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by Merrill Lindquist
January 26th, 2021, 6:10 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: 10-year Participants! Our BerserkerDay MVPs
Replies: 36
Views: 2937

Re: 10-year Participants! Our BerserkerDay MVPs

Peter Shurman wrote: January 26th, 2021, 6:06 am
Merrill Lindquist wrote: January 25th, 2021, 5:50 pm What is Monopole Cru?
Guess the man is too busy to answer your inquiry.

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Mr. Gautier shared a link which explained it. Happy BerserkerDay!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 25th, 2021, 11:45 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 23
Views: 600

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

Conjunctive labeling requirements in Napa County compels wines marked with any sub AVA to also include "Napa Valley" next to the AVA name. I don't see a conflict with consumers seeing Calistoga on the bottle. I left out another reason why I don't use Calistoga on my label. The Calistoga A...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 24th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 23
Views: 600

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

I'd have to assume that these grapes are being sourced for California/North Coast appellation blends that larger wineries produce to serve the broad market or chains. I doubt these grapes are working their way into Napa-appellated wines in any worrisome amounts, but who knows. I'm curious to hear M...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 23rd, 2021, 4:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?
Replies: 23
Views: 600

Re: Come to Napa- for Central Valley Blends?

It's no secret at all that up to X% of any given high end Napa cab likely contains cheaper Solano, Lodi and Contra Costa fruit. It's been going on for decades. Any? Whoah Nellie. hitsfan Thanks, Brian. While I generally enjoy Adam's posts, he is way off track here. I guess my Black Cats would be co...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 23rd, 2021, 10:46 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I’m new here to the WB message board and farthest thing from a vineyard manager/grower/wine maker (I can drink the hell out of the stuff though), but I wanted to tell you all that I love this thread (minus some of the bad rain news of course). I find it fascinating to hear the people that make the ...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 21st, 2021, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 119058

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

With lunch today (outside, overlooking the vineyard before the rains come early tomorrow morning) a Delamotte. This is no doubt the most readily available QPR in Champagne. I keep plenty on hand and never feel guilty about opening it.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 20th, 2021, 10:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I’m new here to the WB message board and farthest thing from a vineyard manager/grower/wine maker (I can drink the hell out of the stuff though), but I wanted to tell you all that I love this thread (minus some of the bad rain news of course). I find it fascinating to hear the people that make the ...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 14th, 2021, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 119058

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Blake - I have this in the fridge for tonight!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 14th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

The fog is so dense this morning that it is dropping like raindrops. It is supposed to get to 73 this afternoon.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 13th, 2021, 7:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I also got good news late today - I was called to come get the vaccine. Done!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 13th, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

It is 69 degrees right now at my place. January?
by Merrill Lindquist
January 12th, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars
Replies: 36
Views: 2837

Re: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars

Nice to see some buzz for Accendo Cellars as I think it’s well deserved. Thought I would add a little color commentary for those who are interested. In full transparency, I feel lucky to consider Bart Araujo a friend and mentor. I remember walking the Eisele Vineyard with Bart somewhere in the mid-...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 11th, 2021, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars
Replies: 36
Views: 2837

Re: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars

Don't forget that the truly outstanding component of the Araujo wines was the Eisele Vineyard. Yes, Bart and Daphne took care of that vineyard - it wanted for nothing. But I, for one, feel that wine is made in the vineyard. Not sure what pedigree the Accendo label has for the vineyard/vineyards they...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 10th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9234

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

So sad and so senseless.
by Merrill Lindquist
January 8th, 2021, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7687

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

alan weinberg wrote: January 7th, 2021, 7:02 pm
Merrill Lindquist wrote: January 7th, 2021, 6:04 pm Had 18 bottles of Champagne delivered today...but I never intended to slow down with the new year. champagne.gif
deliveries don’t count! It’s first January purchase.
I ordered them the day previous - definitely a January purchase. champagne.gif
by Merrill Lindquist
January 7th, 2021, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1145

Re: Bottle Variation

I've experienced numerous "bottle variations" in young and old wines, still and sparkling. The obvious question is why? And the possible reasons are numerous including the wine itself, effects of winemaking and other producer related influences, to shipping exposures, to storage and to fo...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 7th, 2021, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 204
Views: 7687

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Had 18 bottles of Champagne delivered today...but I never intended to slow down with the new year. champagne.gif
by Merrill Lindquist
January 6th, 2021, 10:51 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Loving the rain and the very cool weather down here. The vines were definitely 'dormant' - certainly a good thing. I was surprised to see someone already beginning pruning - seems a bit early, no? Cheers. Many of the larger ranches/vineyard management companies need to start in January in order to ...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 4th, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

Re: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We have had huge downpours for a good part of the night and day. For much of the day we have had very heavy winds,as well. Guess it is winter!
by Merrill Lindquist
January 4th, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 09`Cristal, 09`Dom Perignon,06`Taittinger Comtes,06`Launois,Ruinart Rose,2- Roederer L`Ermitage + one
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: 09`Cristal, 09`Dom Perignon,06`Taittinger Comtes,06`Launois,Ruinart Rose,2- Roederer L`Ermitage + one

We also had the 2009 Dom on New Year's Eve and found it very enjoyable. The brioche was front and center, rather than a supporting character as you indicated. A very enjoyable bottle - had to force myself to leve my other bottles in the cellar. We also had the Ruinart Rose from half bottle. Huge red...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 3rd, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay
Replies: 5
Views: 652

2018 Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay

Last night I randomly selected this wine to take to a friend's house. What a great wine! A nose of honey that you could smell a short distance across the room. The honey was wrapped in Meyer Lemon (non-astringent) on the nose, with both following to the palate. A mouthfilling viscosity at mid-palate...
by Merrill Lindquist
January 1st, 2021, 8:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2011

2021 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

A big welcome to the new year!

The cover crop is thriving due to intermittent rains and sunny days. Temperatures are in the 50s during the day, and 30s at night. Frost just about every night/early moring.

Let's hope for one of those years that is easy to farm. No telling what it will be as of now.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 31st, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3689

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

2009 Dom
2002 EMH Black Cat
by Merrill Lindquist
December 28th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 1839

Re: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon

We opened a 2001 Black Cat last night, and I was so pleased to see its youthfulness. It is a completely integrated wine right now. Plenty of raspberry fruit, sous bois, baking spice. Very full on the mid-palate, and a long finish. This wine saw no new oak (just neutral French oak). One of the 2 top...
by Merrill Lindquist
December 28th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?
Replies: 29
Views: 5149

Re: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?

All's good here at EMH for 2019. I just pulled a composite sample last week and it is classic Black Cat.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 26th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey Hartlip wrote: December 26th, 2020, 9:44 am I know I'm such a downer with the weather lately. Well.....we got 1.78" with this storm and I will smile today!
We also got a lot of rain...rained pretty steadily all yesterday and all night.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 25th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 1839

Re: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon

ClarkstonMark wrote: December 25th, 2020, 5:19 pm We had 14 16 and 17 Black Cat this week. 17 tonight. They were all great.
That is great to hear, Mark. Thank you.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 25th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 24
Views: 1839

Re: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon

We opened a 2001 Black Cat last night, and I was so pleased to see its youthfulness. It is a completely integrated wine right now. Plenty of raspberry fruit, sous bois, baking spice. Very full on the mid-palate, and a long finish. This wine saw no new oak (just neutral French oak). One of the 2 top ...
by Merrill Lindquist
December 20th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swedish Christmas pairings
Replies: 49
Views: 1588

Re: Swedish Christmas pairings

1 bottle of Aquavit, 1 bottle red wine, cardamon seed, orange peel, cinnamon stick, almonds, raisins....I forget what else. Can you spell L-I-N-D-Q-U-I-S-T. Swedish. Glogg. Oh yes, and cloves. Got to pull out my recipe.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 20th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swedish Christmas pairings
Replies: 49
Views: 1588

Re: Swedish Christmas pairings

Making glögg is ridiculously easy. Just pour half a bottle of inexpensive wine into a kettle, add 70-80 g of white sugar and christmas spices (cloves are virtually mandatory; star anise, cinnamon, bitter orange zest, cardamom and chopped ginger are reliable as well). Let it rest for 15 min or so ov...
by Merrill Lindquist
December 20th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swedish Christmas pairings
Replies: 49
Views: 1588

Re: Swedish Christmas pairings

Glogg all the way!
by Merrill Lindquist
December 17th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We has a hard rain for much of the overnight. It's okay to have some sunny days leading up to Christmas.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 16th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?
Replies: 34
Views: 1842

Re: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?

Greg Harter wrote: December 14th, 2020, 8:17 pm No. If I won't drink it, I won't cook with it.
I agree.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 15th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1744
Views: 119058

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I like the J Lassalle Champagnes. The Cachet d'Or varies a bit by release, but is always solid. I can currently buy it at one of my (higher end) supermarkets for $35. Back in the old times, I used to attend a black tie holiday dinner in a private room at San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall. This win...
by Merrill Lindquist
December 14th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not a cork, not a screwtop, but...
Replies: 24
Views: 1432

Re: Not a cork, not a screwtop, but...

I believe Whitehall Lane has used them in the past - not sure about the situation currently.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 14th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Weather report shows sunny but cool days today and tomorrow. Then rain starting again on Wednesday. I can handle this pattern.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 13th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

We had a hard rain most of the night last night, with puddles welling up on the gravel driveway, That's a key sign here that the rain was pretty saturating.
by Merrill Lindquist
December 7th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dryuary 2021
Replies: 35
Views: 1988

Re: Dryuary 2021

Craig G wrote: December 7th, 2020, 6:00 pm I plan to remain dry from roughly 1am until 5pm on Jan. 1.
I am right there with you.
by Merrill Lindquist
November 29th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: TN: 2017 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I opened one of these recently - had hardly tasted it since bottling in June of 2019. Interestingly, I found the bouquet to be one of the more exciting elements of this vintage (at least on that day!). Floral notes all but overwhelmed...all roses and white flowers. Andy's experience was different fr...
by Merrill Lindquist
November 28th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

32 DEGREES HERE THIS MORNING WITH ANOTHER HEAVY FROST. COVER CROP COMING IN NICELY. IT'S WINTER! (sorry about all caps - was left on from another application)
by Merrill Lindquist
November 19th, 2020, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whining.
Replies: 20
Views: 1943

Re: Whining.

Not me. Not my style.
by Merrill Lindquist
November 19th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 4155

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

From the classic Stuff White People Like blog: "Historically speaking, the music that white people have kept on life support for the longest period of time is Jazz. Thanks largely to public radio, bookstores, and coffee shops, Jazz has carved out a niche in white culture that is not yet ready ...
by Merrill Lindquist
November 17th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 33
Views: 3088

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

If the "activity" in the barrel has stopped, and you have that much sugar left, you are going to end up with a sweet Pinot. Why NOT try a restart?
by Merrill Lindquist
November 17th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N/V Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Latitude
Replies: 1
Views: 276

Re: TN: N/V Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Latitude

I used to buy this and liked it, but it somehow fell off my radar. Thanks for the great reminder.
by Merrill Lindquist
November 17th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

It has been raining like crazy since 9:30 this morning. That water on the burned out trees, land, and buildings is not pleasant.
by Merrill Lindquist
November 17th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 33
Views: 3088

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Going to. I have had the longest ferment in history, but things are still moving (down in sugar) with no increase in VA (mine is always low). The color is what you would expect from the Black Cat...just beautiful. I tasted his morning and we are just about there. The taste, to me, is gorgeous, becau...
by Merrill Lindquist
November 16th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41519

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I see a forecsr for rain Tuesday and Wednesday. That would be nice.
by Merrill Lindquist
November 16th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred daily use corkscrew?
Replies: 83
Views: 3034

Re: Preferred daily use corkscrew?

Monopole Stainless Ah-So.

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