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by Paul Gordon
January 2nd, 2021, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhone trip revisited: California vs. Rhone blind tasting
Replies: 46
Views: 4722

Re: Rhone trip revisited: California vs. Rhone blind tasting

Such wonderful memories. Fingers crossed that later this year we can have more tastings like this one.
Happy new year!

Paul
by Paul Gordon
December 19th, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.
Replies: 110
Views: 6861

Re: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.

Surprised no one has gone with Clusel-Roch nor Jasmin. Both affordable, classic (lower oak) Cote Rotie.
I think Champet is a good Benetiere replacement. I enjoyed the 2013 but I see the negative CT notes on the 2015 that Robert mentioned.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
December 16th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck's Top 100 Wines of the Year
Replies: 44
Views: 3594

Re: Jeb Dunnuck's Top 100 Wines of the Year

I believe his lists are 100 top red wines, but it isn't always clearly indicated. LOL I was going to say the same thing. Wonder if he posts a white wine lists then. In any case, some variety on a number of axes. I found at least one white on this list: #30 2019 Guigal Condrieu La Doriane Edit: #94 ...
by Paul Gordon
December 12th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcon - Petite Sirah "Tierra" Theopolis Vineyard (USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands)
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: TN: 2018 Halcon - Petite Sirah "Tierra" Theopolis Vineyard( gUSA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands)

Paul - I don't have much experience with Petite Sirah and would be interested in your thoughts on drinking these. I have 2015, 2016, and 2018. Thank you. Stephen It is a wine that definitely benefits from 3-4 years to integrate and mellow a touch. Try that 2015. It will certainly have some tannin b...
by Paul Gordon
December 11th, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon: good Blake Grey article
Replies: 12
Views: 1483

Re: Halcon: good Blake Grey article

Thanks to you all for the great feedback and all the support over the years!

Paul
by Paul Gordon
December 1st, 2020, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 30
Views: 3064

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

I am picking up 2013s and 2016s where I can. I find 2015, 2017, 2018, and I suspect 2019, all a little roasted and jammy for my palate.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
November 24th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE Top 100
Replies: 15
Views: 1901

Re: WE Top 100

Yes it's the time of year for lists. I scanned this pretty well and didn't find a single Anderson Valley OR Mendocino county wine. I guess '17 & '18 were good in many other locations. I'm expecting many amazing wines from the north coast to be released soon. Casey We were #28 in the Cellar Sele...
by Paul Gordon
November 20th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Maker Tasting Notes or lack there of.....why
Replies: 30
Views: 1242

Re: Wine Maker Tasting Notes or lack there of.....why

I use Cellartracker for updates on our wines particularly earlier in their life.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
November 16th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy Report from Fine & Rare
Replies: 26
Views: 2490

Re: 2019 Burgundy Report from Fine & Rare

Very interesting to read the 13.5-14.5% alcohol across the board, and the observation that the higher quality areas (presumably = Grand Cru) are on the higher side. More interesting to read that many are unconcerned with this high alcohol %! What are the ramifications of this higher alcohol %? The ...
by Paul Gordon
November 15th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What am I tasting in this 2015 Vieux Telegraphe?
Replies: 7
Views: 904

Re: What am I tasting in this 2015 Vieux Telegraphe?

Hank

Could that cork have created a poor seal giving the wine a little more air?

Paul
by Paul Gordon
November 12th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto (USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands)
Replies: 10
Views: 937

Re: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto (USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands)

Glad you liked the wine David (and Robert). I think this wine really benefited from maturing vines (around 13 years old in 2018 vintage) and long, moderate hang time. The fruit was picked November 1st! Paul Trying a Syrah tonight. Did you intentionally try to emulate Steve Edmunds? I am really digg...
by Paul Gordon
November 10th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto (USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands)
Replies: 10
Views: 937

Re: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Esquisto (USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands)

Glad you liked the wine David (and Robert). I think this wine really benefited from maturing vines (around 13 years old in 2018 vintage) and long, moderate hang time. The fruit was picked November 1st!

Paul
by Paul Gordon
October 21st, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley this Thanksgiving?
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Re: Willamette Valley this Thanksgiving?

Thanks for all the info. Based on this feedback I think we are going to wait until the spring. Hopefully the covid situation will be improving and the weather will be more compatible with outdoor dining.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
October 19th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley this Thanksgiving?
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Willamette Valley this Thanksgiving?

We are thinking of heading to Willamette/Portland this Thanksgiving. Of course historically a weekend of winery open houses. Has anyone heard of plans (and restrictions) this year? Those in the biz?

Paul
by Paul Gordon
October 13th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Brett as wines age?
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Perception of Brett as wines age?

Mourvedre actually has the chemical markers for brett naturally, rather like Syrah has a lot of Guaiacol (smoke taint chemical). I know because we had a fight bringing into a custom crush facility a few barrels of Mourvedre that had tested "positive" for brett. Paul *Fascinating* i know t...
by Paul Gordon
October 13th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Brett as wines age?
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Perception of Brett as wines age?

Paul, One of the markers for Brett would be 4-EG which is a guaiacol.- is this marker not in wines that are showing smoke taint? Cheers. A smoke taint test gives both 4-EG and straight Guaiacol. If a wine/grapes show any 4-EG, usually along with a very high Guaiacol (10ppb+), it is considered highl...
by Paul Gordon
October 13th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Brett as wines age?
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Perception of Brett as wines age?

A question for those who’ve had more wines with significant bottle age than I have: in your experience, how does the perceived brettiness of a wine change over time in bottle? I was drinking a 2016 Pibarnon (Bandol) over the weekend. I know, too young, but I wanted to track it over time. At first i...
by Paul Gordon
October 13th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Brett as wines age?
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Perception of Brett as wines age?

I suspect the air exposure opened up the fruit. The brett was still there just more fruit to balance.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
October 5th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61361

Re: #GlassFire

blarmston wrote: October 5th, 2020, 11:02 pm Does anyone have an update on how contained the fires are now? Last I saw it was only about 15% or so, and that was 2-3 days ago.
I heard 30% this morning. 60-70% is basically "out".

Paul
by Paul Gordon
October 4th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Picked our first grapes on Friday (10/2) - our Roussanne came in at 19.5b and Marsanne just under 23b. Pressed to 1.4 bar and no signs of smoke issues. I have had an experience with smoke tainted whites back in 2014, so I (unfortunately) know what to look for. Acids a little on the low side mainly d...
by Paul Gordon
October 4th, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remedies for burnt/damaged vineyards
Replies: 4
Views: 739

Re: Remedies for burnt/damaged vineyards

Jim

Vines are tough. After fire damage they will often throw shoots from close to the ground. Worst case the rootstock can be salvaged and regrafted.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
October 3rd, 2020, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61361

Re: #GlassFire

Craig G wrote: October 3rd, 2020, 6:25 pm The purple air map for Napa and Sonoma looks really good right now. Is that real?
Sonoma clear this afternoon. Some smoke in Oakland/East Bay hills.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 28th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2654

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

Jamie

I agree with you that stems reduce temps of a ferment but I would expect a higher temp to lead to a lower alc - more alc blown off.
There must be another factor.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 27th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Wow what a difference a day can make - we had a high of 69F yesterday (Sat), a low of 51F then a high of 90F today. Warm the next 3-4 days with highs in the upper 80s.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 24th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Casey

Why drop the fruit instead of just leaving for the birds/to rot on the vine?

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 23rd, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....
Replies: 21
Views: 1570

Re: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....

I feel like Syrah can finally get past its reputation as a failed "California's next big thing" and go back to doing what it's always done best: appealing to those of us who want meat, and spice, and wildness in our wines just as much as we want fruit and tannin. That may not be a mainstr...
by Paul Gordon
September 23rd, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 1051

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

It’s been a rough harvest and we’ve still a long way to go. I’ve been hearing a lot of people say that they won’t be buying 2020 wines from Napa/Sonoma because of the fires. I’m wondering how people will react when tasting notes start coming out in 2021 and 2022 for these 2020 wines. Since the vast...
by Paul Gordon
September 22nd, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I think 2020 CA fire zone reds are going to be extremely tough sales to folks like us. 2017 was a much different situation in that quite a bit of the fruit was already harvested. With so much exposure to smoke taint, I myself will be very leery of purchasing 2020 in any sizeable quantity. This isn'...
by Paul Gordon
September 22nd, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

And even if there is “smoke taint”, the wine can still be pretty compelling. The way people want their brisket to absorb as much smoke as possible to enhance the flavor, some “smoke taint” can be interesting to experience in wine. You may not want a case, but a bottle or two to explore can be inter...
by Paul Gordon
September 22nd, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck
Replies: 38
Views: 3677

Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

Long ago the CT crew ran an analysis of Jeb's scores versus CT way before TWA. It's over in the CT forum but Jeb's points ran 2-4 higher than CT. Not being critical as he was very consistent in the range and that's all you really need, a reference. I think people critical of his TWA scores were not...
by Paul Gordon
September 21st, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck
Replies: 38
Views: 3677

Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

I will say I really like our 2018s (as do the critics) but our 2019s are even better. The two years had very similar conditions but a slightly lower crop in 2019 upped the intensity a touch, while still keeping excellent balance.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 20th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I've heard that high elevation vineyards in your area are considered much more likely to be smoked than valley floor. Just what I've heard. That has not been my experience Casey. The smoke generally settles low. A number of days we have had a light haze at our altitude and can see much more dense s...
by Paul Gordon
September 20th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I did some sampling yesterday. Our Syrah is in a tight range of 21-21.5b. The Roussanne and Marsanne around 18.5b. Some amazingly small berries this year. Many Syrah clusters are all chicks and no hens. It will really suck if we lose this year to smoke taint. Clearly our best balanced year ever in ...
by Paul Gordon
September 20th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I did some sampling yesterday. Our Syrah is in a tight range of 21-21.5b. The Roussanne and Marsanne around 18.5b. Some amazingly small berries this year. Many Syrah clusters are all chicks and no hens. It will really suck if we lose this year to smoke taint. Clearly our best balanced year ever in t...
by Paul Gordon
September 20th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

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 ...
by Paul Gordon
September 12th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

What seasonal cues do grapevines pick up on? All these days of no sun. Temps are down because of it, but not near late season temps. Wes From my observation, vines react to the nighttime lows. When we get a cold late September storm front, the associated temps go down to around 40F and that tends t...
by Paul Gordon
September 8th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Smoke is particularly bad today in Napa. The sky looks like a Blade Runner hellscape. I heard it’s from the August Complex fire up in Mendocino. At this point I think the central valley is full of smoke from the August Complex (mainly Glenn county not Mendo), the fire near Fresno and all the previo...
by Paul Gordon
September 8th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

We are not picking fruit at Family Farm, Skyline, Alpine, Horseshoe or Centennial Mtn. Very painful but I guess it could be worse. I hope other wineries are faring better. This is pretty devastating for everyone. Shit, sorry to hear that Kevin. Just hope we are getting a decade's worth of WTF over ...
by Paul Gordon
September 8th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Had to sign two different smoke taint amendments this week. Clients are in CYA mode. I still think our fruit will be some of the cleanest in the north coast region considering what has happened. I was telling a buddy today that we haven't had a real difficult harvest since 2011 so mathematically we...
by Paul Gordon
September 7th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Eric Lundblad wrote: September 7th, 2020, 3:54 pm Re Smoke, everything I see for smoke (PM2.5) has sonoma/napa in the green and yellow range for the last 3 days.
Smoke was bad around Petaluma and Marin today. Less dense further north in Sonoma. Our place was clear.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 5th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 41209

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

I am late posting my monthly report - just back from a few days of pre-harvest R&R in Lassen National Park. A beautiful, fascinating place and without cell coverage. Glad to see August 2020 in the rearview mirror. We were fortunate to never see the extremes of heat that others experienced furthe...
by Paul Gordon
August 27th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8512

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Are homes in these fire-prone areas insurable? Are the rates subsidized? They have to astronomical Over the last few years many insurers have back out of the risker areas and insurance has been hard to find/expensive. Just this week we heard that some areas on the Silicon Valley side of the Santa C...
by Paul Gordon
August 26th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The commercial labs are all set up to test for smoke taint. Results come back fast. You can easily send out samples and get the results right before deciding if you want the grapes the grower swears up and down are just fine. 4 days turnaround, as of Monday when I spoke with ETS. And I suspect they...
by Paul Gordon
August 25th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

A few useful things to remember based on some conversations I’ve been having on the ground here: 1. Just because someone is testing for smoke taint, doesn’t mean the berries are tainted. 2. Just because someone gets a negative result for free volatile smoke markers in berries, doesn’t mean the berr...
by Paul Gordon
August 25th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8512

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

If the fire map can be believed, there is no (detectable) fire activity in the Santa Cruz mountains. Hope that is true. Btw the Sonoma fire only shows a little activity on the easterly edge close to Healdsburg. Does feel like we are over the hump. Paul Recent report I saw said something about still...
by Paul Gordon
August 25th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8512

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

If the fire map can be believed, there is no (detectable) fire activity in the Santa Cruz mountains. Hope that is true.
Btw the Sonoma fire only shows a little activity on the easterly edge close to Healdsburg. Does feel like we are over the hump.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
August 24th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8512

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

Looking at the fire map, the southern section of the Santa Cruz blaze seems to be under control. I hope that is the case.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
August 24th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9340

Re: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County

Thankfully the weather front last night was a bust. No lightning and minor winds.
According to the fire map, activity has reduced significantly in the northern section around Lake Sonoma. Only really active sector is west of Windsor. What are you hearing/seeing on the ground Brian?

Paul
by Paul Gordon
August 23rd, 2020, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 355
Views: 34131

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

There is concern about wind today when the next potential storm blows in. May be more lightning, but also concern about wind (although nothing like a few years ago, gusts up to 20 mph in my area). -Al At this point the front seems to be dying off the Sonoma/Southern Mendo coast. No lightning strike...

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