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by Merrill Lindquist
July 4th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My place is small enough to hand-dig the weeds. Last round cost me $640.
by Merrill Lindquist
July 3rd, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet question
Replies: 5
Views: 737

Re: Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet question

I have a 2003 and a 2013 in my cellar. The capsule has a picture of the "chateau" and the vintage date printed on it. That's it.

These came direct from the winery (as in hand delivered by an employee).
by Merrill Lindquist
July 3rd, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah
Replies: 15
Views: 310

Re: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah

Lava Vine is down the street on the Trail here in Calistoga. I believe it is part of Rudy Von Strasser's line-up.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 29th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Thanks for your post, Nate. I'm going to finish up the suckering this week, and then next week look at the crop load when I can really see it. I haven't seen the weather for the 4th, but that is traditionally, for my site, when my place is at risk for sunburn. Temperatures of 100 degrees or more wit...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 28th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 3922

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

A Riesling that I liked.

Sorry, Rieslingfan.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 28th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dom Perignon
Replies: 7
Views: 544

Re: TN: 2009 Dom Perignon

I opened the 2008 Dom late yesterday afternoon and 3 of us found it very nice but somewhat unremarkable. Later, before dinner, I opened a 2006 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee, and that got everyone excited! What an incredible wine. I have some of the 2009 Dom and it sounds like it might be open for business.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 28th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I gave the vines a long, slow drink yesterday. This morning, while it was still cool out (now it is 95 degrees), I started another round of suckering. Both the clusters and the berries look a bit small to me, but there are plenty of them! I was working mostly in the St. George rootstock block. I'll...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 26th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I gave the vines a long, slow drink yesterday. This morning, while it was still cool out (now it is 95 degrees), I started another round of suckering. Both the clusters and the berries look a bit small to me, but there are plenty of them! I was working mostly in the St. George rootstock block. I'll ...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 26th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 600

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

I guess there you have the difference between NYC and Napa Valley. Restaurants here are at full capacity on weekends, and doing well during the week. Let us see how long that lasts. A brief, half-done lockdown may be less costly at outset than a long but thorough one, but yield far less infection p...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 25th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 600

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

I guess there you have the difference between NYC and Napa Valley. Restaurants here are at full capacity on weekends, and doing well during the week.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 24th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I get it, Casey. But I so often hear that people like to just read and feel they have nothing to contribute. EMH fruit is very close to bunch closure. Looks like a very healthy crop. I bottled my 2018s today and they are super-nice. Numbers great - VA, according to my associate winemaker, is astound...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 24th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC somewhere on the street?
Replies: 11
Views: 600

Re: NYC somewhere on the street?

Agreed that consuming outside is no issue right now. In the same sense, you are a special kind of *sshole if you BYO at a restaurant that serves alcohol. Just get take out. Don’t monopolize one of the few tables they have if you’re not going to buy booze too. These people are hurting. At least get ...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 21st, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2103

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

I am sending my ex-husband a 2012 EMH Black Cat. Our daughter is here with me and will provide the transport.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 18th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18941

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Yes, and no recognition that it could be offending. This Board of ours, I love it. I've met so many terrific people here. Yet, look at the Board, look at Page 1. How many names of women do you see posting? Count them. And, then look tomorrow, and next week. Same result you will see. We need diversi...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 17th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We did a second round of weed digging between the vines this weekend. Monday was a fungicide spray. Tuesday was the first irrigation of the growing season.

The is a lot of fruit out there! I saw very little shatter, but need to take a closer look at each row.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 16th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18941

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Matthew - the original poster - you made your choice. What do you hope to gain with this thread? People have their reasons for not buying specific wines, but for some reason, this thread feels a bit "dirty" to me. And yes, I am in the business. And yes, I work hard to maintain integrity. But somethi...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 15th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: is this the end of byo culture?
Replies: 33
Views: 2519

Re: is this the end of byo culture?

Not here. Same policy as before at my regular places. Napa Valley revolves around wine and its wine community. We bring, we taste, we share...and we tip our regular establishments nice amounts of money, even if corkage is waived. This is a very special community in regards to this.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 12th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 104
Views: 4764

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Ceritas.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 9th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2957

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

3 of my current favorites for every day consumption are Doyard-Mahe Empreinte, Philipponnat, and Pol Roger Brut Reserve. These are in addition to the Delamotte that Dr. Stotter mentioned above.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 9th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2957

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

J. Schenck wrote:
June 8th, 2020, 11:21 pm
Warren Taranow wrote:
June 7th, 2020, 9:47 am
While you're cursing me, splurge and buy a Tattinger Comte. It will ruin both you and your budget.
i didn't think i liked Champagne until i tried Comte...
This wine accelerated my slide down the slippery slope.... champagne.gif
by Merrill Lindquist
June 9th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ceritas Heintz vnyd chard
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: TN: 2013 Ceritas Heintz vnyd chard

I had the Peter Martin Ray yesterday with friends and we loved it. Sadly, it was a 2017, so not in its prime window, but impressive just the same.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2957

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
June 6th, 2020, 5:56 pm
NV Delamotte. I can crush this stuff all day.
good choice at an excellent price.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 7th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1274
Views: 86878

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Champagne Sunday...Pol Roger Brut Reserve. I love this one as a daily drinker.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 5th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

The fruit set looks great and I would not have imagined that the forming berries would be so big! WAY past bloom, for sure.
by Merrill Lindquist
June 4th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My neighbor treated my vineyard to a beautiful disk and drag today. I'll get out there in the morning to check out the fruit set - no one wants to be out in another 95-100 degree day. Let's see if what appeared to be an exceptionally even bloom turns out to be the same type of fruit set. No idea wha...
by Merrill Lindquist
June 4th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Restart My Humanity Dinner, Take II -- Littorai, Dirty & Rowdy, EMH, sweeties, others
Replies: 11
Views: 813

Re: TNs--Restart My Humanity Dinner, Take II -- Littorai, Dirty & Rowdy, EMH, sweeties, others

Dan Hammer wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 3:35 pm
Thanks for the 2011 EMH note. My current vertical is 2011 -2015. If you like, even though you’re cellar cleaning, I can replace your wine next year. ;)

Dan
see the note on CT on the 2012 from Emtame.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 30th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We got one brief shower overnight - that's it. Barely got anything wet.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13037

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

There are states where the 14 day quarantine is "urged" (like Massachusetts).Not dictated and not enforced...no citations or stuff like that. Others have or have had a hard and fast 14 day quarantine.

Starting Monday, travelers to Napa Valley will find things much more open.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 29th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

My guys are past what I would consider full bloom. Already browned at the edges, on the way to fruit set. It's an exciting time of year. Got the third fungicide application down this morning. Vineyard is filling up with leftover growth from the cover crop seeding. Will let the effects of this rain t...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 26th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

A short walk out in the 98 degree heat in the vineyard showed what I suspected I would see: full on bloom. It seems very uniform, though I did not spend a lot of time out there. Seeing it is not going to change it, and the heat.... I saw cool temps and rain?? coming for Saturday. Hope the weather ch...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 26th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Final 2 days - Ends Sunday- EMH 2018 Black Cat Pre-release Offer - 20% Off!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: EMH 2018 Black Cat Pre-release Offer - 20% Off!!!

Thanks, everyone, for your orders. For those of you on the fence, there are 5 days left. I would liken the Special Selection most to the 2009, which is my favorite wine EMH has produced.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 24th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Final 2 days - Ends Sunday- EMH 2018 Black Cat Pre-release Offer - 20% Off!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Re: EMH 2018 Black Cat Pre-release Offer - 20% Off!!!

One more week at the reduced pre-release price. Thanks to all who have ordered.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 24th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We don't keep any long grasses here. We are totally on the Valley floor. My less-than-an-acre spot which is surrounded by Frediani Vineyards, gets disked down to the dirt. His 180 acres as well. That's just the way we farm.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 23rd, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Have not seen a tick and typically don't. Are you talking in the vineyard itself?
by Merrill Lindquist
May 22nd, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB Zoom Chat Friday 5/22 6pm PDT
Replies: 9
Views: 280

Re: WB Zoom Chat Friday 5/22 6pm PDT

Too complicated for me!
by Merrill Lindquist
May 22nd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

The warmth of the past couple of days has brought on bloom very nicely. May the weather stay calm, absent of rainfall, and nicely warm to get us through bloom to a nice fruit set. Same wish each year!
by Merrill Lindquist
May 19th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

A walk through the vineyard just now showed the tiniest bit of fraying on a couple of flower formations on a few vines. It's the start, and the warmer, drier days ahead should help get this going.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 16th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 1942

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

Ceritas Chardonnays.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 16th, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Final 2 days - Ends Sunday- EMH 2018 Black Cat Pre-release Offer - 20% Off!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1704

Final 2 days - Ends Sunday- EMH 2018 Black Cat Pre-release Offer - 20% Off!!!

I will be bottling the 2018 Classic and Special Selection Black Cats in a few weeks. Shipping will be in the Fall as weather permits. All prices include shipping! 2018 Black Cat Cabernet Classic - $80/bottle until May 31st (goes to $100 June 1st) ***From our small tasting panel: Aromatics of dark fr...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 15th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"
Replies: 93
Views: 3346

Re: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"

Thanks to Bryan for resurrecting this thread - I was surprised to see I was the original poster! 7 years ago, and for me, a few things have changed. But I still don't have "daily drinkers" in any separate cost category. But a major change for me the percentage of my intake is Champagne. These run $6...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 14th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: PLEASE NOTE: Forum will be closed May 15
Replies: 18
Views: 1844

Re: PLEASE NOTE: Forum will be closed May 15

If this forum does continue at least another week, I have another offer. It will be ready to post Monday.
The orders generated from this forum have saved my Q2, although I have a ways to go. Thank you dto all who ordered.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 12th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I just walked my place and everything is tight. No fraying at the edges - nothing. Forecast does look on the cool side, but no real concern. The ground is nicely damp, which will help later on in the growing season when water runs low. The vineyard is freshly suckered, so it is easy to see where the...
by Merrill Lindquist
May 12th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 41
Views: 6523

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

Thank you, Albert. Glad you enjoy this one....
by Merrill Lindquist
May 12th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Edward H. Earles wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 4:57 am
I just perused the 10-day weather animations over at Windy.com and it looks like Northern California is in for a long stretch of cool, cloudy weather. Is 2020 turning into 2011 yet?
No - why would you want to project that? We haven't even had bloom or fruit set yet. It's May 12.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 8th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15174

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Second spray goes on tomorrow. Lining up some suckering activity.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 8th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 15
Views: 827

Re: TN: NV Vilmart & Cie Champagne Grand Cellier Brut (France, Champagne)

Can someone please list the different labels produced by Vilmart? Perhaps from most "prestigious" to the least? I get them confused, but I have not had one that I did not like!
by Merrill Lindquist
May 8th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: ***CLOSED***EMH Black Cat - 2012 Black Cats Need Good Homes! $75!
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: ***CLOSED***EMH Black Cat - 2012 Black Cats Need Good Homes! $75!

Albert - maybe you missed the offer because you are in the medical community and have been rather busy. Happy to fill your order.
by Merrill Lindquist
May 5th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.
Replies: 63
Views: 2949

Re: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.

. . . I have been married for almost 38 years. From experience, none of this matters. She knows what you are up to. No matter how hard you try to hide it, she knows how much you are buying and how much you are spending. As soon as you really understand this and know that (at at least some level) sh...

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