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by Merrill Lindquist
September 25th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lady winery owners / collectors
Replies: 34
Views: 1728

Re: Lady winery owners / collectors

Long time lurker, second time caller. The first time I posted it was a bit of a . . . well . . . you know. How many active serious winemaking / winery owning / wine collecting ladies are here? I love reading the Wine Talk forum, hi guys <waves hello>, but would like to connect with my sisters too. ...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 25th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 865

Re: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022

The OP really comes close here to being spam. Can you explain how? I posted this in a genuine effort to understand people’s thinking and concerns regarding smoke taint when wines from this vintage are ultimately released, and how those will be shaped by different external factors. Because you are I...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 24th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 301
Views: 26350

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I am curious what everyone's thoughts are about some wineries potentially declassifying all modestly (but not severely) tainted SVDs into their $75-80 "Napa" blends, essentially trying to offset any potential taint with killer juice from vineyards that rarely make the lower-priced blends. If some w...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 24th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1525
Views: 100699

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Pierre peters last night....so so good.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 23rd, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My area has turned into a small city the last couple of days, with so much picking going on and the traffic it creates (a car for each picker, multiple tractors and trucks hauling bins full of fruit). I think there is a heat spike forecast for this weekend - this is probably a rush to get them all i...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 23rd, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?
Replies: 30
Views: 1870

Re: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?

Ha! I woke up and saw this - had completely forgotten it, although I am considering an offer of Magnums to ship in time for Halloween (and Thankgiving and Christmas, too). Should probably get that together.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 21st, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Lots of picking going on, but it seems more low key than in a typical year. I was wrong about Frediani's 5 acres - I walked by and all fruit is still hanging. From the street, Eisele Vineyards appears to be pretty much picked out. I saw some fruit hanging on their St. George rootstock. Kenefick was ...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 20th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We are all guessing and anxious. All we can do is follow through with our plans - whether to make wine or leave the fruit hanging (like Montelena, Neal, and others). For those hanging and waiting for lab results for micro-ferments before picking (and I am just talking north Napa Valley), the fruit t...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 20th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 31
Views: 1406

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

Got an EMH "Little Black" hanging around? Would seem like a fun match.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 19th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2594

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

I just spoke with a vineyard foreman at Montelena and he confirmed that Montelena will not be producing any 2020 reds. Sobering. How are your grapes doing? I picked on the 8th and tasted from the fermenation bin the other day. Delicious. It should be dry and go to barrel next week. Then I will send...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 19th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Right now the only thing is to pick and test post-fermentation. The grapes are shriveling on the vines, and have been subjected in some way to smoke this month, most likely. I picked on the 8th before neighboring Cabs, and am just hoping for the best. I think the smoke at ground level (I am on the V...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 19th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2594

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

I just spoke with a vineyard foreman at Montelena and he confirmed that Montelena will not be producing any 2020 reds. Sobering.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 19th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 32
Views: 2594

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

I was reading Flawless and he mentioned that there isn't any carryover effect of taint but it can or does cause smaller yields the following year so 2021 should be interesting. I'm curious if anyone will decrease price knowing their grapes have some issues or would they just sell them as normal. Ma...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 18th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

For those picking are you testing for taint? Yes. As soon as my fermentation is dry, will send in samples to ETS. Will barrel in neutral barrels next week until the results come back. I will be surprised if I am not ok. But I will not sell to my customers if it is not within the approved range for ...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 18th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Lots of picking going on in Calistoga this week - Kenefick has made lots of headway (saw Nickel&Nickel bins out there) and my Neighbor Frediani and crew are really hauling it this morning! I awakened to the familiar sound of bins being loaded and unloaded, and tractors with mutiple full bins coming ...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 17th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Thanks, Andy. I love the color my vineyard gives me.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 17th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My fermentation is smooth - down to about 2 Brix. I tasted it today and was very pleased - lots of raspberry flavor. I'll see if I ca get a photo up here that I took showing the fermenting fruit and also the wine in a stem.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 16th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1525
Views: 100699

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Chartogne Taillet Aaint Anne - good, solid, affordable Champagne. My daughter and I enjoyed it together while catching up on life - had not seen her in awhile, so no descriptors, just full enjoyment. I just bought some more of this as I had run out. It’s one of my regulars. Both my daughters like C...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 15th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1525
Views: 100699

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Chartogne Taillet Aaint Anne - good, solid, affordable Champagne. My daughter and I enjoyed it together while catching up on life - had not seen her in awhile, so no descriptors, just full enjoyment.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 14th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Great photo, Casey.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 13th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?
Replies: 124
Views: 4206

Re: Ever Have To File A Complaint About Another Winery?

I have been staying away from this thread as the antagonism is a bit much. But now that I am being quoted, please note that Larry was not forthcoming in his original post just what type of infraction he felt he was dealing with. It took 10 posts before he explained this was another to mask or not to...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 12th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1525
Views: 100699

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Champagne Miniere Absolu Blanc de Blancs. First time around with this one, and it is a stunner. Sweet pear on the nose, following to the palate. Crisp, clear, clean...if those descriptors convey anything to you. Glad I have more.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 10th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Harvested at 6:30 Tuesday morning. All went smoothly. Safely in fermentation bins. Will do smoke taint testing post fermentation. Will not sell tainted wine. Big financial leap for me but I knew it was time, and given today's miserable weather, so glad I went when I did. I feel so free (now that I ...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 9th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Harvested at 6:30 Tuesday morning. All went smoothly. Safely in fermentation bins. Will do smoke taint testing post fermentation. Will not sell tainted wine. Big financial leap for me but I knew it was time, and given today's miserable weather, so glad I went when I did. I feel so free (now that I h...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 7th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Last Three Days ... St Helena.... 108, 112, 111(now) Santa Rosa... 103, 107, 109 (now) Tomorrow will be 100-104 in these areas. We talk about possible taint but forget what f*ck quality in many places in 2017 was actually the Labor Day heat. Well.... here we are. And no one will be able to claim th...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 7th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I looked up from the macro I was leafing a few nights ago to see one of my guys (hardest worker, worst picker) preparing to consolidate a couple picking lugs by stomping on the grapes in one lug to create more room. Needless to say, we had to review some of the basics on fruit handling. I don't kno...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 6th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

J. Migone wrote:
September 6th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Merrill your 2011 is drinking amazing, what was the brix for that vintage?
23 something. Latest pick ever, lowest Brix ever, and look how lovely.
by Merrill Lindquist
September 6th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Nope - not ready. Been hanging around 23B or so, flavors of fruit but not the "Ah, it's Cab" sense. Until an hour ago. I went out to the vineyard, grabbed an informal sample and tasting, and it has gone to "Cab" and 24B. It had actually fallen to 22B after a big long irrigation session a few days ag...
by Merrill Lindquist
September 1st, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What kind of pepper do I have here?
Replies: 9
Views: 449

Re: What kind of pepper do I have here?

Thin walled, wrinkly, lots of seeds, dry inside, heat somewhere between a Jalapeño and a Habanero. Was a mystery start at the nursery, plant is about 24” tall and fairly bushy. 1219F183-7A3F-453E-9686-63C33C00B748.jpeg0B8A7163-B8C5-4EBF-B0B5-7C9EA79C40AD.jpeg I have the same peppers. Add to fresh t...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 31st, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My fruit seems "stuck" at 23B. Nate mentioned some recovery time from the heat wave...hopefully dthat is what this is. Flavor is excellent, but if you are measuring sugar, it ain't there.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 31st, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo
Replies: 9
Views: 619

Re: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo

I had the 2006 Dom the other night during a celebration, and it was indeed celebratory. Followed a 2007 Comtes...the wines could not have been more diferent. I love the 2007, but it was more simple and direct than the very complex 2006 Dom. Great bottle (and delicious with our dessert of soft cheese...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 28th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8309

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

So sorry for your losses, Ian.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 27th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8309

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

That's terrible news about McHenry. We are hoping to be able to get in to Alpine and Horseshoe soon to assess the situation. I am not optimistic about the crop but feel very lucky that we did not have direct fire damage. Best of luck, Kevin. This is very difficult, I know. How's the kid, Merrill? S...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 27th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8309

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Kevin Harvey wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 7:01 am
That's terrible news about McHenry.
We are hoping to be able to get in to Alpine and Horseshoe soon to assess the situation. I am not optimistic about the crop but feel very lucky that we did not have direct fire damage.
Best of luck, Kevin. This is very difficult, I know.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Is this a real field blend...as are all those varieties being grown in the same field, or are they just mixing them after harvest? Big difference.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Ian S wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 4:33 pm
For a bunch of sots, you act like prudent teetotalers. If any of you whiners who are complaining about the F-bomb starting the second sentence have EVER dropped the F-bomb yourself (and I'm sure ALL of you have), then you're a huge hypocrite.
Alan Eden...is that you?
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8309

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

My kid is in Live Oak area...waiting to hear from her.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 301
Views: 26350

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

You can take some clusters pre-harvest and ferment them. Then check for smoke taint pre-harvest (expense).

I would never sell wine that even hints of smoke taint - not an ethical business move.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 2008

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Mark Golodetz wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 9:20 am
I got to the curse word in their introduction and immediately stopped. Absolutely unnecessary.
Agreed.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 301
Views: 26350

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Mike Kuller wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
August 25th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Mike Kuller - just bring your wife this time. Don't want them talking about us. And I am happy to pick up the tab....
Just kidding Merrill.
I know. But would love to see you...gets lonely out these parts.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 301
Views: 26350

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Mike Kuller - just bring your wife this time. Don't want them talking about us. And I am happy to pick up the tab....
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Informals sitting at 23B this morning, Drove some samples to the winery and they got 22.9 from a more sophistcated gadget. My guess is 2 weeks, if the birds dont eat them all by then. (They leave my neighbor's alone - he is one row over! Different rootstock, slightly different soil, very different ...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 301
Views: 26350

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Merrill, per Cellartracker your 2011 seems to have more fans then the 2010, and your 2017 seems to have turned out great, so clearly you've mastered these "not-perfect" vintages. I do what I can. Sometimes it is difficult to have such a small site, and at other times it's great. It allows me to dot...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Informals sitting at 23B this morning, Drove some samples to the winery and they got 22.9 from a more sophistcated gadget. My guess is 2 weeks, if the birds dont eat them all by then. (They leave my neighbor's alone - he is one row over! Different rootstock, slightly different soil, very different f...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 25th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 301
Views: 26350

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The Walbridge fire burns above the Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/118317985_10222594734767727_7781799337048383831_o.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=50XCQedD9fwAX9W-RvY&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=e9c4cf7029f20c3102b56e1...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 24th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4606
Views: 263658

Re: de Negoce offer

oh sh-t Cameron SHOTS FIRED LOL this is more of an issue for me than Cameron. I have a hunch it’ll sell out anyway... Cameron, My daughter has an appointment to view pony's at 330PM PST tomorrow. If OG 40 comes before then, I will buy 2 cases and cancel the appointment. If not, she will probably en...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 24th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Informals at 23B this morning. Fruit looks and tastes great (just ask the resident birds). Will do a real sample pull (200 berries) on Tuesday morning and a full lab panel. We are finding out again that the Baltimore Orioles can find the higher brix grapes in a bunch up and down the 5 rows we have ...
by Merrill Lindquist
August 23rd, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1525
Views: 100699

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

For Champagne Sunday: Vilmart Grand Cellier. Glad I bought a bunch - always hits the spot.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 23rd, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

The quiet before the storm? Many of us are under red flag alert due to impending lightning storms. I hope it stays away - that's how many of these fires started.
by Merrill Lindquist
August 22nd, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 511
Views: 29654

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Informals at 23B this morning. Fruit looks and tastes great (just ask the resident birds). Will do a real sample pull (200 berries) on Tuesday morning and a full lab panel.

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