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by Adam Frisch
February 24th, 2021, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 206
Views: 14583

Re: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

When someone says “I can deal with a $125 pinot but for a chard?”.... I mean... 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ I mean, that's nuts too. Hence my comment about the American wine market. We mustn't forget that what US producers can get for wine, is impossible to do in 99% of the world. This is a rarified air market, n...
by Adam Frisch
February 23rd, 2021, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 206
Views: 14583

Re: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

There’s a waitlist for Antica Terra? Signed up a not that long ago (maybe 2 years back) and got an allocation email the following release date. Never ended up buying directly from them because I end up being able to buy them through local retail at a lower price point. I still get their release ema...
by Adam Frisch
February 23rd, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Kansas Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 23
Views: 792

Re: TN: Three Kansas Wines...(short/boring)

A wee BloodyPlpit: 1. When I was back in KansasCity, I was searching out a few wines I could try on my freshly-minted son-in-law. He hails from the deep-South of Northern Georgia and is familiar w/ wines from Muscadine, so I had to search this one out. When I asked the clerk at Lukas if he had any ...
by Adam Frisch
February 23rd, 2021, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 206
Views: 14583

Re: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

Friend just got on the Antica Terra list after a few years waiting. Their PN is 125 bones. So is their Chardonnay. That caught him a bit off-guard. "I can deal with $125 for a PN, but for a Chard?".

US wine market is not for the faint of heart. Or thinness of wallet.
by Adam Frisch
February 20th, 2021, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 73
Views: 3172

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Michael, have you thought about using the TCA-free "sniffed" corks from Lafitte? Yeah, they're kinda pricy at almost 60cents/bottle an up, but all it takes is 1 bottle out of a 100 that you have to ship a replacement for on your dime, and you've eaten up any cost saving you might have had....
by Adam Frisch
February 20th, 2021, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SprudgeReport:JoskoGravnerInterview
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: SprudgeReport:JoskoGravnerInterview

I like the guy, just wish I enjoyed the wines more. They're so serious.
by Adam Frisch
February 20th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3319

Re: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .

Jay, do you want me to check my Amarone collection? I might have a 1979. Are you looking for a specific producer?
by Adam Frisch
February 18th, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 3
Views: 353

TN: 2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County)

2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County (2/18/2021) Somehow a slightly atypical Zin. Feels both a little nervy and mellow at the same time, which I know, makes no real sense. A nervier front, like an Austrian wine or a Piedmontese thingy, then after that a sort of vel...
by Adam Frisch
February 18th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 91
Views: 5387

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Lioco is another one to put on your list. They definitely produce a lighter style of pinot similar to some Burgundies, and work with a lot of single-vineyard sites in Santa Cruz Mtns & Sonoma Coast. They also tend to be a bit more affordable than Rhys or Ceritas (who are also great). Second vot...
by Adam Frisch
February 18th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10014

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

larry schaffer wrote: February 17th, 2021, 7:05 am

We'll need to get together one of these days and share our wines with each other - I'd love to try yours at some time . . . And I think you'd dig some of what I'm doing at least.

Cheers.
Would love to!
by Adam Frisch
February 17th, 2021, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: TN: 2012 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

I have not drunk the 2012, but a big fan of HR. Always one of the highlights from the Hemel-an-Aarde valley and SA wines in general.
by Adam Frisch
February 17th, 2021, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 73
Views: 4214

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

Scarecrow? SQN? Maybe you’re changing your mind, but I’m still more interested in your Mission wines, or Fresno Cab, than the wines you’re using to illustrate epic young vines. No disrespect to anyone in Napa, but SQN wines are well above my threshold for abv and for intensity. That’s just my palat...
by Adam Frisch
February 16th, 2021, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 73
Views: 4214

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

BTW, isn't SQN made from pretty young grapes from the estate vines? I could be wrong, but didn't they buy land and plant a bunch of vines about 10 years ago? Before that they were only negociants?
by Adam Frisch
February 16th, 2021, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10014

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

larry schaffer wrote: February 16th, 2021, 7:28 pm

Within the next 4 months or so . . .
Larry, why did you wait so long?
by Adam Frisch
February 16th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 73
Views: 4214

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

Myth camp, here. You can make great wines from brand new vines, there are too many examples to mention. Basically all of France to start with - most of their vines are much younger than CA or South American vines. [scratch.gif] What's the basis for saying that? Given the replanting due to phylloxer...
by Adam Frisch
February 16th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24
Replies: 158
Views: 14037

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24

I naturally stayed waaaay clear of the second Riesling with 40g/L of sugar in it... [wink.gif]
by Adam Frisch
February 16th, 2021, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 449

Re: 2018 Arnot-Roberts Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard

Recent addition to their list and I have to say, so far, everything's been great.
by Adam Frisch
February 16th, 2021, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24
Replies: 158
Views: 14037

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2021 Release save The Date 2/16 & 2/24

Order in, but phew, it's killing me that they all come at the same time... Enfield, Rivers-Marie, Ridge also release at exactly same time...
by Adam Frisch
February 15th, 2021, 7:01 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!
Replies: 88
Views: 4600

Re: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!

I'll keep an eye on it. This year I'll go through each order manually to make sure it doesn't hit any bad spots.
by Adam Frisch
February 15th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ceritas Chardonnay Carex (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 7
Views: 777

Re: TN: 2018 Ceritas Chardonnay Carex (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Had it tonight and I would tend to agree. I think I can see what he's kind of going for, but it just feels a little diluted. Still, I can see this being pretty appealing on a hot summer day.
by Adam Frisch
February 15th, 2021, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidity in Wine
Replies: 18
Views: 1165

Re: Acidity in Wine

2.7pH and 22 Brix are crazy numbers!
by Adam Frisch
February 15th, 2021, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidity in Wine
Replies: 18
Views: 1165

Re: Acidity in Wine

Big tartaric adjustments can end up with wine tasting metallic, or have a sort of an alkaline salinity. It tends to integrate better when you add it early on.
by Adam Frisch
February 15th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 73
Views: 4214

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

Marcus, I'll take your word for them being different young vs old. I have not the experience you have with that. Just how many Cab plantings in Napa are truly passable as old (isn't Scarecrow some of the oldest planted in 1945)? Yet they get the highly rewarded each year from the serious wine press....
by Adam Frisch
February 14th, 2021, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 73
Views: 4214

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

Myth camp, here. You can make great wines from brand new vines, there are too many examples to mention. Basically all of France to start with - most of their vines are much younger than CA or South American vines. Only three things that speak for old vines are (perhaps): 1. Less yield. 2. Goblet-sty...
by Adam Frisch
February 14th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The lighter side of red Burgundy (Producer styles?)
Replies: 32
Views: 1815

Re: The lighter side of red Burgundy (Producer styles?)

The 2015 Bouchard Père et Fils Nuits St. Georges I had about a week ago def fits into the lighter style (but I know nothing about the region or producers - just a data point for a single wine).
by Adam Frisch
February 13th, 2021, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Model Farm Chardonnay Sonoma Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: TN: 2018 Model Farm Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

There was someone here on WB that recommended this wine, I forget who. But in any case - thank you!
by Adam Frisch
February 13th, 2021, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Model Farm Chardonnay Sonoma Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 164

TN: 2018 Model Farm Chardonnay Sonoma Valley

2018 Model Farm Chardonnay Sonoma Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (2/13/2021) Yeah, can only agree with the other reviews on CT. This is excellent. Limey, lemony nose with hint of pineapple. Crunchy and crisp on palate, with good acidity. But it's not feeble, despite being on...
by Adam Frisch
February 12th, 2021, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1880

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

Like you say, that's really not Napa's forte. Unfortunately, they pretty much all follow the same model there. But Steve Mathiasson is perhaps one you could try - he's always made thoughtful wines. I also think that Turley's Cab is pretty elegant for Napa, although I wouldn't call it light. If you'r...
by Adam Frisch
February 12th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 8303

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

Mikko Tuomi wrote: February 8th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Wish I was, he is a cool guy. From the same country though!
Mikko, you fly right? I've seen your name over at the BT forum, right?
by Adam Frisch
February 10th, 2021, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Re: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!

I thought that was the case with the Nor et Blanc name! I think it's probably the oxidative white that must be giving those tannins a boost. Very nice! Which would explain why I haven't really tasted a PN quite like it!
by Adam Frisch
February 10th, 2021, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Angelo Papagni Alicante Bouschet (USA, California, Central Valley, Madera)
Replies: 0
Views: 135

TN: 2013 Angelo Papagni Alicante Bouschet (USA, California, Central Valley, Madera)

2013 Angelo Papagni Alicante Bouschet - USA, California, Central Valley, Madera (2/10/2021) Always fun to try some AB. A nose that could be a Cab. Straight out of the decanter I get a thin attack with a swelling mid-to-finish mouthfeel. After some time, it evens out a bit, but is still on the thin ...
by Adam Frisch
February 10th, 2021, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!
Replies: 10
Views: 874

Re: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!

Michael Sterling wrote: February 9th, 2021, 9:02 pm Well, heck, with a note like that I guess I need to order some of your Mission to see what all the fuss is about! Glad you enjoyed the wine, Adam.
Michael - I'll send you one! PM me your address.
by Adam Frisch
February 9th, 2021, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12282

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

You really shouldn't judge the variety just by Californian examples. :D I mean the Californian Chardonnays I've both tasted and enjoyed are few and far between. If you'd check out a 1er Cru Chablis, Puligny-Montrachet, Austrian Morillon and West Australian Chardonnay, you'd get a better picture how...
by Adam Frisch
February 9th, 2021, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4971

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

I’m with you on this, Adam. I would love to see more producers here using American Oak. I think it is gorgeous and distinctive when used judiciously, and I personally think it helps with some of the reds more prone to VA, like Zin, because it takes the acetic character, cushions it, and turns it in...
by Adam Frisch
February 9th, 2021, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12282

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

The note I almost always get with Chardonnay is tinned pineapples. It's for me a dead giveaway of the grape. From all regions? There were some apricot/peach aromas that are quite common in California chardonnays. Some of that is a particular clone that became popular because of its fruit notes, as ...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4971

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

I wish your Alicante Bouschet wines were available in Europe, because I'd be really curious to compare them to the Alentejo Alicante Bouschets, where it is one of the most important red grapes. From lurking your site I understood you managed a lot lower ABV than we see here, for starters. And how d...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4971

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

Maybe they're just too oaked? I agree that Ridge can be on the edge. But apparently Draper very often plays tricks on wine writers when they visit - they get to taste blind and told to spot the AO barrel. Almost all pick the French as the AO sample - and they're sure of it. Some grapes are very susc...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4971

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

The stereotypical coconut/dill thing in very obvious American oak truly is nauseating. For my taste, Brazilian macacaúba manages the best of both worlds by structuring a wine in a sensuous, round way while still imparting very 'classic' and even spicy wood aromas, if that makes any sense. The dill ...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 6:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!
Replies: 88
Views: 4600

Re: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!

What is the lowest you can ship wine in? I know alcohol freezes at lower temp, but how much for wine?
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.
Replies: 34
Views: 4105

Re: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.

Adam, You would need a minimum of 2 people to handle this scenario. And God forbid something happened to one or both of them, then what? Finally, there are licensing issues to consider when transporting alcohol across state lines. Something to look into with an attorney. For sure. I have no idea ab...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 189
Views: 12282

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

The note I almost always get with Chardonnay is tinned pineapples. It's for me a dead giveaway of the grape.
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!
Replies: 10
Views: 874

TN: 2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - UNCANNY VALLEY!

2018 Franny Beck Pinot Noir En noir et blanc - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (2/8/2021) Uncanny valley! I've never in my life had a wine that's like a complete doppelgänger of something, despite being from a completely different grape, different region. But here it is - a dead ringer for my own Mi...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.
Replies: 34
Views: 4105

Re: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.

I think it’d probably take more than 2 weeks to handle all the packages. The traffic heavy metropolitan areas would take its toll. But I also reckon you could group up with another BD CA-based producer or two and the cost/package would go even further down. Interesting concept. Yeah, probably. When...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.
Replies: 34
Views: 4105

Re: FedEx/UPS - I have to start my own wine shipping company.

Hi Adam, I live in South Florida and for the past 2 years I've been buying wines from a retailer in Seattle (Garagiste). Last year's shipping cost was $38.56 per case, this year, with all the Covid-19 craziness it went up $41.75 per case which is still reasonable. I don't think that Garagiste is sh...
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 647
Views: 57736

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Chris C a r y wrote: February 8th, 2021, 12:43 pm
Which vintage did you try on the Orr Grenache? I chose the oldest, just because it was the oldest, and will likely sit on all the rest of the reds for a while.
Think it was the '19. I only got one in the 3-pack.
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 647
Views: 57736

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

I had Erica Orr's Grenache and Chenin the other night and really enjoyed both. I'm trying to understand Chenin in general, so for me the Grenache was the pull ahead. Velvety and rounded. Loved it.
by Adam Frisch
February 8th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!
Replies: 88
Views: 4600

Re: *EXTENDED* Sabelli-Frisch BD12 insane offer - all the new 2019's!

I wanted to give an update to everyone: I was all lined up for bottling this weekend when the bottling truck broke down. The spouts were leaking wine onto the bottles, which is no good when you have white labels like I do. He tried to take the worst offenders out of action, but the remaining spouts ...
by Adam Frisch
February 5th, 2021, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 25
Views: 2182

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

I've heard great things about Maitre de Chai's Cabernet. Just today, actually. I've not had it, but have had their Zinfandel, which is like my favorite ever, I think, so if the Cab is as good as that, it's a winner.

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