyebrows. After all, when people are pay...
by BenjaminL
January 5th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????
Replies: 51
Views: 1730

Re: Xinomavro, Mencia, Nerello Mascalese, ???????

I planted Xinomavro in an experimental block in Rutherford in 2017. I got my first barrel in 2019. It is a very slow ripening grape- it was the last thing picked and was only 23 brix. The tannins are huge, and the aromas are peculiar (cherry and orange blossoms like Pinot noir, but also briny olive ...
by BenjaminL
January 1st, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 51
Views: 4690

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

Long Meadow Ranch owns Farmstead. Given the huge drop in tourism in Napa in 2020 combined with trying to turn around Stony Hill, combined with a possible total loss of 2020 on Spring Mtn... something had to give. And the owners did what they needed to do, probably at a loss, after buying it just a ...
by BenjaminL
December 26th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 51
Views: 4690

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

Recently I got the chance to do a full vineyard assessment of Stony Hill. It’s an amazing property that will benefit from substantial investment. Large blocks of Gewurztraminer planted in the 40s. Chardonnay from the 50s. All very good condition but a nightmare to replant and manage. Add to that bei...
by BenjaminL
December 26th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?
Replies: 39
Views: 7511

Re: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?

2018 was the harvest Napa needed: no drama, perfect season. 2019 had 3” of rain in May. This is totally unheard of in Napa (folks in France will mock me for this complaint). Lots of vine hand work was needed to combat the extra growth and reduce powdery mildew pressure. Growers with an eye for quali...
by BenjaminL
September 18th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Fungicide question for the chemically literate
Replies: 3
Views: 1987

Re: Fungicide question for the chemically literate

Hey Stewart, Maybe you can get away with that as an owner/operator. For commercial operations all pesticides (chemicals applied to reduce the population of any living organism) must be registered with the EPA and the use of which must be reported to the county. I think of it like taxes on Alcohol. V...
by BenjaminL
September 18th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 45
Views: 3870

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Tom Collins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IZM9YdDdnM Anita Oberholster, click on the link below. https://wineserver.ucdavis.edu/multimedia/office-hours-dave-and-anita-episode-12-smoke-exposure-qa-anita-oberholster For any red grape cold soak/maceration- as you see your color extracting, your Vol...
by BenjaminL
March 12th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4134
Views: 440300

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Today a $289.70 mystery Napa Cab from 2016 where he doesn't even bother to tell you what retail is and says "this *should* be the lowest $ you see". loooooooool I bet the wine is offered for $300 from the winery. This mystery wine turned out to be 2016 Pym Rae retailing at $350 currently....
by BenjaminL
January 20th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3720

Re: storing wines vertically?

I've begun stacking the wines I seal with wax upright. Ethanol is an organic solvent- corks are organic material- makes sense that contact would speed degradation. Furthermore I don't want the flavor of the cork augmenting the flavor of my wine. I've spoke with some winemakers who like the flavor of...
by BenjaminL
January 17th, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 73
Views: 9166

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Robert M yers wrote: September 18th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Karen Troisi wrote: July 7th, 2019, 4:10 pm Is anyone following the latest lawsuit by Jeremy Nickel? They amended and refiled last week.
Any idea what UC Davis does with their To-Kolan plot?
What fruit doesn't go into research trials I've been buying for the past 3 years. It's pretty great stuff to let college kids toy with!
by BenjaminL
December 19th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4134
Views: 440300

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

For those of you playing the Home game, the 2016 Napa mystery Cabernet from September 9 was Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon. At $498.70 maybe 10% off. Not terribly disappointed, except it was $435 direct mail....
by BenjaminL
October 24th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walgreens Fedex
Replies: 57
Views: 3086

Re: Walgreens Fedex

I had wine shipped to a Walgreens- they moved it into the store onto shelves behind the counter at the photo department. I had to show ID and tracking number to take possession of it. Worked smoothly. I've also shipped wine to folks who picked it up at a Walgreens- I got confirmation they signed for...
by BenjaminL
October 14th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4134
Views: 440300

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Anyone care to guess at the next 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet mystery offer? The caveat below really gives me pause... • If you disdain this wine, you will know plenty of friends, family, colleagues, bosses or other that will think you’re the ant’s pants for gifting them a bottle. • Madonna is not ver...
by BenjaminL
September 20th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4134
Views: 440300

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Anyone care to guess at the next 2016 Napa Valley Cabernet mystery offer? The caveat below really gives me pause... • If you disdain this wine, you will know plenty of friends, family, colleagues, bosses or other that will think you’re the ant’s pants for gifting them a bottle. • Madonna is not very...
by BenjaminL
September 18th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date
Replies: 18
Views: 2151

Re: 2016 Detert East Block-Save the Date

Doesn't seem to be to high in demand, I signed up on list the day before allocation and got 3 bottles of the East Block.
by BenjaminL
September 18th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Blood Sausage
Replies: 31
Views: 2498

Re: Blood Sausage

Nola Palomar wrote: May 11th, 2012, 4:33 pm
Jorge Henriquez wrote:Love it as well! Especially the Spanish morcilla.
+1
This- I started making my own based on a recipe on the Davis, CA wiki page. The description of the process was "it should look like a WWI Medic's field kit". It did!
by BenjaminL
September 18th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5842

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Historically the Mondavi Reserve Cabernet was a blend of vineyards. I believe To Kalon always served as the core part of the blend, but I think they also may have incorporated grapes from other vineyards. Either way, the Reserve was never a vineyard designate. That changed starting with the 2011 vi...
by BenjaminL
September 14th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5842

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Benjamin, thanks flor clarifying. I had the same reaction John did. It’s nothing personal. From time to time over the years we have had people plug for a product without identifying themselves as being ITB. I think that’s therefore the most logical conclusion many long-time members of this forum wo...
by BenjaminL
September 12th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Viticulture Consultants - Vineyard Planning
Replies: 4
Views: 4301

Re: Viticulture Consultants - Vineyard Planning

Hey Gavin, Development has been pretty restricted in the North Coast. My opinion would be to talk to the closest neighbor who has grapes and see what they're doing. Most legit consultants work on vineyard development projects that costs ~$50,000 - $60,000 per acre. These are large projects where eco...

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