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by Adam Frisch
November 21st, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 20
Views: 578

Re: Best Chilean wines?

I think Antiyal is outstanding. Their Carmenere is easily a 95pts wine, in my opinion.
by Adam Frisch
November 21st, 2019, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 115
Views: 12150

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Edited because I'd had too much good wine when I posted it, it was not well thought out an needlessly argumentative. [pwn.gif]
by Adam Frisch
November 18th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Clenenden/Joseph Swan whites.
Replies: 4
Views: 386

TN Clenenden/Joseph Swan whites.

TN: 2015 Clenenden Gewurtztraminer . There was something wrong with this one, in my opinion. Natty, bretty and hints of mouse, somehow. I couldn't drink more than a glass of it, but my wife didn't mind it and didn't really taste that. Weird. Anyone else had similar experience with this one? TN: 2014...
by Adam Frisch
November 18th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 523
Views: 28620

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

Tariffs hurt everyone across the board. Adam Smith told us that in the 18th century already - that's when we abandoned Mercantilism (which is all this is). It didn't work then, it won't work now.
by Adam Frisch
November 18th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49678

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Holy shit, Robert - you go to restaurants here I've never even heard of. And I live here! Great info, I will make it a point to try a few of them if I ever get a minute to take my long suffering wife out. Actually did drive down to Sqirl this Sunday to have breakfast, but when the line went round th...
by Adam Frisch
November 17th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 62
Views: 3366

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Spent half a day in Los Olivos on wednesday and made it to Liquid Farm, Stolpman, Solminer and Beckman. (Lots of places closed mid-week, unfortunately.) Nice experiences with exceptional hospitality and good to very good wine at each place, although almost none that I decided I had to buy for futur...
by Adam Frisch
November 16th, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 85
Views: 3765

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

TN: 2018 Paetra Riesling "O". Orange wines normally hit and miss for me (mostly miss), but this Riesling from Bill Hooper/Paetra is amazing. Notes of Grand Marnier, tangerine peels and caressing bitterness makes it fantastic. Paired like a dream with my risotto. Wonderful.

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by Adam Frisch
November 15th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 159
Views: 8354

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

2017 Mathiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay. Nice and crispy, without the usual Chard oak. Green apple-world. Seems to be picked early, good acidity. After some research on website it does turn out the pH is 3.53 - it feels a lot crisper than that on the palate. I wold have guessed around 3.3. It also sa...
by Adam Frisch
November 15th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10941
Views: 399233

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Mathiasson Linda Vista Chardonnay.
by Adam Frisch
November 14th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Tried Stirm's 2018 Rosa de Peru today. He had warned it was pretty natty, and he wasn't wrong! Funky (but not off), huge fruit and carbonic-ness, big tannins and an almost bitter end to those. Some smoky hints, with good acidity at the end. Can definitely taste that it's Mission, but the nattiness a...
by Adam Frisch
November 14th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Harrington Sale (Open House this Sunday 1-4 PM)
Replies: 8
Views: 1187

Re: PSA: Harrington Sale (Open House this Sunday 1-4 PM)

This is an amazing deal. I'm pretty busy with work, but I'm hoping I can get up there and buy some at one of these dates.
by Adam Frisch
November 13th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 51
Views: 3104

Re: Amore for Amarone?

Here's a video of my long neglected, long forgotten, very minuscule Amarone collection unboxing after it arrived to my house here in the US after 15 years in less than ideal conditions:

https://youtu.be/Nt6xT0Dn2YE
by Adam Frisch
November 13th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj Parr Wine Club?
Replies: 14
Views: 1178

Re: Raj Parr Wine Club?

The Pais is great. So much so that I think it's already sold out. Haven't had any of the other stuff.
by Adam Frisch
November 13th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

TN: 2018 Proulx Mission Rosé: Great nose, well balanced and with soft tannins and a nice finish that lingers, albeit light. Close to my favorite color for a rosé, just right in tone. I'm a useless taster, so can't go into any fruits or other sensory experiences, unfortunately. If I can fault it at a...
by Adam Frisch
November 13th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2313
Views: 150401

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Just ordered from my allocation. I avoided the pricier Bien Nacido and Carneros Syrah's. I fully understand why he has to charge $48 for them from those vineyards. But for me personally, the correlation between terroir and quality is at best nebulous and closer to real estate value protection.
by Adam Frisch
November 13th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Too bad it's behind a paywall.

Heard the Envinante guys had a big Pais tasting here in town, but didn't know about it. Would have loved to attend.
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Just got confirmation from Ryan Stirm that he takes his Mission from the Wirz Vineyard. Only makes about a barrel, apparently.
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

laqua doesn't think they are that old based on the trunk support trellis - he thinks they're most likely from the 1970's. I don't know who's right, but if they are from the 1970's, they are by far the biggest 40-50 year old vines I've ever seen. The 118 year old Flame Tokays I harvest, are about ha...
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4176

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

They arrived! [cheers.gif]


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by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carmenere Wines
Replies: 37
Views: 1987

Re: Carmenere Wines

Just got a new batch of the 2016 Antiyal Carmenere Vinedo Escorial. Haven't tried this vintage quite yet, but just wanted to give a heads up that this is one of the best full bodied wines I've had and very uncharacteristic for Carmenere, in my opinion. One of those random and magnificent finds from ...
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

There had been a lot in the Hecker Pass area. The legendary charming weasel grape broker down there used to sneak a bunch into the lots he sold to unsuspecting winemakers. Birichino makes one from the Besson Vyd. Tried to get my hand on a bottle of that Birichino Mission, but they only made a barre...
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

As far as the age of the vines at Somers Vineyard in Lodi, we were told they were planted in "the '70s" though it was never really clear what century! The implication was 1970s though, but I can't think of why anyone would have planted a good-sized vineyard of only Mission vines in the 1970s so tha...
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 68
Views: 4246

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Great to hear you're planting some Mission again, Morgan! Let me ask you this - how much Mission do you have in your Bedrock mixed field? Do you know? Yes, the Mission Ken and I got was from the Somers Vineyard in Lodi. Broc gets from there, and this year so did Pax Mahle (and quite a lot). Numerous...
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 68
Views: 4246

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Adam, I'd like to quote your paragraph on Mission on the Mission/Pais thread and expand on it regarding where there are Mission plantings in California - there are more than five for sure, perhaps way more. Most are old but I believe there are at least a couple of new ones that have been planted or...
by Adam Frisch
November 11th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book review: The City of Vines - Los Angeles the birthplace of wine in CA.
Replies: 1
Views: 222

Book review: The City of Vines - Los Angeles the birthplace of wine in CA.

Just finished Thomas Pinney's book The City Of Vines. It's a very comprehensive history of the birthplace of wine in California: Los Angeles. As the author says himself in the preface: "the most striking fact about the history of winemaking in Los Angeles, is the completeness with which it has been ...
by Adam Frisch
November 10th, 2019, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 68
Views: 4246

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

Interesting thread. I suppose I fall into the "newer, hipster wine" category of buyer, but I never set out to specifically buy from old vineyards. That just kind of happened naturally for the older varieties, such as Mission and Flame Tokay etc. 1. The Flame Tokays I take are from 118 year old Lodi ...
by Adam Frisch
November 6th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: HarborWnry Oloroso Solera NV...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: TN: HarborWnry Oloroso Solera NV...(short/boring)

Thank you Tom! So far, no word from Corti yet.
by Adam Frisch
November 5th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1655

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

Didn't help Frank Cornelissen. He was obsessed with cleanliness and convinced that if he just had the cleanest winery in the world, he'd not need SO2. Well, now he SO2's.. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Adam Frisch
November 3rd, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1975 Harbor Winery Zinfandel, Deaver Vineyard (Paging Tom Hill and Ken Zinns)
Replies: 9
Views: 439

Re: TN: 1975 Harbor Winery Zinfandel, Deaver Vineyard (Paging Tom Hill and Ken Zinns)

I seem to recall Charles Meyer also did some very highly regarded Angelica wines with the Mission grapes.. Am I thinking of the same guy?
by Adam Frisch
November 3rd, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1655

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

Adam, I think the 'challenge' here is your basic definition. How would one define 'lower-intervention'? I understand that many 'natural' producers 'always' go native with their ferments, don't 'add' acid or any other chemicals other than small amounts of SO2, tend to work with organic or biodynamic...
by Adam Frisch
November 2nd, 2019, 1:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1655

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

You're talking about natural wines that have no SO2? Yes, I've had a lot of spoiled and stinky wines in that category myself (but far from all), just like you. Personally, I use native yeast, but I do add SO2. And would consider using a commercial strand of yeast if the fermentation went down the wr...
by Adam Frisch
November 1st, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Thanks Semillon '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Thanks Semillon '16...(short/boring)

That was my takeaway as well - the Semillon was thin and uninspiring.
by Adam Frisch
October 31st, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1655

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

Natural = Lower-Intervention. Wine is the last big food group to be taken down the organic/natural/no additives/humane growing/no pesticides path (even junk food past that stage decades ago). It is inevitable. It was always the case that it would have to go down that route. You probably don't buy po...
by Adam Frisch
October 26th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 110
Views: 8285

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Hmm. So far not much luck with them. Opened the 2012 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block" yesterday and it felt tired and past it's prime. A little flabby and with a thin, almost metallic end. I have one bottle left of that as well as the 2013, so hoping it was just a less excited showing.
by Adam Frisch
October 26th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 13587

Re: Downstream Wines

I'm in two minds about this. My problem with the pricing of many CA, OR wines is certainly in full swing here. My soapbox is right next to me on that. On the other hand if this can bring some shine back to Zin at all, raise its status and get some interest back into that variety, then I'm all for it...
by Adam Frisch
October 25th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12132
Views: 582115

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Failla and Lioco keeps sending me their stuff. I didn't know I'd signed up for it to be recurring, but I have no complaints. Their stuff is amazing.

Now, where is that Ceritas shipment they charged me for 3 months ago...? [cry.gif]
by Adam Frisch
October 25th, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 110
Views: 8285

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Mine is meant to arrive tomorrow. Definitely popping one of the Semillons despite the warning that it’s meant to be a long ager. I got a bunch. Got mine last week. Tried the Semillon, but didn't get excited about it. Felt a little thin. But at that price, still a good buy. I look forward to the old...
by Adam Frisch
October 22nd, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Tyler Dierberg Vineyard Chardonnay
Replies: 20
Views: 712

Re: TN: 2017 Tyler Dierberg Vineyard Chardonnay

Thanks, by the sound of it this is a chard that fits me. Tylers PN's have always been great.
by Adam Frisch
October 22nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 935
Views: 49678

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Does anyone have good recent recs for West Hollywood? I really, rally enjoyed new-Peruvian Rosaline on Melrose. Pretty much the best Paella I've had outside of Spain and an eclectic wine list. Had a SQN skin-contact Viognier there that wasn't worth the price necessarily, but interesting nevertheless.
by Adam Frisch
October 15th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 948

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

Never had any luck with them. But that was before sulfuring.
by Adam Frisch
October 12th, 2019, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failla release
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Re: Failla release

Just got mine sent, but haven't gotten around to them yet. But look forward to them, they never disappoint.
by Adam Frisch
October 10th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Not sure, think it might be from the Wirz vineyard or somewhere there in San Benito. I'll ask.
by Adam Frisch
October 10th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 44
Views: 2632

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

That's the thing. Because it's hard to extract deep color from Mission, I think subconsciously winemakers have vinified it in a "light" style, i.e., early pick, not long on skins, very little oak or aging. But it's not a light grape - it has a lot of tannins and backbone, pepper notes etc. They're a...
by Adam Frisch
October 8th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2563

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Some avoid the Secondary. The Clos Saron guy Gideon Beinstock says his aim is to completely avoid secondary stage and not impart any "winemaking".
by Adam Frisch
October 8th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clementine Carter
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: TN: Clementine Carter

Thanks Larry! That's good info. I'd love to try your Larner. You got some in stock?

And of course, it's Los Alamos, my bad. Changed it now.
by Adam Frisch
October 7th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Clementine Carter
Replies: 6
Views: 332

TN: Clementine Carter

Not really a tasting note, because it happened a few weeks ago, but just a general observation. 2017 Clemetine Carter Grenache Larner . I've had quite a few of Sonja's Grenache bottlings and they are always pretty damn good. She also has the Casa Dumetz brand, but I think the Clementine Carter brand...
by Adam Frisch
October 7th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2294

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Turley etc. As mentioned, a high end Zin says America.
by Adam Frisch
October 7th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1408

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Larry, I kind of share Travis view on this subject. I'm like you, I want to share everything and have complete openness, it's in my nature. But there seems to be a romantic view of winemaking, and when that illusion shatters with too much kitchen sink reality, it can turn people off. Or worse, make ...
by Adam Frisch
October 7th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4176

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

The Cab is coming as part of my "tasting membership". Look forward to that, but I have to say that for me, at $90, it's going to be hard for me to buy that regularly no matter how good it is. I won't step up onto my pricing soapbox again, but suffice to say that I hope I'll feel it was good value.

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