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by Berry Crawford
November 6th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 592

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

Haven't had the chance to try the Zin yet, but can help with the Primitivo--from FallTacular 18 "2015 Ladd Musick Primitivo Neat aromatics of coffee, sour cherry and a touch of barnyard---kinda reminds me of a pinotage, funny enough. Narrow, lean and focused right now with lots of acid and length. ...
by Berry Crawford
November 17th, 2017, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What are the best Italian in Basque restaurants in SF?
Replies: 13
Views: 707

What are the best Italian in Basque restaurants in SF?

We are going to be in San Francisco for my wife's birthday in late December. I wanted to take her to a really good Italian or Basque Restaurant in the city to celebrate. Any suggestions? For the Italian I would like something authentic and not Americanized. Thank you
by Berry Crawford
October 13th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91758

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Saw a news report that wind-blown and downed power lines may have played a role in starting the fires - at what point do Napa and Sonoma realize that the dollar cost of putting those lines underground is less that the cost of a catastrophe like this? Cost in every sense of the word, the losses that...
by Berry Crawford
October 12th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Signs of Watering Back?
Replies: 92
Views: 3464

Telltale Signs of Watering Back?

>Telltale Signs of Watering Back? A ripeness to acid ratio that seems suspicious. Generally when grapes are picked very ripe they have high sugar and low acid. When you water back to lower the resulting alcohol you lower the acid ratio even more through dilution so more acid needs to be added. Berr...
by Berry Crawford
October 12th, 2017, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Signs of Watering Back?
Replies: 92
Views: 3464

Telltale Signs of Watering Back?

>Telltale Signs of Watering Back?

A ripeness to acid ratio that seems suspicious. Generally when grapes are picked very ripe they have high sugar and low acid. When you water back to lower the resulting alcohol you lower the acid ratio even more through dilution so more acid needs to be added.
by Berry Crawford
October 10th, 2017, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91758

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Joe B wrote:I read ten people had lost their lives in this
Sadly it could go higher. There are hundreds of formal missing person reports on Sonoma alone. Some will clearly be people just lost track of in the confusion but that santa rosa fire came very quickly in the middle of the night.
by Berry Crawford
October 9th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91758

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

Another good source for information as it comes in: https://twitter.com/Sarah_Stierch/with_replies Yikes: Sarah Stierch‏Verified account @Sarah_Stierch 53s54 seconds ago More Replying to @maddiecannot Update from Jeff: time to evacuate called 911; now 2 active brush fires on either side of my house...
by Berry Crawford
September 23rd, 2017, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandels: Where is the pepper?
Replies: 40
Views: 2092

Zinfandels: Where is the pepper?

If you mean black pepper like you find in Syrah, I actually don't find that to be a varietal character in Zinfandel. At least with the clones I've worked with in the Sierra foothills. I think when pepper is found in zin its actually from other varietals blended in like Petite sirah.
by Berry Crawford
April 11th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines I Stopped Buying, But Shouldn't Have
Replies: 18
Views: 2918

Wines I Stopped Buying, But Shouldn't Have

Joseph Swan
by Berry Crawford
March 11th, 2017, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BV Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 13
Views: 655

TN: BV Coastal Estates Cabernet Sauvignon

You need to try it when its not a root day.
by Berry Crawford
February 21st, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128776

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

Peter Hirsch wrote:Anyone know how long this will take to go to trial?
You are assuming it will go to trial. It is not impossible that there could be some plea bargains. Remember that Mr. Lazar has pled guilty to raping a child in the past so there is certainly a precedent for him taking that route.
by Berry Crawford
February 7th, 2017, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines You Love That Others Just Don't Get
Replies: 107
Views: 4049

Wines You Love That Others Just Don't Get

He sells out every year so clearly enough people "get it" but I am somewhat bewildered that Gideon's wines at clos saron aren't more widely recognized as some of the best in the state. Also I'd argue that the world's greatest wines are German late harvest reislings but I doubt I'd fine many people t...
by Berry Crawford
January 27th, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Ladd Cellars Pinot + Chardonnay
Replies: 38
Views: 3987

Ladd Cellars Pinot + Chardonnay

Eric is known for his Pinot noir (for good reason) but it's definitely worth mentioning that the Chardonnay he is releasing here is fantastic. "Burgundian" is a much abused word but it really comes across as a Cote de beaune style wine and has fantastic freshness and bright energetic acid that reall...
by Berry Crawford
January 11th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?
Replies: 67
Views: 3024

What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?

All Jayer did differently than his peers was use new oak. All the rest was farming. As Alan said, he also used cold presoaks. He also believed in destemming at a time when that was the standard practice. So there were at least three ways in which his winemaking was unorthodox. Other winemakers cold...
by Berry Crawford
January 11th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?
Replies: 67
Views: 3024

What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?

The myth about how chardonnay was planted in Corton and how the Corton-Charlemagne appellation came to be: https://bubblyprofessor.com/2011/01/24/tales-of-the-vine-the-king-withthe-grizzly-beard/ Quoted from the Bubbly Professor's website: Born in 742 and rising to power as the Holy Roman Emperor a...
by Berry Crawford
January 11th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?
Replies: 67
Views: 3024

What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?

Some Burgundy Fun Facts: - The monks themselves never really worked in the vineyards. They had lay brothers or peasant serfs do they work while they studied scripture, prayed and transacted business. I bought a cheap copy of Desmond Seward's Monks & Wine from Amazon a while back, and many of Berry'...
by Berry Crawford
January 11th, 2017, 2:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?
Replies: 67
Views: 3024

What's your favorite trivia or "fun fact" about Burgundy?

Some Burgundy Fun Facts: - Burgundy was well known for making wine all the way back to the era of the Roman Empire - Since the Cote d'Or was not well situated to easily ship large amounts of wine to urban centers by water transport, they focused on small quantifies of "fine" wine instead of cheap pl...
by Berry Crawford
January 7th, 2017, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26675

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Every person on this board is influenced by Parker scores. Everyone loves to bash him, but yet can recite which wines in their cellars got 100 points, and no one stops buying when he gives Carter/Maybach/etc 100 points. It drives me nuts when this board bashes new posters for making mention of chas...
by Berry Crawford
January 5th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26675

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Open and properly decant simply for sediment and then pouring into a glass. I can 100% guarantee that you are missing out on alot of aroma and flavor if this is your M.O. for every wine you open. I never realized I said it was my MO for every wine I open. I said it is the best way to enjoy an old b...
by Berry Crawford
January 5th, 2017, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26675

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Biodynamics is a flaming pile of pseudoscientific horsecrap with no evidence of efficacy. It is as stupid a pseudoscientific enterprise as homeopathic medicine, which is extremely stupid, unless you practice homeopathy, in which case you are stupid but you think homeopathy makes perfect sense. FWIW...
by Berry Crawford
January 5th, 2017, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26675

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

james l moleberg wrote:Open and properly decant simply for sediment and then pouring into a glass.
I can 100% guarantee that you are missing out on alot of aroma and flavor if this is your M.O. for every wine you open.
by Berry Crawford
January 3rd, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128776

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

It is cunfusing why so many prominent WB's are supporting Lazar, knowing he has sold a huge amount of Rudys fake wine. Don posted about this in 2014 I think its clear that Don is going after Lazar because A) He raped a child and B) He sold fake wines (allegedly knowingly). I think Don's ire is tota...
by Berry Crawford
January 3rd, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Sadness runs deeply thru this thread. Case of 96 Salon, oh the humanity.
In my situation it was two bottles of 96 salon. But by my standards that is a tragedy. I'll probably never taste that wine at this point. Still Im most sad about the Swans.
by Berry Crawford
January 3rd, 2017, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

Could you not label the primitivo as zin and explain on the label that it's the primitivo clone? They aren't considered different varieties for labeling purposes, are they? Unless things have changed over the last year or two the TTB does not allow Primitivo to be labeled as Zinfandel despite them ...
by Berry Crawford
January 2nd, 2017, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

It's good to see you posting, Berry. Are you still working at the zinfandel project? Its a work in progress. Honestly I have not been 100% happy with the results yet and I sat out this last harvest. A big epiphany for me is that I am really enjoying making wine from the Primitivo "Zinfandel" clone....
by Berry Crawford
January 1st, 2017, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

Peter Tryba wrote:How do you think the road is smelling now?
Dirt and acetic acid
by Berry Crawford
January 1st, 2017, 3:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

96 Salon alone may have won this exercise. The thing is that 96 Salon can be replaced in minutes I imagine as long as Im willing to pay what is asked. The older swans could conceivably have been the last ones in the world for particular vintages. Sorry to hear, but good to see you taking it in stri...
by Berry Crawford
December 31st, 2016, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

Ed Kurtzman wrote: The first time I read this I thought you were selling these 4 cases to an offsite storage place
Yeah, selling the house. Keeping the wine.
by Berry Crawford
December 31st, 2016, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

alan weinberg wrote:4 cases? Totally sucks.
Yeah, four cases fell out. Somehow about 8 bottles from them didn't break but got beat up.
by Berry Crawford
December 31st, 2016, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

andy velebil wrote:Sorry to hear about the loss.
Thanks. The Champagne and youngish Burgundy sucks to lose but those older Joseph Swans are pretty heart breaking. Likely unreplaceable.
by Berry Crawford
December 31st, 2016, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3161

The road never smelled so good...

I was moving wine from our house that we are selling to offsite storage and my hatchback somehow flew open and four cases of wine fell out and smashed on the road. 96 salon...Joseph swan pinot from the 70s and 80s...grand cru burgundy...

What's your worst wine disaster?
by Berry Crawford
December 28th, 2016, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26675

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Here are my "unpopular" opinions: 1) Grand Cru classification in Burgundy is a bit of a self fulfilling prophecy. The sites that can produce the most valuable wine get better treatment both in terms of farming and vinification. For example, sites with grapes that can sell for more per bottle general...
by Berry Crawford
December 28th, 2016, 3:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26675

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Terroir as so many want to believe it to be is simply a myth, masked by farming and winemaking practices. If this is true, how do you explain the following: There is a small Primitivo vineyard that I've made wine from that that has two distinct areas of vines. Both sections have the same clone of P...
by Berry Crawford
December 25th, 2016, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Auslese Auction
Replies: 0
Views: 113

TN: 1999 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Auslese Auction

1999 Wegeler Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Auslese Auction - Popped and poured. Incredibly intense, exotic and powerful aromatics of beeswax, mulling spices, peach pie, dried apricot and cedar wood. It has an oily and thick mouthfeel with complex. multi-faceted flavors that largely mirror the aromat...
by Berry Crawford
December 17th, 2016, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the most memorable wine you've ever had?
Replies: 71
Views: 3017

What is the most memorable wine you've ever had?

It was a Riesling TBA. Strangely I can't remember the producer but I can remember the aroma and taste like I am drinking it right now. It was really seared into my mind. For red, it was an older vintage of Clos Saron Pinot Noir. Cant remember what year but it was stunning. That was maybe tied with 2...
by Berry Crawford
December 15th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: What do you feel the back end of the fermentation gives you?
Replies: 11
Views: 1768

What do you feel the back end of the fermentation gives you?

Do you feel you are getting alot more flavor or just color set and tannins? What has been your experience?
by Berry Crawford
December 6th, 2016, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 352

TN: 2005 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard

Drew Goin wrote:Thanks for the notes, Buzz!

The Joseph Swan wines I have tasted have exhibited a gorgeous, understated elegance.
The Trenton Estates can be crazy powerful from ripe years. Some years can have true "power without weight" dynamics though.
by Berry Crawford
December 6th, 2016, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 352

TN: 2005 Joseph Swan Vineyards Pinot Noir Saralee's Vineyard

Ive loved this wien (and other swan) 2005s through the years. I wonder if I still have any of the sar
by Berry Crawford
December 3rd, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail
Replies: 5
Views: 301

TN: 2013 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail

I meant to grab a 2011 but accidently grabbed this one instead. Full disclosure: I am very fond of Eric (the winemaker) as a person so that in theory could sway my opinion, but I'd like to think I am judging this wine objectively. 2013 Ladd Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvée Abigail - Slow oxed for about 90 m...
by Berry Crawford
November 15th, 2016, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 75
Views: 9198

What have you learnt on your wine journey?

I learned I disagree with everything Rajiv wrote about wine in this thread. I also think most grape varietals can make world class wines when matched with the right winemaker and growing conditions. Almost all wine growing regions with good drainage, moderate heat and cool evenings can make world cl...
by Berry Crawford
October 18th, 2016, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick TN: 2008 Ladd Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Replies: 12
Views: 572

Quick TN: 2008 Ladd Cellars Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Agreed on this wine. Really enjoyed it myself.
by Berry Crawford
April 25th, 2016, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lapierre and brett?
Replies: 22
Views: 1412

Lapierre and brett?

It's likely reduction and not Brett. Beaujolais and Jura reds made in a "natural" manner usually have a good amount of reduction and they frequently get accused of being Bretty as a result
by Berry Crawford
March 29th, 2016, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: disgraceful customer service a well known retailer - Chambers Street Wines
Replies: 304
Views: 15196

DISGRACEFUL customer service a well known retailer - CHAMBERS STREET WINE

Your reaction seems out of proportion to the situation. This is not worth giving yourself a stroke over.
by Berry Crawford
February 23rd, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 861
Views: 40952

The myth of letting wines breathe

Young wines need to breath. Acidic ones in particular. People can believe it or not, but its so self evident I wouldn't bother to debate anyone on it. With older wines it really depends on the wine and usually a full decant will detract from the wine. A slow ox method is much better.
by Berry Crawford
January 27th, 2016, 1:35 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Ladd Cellars Berserk Offer...Sold Out
Replies: 43
Views: 4722

Ladd Cellars Berserk Offer

What is your last vintage of Nash Mill?
by Berry Crawford
January 15th, 2016, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remember all the talk of Premier Cru's imminent demise?
Replies: 145
Views: 7690

Remember all the talk of Premier Cru's imminent demise?

Folks, I hope, hope, hope that Premier Cru is on very string foundations. However, as someone who has had their entire life turned upside by Bernie Madoff, let me caution that external appearances mean NOTHING. I don't care how nice a location is etc. Anything can be a FRONT. Just saying. He hit th...

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