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by Merrill Lindquist
June 16th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38941

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Louis Roederer Rose 2012 Hi Merrill, I also opened this last night. I love the mix of intense red berries and citrus, but I think its apogee is a long way off. Cheers, Warren A friend brought it for immediate consumption. I served it in vintage hollow stemmed, gold encrusted Champagne coupes. Betwe...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 16th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38941

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Bereche & Fils Brut Reserve (disgorged 01/19)
Louis Roederer Rose 2012
Philipponnat Royale Reserve Brut (vintage base 2014)
by Merrill Lindquist
June 16th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Le Rosé (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 240

Re: TN: NV Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Le Rosé (France, Champagne)

This is the Champagne that started my descent down the slippery slope of Champagne madness!
by Merrill Lindquist
June 15th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

What does a major heat spike like this do to flowering vines? I think a heat spike can be helpful at transitional stages like flowering and veraison in getting the vineyard synched up. Cool weather during set and veraison seems to involve more stragglers. I probably had some lagging viognier that w...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 15th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 37
Views: 1879

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

I have not had a Cheval Blanc since the 1964 vintage. Now that was something. Had it around 10 years ago.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 15th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Knowing the percentage of $100-200 Napa Cabernet that is sold to restaurants, through traditional retail, and direct to consumers would add some perspective to this discussion. yes, a Napa Cabernet list of what's out there with price points would be interesting I sell my classic Cabernet for $100/b...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 14th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Well the weather certainly has improved - you can actually go outside! The guys came back in the cooler weather to finish suckering, and my neighbor stopped by to ask if I would like him to disk and drag through my vineyard. A resounding yes! The fruit is fully set, and now with the on-productive sh...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 13th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: True Confessions
Replies: 33
Views: 1043

Re: True Confessions

Lays Classic potato chip dipped in sour cream. Only allowed a couple of times a year.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 10th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

97 degrees at noon in St. Helena/Calistoga.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 9th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

But some of you guys have got this all figured out, so go buy or plant a vineyard, establish a label, and sell your wines to satisfy those who do not understand business. Merrill - everyone's an expert on everybody else's business. Just listen to politicians! Sorry about your well. And good point -...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 9th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

What does a major heat spike like this do to flowering vines? Just pushes them along, to my knowledge. My fruit is set, and the guys are out there, now, suckering. It's a large crop at this point, but there are 90 days or so to harvest, and a lot can happen in the meantime. My cover crop came in ag...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 8th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Nathan Smyth wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 1:06 pm
I thought Piper's suggestion was odd.
Just because it's odd doesn't mean it's wrong.
.
And that is why I said it was odd. I did not say it was wrong. Do we understand each other?
by Merrill Lindquist
June 8th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2453

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

I've now heard from a few wineries who strongly feel it could be their best vintage to date. How does that differ from what happens every year? What I'm really wondering is 2019 Napa - what are the wine makers saying? You are testy this week, Mr. T. 2019 Napa Cab is on the vine, and depending on lo...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 8th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

My packaging costs have gone up 8 straight years. But the killer is the fruit costs, up 60% per ton for me between 2014-2016, alone! Luckily it has not moved since 2016. It's a harder world when buying all of one's fruit. pileon Yes, fruit costs can be a killer. I am fortunate that I own my own sou...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 8th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2453

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

Well you cant expect poor winery owners to not increase prices, after all just because you get 30% extra free fruit the corks have gone up by 40 cents so we need an across the board $15 a bottle increase Your contract is for a 1 acre block. You pay 18,000/T. If the vineyard produces 4T/Acre your fr...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 8th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

My corks and capsules also went up this year - off the top of my head I can't say by how much, but I noticed. Name a bunch of other "invisible" costs, and eventually the costs must get passed on. Not that all of a winery's pricing is cost-plus priced...of course there is also market value pricing. ...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Merrill, would you agree or not? Thank you. It's not just an increase in glass prices. Snail mail brought an informational letter from my insurer for EMH that some of their terms will be changing. You MUST have liability insurance. My corks and capsules also went up this year - off the top of my he...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I just opened an email from my glass (bottles) supplier, and they are informing us of an increase of 12%, in the form of a surcharge. This is due to tariffs/ocean freight increases. Can wineries absorb these increases any better than any other business? No. Whether to price a bottle of wine at $40 o...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Agreed. I could never swap zinfandel versus cabernet sauvignon. I can. Ironically, I’d drink Ridge or Bedrock Zin over most Cali Cabs, notwithstanding that I am a huge Cab and Cab Franc fan! PS. I have not tried Black Cat, but allegedly Charlie Carnes has one for me that is supposed to knock me off...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 959

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

I enjoyed this read, Frank. Thank you for the notes.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2453

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

I’ve heard that quality is good but also huge crops. Could be premature, but it’s not unreasonable to expect supply/demand to favor the consumer. Not sure about your supply/demand statement, but I can agree that it was an easy vintage to farm, barrel samples are excellent, and yes, the crops in som...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7572

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

If someone asks me what Napa Cabs to get in the $40-75 range, I tell them to go get Carlisle and Bedrock Zins, instead. Most likely what they are looking, flavor and texture-wise, for Cab within that price range can be achieved in epic Zins by those producers. Hmm, that doesn't sound like great adv...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The End Of Days
Replies: 17
Views: 988

Re: The End Of Days

Oh Boy.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344609

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night I opened a 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley for a friend who was born in '91. Holy hell are these things decadent and delicious. On the pop and pour, just amazing. It did fade after a few hours. I hope the future vintages of this wine stay the same style as it is dirt c...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 5th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons
Replies: 7
Views: 683

Re: Can't make a complex wine with only 2 tons

In answer to the OP's post:

Bullshit. Based on real data.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 3rd, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Glennon: TN and thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 634

Re: Domaine Glennon: TN and thoughts

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 2:30 pm
The proprietor is a good guy as well and a friend.

Glad the wine showed well for y'all,
Gosh, Tex, we share a friend - think of it!
by Merrill Lindquist
June 2nd, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344609

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night I opened a 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley for a friend who was born in '91. Holy hell are these things decadent and delicious. On the pop and pour, just amazing. It did fade after a few hours. I hope the future vintages of this wine stay the same style as it is dirt c...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 2nd, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

A nice walk through the vineyard just showed what every grape farmer would wish for: pretty uniform bloom in all areas of the vineyard, resulting from little wind, no precipitation, hot sun, cool nights. Perfect for a great set! Within the week, fruit set should be what we are looking at. The weathe...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 1st, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1820

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

So if a lot of this is based on appearance of the grapes doesnt that mean the farming aspect is more important than the terroir ? Alan - terroir (in my book) is a combination of soil and weather. Farming is dictated by both these components. Bringing in good-looking fruit means that the farmer has ...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 1st, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1820

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

So if a lot of this is based on appearance of the grapes doesnt that mean the farming aspect is more important than the terroir ? Alan - terroir (in my book) is a combination of soil and weather. Farming is dictated by both these components. Bringing in good-looking fruit means that the farmer has ...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 1st, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1820

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Eric, I commend you for taking a stab at this. Thanks Casey! Btw, when judging ripeness for picking, I'll crush some grapes in a bag and smell the juice...that lets me know what's going on and translates better to the final wine (esp in lower brix situations) without being distracted/influenced by ...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 1st, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leonetti Cellar - Purchase from list or secondary market
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: Leonetti Cellar - Purchase from list or secondary market

David - to me provenance is everything. If you can order directly from the winery, I'd encourage you to do so. Every time a wine takes a trip from cellar to cellar, or (eeks) closet to closet, or from under the bed (yes, I know people who store wines that way), then by ground or air to you, there is...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 1st, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1820

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

Taste and visuals. I custom crush at a facility which will have multiple bins of fruit being processed from different vineyards. I taste them all. The high end wine grapes just taste better - I can't think of another way to put it. They taste balanced, just like your high end wine. The bin will cont...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 31st, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I just walked out to the vineyard and you can smell the bloom as you approach it. So sweet. With a high today of 86, and a forecast of a warmer Saturday and even warmer Sunday, this should go rather quickly. Please.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 30th, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

I would see no reason to hold the 2003 longer. Sadly, the only time you know you have held a wine too long is when you sense it has gone over the edge.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 30th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61230

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Gato Tacos
Tex, I was telling someone today that this is about the meanest thing one could say, knowing I posted recently about losing my beloved Gato Negro, "Blackie." You are one sick pup - get some help.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 30th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Well, the alfresco dinner was a hit. So was the 2003 Pisoni. Gave it 4-5 hours of air after pulling the cork, tasting it from the bottle, and recorking. Seemed like a perfect preparation. Not a drop left, and not a single tasting note other than "Fantastic!" A very nice follow on to the Champagne an...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 29th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Starting tonight with Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve, then with the Beef Stroganoff the 2003 Arcadian Pisoni. It is already tasting good, but following the experts above, it is already in the decanter. Notes tomorrow.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 29th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Thank you, gentlemen, I took these notes down and put a copy in the cellar with the wines.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 28th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I hear you Casey. We surveyed my vineyard today and changed our minds again - spraying in the morning. With so much wet weather hanging around - and humidity recently - it put those flowers at risk. Seems to be a wide variation within my tiny place - many tight formations and some turning brown at t...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 28th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Merrill, For selfish reasons I’d be very interested in how the 2000 is doing. I don’t have any but the 2000 Francesca has shown well for years. Cheers, Doug I was pretty surprised when I went into my cellar and saw that one there. So, that one could be the next one to go down. I have some wines I h...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 28th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

I have the Pisoni 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007. What shall I open soon? The Arcadian Pisoni? I just took inventory of my Arcadian Pinot holdings. Yes, Piper, Arcadian P-I-S-O-N-I. Found a few things hiding, but here is what I have: Arcadian Pisoni PN: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007. In addition: 2005 Franc...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 28th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1502

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

I have the Pisoni 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007.

What shall I open soon?
by Merrill Lindquist
May 27th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

People who manage larger ranches need to keep the crews moving, which means suckering something during bloom. For my small ranch, I just put it off and keep people from messing around with the shoots. I am super cautious, and I have the freedom to be that because my ranch is so small.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 27th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

A walk through my vineyard just showed enough bloom to make me call off the spraying that was tentatively scheduled for tomorrow.

Please may bloom pass quickly and uneventfully through fruit set.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 25th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61230

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Making Brazilian shrimp with cheese and tomato sauce. A "recipe" that my good friend Giselda would make for us when I lived in Boston. She mostly would not allow me in the kitchen, and she could put on more food and more quickly than anyone I ever knew. But basically, spread cream cheese in the pan,...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 25th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 224
Views: 10586

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I found the start of bloom on my Cabernet today. Just a minute number of clusters entering this race, but it is a word of warning that it is imminent. Of course I have suckering and spraying on deck within the next few days. I halted the suckering and we will survey the status of bloom on Tuesday mo...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 25th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2744

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I would paint with a broad brush and say the "difference," if there is any, is due to the amount of attention the vineyard receives. Vineyardists who pay the extra attention and money to grow organically and/or biodynamically are taking their work very seriously.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 24th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1307
Views: 61230

Re: What did you cook tonight?

I just made an asparagus lasagna from the April 1992 publication of Gourmet Magazine. Goat cheese, instant lasagna, lemon peel, roasted asparagus, chicken stock, parmesan. Covered in heavy whipped cream, which I made using my mother's standard mixer, which she received as a wedding gift in 1942. So ...

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