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by Vincent Fritzsche
November 21st, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier
Replies: 47
Views: 3292

Re: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier

Was in Bandol for a day a couple years back. Very happy the one producer I visited was Pradeaux. Highly recommended.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 18th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 56
Views: 3264

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Great picks, glad to hear how it turned out. It’s true, getting him more of what he has in the cellar, probably needs rethinking.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 15th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1573

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Just curious what wine making methods are used with Gamay in the US. As I'm aware, many producers in the US use partial or full carbonic maceration in making their Gamay. I do not, instead I ferment it naturally in open top fermenters with 30-50% whole clusters, sometimes more. My goal is to trade ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 15th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1573

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Lots of good suggestions. I’d add Grochau and a new producer in McMinnville called Pray Tell. Their 2017 debut was fantastic. I’m excited that the Willamette Valley is emerging as the leader of Gamay in North America. Not the only place for it, for sure, but is there a more exciting region in NA fo...
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 13th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1573

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Lots of good suggestions. I’d add Grochau and a new producer in McMinnville called Pray Tell. Their 2017 debut was fantastic. I’m excited that the Willamette Valley is emerging as the leader of Gamay in North America. Not the only place for it, for sure, but is there a more exciting region in NA for...
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 8th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5086

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Just catching up here. I'm pretty flexible as a wine producer, I know Walter Scott is as well. Is it news that being over an hour late to an appointment is bad form? Much less, is it news that October is harvest time in Oregon? Ok I'm done. I hope to avoid pitfalls and bad form on my upcoming trip ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 7th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5086

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Just catching up here. I'm pretty flexible as a wine producer, I know Walter Scott is as well. Is it news that being over an hour late to an appointment is bad form? Much less, is it news that October is harvest time in Oregon? Ok I'm done.
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 29th, 2019, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 16
Views: 995

Re: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

Sounds great. Glad I still have one of these and a Leoville Barton from ‘94. Cheers!
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 16th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like a lot of rainy cool weather in the Willamette Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 2002

Re: Looks like a lot of rainy cool weather in the Willamette Valley

Agree with Jim. Rain is annoying but most things aren’t ready to pick so the fruit hangs. Have some things slated for Saturday and then next week I’m sure will be very busy.
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 6th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2626

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

H Wallace Jr wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 8:47 am
I'd be happy if a visitor asked me any of these questions.
+1
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 30th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 3070

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

Jim Anderson wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 8:41 am
Every option is on the table
Please don’t nuke the hurricane. Otherwise good luck!! 😉
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 27th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5082

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

I haven’t noticed anything in the color of ‘11s that I wouldn’t generally expect at 8 years out for similarly acid driven, not especially intense or intensely colored wines. I’m thinking of ‘01 as a comparison. Not a similar growing season but the wines have those characteristics in common. Man that...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 27th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5082

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

I am always up for an aged Oregon Pinot Noir Tasting. I used most of my old wines when I had the shop, but I know there are wines from the early 2000s hiding somewhere. I know I have a lot of one offs if it was a small group. Heck I could do older Chardonnay to start. This has been the trick for th...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 27th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5082

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Interesting Ron, I think the delicacy of the '11s might be what you're referring to. I expect "lighter" vintages to look their age earlier more than they taste of it. By contrast, vintages of greater intensity and color might need to stumble through the years the '11s are already gracefully striding...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 25th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5082

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Agreed James and Marcus, would be nice to dig into 05 for example or 02. But will require some procurement that some of us might be able to do for the group.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 22nd, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon 2019 growing season update?
Replies: 30
Views: 1901

Re: Oregon 2019 growing season update?

Good thread. Trends have definitely moved to earlier picking, so ‘09 and ‘06 pick dates would be much earlier had I to do them over. The idea was that you’ll get green flavors early but I’ve come to see it more like cooking something rare or al dente. Done but not too done.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 19th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 2072

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

I had a couple of 750s of that '81 GdL in past 5-7 years and it was terrific. Gentle like '81s and probably as Chris describes: "good, interesting, classically styled and at the end of a better maturity." I'd be happy to try another one. The 2000 Mas de Daumas I haven't had but the '95 a few years a...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 15th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3424

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Vincent, I think I do have strong evidence the terpene drift adheres to grapes, that the terpene in question is of a questionable aroma for wine quality, is not sourced from grapes naturally, and is at a level that should cause me concern that it could impact our ability to control the desirable ar...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 15th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3424

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Vincent, Did you read what Tyler said above? There have not been any studies to truly look at this - as far as I or anyone can point to - and Tyler's brief study seems to point in the direction that 'contamination' may be an issue to look further into. The other big issue we are dealing with down h...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 15th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 3424

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

I’m in Oregon and I think efforts to restrict cannabis in AVAs are absurd. People seem to want proof there is no issue with contamination. I’d love proof there is an issue. John lays out information that makes sense to me. Aromas don’t mean contamination. The dairy farms near some of my vineyards sm...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 14th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5517

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Vincent Fritzsche has been making Pinots in the WV for over 10 years. His wines are typically elegant with a Burg leaning. Pinots are his specialty but he makes delicious Gamay too. I haven't tried his full lineup. He's been dialing in his style and growing his operation over the past several years...
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 9th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1265

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Birth year for me, would love to taste that one. Thanks for the note!
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 7th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Replies: 34
Views: 1317

Re: TN: 1979 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches

That’s fantastic, I saw that bottle at Laurel’s but passes in favor of an ‘80s OR Pinot from Cameron. That CdM looked really enticing though. Glad the storage (as I expected) was fine. Not many better places than the Oregon coast for keeping wine.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1728

Re: Kosta Browne

Where WBers used to be their core market, it is no longer, as they found the much larger, less picky market in the well-to-do wine hobbyists, who buy based on label status. MUCH bigger market, no fuss. The wine is made for that market - big, bold, unabashed, and gobs of profit. “No fuss” is such a ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 30th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1882

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

Ok, here are my notes, warts and all. Overall some lovely wines, more than I expected. But many including my Bjornson are just too marked by the hot dry winds at harvest. 2012 wasn't a hot growing season, it was slightly "behind schedule" throughout the summer, but east winds at the end of September...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 22nd, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3460

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Stopped up drains is a good one. Those suck.
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 22nd, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9968

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Oh man, so sorry to hear this news. I may need to forget a bottle of bubbly in the freezer in his honor. Will miss his perspective.
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 20th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3460

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

For me it’s the compliance. We make what’s considered contraband and we need to count the bullets a lot. And then figure out how to express that in gallons. Cleaning is great! Music on, cellar door open, views across the valley. Give me winery work anytime. You can take you “how much wine did you sh...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 16th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2075

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

Etienne from Pradeaux told me how frustrating the rose market is to him. "The market wants it released asap, but the wines need time". I think almost all the top rose wines benefit from a year or two of age. It is a nice situation for the consumer, because a lot of this stuff gets closed out as ret...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 16th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Pernot Puligny Folatieres
Replies: 6
Views: 652

Re: 2015 Pernot Puligny Folatieres

Great note. When Pernot’s wines are on, there are few others I’d rather have. Even the basic Bourgogne can be so good.
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 14th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3019

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Marc Hebrart Champagne
Centenario Tequila blanco
Heater Allen Pils in keg
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 13th, 2019, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2347

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

I got the '11 Kiser En Haut a few months for $20 hammer price on Winebid. Pretty nice bottle, love that vintage in CA. Also picked up some El Molino Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for $25 and $35 respectively. Vacceli Granite Blanc and Rouge for $20 each. A few Zidarich for $10 and $15. Yes I"m mostly a...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 12th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2347

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

Copain Kiser en Haut, $25 Wow, what vintage? How much all in? WT I got the '11 Kiser En Haut a few months for $20 hammer price on Winebid. Pretty nice bottle, love that vintage in CA. Also picked up some El Molino Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for $25 and $35 respectively. Vacceli Granite Blanc and Rou...
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 9th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Molesworth on Natural wine
Replies: 31
Views: 2492

Re: James Molesworth on Natural wine

Serious question - do people think natural wine isn't much about age worthy, complex, “serious” wine? It seems like people either dismiss natural wine, or stick up for it but essentially say it’s mostly about being fresh and charming, not really wine for complexity or too much serious consideration....
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 8th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine tasting contest superior: Vincent Price vs. Peter Loire
Replies: 16
Views: 943

Re: A wine tasting contest superior: Vincent Price vs. Peter Loire

Not Sidney Greenstreet? Shout out to you Jazz Butcher fans.

This is incredible. Thanks for posting.
by Vincent Fritzsche
July 2nd, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 7-1-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1489

Re: Impressions 7-1-19

I have a Cave Dog Godello that Bree gifted me that is in the summer queue. Looking forward to trying it.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 24th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

Thanks everyone. Yes, we're going on a Monday so no weekend issues. And yes Otay Mesa was always the preferred crossing in the old days, I'll give it a go. Tecate is out of the way but I'd head there if a two hour wait at TJ. Wouldn't mind checking out Tecate again even if it's a lot of mileage. Yea...
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 24th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Filtering wine sediment
Replies: 29
Views: 1214

Re: Filtering wine sediment

I don't think any of these home filtering techniques sound better than just drinking a slightly cloudy wine. Paper coffee filters, paper towels? I'd just drink the wine.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 23rd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

Thanks for the replies. We’re going to say trip it and plan on a wait at the border on the return (or maybe not?). We’ll probably hit two places, I’m interested in Bodegas Andre Lurton and Finca la Carrodilla, we’ll see if they are available. Any others that might be worthwhile?
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 23rd, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 14
Views: 644

Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

I’m thinking of a day trip from San Diego to the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja. Any tips on wineries to visit or perhaps avoid? What about food options? Thanks!
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 20th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 19
Views: 1795

Re: Calon Segur 1996

I remember some half bottles of this young in the year 2000, when we’d just moved to Oregon. Sounds like it’s held really nicely, will have to find a bottle at auction or like that.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 17th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4052

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

He's the only guy I ever felt threatened by in the online wine world. I feel empathy for anyone who's obviously tortured. But man he really pushes it to the brink.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 16th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1858

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Pizza Capo in Mac is fantastic.

I’ll be at the winery Tuesday afternoon. I’m in the Eola Hills above Brooks.
by Vincent Fritzsche
June 1st, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Nervi Gattinara
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: 1993 Nervi Gattinara

That’s a funky angle too, hard to really see the color. But yeah it’s hardly from the ‘60s or something.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 31st, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Nervi Gattinara
Replies: 6
Views: 613

Re: 1993 Nervi Gattinara

That's fantastic. That '90s label though, wow!
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 31st, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 56
Views: 3264

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

He's turning 80. Get him Caymus. And then get something else recommended here and enjoy both. And when he like the Caymus the best, know you got him his favorite. Can't do better than that.
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 31st, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1683

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

Aligote's its own thing. I don't think I'd rather drink Bourgogne Blanc any more than I'd rather drink Cassis blanc. I like them all. What I love about much Aligote is the seashell minerality combined with a grape fleshiness and snappy finish. It's not usually complicated but it can last for years. ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
May 28th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 5798

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Try them out for sure. Bryan apparently is big on Holstein cattle for superior flavor. I recall hearing him say grass fed can be great but leaner and the flavor is in the fat. So far I’m loving what I’ve had.

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