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by Kevin Harvey
December 4th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 35
Views: 2888

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

Exactly my point. Weren't both the Bearwallow and the Horseshoe at one point en tirage? Your original post lead my to believe that the Bearwallow was somehow never aged en tirage. Sorry Chris, now I understand. The Bearwallow BdB was aged about 3 years en tirage. The Horseshoe has aged en tirage lo...
by Kevin Harvey
December 3rd, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 35
Views: 2888

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

I can understand how someone might be confused! We do have a "tirage" bottling of Horseshoe BdB but have not decided when or if we will release it. Our first sparkling release is the 2015 Bearwallow Blanc des Blancs. It drinks very well right now so I wouldn't hesitate to pop one. FWIW, I plan to s...
by Kevin Harvey
November 23rd, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4003

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Kevin, I agree that Burgundy tends to be a little higher in acidity than Barolo or Barbaresco. I find it a little counter-intuitive because Piedmont is south of Burgundy. But it's at a higher elevation and I think Pinot juice may be intrinsically a little higher in acidity, regardless of terroir. W...
by Kevin Harvey
November 23rd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4003

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Tannin and acid can exacerbate the impression of one another. It does strike me that nebbiolo is more tannic than pinot but I am not so sure about the acidity. Has anyone out there actually measured the levels of each?? I have somewhere lots of numbers on Burgundy but nothing on nebbiolo. Mel, Meas...
by Kevin Harvey
November 22nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4003

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

From recent memory, I bought a fair amount of high level 1988 Premier Cru Burgundy, split between CdB and CdN. I don't have many left, but most of those I aged 20 - 30 years left me crying in my beer, which I brought out after the wines were not pleasant (exaggeration... I actually brought out othe...
by Kevin Harvey
November 22nd, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 35
Views: 2888

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

I can understand how someone might be confused! We do have a "tirage" bottling of Horseshoe BdB but have not decided when or if we will release it. Our first sparkling release is the 2015 Bearwallow Blanc des Blancs. It drinks very well right now so I wouldn't hesitate to pop one. FWIW, I plan to se...
by Kevin Harvey
November 21st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4003

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 6:45 pm
I was eyeing some 2015 Luciano Sandrone, but if I had to wait until I’m in a wheelchair...
I just tasted the 2015 Sandrone Barolos and would definitely not recommend opening them soon (which was surprising to me since many 2015s can be opened now).
by Kevin Harvey
November 21st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4003

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Kevin, I know you have a lot of knowledge and tasting experience here, but I have to seriously question whether or not that '98 Giacosa was a sound bottle, and I am almost positive it was not. I have way too little experience with Giacosa, but I've seen quite a few other B/B wines at various points...
by Kevin Harvey
November 21st, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4003

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

I think I am an outlier in that I generally agree with the article and love to drink Barolo in the 5-20 year zone. Additionally (getting ready to duck and run!) I don't think Barolo ages as long or as consistently as Burgundy. This doesn't mean that it can't (it surely can!) just that I have experie...
by Kevin Harvey
October 21st, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with white truffles
Replies: 11
Views: 1054

Re: Wines with white truffles

How are the truffles this year?
by Kevin Harvey
October 3rd, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2323

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

Sorry for the delayed response! We have been wrapping up our Pinot harvest and are in the middle of the Centennial Mountain harvest of Nebbiolo, Nerello Mascalese and Carricante. To clarify, The 2014 and 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiores were bottled with lower sulphur levels than our standard. Most...
by Kevin Harvey
September 21st, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 15
Views: 1162

Re: Any impact from early rains?

We have seen no ill effects from the rain, it's just important to let the grapes re-balance afterwards. With some heat on Tues and dry, warm conditions we will pick a lot of grapes over the next two days.
by Kevin Harvey
September 9th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

I am glad you enjoyed it David. Our Rhys experience divides into 3 somewhat different evolutionary periods - 2004-2008, 2009-2011 and 2012 to present. This bottle is indicative of what people can expect from us in current vintages. Hi Kevin - Can you expand on the difference in wine making during t...
by Kevin Harvey
September 8th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

I am glad you enjoyed it David.
Our Rhys experience divides into 3 somewhat different evolutionary periods - 2004-2008, 2009-2011 and 2012 to present. This bottle is indicative of what people can expect from us in current vintages.
by Kevin Harvey
August 15th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5849

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Craig, I wish I had your knack for formatting! Here is my best attempt: -The '06 and '07 Alpine Hillside were a different animal. Our idea at that time was to bottle a specific steep section of Alpine vineyard separately each year (like Swan Terrace). Starting with the 2013s, the Hillsides are barre...
by Kevin Harvey
August 7th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5849

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Russ,
Yes, while we normally charge a smaller premium for magnums, the Hillside magnums are more scarce and have different pricing.
by Kevin Harvey
August 7th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5849

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 5:15 pm
And free shipping Kevin?
for life.
by Kevin Harvey
August 7th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5849

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Jim Brennan wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Has anyone heard what the tariff is going to be?
$3.76M
At that price we are willing to offer a 10% case discount!

More seriously...the 2016 Hillside pricing is unchanged at $149/btl and $349/magnum
by Kevin Harvey
August 7th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27614

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Folks, We received an inquiry from one of our Rhys mailing list members regarding this issue. While I have a variety of reasons not to want to prolong this already much-discussed matter, I do feel that you deserve to see our reply. As I've previously said, I'm not in a position to further publicly d...
by Kevin Harvey
August 2nd, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27614

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

There is a lot I would like to say about this over a glass of wine (or two!) but given the situation, I cannot do that now except for a few facts: 1) we made some serious mistakes 2) The property is 4591 acres. The vineyard is 20 acres. We have always planned to conserve the remainder. 3) 2 of the 3...
by Kevin Harvey
July 20th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I think it was Terry Thiese who said something like "you can make good Champagne without Chardonnay but in order to make great Champagne you MUST have Chardonnay", and I agree with him. The greatest Champagne's I've ever had have been Blanc de Blanc's. So I'm hoping this is a first class sparkling ...
by Kevin Harvey
June 25th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Kevin, have you experimented with a rosé? I am always bothering Beau at Random Wine to make some more. Maybe you will beat him to the punch. Charlie, We did produce an experimental rosé about 10 years ago (not released) but we try to stick to wines that we are extremely passionate about for our lon...
by Kevin Harvey
June 25th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Greg, The 750s of 2015 Bearwallow Blanc des Blancs will be $79 and magnums will be $169. We bottled 40% of this wine in magnums so there will be quite a few of that format available. By California-driven character we are primarily referring to the specific vineyard character of our sites which diffe...
by Kevin Harvey
June 25th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Kevin, have you experimented with a rosé? I am always bothering Beau at Random Wine to make some more. Maybe you will beat him to the punch. Charlie, We did produce an experimental rosé about 10 years ago (not released) but we try to stick to wines that we are extremely passionate about for our lon...
by Kevin Harvey
June 25th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

what, i didn't get the email. Hao and Chris, Given the limited quantity, the plan is to send the offering first to people that have purchased in the last 12 months. If we have any remaining bottles we will open it up to all customers. In the future, we will have more wine and this shouldn't be as m...
by Kevin Harvey
June 25th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I got the email, I’m wondering about dosage, time on the lees etc, surely they’ll provide info prior to the actual offer, right? CJ, We have planted blocks specifically for sparkling wine at both Bearwallow and Mt Pajaro vineyards. We have been making these wines since 2015 and have several bottlin...
by Kevin Harvey
June 25th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6582

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

For the record, I prefer some sort of allocation for existing Rhys customers if it is a Rhys-branded effort. It sounds like it is. I will be interested to hear more about it and taste the wine when it shows up. Mount Eden did a sparkling Chardonnay in 1995 that was fun for the people on the list. C...
by Kevin Harvey
May 3rd, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Aeris, Rivers-Marie, Gouges, Felsina, Corison and Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 13
Views: 1233

Re: TNs: Aeris, Rivers-Marie, Gouges, Felsina, Corison and Cos d'Estournel

[*] 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore - Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC (5/3/2019) Poured blind. Has a cool floral element, akin to a citrus flower and jasmine. Quince, pear, flint, lime peel, medium weight and light saline. With air, this picks up a green apple component along with honeysuckle. Mediu...
by Kevin Harvey
May 1st, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11254

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Yes.
The La Las have never done well (against much less expensive wines) in our Syrah blind tastings unless someone has a real sweet tooth for oak. In fact they have usually come out in the bottom half of the lineup.
by Kevin Harvey
April 30th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1423

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I had quite a few Carricante wines when I visited Sicily a few years ago... Many were blends, however. T., You make a very important point about the blends. There is actually very little true Carricante on Etna. I talk to many people who believe they have tried Carricante when they tasted an Etna B...
by Kevin Harvey
April 30th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1423

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Also, I should have noted that we will be pouring the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore at pickup day this Saturday.
by Kevin Harvey
April 30th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1423

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Alan, We are bottling two different California Carricante's from Centennial Mountain. One will be called Aeris Centennial Mtn Carricante and the other Aeris Centennial Mtn Bianco, both will be 100% Carricante. We haven't finalized pricing but the 2nd tier wine (Bianco) will be around $30/btl. We are...
by Kevin Harvey
April 30th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1423

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Kevin, What about Etna Rosso? Any plans for that? Peter, Yes, we plan to offer one white (Etna Bianco Superiore 100% Carricante) and one red (Centenarios, from 100 yr old mixed Nerello Mascalese vines) from Sicily each year. Though our primary focus will be on these two grapes, plus Nebbiolo, grown...
by Kevin Harvey
April 30th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 22
Views: 1423

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

It's great to see people enjoying this wine as much as I do. We plan to offer the 2015 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore soon. Meanwhile, we have had some exciting developments for this grape in California. The 2017 Carricante grown on Centennial Mountian will be our first release of a California Carrican...
by Kevin Harvey
April 24th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grapes or Terroir
Replies: 18
Views: 664

Re: Grapes or Terroir

This experiment has been run many times and comes out very clearly in favor of the land.
by Kevin Harvey
April 3rd, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 4352

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

2001 without a doubt in my mind. Unfortunately my stocks are running seriously low, a Rousseau Clos de Beze to be opened on Friday being my last one I think (the previous 2001 was a superb Roumier Cras opened some time before Christmas). I may have a few Jadots left. Yes, I would pick 2001 for sure...
by Kevin Harvey
March 29th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1467

Re: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

Dennis Atick wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 5:18 pm
I cannot believe it's been 10 years. Where does the time go?
This thread made me think the same thing! 10 years, Wow! It feels like yesterday.
Thanks to everyone for taking this journey with us!!
by Kevin Harvey
March 24th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Roumier Musigny for only . . .
Replies: 31
Views: 2777

Re: 2016 Roumier Musigny for only . . .

I remember when.....

...does that make me old?
by Kevin Harvey
March 1st, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Over sweet Pinot Noirs (served blind)
Replies: 35
Views: 1796

Re: Over sweet Pinot Noirs (served blind)

The ripeness of these wines is not an attribute of terroir but rather a winemaking decision. Like most California Pinot micro-climates, the marine influence of this SC Mtns site allows winemakers to hang fruit into October. Historically, many SC Mtns have chosen to pick fruit before extreme ripeness...
by Kevin Harvey
December 22nd, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 56
Views: 3103

Re: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest

I am out. Cases and cases of premoxed wine across many vintages. Frankly, I am amazed people still buy White Burgundy. The problem is definitely not solved (in fact it is still a mystery). Kevin, I gave up on white burg not long after my 95's and 96's fell apart. But I felt that a few of the chabli...
by Kevin Harvey
December 22nd, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 56
Views: 3103

Re: Ouch. Premoxed 2011 V. Dauvissat La Forest

I am out. Cases and cases of premoxed wine across many vintages. Frankly, I am amazed people still buy White Burgundy. The problem is definitely not solved (in fact it is still a mystery).
by Kevin Harvey
December 21st, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5542

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

[thread drift!] Many of you are wine makers. What would you prefer, access to a particular plot of vines/land? Or Aubert de Villaine spending time with you as a mentor for an entire cycle of wine growing/production? Without question, I would much rather have the plot of land. I have spent a good am...
by Kevin Harvey
December 21st, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5542

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Kevin, I know geology is near and dear to you, understandably. And I actually don't think Maltman is saying at all that geology is unimportant. Rather, I read him to be saying that, while geology IS an important factor, and provides the matrix on which everything happens, it is a necessary but not ...
by Kevin Harvey
December 21st, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5542

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

I don't read him as trying to debunk the concept of terroir; just the notion that geology is a big determinant in flavors, and that minerals in the soil are a factor. Debunking "the notion that geology is a big determinant in flavors" would be very hard to do. Here would be a few questions that I t...
by Kevin Harvey
December 21st, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5542

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Personally, I didn't think he made much of a case (clearly not one that would hold up to any serious scientific scrutiny) that debunks terroir. His article is filled with personal opinions and incomplete logic. So for me, this article primarily highlighted how little is understood about how flavors ...
by Kevin Harvey
December 8th, 2018, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 42
Views: 2377

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

Pinot Noir can tend to be more cloudy than other reds because it is typically racked less often during elevage.
by Kevin Harvey
December 7th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: TN: 2002 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley

I tasted one of these once and was very impressed.
by Kevin Harvey
November 26th, 2018, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey
Replies: 100
Views: 5270

Re: Incredible interview with Bobby Stuckey

I have never met Bobby Stuckey but I am very impressed with his thoughts. He really nailed it.
by Kevin Harvey
November 20th, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 7445

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

I will be curious to see the pricing on the rest of the portfolio over the following year (I assume we'll see increases on the Hillsides, too, no?). Brian, There will not be an increase in the 2016 Hillside pricing. Also no increase in the Family Farm, Alpine Chardonnay and Horseshoe Chardonnay pri...

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