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by Vincent Fritzsche
September 8th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Belle Pente offering
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: Belle Pente offering

Nice to see this. Belle Pente should be on the radar of all Berserkers. I first met Brian through the old West Coast Wine Net and he helped connect me to local grape sources for home winemaking 20 years ago. I even gleaned a bit of Pinot Noir from the Belle Pente vineyard in 2001. I worked harvest a...
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 1st, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14

Just had the ‘07 and it was fresh and revelatory.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 30th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4787

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

I was blown away by the 2007 Foillard Morgon Cuve 3.14. Perhaps the best Beaujolais I’ve ever had an surely the best bottle of the year so far.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 27th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chandon de Briailles 2007 PV Ile des Vergelesses
Replies: 24
Views: 997

Re: Chandon de Briailles 2007 PV Ile des Vergelesses

Good to hear, I have a single bottle remaining and will let it rest a bit more. Enjoyed it previously but seemed like it needed more time.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 24th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA duo over the weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 677

Re: WA duo over the weekend

Just a little Oregon homerism but I believe that GOK is Oregon wine!! [berserker.gif] [stirthepothal.gif]
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 19th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 19
Views: 1165

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

Just seeing this. Honestly no, we only tasted at two places and nothing was earth shattering. But if you haven't been and you have ideas about Mexico being somehow less than, you'd be surprised. Magoni had some interesting wines, particularly whites. And lunch at Finca Altozano was fantastic, open a...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 10th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3116

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

I started with a triage area with maybe 12 bottles standing up. Over the years its grown to where I have a several cases of bottles standing, ready to go without any advance planning. I haven't noticed any issues with premature aging, ullage, or corks recessing into bottles. I store many, many bott...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 10th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3116

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

I started with a triage area with maybe 12 bottles standing up. Over the years its grown to where I have a several cases of bottles standing, ready to go without any advance planning. I haven't noticed any issues with premature aging, ullage, or corks recessing into bottles. I store many, many bottl...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 9th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1709

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

Pinot Gouges is 100% Pinot Blanc.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 8th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1709

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

I love Pinot Blanc in many forms, including champagne. I’ve been surprised how many Blanc fans there are. Pierre Guillemot’s Savigny Les Beaune white is mostly Pinot Blanc and a favorite of mine. I’ll second Kelley Fox’s Pinot Blanc from Freedom Hill Vineyard here in Oregon. Fantastic.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 7th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2389

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

I used to think I could taste added acidity. Sometimes you can, but sometimes I'll swear a wine was acidified and it wasn't. My Gamay can have searing acidity. People ask - did you add that? No, it's actually a challenge with the grape sometimes. In my experience, tartaric is almost universally what...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 7th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando
Replies: 59
Views: 4511

Re: Wine and the NBA bubble in Orlando

James, I only wish CJ was enjoying some Vincent. I'm certainly enjoying watching him and the guys play!

But I kinda want to nickname him BeefJ, he's clearly been in the weight room (and the wine cellar) during the lockdown. Dude's looking like Mo Lucas with those shoulders, damn.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 6th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1988

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

Haha Chablis, the Riesling of Chardonnay! I think Jay began by saying, Chardonnay and pork certainly works. I visited Chablis a few years back and can confirm - Chablis and jambon à la chablisienne is a tremendous match. And as Marcu$ writes above, Chablis indeed goes with pretty much everything you...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 5th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1988

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

Jay Miller wrote:
August 5th, 2020, 12:39 pm
The suggestion of pork certainly works but since I consider it an act of vinous treason to open anything other than riesling to match with pork it must, alas, be dismissed out of hand.
Hahaha amazing and true. [winner.gif]
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 1st, 2020, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5950

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Buzz and Robert, good to hear you’re both on the mend. People I know who’ve had it seem to agree - you do NOT want it! A wine friend who got it says they’re getting their sense of smell back, but yeah that would be scary. I wish we had better testing, it’s hard to understand. Thanks for talking abou...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 30th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 67
Views: 3398

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

It's too early for real vintage comparisons. A typhoon in September would change everything, a la 2013. Hot east winds at harvest would push things in the other direction. Who knows what's to come. The hot weather lately is indeed normal and welcome. We need summer to grow the grapes. We just don't ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 30th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The Simple Truth About Complexity In Wine"
Replies: 13
Views: 1001

Re: "The Simple Truth About Complexity In Wine"

This article is a tough read.
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 17th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 67
Views: 3398

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

Are you sure those pick dates are from 2012? I was literally on a sales trip in NY around the 25th and the SE Wine Collective had the pre-harvest grand opening party maybe the 28th? First Pinot for me on Oct 2 in 2012, admittedly I would pick earlier now but not three weeks earlier. Maybe that's the...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 17th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley
Replies: 67
Views: 3398

Re: The way too early look at 2020 in Willamette Valley

Great thread, thanks for starting it Marcus. I think you recapped things really nicely. Looking back, this is the coolest season since 2012, which is mistakenly called a hot year. If you compare 2012 and 2002, heat accumulation was almost identical. It just got hot at the end in 2012, so things got ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 14th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud
Replies: 33
Views: 1407

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud

We enjoyed another bottle of the 2010 Thebaud two weeks back. So good and still young. I have one more and I'll let it ride for a while yet.
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 3rd, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 13
Views: 514

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

I noticed that Sec wines wrote about the '08 Olga Raffault Les Picasses in the most recent newsletter that had me salivating. I'll pop an '05 soon. Last night I popped a half bottle of the '14 Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir and it was perfectly mature expression of Chinon that drank well above the pric...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 30th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 17
Views: 863

Re: TN: 1999 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Great note and thread. Evesham Wood is the formative producer for me as well, good to know you were there in ‘02 Marcus. I was happy to find some ‘02 Le Puits Sec and Cuvee J last year on winebid. But the ‘99 Seven Springs is the all timer for me, as a wine but also as a memory of my dad. He and I s...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 20th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2609

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

Lots of good ideas here. The bottom line is - you need something high pH to get the stains out, just like we use in wineries, and then something acidic to rinse so it's "squeaky" clean. I use a bit of peroxy carb (high pH winery cleaner) in my worst glasses and decanters from time to time. I have s...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 19th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2609

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

Lots of good ideas here. The bottom line is - you need something high pH to get the stains out, just like we use in wineries, and then something acidic to rinse so it's "squeaky" clean. I use a bit of peroxy carb (high pH winery cleaner) in my worst glasses and decanters from time to time. I have so...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 19th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

To update my post - Portland (Multnomah county) indeed went to Phase 1 today, which is important to this discussion because it's a bellwether for our general progress with reopening in the broader Willamette Valley. Good news. Hoping it sticks.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 17th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni video--bud grafting (short but high quality)
Replies: 7
Views: 272

Re: Pisoni video--bud grafting (short but high quality)

Great video. I'd love to know who those guys actually doing the grafting are. It's special work to do it well and they look like masters. I thought it was really cool hearing Joe Rochioli on I'll Drink To That pod last year talking about his pride budding so many of the now old vineyards in the Russ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 16th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2329

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

Oregon's governor Brown late last Thursday put a one week pause on moving to new phases. So nothing's changed further here yet, including no Phase 1 in Portland. We'll see if Portland moves to Phase 1 this Friday and other counties in Phase 1 move to Phase 2. My hunch says no but the political press...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 15th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Was it flawed or just intensely herbal?
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Was it flawed or just intensely herbal?

If their wings have lignified, it's fine.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 15th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1466

Re: Wine and logistics

Thanks for these notes Jim, always like hearing your perspective.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 15th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 04 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: TN: 04 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne

P@u1_M3nk3s wrote:
June 15th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Vincent Fritzsche wrote:
June 15th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Maybe send the retailer an email asking for a refund?? hitsfan newhere [smileyvault-ban.gif] [stirthepothal.gif] [berserker.gif]
This. If it helps, I know where the owner is currently residing.
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by Vincent Fritzsche
June 15th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Was it flawed or just intensely herbal?
Replies: 8
Views: 629

Re: Was it flawed or just intensely herbal?

Warren, I don't have experience with that wine but I'd guess it was a bad seal. Over the years I've seen things from bottled wine to partially filled barrels show aldehydic qualities that evoke cut grass or green walnuts. Sulphur dioxide can neutralize those stale qualities, but a bad cork (not TCA ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 15th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXII
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXII

Great to see these notes on two of the new wines Marc, among all these fantastic notes. The Bjornson is typically more gentle on tannin but ages more on its acidity. Redford-Wetle indeed shows more tannic structure. Both show the generous fruit of 2018 and I'm excited for time to ease that down as t...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 15th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 04 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: TN: 04 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne

Maybe send the retailer an email asking for a refund?? hitsfan newhere [smileyvault-ban.gif] [stirthepothal.gif] [berserker.gif]
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 9th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 7344

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

If Neal's point is true, does talent matter in athletics, or just the training protocol. That's terroir vs. winemaking, in another context, and I think the answer is clearly - BOTH. Good training can get the most out of any athlete, so yes, buy Burgundy by producer, not terroir. But if you want the ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 6th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Toasting lost friends
Replies: 22
Views: 1278

Re: Toasting lost friends

I'm sorry to see this Warren, thanks for posting and very good advice.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 5th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

My bad, yes D-E Defaix in my case. Shoulda caught that one...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 4th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prague
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Prague

Been many years since I’ve been in Prague but I’ve had great times there. I hope you find other wine geeks in town. I’d love to visit again!
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 4th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet
Replies: 12
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Bernard Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Côte de Léchet

Thanks! I have a bottle of this and one of Vaillons in the queue.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 23rd, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Really eclectic tasting
Replies: 15
Views: 989

Re: TN: Really eclectic tasting

Yeah tough crowd. Eclectic is truly a mix of the BEST of a variety of sources, not just unusual or random examples. Pretty good mix here.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 21st, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 117
Views: 5626

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

I’m confused. I first bought Breton’s 1996s at Kermit’s shop back in ‘98 and ‘99 when I lived in the Bay Area. Plain white labels with script. You can see examples of the old label on cellartracker. Did it go from KL to LDM and then back?
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 19th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees
Replies: 12
Views: 680

Re: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees

Quick thoughts... Even at $30K a ton for fruit and 600 bottles yield per ton (meaning you're declassing the rest and not accounting for it there), you're at $50 a bottle juice cost. That's crazy expensive but it's Napa. But thinking that way, the declassed wine is $0 juice cost to the regional wine....
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 17th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: TN: 2018 Vincent Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard

Thanks John, yes the ‘18 single vineyards and Zenith in particular will reward patience. Lots of structure in that vintage!
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 16th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ravines Cerise FingerLakes '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: TN: Ravines Cerise FingerLakes '16...(short/boring)

I had the basic ‘14 Riesling last week and enjoyed it, though I remember thinking it had a little bit a TomHill “hurty” acidity. In the best sense, to the winemaker and you the author. I appreciate all your notes over the years.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 14th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 152
Views: 7795

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

+1 on the picking earlier. I've honestly never found anything that I picked too early, white or red. I've definitely picked too late, though not much in recent years. I remember when the Evening Land project started and I'd hear from other growers - "they've already picked their Chardonnay!" - with...
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 12th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 152
Views: 7795

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

+1 on the picking earlier. I've honestly never found anything that I picked too early, white or red. I've definitely picked too late, though not much in recent years. I remember when the Evening Land project started and I'd hear from other growers - "they've already picked their Chardonnay!" - with ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 12th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An absolutely fabulous history of Joe Rochioli, Jr. and the iconic Rochioli Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: An absolutely fabulous history of Joe Rochioli, Jr. and the iconic Rochioli Vineyard

I"ll check out the article, thanks for the tip.

The IDTT pod with Joe is fantastic, highly recommended.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 12th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...
Replies: 24
Views: 1811

Re: Anyone need a 1875 Château Mouton Rothschild...

Mouton was only a second growth back then so caveat emptor...
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 7th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Vincent - New Deals for MAY!
Replies: 52
Views: 5330

Re: Vincent - New Deals for MAY!

Great, thanks for confirming Robert.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 5th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Vincent - New Deals for MAY!
Replies: 52
Views: 5330

Re: Vincent - New Deals for MAY!

Thanks Alan, I think I fixed it.

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