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by Paul Gordon
September 15th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Our reds (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) are 99% colored with just the odd straggler. Did a quick Syrah brix check today: the block of 174 that is always the most advanced is 21.5b. The Chave block that is always the lowest brix is 19b. With a cool 4-5 days ahead (highs in the 60s) looks we are around ...
by Paul Gordon
September 9th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bing does California Central Coast
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Bing does California Central Coast

The action of terracing is expensive and does lead to an erosion/slide risk the first couple years. Personally I think there is lower risk with rows up and down a slope with a permanent cover crop. Yeah, I was thinking what with that crazy weird California pseudo-soil (I always felt like it was jus...
by Paul Gordon
September 9th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Used, Neutral White Barrels Needed
Replies: 0
Views: 97

Used, Neutral White Barrels Needed

Anyone got any older white barrels for sale? I need three.

Thanks

Paul
by Paul Gordon
September 9th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bing does California Central Coast
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Bing does California Central Coast

Is there just not enough rain in California to worry about erosion? Or do you get a particularly nasty El Nino every 15 or 20 years, which wipes out entire vineyards via mudslides? [And it's cheaper to replant from scratch than to have terraced in the first place?] Or are many California viticultur...
by Paul Gordon
September 9th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bing does California Central Coast
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Bing does California Central Coast

Does anyone know why they plant the rows in the direction of the erosion flow? Is it simply so that the tractors can work the hills more easily? You are correct. If the rows were to go across the face of the slope there would need to be terraces cut. The other consideration for row orientation is t...
by Paul Gordon
September 4th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3428

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

I see many anecdotes of millennials who do not drink, who do not date, who are vegan, who do intermittent fasting etc. Wine is getting a bad reputation amongst folks on the Paleo diet. And all the carbs in these high-sugar California wines are not helping matters. Serious question: Does anyone stil...
by Paul Gordon
September 2nd, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

We finished August with slightly higher than average temps on both the hi and lo - 81F/57F. For reference this August Cote Rotie averaged 84F/61F. We are just about 90% colored. Average temps the next few days should just put us over the top. Then it is forecast to cool down with highs in the low/mi...
by Paul Gordon
August 22nd, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019

What’s the different between the Alturas and the Elevacion syrahs? Just got the emailer and the former was not on the list and the latter was new to me. Robert Elevacion is 100% whole-cluster, 100% Chave clone Syrah, aged in neutral oak. Alturas is 50% whole-cluster, uses a mix of clones (some Estr...
by Paul Gordon
August 22nd, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 868

Re: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019

What’s the different between the Alturas and the Elevacion syrahs? Just got the emailer and the former was not on the list and the latter was new to me. Robert Elevacion is 100% whole-cluster, 100% Chave clone Syrah, aged in neutral oak. Alturas is 50% whole-cluster, uses a mix of clones (some Estr...
by Paul Gordon
August 12th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Thunder and lightning Friday night along with a tenth of an inch of rain. I was hunting all weekend. Nice to take my mind off of work. Hunting thread over on Asylum. Pinot coloring up Fast. Sparkling folks are going to want samples soon I'm sure. Still holding to September 6 or so start date. By co...
by Paul Gordon
August 11th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Saw our first pink berry yesterday - Mourvedre leading the way as always. This is very close timing to last year. Lots of chicks and hens out there. Never seen so many seedless Syrah grapes. All down to that May rain I suspect. The Grenache shattered as we expected but left us with a good size crop ...
by Paul Gordon
August 4th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I scoured the vineyard but not a pink berry to be found. Maybe 7-10 days away, which would match last year.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
August 2nd, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

July is a wrap and was a cool one - average high was 77F and average low 54F. These are 2-3F below historical averages. I am thankful I am not growing in Cote Rotie. Last month they had an average high of 88F and average low of 66F. Paul Roasted slope! Seems CA is cooler than the Rhone this year. I...
by Paul Gordon
August 2nd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon, More Added
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Barrel Tasting Anderson Valley, Foursight, Halcon Etc

Tom It was great to connect and have a longer conversation than those usually brief words while dropping off wine. The Roussanne was a 2018, bottled in early July and our first estate white. Given it was picked October 29th at 19.5b we were a little concerned about the wine. Amazingly at 11.5% alc i...
by Paul Gordon
August 1st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

July is a wrap and was a cool one - average high was 77F and average low 54F. These are 2-3F below historical averages.
I am thankful I am not growing in Cote Rotie. Last month they had an average high of 88F and average low of 66F.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
July 12th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1913

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

I find it amazing that anyone would consider popping and pouring a young (15) Levet a good thing! Top of the list on how to get a wine to show poorly. [head-bang.gif] Gordon I brought the Levet and double decanted the morning of the tasting. This is similar treatment used ahead of previous N. Rhone...
by Paul Gordon
July 11th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

It has been the coolest early summer I can remember. The last time our vineyard broke 80F was June 22! Average high since then is 70F. The next 10 days is forecast is a little warmer but with highs still below 80F.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
July 1st, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Just finished flowering at Halcon. That is a little ahead of last year and exactly the same timing as 2017. Cluster counts look a little lower than recent years, likely caused by last year's persistently cold May. Just a little shatter on the Grenache but actual welcome as it means we do not need to...
by Paul Gordon
June 16th, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Our Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache in full bloom. Syrah just starting. After a slow start we are pulling ahead of the last two years. Looking at the temp chart I am struck by by the similarity between this spring (Apr/May/Jun) and 2015. The big difference was 2015 had a much warmer start/earlier b...
by Paul Gordon
June 8th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2813

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

I cannot comment on Napa but 2018 does look promising. If long hang-time means high quality then 2018 should be a banner year. Here are the days between full color and pick for our Syrah: 2013: 9/14-10/12 = 29 2014: 9/1-9/19 = 19 2015: 9/3-9/20 = 18 2016: 9/18-10/8 = 21 2017: 9/13-10/4 = 22 2018: 9/...
by Paul Gordon
April 28th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Lots of movement this week. The vast majority of buds leafed out and 4-6in shoots in the drier areas. After the very late start, the last week of low to mid 70s has put us slightly ahead of the last two years.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
April 26th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR
Replies: 27
Views: 1409

Re: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR

Todd

Your day two experience is consistent with my CT note from late June - "this is a more open vintage that drinks well now. I find best as a pop'n'pour or give it a couple days of air. A mix of the exotic character of 2013 Alturas and the structure of the 2014."

Paul
by Paul Gordon
April 25th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR
Replies: 27
Views: 1409

Re: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR

Thanks for the great review Todd! Interested to see how it shows today.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
April 25th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR
Replies: 27
Views: 1409

Re: TNs over time - 2016 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas - amazing stuff, crazy QPR

What is the alcohol % on these? The 2016 “Alturas” Syrah was 13.5%. The 2015 was also 13.5% and the 2014 was 13.3%, so pretty consistent. The 2014 has 13.3% on the label but is actually closer to 13% due to some last minute blending choices. The 2017 is 12.7% 2018 version will likely be around 13.5...
by Paul Gordon
April 25th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Clark VM dropped off the tractor with the tilling equipment earlier this week. Juan took a trial ride through, because he was afraid my vineyard would be wet, still, as many others are. Not mine. Whatever it is, that piece of land has amazing drainage. So Victor finished up the disk job, complete w...
by Paul Gordon
April 21st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Budbreak, finally. We are certainly heading to a later pick but warmer weather the next week we should catch things up a little. https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/57409172_10157332688544656_696227972641718272_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-sjc3-1.xx&oh=1599669bdc51ac0f414099e1d152131a...
by Paul Gordon
March 28th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I've been following the rain fronts working their way across the Pacific, and I see no end to them yet. This year is shaping up to be another 2011 for the West Coast. 2011 was notable for a late winter/spring with many very cold blasts of Alaskan air encouraged by record cold water temps off the N....
by Paul Gordon
March 24th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Our buds are slammed shut. Not a sign of even a little popcorning.
This is our latest bud development ever. On the plus side there is zero frost risk. And nothing that a little warm in early April could not fix.
by Paul Gordon
March 11th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6933

Re: California 2017

A little late to the party but here is my take on 2017: - Fortunately coastal Mendo (from where all our grapes originate) avoided any smoke effect. There was a little smoke for the first 24hrs but then the onshore winds cleared the air. There was a lot of survivor guilt in Anderson Valley. - The La...
by Paul Gordon
March 11th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California 2017
Replies: 92
Views: 6933

Re: California 2017

A little late to the party but here is my take on 2017: - Fortunately coastal Mendo (from where all our grapes originate) avoided any smoke effect. There was a little smoke for the first 24hrs but then the onshore winds cleared the air. There was a lot of survivor guilt in Anderson Valley. - The Lab...
by Paul Gordon
March 10th, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Snowed again last night. Turned to sleet and rain by midday. We are at 58in of rain for the season. That is our average for a full year. Finishing up pruning. Absolutely zero movement on the buds. Going to be a mid-April budbreak at the earliest. Paul What a difference a few miles makes! We have re...
by Paul Gordon
March 9th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Snowed again last night. Turned to sleet and rain by midday. We are at 58in of rain for the season. That is our average for a full year.
Finishing up pruning. Absolutely zero movement on the buds. Going to be a mid-April budbreak at the earliest.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
February 26th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

We just hit 9in of rain from this storm. Still raining hard. I think that this is the most powerful two days of rain since we bought the property in 2003.
by Paul Gordon
February 17th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Snowed again last night. Snow level was around 2300ft. That is the fourth round of snow in the last 2 weeks.
by Paul Gordon
February 5th, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Sean Devaney wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Great pic Paul. Do you have to do anything special as far as vineyard prep?
No prep needed. Vines are in a deep sleep. No impact on them. We will be pruning at the end of the month.

Paul
by Paul Gordon
February 5th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 390
Views: 21158

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

A snowy day at Halcon. We get around half a dozen snow days a year but this was an especially heavy one. Close to 6 inches on the ground. Paul https://scontent-frt3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51059165_10157154203244656_3717494984409088000_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_ht=scontent-frt3-1.xx&oh=34b181e24f5448623...
by Paul Gordon
January 28th, 2019, 2:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1

Happy to extend these offers through the end of Friday (Feb 1).
Thanks to everyone that ordered over the weekend!

Paul
by Paul Gordon
January 27th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

Cris Whetstone wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Somebody value the Esquisto, Paul. The CT value was at $1131.00. Now that I've entered mine it has dropped to $856.25. Sorry.

[berserker.gif]
I wish that was the value [cheers.gif]

P
by Paul Gordon
January 27th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

Dan R wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 12:42 pm
These are world class wines. They stand shoulder to shoulder with wines 4 x the price from the Northern Rhone. The Pinot is exceptional as well.

Awesome people to boot!
Thanks Dan!
by Paul Gordon
January 27th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

Thought people may be interested in a little blind tasting we did a couple years ago - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=140830&hilit=blind+rhone

Paul
by Paul Gordon
January 26th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

marycamp wrote:
January 26th, 2019, 11:30 am
email sent for a Rhone 6 pack, looking forward to another great vintage of Halcon! :-)
Thanks Mary!

Paul
by Paul Gordon
January 26th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

Thanks John for all your support over many years!

Paul
by Paul Gordon
January 26th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Halcon BD10 Offers - extended thru Friday 2/1
Replies: 31
Views: 1910

Re: Halcon BD10 Offers

And thanks Jeff! I agree - drink more Halcon!

Paul

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