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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: 1090

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: 9862

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: 1262

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: 1262

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: 1262

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: 1262

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: 1262

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: 549

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: 3742

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: 1279

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: 2493

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: 1627

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: 2672

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: 2672

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: 4701

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: 4701

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: 4701

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: 4701

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: 30
Views: 1383

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: 414

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: 4680

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: 6842

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...
by Kevin Harvey
November 3rd, 2018, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 5
Views: 582

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

Great to hear you enjoyed this Mike. I am really excited about the potential of this grape in California. The 2017 Centennial Mtn Carricante is looking really promising after a year in cask.
by Kevin Harvey
November 2nd, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Kevin, with the addition of the 2016 Alesia Anderson Valley Chardonnay and SCM Pinot Noir to the recent release, will this be the only offer of these wines or will there be another separate offering in the future? Mike, There will be another All-Alesia Offering focused on these two. It will have mu...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 8:53 pm
You've already lost your Burgundian friends by producing a Carricante.
Ha! I have even forced a few Burgundian friends try it and reluctantly they admitted to quite liking it!
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Am I correct in my interpretation of the writeup that there will be no "Hillside" designates for the 2015 vintage, but will be both Alpine and Horseshoe Hillside Pinot Noir for 2016? Would those be offered next year about when the past Hillside offerings went out? I still think I'm buying more Rhys...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Kevin, I miss you posting Burg notes. I know you have a business to run but can you come back please? Cheers Jeremy Jeremy, It's great to hear from you. I always look forward to reading about your exploits! As you know I love Burgundy. And I would love to post on the bottles I drink, but now that I...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Larry Link wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 8:45 pm
Kevin,

Did you make a 2015 Skyline Pinot? I don’t show any ordered and I’m wondering if I just whiffed on it?
Larry,
We had no 2015 Skyline so you did no whiff! Mother nature did not cooperate...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Price increases will never be greeted happily, so these reactions are unsurprising. But does anyone doubt that Rhys has earned similar value to other premium (>$100) producers of CA Pinot. I’m thinking of folks like Kistler, Kosta Browne, Williams Selyem, and Marcassin. I’m just glad that so much a...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Kevin, Congratulations on your wildly successful business. There should be no surprise that price increases were coming. Correct me if I'm wrong, but your Aeris Carricante debut vintage sold out in hours, and I believe it is the most expensive example of this wine on the planet? Your '13 Hillsides ...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

I realize that price increases are bad news but thought I could explain a bit about ours. In making the change to estate appellation wines under the Alesia label, one of our goals was to raise quality. In order to do that we are producing less Rhys vineyard designated wine. For example Bearwallow P...
by Kevin Harvey
October 30th, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6842

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

I realize that price increases are bad news but thought I could explain a bit about ours. In making the change to estate appellation wines under the Alesia label, one of our goals was to raise quality. In order to do that we are producing less Rhys vineyard designated wine. For example Bearwallow Pi...
by Kevin Harvey
October 28th, 2018, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Offering
Replies: 52
Views: 5301

Re: Rhys Offering

Russ and Peter, Next weeks offering is the first of the 2016s which includes: 2016 Rhys Bearwallow Chardonnay 2016 Rhys Bearwallow Pinot 2016 Rhys Porcupine Hill Pinot 2016 Rhys Skyline Pinot 2016 Rhys Home Vyd Pinot 2015 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah As a reminder, starting with 2016 we now bottle the estat...
by Kevin Harvey
October 18th, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best North American sparklers?
Replies: 100
Views: 3379

Re: Best North American sparklers?

Scott Fitzgerald wrote:
October 18th, 2018, 1:36 pm
Rhys sparkling? I'm intrigued.
Yes, it is true. We have been collaborating with Rodolphe Peters (of Pierre Peters) on a Rhys estate sparkling program and plan to offer our first sparkler next summer. It has been a lot of fun!
by Kevin Harvey
September 28th, 2018, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 23
Views: 1614

Re: Rhys Futures

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
September 27th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Passing along an answer to an emailed question:

Rhys plans to ship the sampler packs in March or October. The first 2017 release will be in November.
To further clarify, those dates are 2019. This November we will offer the regular release of 2016s.
by Kevin Harvey
September 27th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 23
Views: 1614

Re: Rhys Futures

Richard, Your question on chemistry of the wines also has a seemingly counter-intuitive answer. In 2017 our acidities are fairly normal but alcohols are lower than normal particularly for the fruit picked after the heat spike. The heat spike of September 2 caused a situation that we have not seen be...
by Kevin Harvey
September 27th, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 23
Views: 1614

Re: Rhys Futures

Markus, This is mostly due to misconceptions. Cool weather actually gives grapes longer to develop flavor and color. It can often lead to darker character. Warmer weather speeds development without as much time for this accumulation. Warmer summer temperatures often lead to more red fruit character ...
by Kevin Harvey
September 27th, 2018, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 23
Views: 1614

Re: Rhys Futures

Richard, Normally this would be an easier question but given the weather, 2017 varies more from vineyard to vineyard than other recent vintages. This variation is due to an intense heat spike around Sept 2. By this date, we had completed the Pinot harvest in some vineyards while in other vineyards w...
by Kevin Harvey
September 26th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures
Replies: 23
Views: 1614

Re: Rhys Futures

Perhaps Kevin could provide some detail about the character of the new Mt. Pajaro vineyard... Joseph, Yes, I am excited to talk about Mt Pajaro. As some context about what's on my mind, we are wrapping up our harvest (except for Halloween Syrah at Horseshoe and Bearwallow) this weekend. 2018 is goi...
by Kevin Harvey
July 17th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Tour, Cali 18, July 11--Herman Story, J. Dusi and.....RHYS!
Replies: 10
Views: 885

TNs--Mike on Tour, Cali 18, July 11--Herman Story, J. Dusi and.....RHYS!

I'm honestly not sure---I could have misheard Sean, but the Mt. Pajaro vineyard I understand is planted to Chenin and Riesling. Mike, Mt. Pajaro vineyard (our newest very high density Santa Cruz Mountain site) is primarily planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay plus small blocks of Chenin Blanc and...
by Kevin Harvey
July 9th, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 558

TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

I think the 13 Horseshoe is a good example of the wines we have made starting with the 2012 vintage. Vine maturity and winemaking improvements combined with this string of warm, dry vintages (continuing through 2017) have produced wines that don't require 10 years in the cellar before being enjoyed ...
by Kevin Harvey
June 21st, 2018, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we blind taste Carricante among other enterprises
Replies: 37
Views: 1537

In which we blind taste Carricante among other enterprises

Markus S wrote:Is "Centennial Mountain" a made-up name (I noticed it received quotation marks)?
No, Centennial Mountain is the real name of the mountain where we planted the vineyard. It is about 5 miles due west of the Lake Sonoma Dam. It is next to the less interestingly-named "Big Mountain".
by Kevin Harvey
June 21st, 2018, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we blind taste Carricante among other enterprises
Replies: 37
Views: 1537

In which we blind taste Carricante among other enterprises

5. Like sailing in a very brisk breeze, and sometimes a wave comes over the starboard bow and hits you in the face. Ethereal otherworldly brave wine that evokes all kinds of marine images, challenging and terrific, my WOTN of all wines white and red by far. (Bottle One of 09 PM) George, I am very h...
by Kevin Harvey
June 12th, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 195
Views: 8804

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

Bill, It sounds like my sensitivity is similar to yours. I cannot finish a glass that shows this awful character (chemical not “green” to me). Most recently I couldn’t drink an otherwis nice grower champagne over the weekend. FWIW sensitivity to this compound is not related to tasting acuity. Some o...
by Kevin Harvey
June 12th, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 195
Views: 8804

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

I passed on 2011. It was 2004 redux for me. FWIW, it is noticeable in many current non-vintage Champagnes (confirmed with producers). All of our sensitivities vary on this, but for me it is extremely offensive. KH, Were these off Champagnes Pinot Noir Based? TTT I have tasted in Champagnes made fro...
by Kevin Harvey
June 11th, 2018, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 195
Views: 8804

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

I passed on 2011. It was 2004 redux for me. FWIW, it is noticeable in many current non-vintage Champagnes (confirmed with producers). All of our sensitivities vary on this, but for me it is extremely offensive.
by Kevin Harvey
May 20th, 2018, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley (SFChron) on Kevin Harvey's (Rhys) new Italian venture
Replies: 150
Views: 9369

Esther Mobley (SFChron) on Kevin Harvey's (Rhys) new Italian venture

Andrew, I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy your bottle. While palates vary, your description of this wine doesn't at all sound like a correct bottle. If anything the wine is a bit tightly wound and very vibrant right now, so "flat" sounds like something is wrong. In any case, we are happy to refun...
by Kevin Harvey
May 1st, 2018, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Etna Biancos...(short/boring)
Replies: 17
Views: 822

TN: Two Etna Biancos...(short/boring)

Tom, I would not advise using either of these wines as benchmarks of Carricante or its potential. Those varietal percentages are quite loose and it doesn't take much Cataratto for the character of that (primarily table) grape to dominate the wine. There are only a very small handful of whites from E...
by Kevin Harvey
April 24th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley (SFChron) on Kevin Harvey's (Rhys) new Italian venture
Replies: 150
Views: 9369

Esther Mobley (SFChron) on Kevin Harvey's (Rhys) new Italian venture

Kevin - when do you expect initial release of the Centennial Mountain Carricante? How closely do you anticipate it will match up with the Sicilian benchmark? Mike, The 2017 Carricante from Centennial Mtn looks very promising but it is still too early to know how it will compare to the Etna Bainco S...

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