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by TomHill
March 29th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah
Replies: 8
Views: 279

Perhaps...

Another outstanding A-R syrah is "Que Syrah," Sonoma Coast. Perhaps it's their best Syrah. But it's pretty expensive and not, I feel, a great expression of QueSyrah. I much preferred the KurtBeitler/Boheme (and before that...the Failla). Had more ripeness and richness to it. Not as lean/pinched as ...
by TomHill
March 29th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Caruso e Minini Nero d'Avola Sicilia '18...(short/borin
Replies: 1
Views: 71

TN: Caruso e Minini Nero d'Avola Sicilia '18...(short/borin

This was gifted me by a friend, so I cracked it w/ Susan last night: 1. Caruso e Minini Nero d'Avola DOC: Sicilia (Organic Grapes; Naturalmente Bio; MassanoisImports/NY; L 9141A; 13.5%) Marsala 2018 : Very dark color; strong earthy/dusty/OV rather grapey/licorice/boysenberry/black cherry cola bit ru...
by TomHill
March 29th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Yup....

It's definitely not Gary's. It's not even the coldest Syrah site in the SLH. Double L is a few miles north of Gary's and has a Syrah block. Also not Ascona. It's a pretty cool site, produces excellent wines, and is definitely a site to watch (like the Madson team) but like most SCM vineyards, it is...
by TomHill
March 28th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Thanks...

Thanks for sharing that, Paul. Interesting how closely you track C-R.
Tom
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 452

There's More..

I only thought I knew of one place that had Negrette - Ron Siletto's in the Cienega Valley. I'm glad to hear there's stuff elsewhere! Adam, I believe there's other plantings of Negrette down in SanBenitoCnty. In the '70's, when Alamaden was getting a lot of folks to plant grapes for them down there...
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Thanks...

Thanks for clarifying that, Tegan. Refosco it is.
And Negrette is not a bad thing, you know??
Tom
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

And...

And.... after we define "coldest", we can bring all these brilliant minds to bear on the easy problem to define "natural"!!! :-)
Tom
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Well...

What exactly does “coldest” mean? Lowest single temp yearly? Lowest average? Most days below a certain temp? Could mean many things. I would bet that some Sierra Foothills sites would be in the running, in any case. Well, Nate...degree-days would be a first good start. And if one stands out on that...
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 452

Well...

Well, Buzz...I'm a bit suspicious it's actually Refosco unless it was from a recent (last 10 yrs) planting. For many yrs, FPS was selling what they thought was Refosco, but DNA showed it to actually Mondeuse. Which is not a bad thing for those old Refosco plantings. Your TN suggests it might be Mond...
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Yup...

Yup, Wes. Forgot about McEvoyRanch.
Never had a Syrah from AsconaVnyd. Should I??
Tom
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

And...

And would suggest that Presidio/Melville and BienNacidio might be in that mix.
Degree-days might be the easiest measure.
Tom
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1705

Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

Just got an e-mail from BruceNeyers (now Trinchero Family) in which he states (without supporting data) that Garys' is the coldest Syrah vnyd in Calif. My guess would be (based on the taste of the wines) would be Stolo/Cambria. Or QueSyrah. Or Peay. Or Bassetti. Or Hudson/LasMadres. Or Ehren Jordan....
by TomHill
March 27th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Thunder Mtn

Did Milan Maxminovitch make some wines from Jarvis vnyd. Or was that only Bates Ranch.
Tom
by TomHill
March 26th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1444

Oyyyyyy...

Oy... would these be a good time to raise the issue of SO2 additions must be made from "natural" Sulfer harvested from natural volcanoes vs. SO2 that comes as a byproduct of the PetroChemical industry?? Nawh... it'd only muddy the waters!!
Tom
by TomHill
March 26th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1444

Yup..

Yup, Ian...pretty much agree with you. There's little doubt that some large producers will attempt to co-op the term. That's why I suggest (only partially facetiously) that there be a case-limit of which you cannot exceed to be a "natural" producer. Is Ridge a " natural" producer?? Most purists woul...
by TomHill
March 26th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1444

Well....

Well, David/Otto...my questions are only partly TFIC. I would argue the netting for birds is a manipulation. I asked a local distributor of "natural" wines if putting grapes thru a sorting table, where they come in contact with hard plastic or metal tables and peoples hands, was a manipulaton. "No" ...
by TomHill
March 25th, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1444

So...

So....it's not at all clear. If the grapes go across a sorting table, and rotted bunches, leaves, dead mice and snakes are plucked out...can it still be considered "natural". What if they use an optical sorting table? What if they use (plastic) netting to protect against bird damage?? I still like m...
by TomHill
March 25th, 2020, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XV
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Hmmmm...

Hmmmm, Marc....I wonder how the Montclair was able to use LyttonSprings on their label?? I believe the Ridge has trademarked the LS name. I doubt that Ridge was selling any of their LS grapes. Any idea what's going on here??
Tom
by TomHill
March 25th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Tement Sauvignon Blanc Grosse Lage STK Zieregg
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Not..

Not familiar with this producer, Kirk. Importer??
Wish more Sudstiermark wines were available in the USofA.
Tom
by TomHill
March 25th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Nals-Margreid Pinot Bianco Alto Adige - Südtirol Sirmian
Replies: 7
Views: 211

Nice..

Welcome, Sean and nice TN. Not familiar with this producer, but it's hard to go wrong with a wine from the Sudtirol, red or white.
Please share more TN's and soon you'll be up to 23,794 like yours truly!! [tease.gif]
Tom
by TomHill
March 24th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quite a surprise, 1995 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc.
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Well....

Well, Anton...oxidation has many manifestations in a wine. It sounds like this SauvBlanc aged/oxidized in a surprising and favorable way. I find the way WhiteRhones age/oxidize and development that nutty/toasted hazelnutty character rather attractive. Remember when we were first learning about wine ...
by TomHill
March 23rd, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1166

Well....

Well, Ryan....short, yes...boring, not...and I should know. Sounds better than I would have expected it to be.
Send us #2 now.
Tom
by TomHill
March 23rd, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: W&S: Schildknecht on Furmint
Replies: 0
Views: 156

W&S: Schildknecht on Furmint

It's not yet online, but I just got my latest W&S magazine and there is an outstanding article by David about the return to glory of Furmint in Austria. Worth buying off the newsstand just for this article. Not just its return in the Burgenland, but Styria and other areas in Austria, with some refer...
by TomHill
March 22nd, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild Flora&Fauna WW '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 107

TN: Idlewild Flora&Fauna WW '19...(short/boring)

My Idlewild shipment arrived last week, so cracked last night: 1. Idlewild Flora&Fauna WW MendoCnty (11.4%) 2019 : Med.yellow color; quite fragrant floral/gardenias/lemony bit Arneis-like slight stony/chalky very attractive nose; lightly tart fairly rich floral/gardenias/lemony/spicy/almost Muscattt...
by TomHill
March 22nd, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin PasoRobles '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 192

Hmmmm...

MitchTallan wrote:
March 22nd, 2020, 11:23 am
Aww Tom, you're scaring me.
Beni died a year ago.
https://zinfandel.org/honoring-paso-rob ... nito-dusi/
Hmmmm....guess I missed that, Mitch. Now I have vague recollections of that.
Tom
by TomHill
March 22nd, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DryCreekVnyd Chard DCVBlock 10 '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 86

TN: DryCreekVnyd Chard DCVBlock 10 '18....(short/boring)

Tried this new release from DryCreekVnyd last night: 1. DryCreekVnyd Chard DCVBlock 10 RRV (13.8%; Hrvstd: Oct 22; w-c pressed; SaH: 23.2 Brix; TA: 0.61 gm/100ml; 93% brl frmtd; 80% malolactic) 2018 : Light gold color; strong ripe/honeydew melon/Chard/bit pineapple modest pencilly/toasty/Fr.oak ligh...
by TomHill
March 22nd, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Checking In On TimSpear/Clos Mimi???
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Checking In On TimSpear/Clos Mimi???

In these scarey times, my mind oft wanders down strange alleys. The wines of Clos Mimi happened to come to mind. These were full-throttle/ over the top/high alcohol Paso wines made by Tim Spear. They were highly liked in Monktown. They were a bit too OTP to my tastes. Google tells me that Tim now se...
by TomHill
March 22nd, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin PasoRobles '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 192

TN: Ridge Zin PasoRobles '18....(short/boring)

My Z-List shipment arrived last week, so cracked last night: 1. Ridge Zin PasoRobles BenitoDusiRanch/PasoRobles/SLOCnty (100% Zin; 14.8%; bttld 12/19; Drk: 10/19-10/26: EB; 4.7% water addition) 2018 : Dark color; strong dusty/OV strong blackberry/boysenberry/PR Zin/plummy/very spicy not overripe/jam...
by TomHill
March 20th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin EastBench '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 160

TN: Ridge Zin EastBench '18...(short/boring)

My Z-List shipment arrived this week, so cracked: 1. Ridge Zin EastBench DryCreekVlly/SonomaCnty (100% Zin; 14.9%; bttld 12/2019; Drk: 10/19-10/25-10/26: JO) 2018 : Med.dark color; strong raspberry/blackberry/Zinberry/fairly spicy bit dusty/OV some vanilla/Am.oak quite attractive Zinberry nose; fair...
by TomHill
March 19th, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Yup...

Thanks for posting these notes, Tom. Interesting project, and I'll read through the notes more carefully tomorrow or over the weekend. You must be doing well with your new knees! [cheers.gif] Yup...new knees doing remarkably well. I've auditioned for a pole dancer job at Cheeks, the local strip clu...
by TomHill
March 19th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 501

Andy Walker's Comments....

New PD-Resistant Wine Grape Varieties Named and Released Patents Filed for Walker-bred Cultivars Developed at UCD by Ted Rieger December 03, 2019 UCD viticulture professor and grape breeder Dr. Andy Walker developed the five PD-resistant wine grape varieties with research funding from the CDFA PD/GW...
by TomHill
March 19th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 501

TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)

I was out in SoCal last week before aborting my trip because of anticipated travel restrictions because of Coronavirus. But I did manage to squeeze in a visit w/ Helen & Adam Tolmach up in Oakview. I have, of course, followed AdamTolmach from the very start, his '83 Syrah, one of the first great Syr...
by TomHill
March 11th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Neyers Syrah Cuvee d'Honneur '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 121

TN: Neyers Syrah Cuvee d'Honneur '05...(short/boring)

Tried this last night w/ my BarBQue pork: 1. Neyers Syrah Cuvee d'Honneur HudsonVnyd/NapaVlly (14.1%) 2005 : Med.dark color w/ some bricking; strong c-c/black olive tapenade/some black pepper some blackberry/Syrah/spicy bit toasty/oak quite complex nose; quite tart/tangy strong c-c/Carneros Syrah/bl...
by TomHill
March 10th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two SandiSkerk Whites '11...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 226

TN: Two SandiSkerk Whites '11...(short/boring)

Shared these two w/ Susan last weekend: 1. Skerk Malvazija IGP: Venezia Giulia (14%; L1; Oliver McCrum Wines) Prepotto/Trieste 2011 : Deep golden/burnished bronze color; rather strong resiny/phenolic/skin-contact rather honeyed/orangey light Malvasia/muscatty/floral quite perfumed quite complex ose;...
by TomHill
March 10th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 312

Well...

Cracked this last night on a lark: 1. EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd/SLOCnty....a beautiful example of a fully-mature c-c Syrah but showing signs of starting to dry out a bit; shows a slight metallic/tangy aftertaste of a wine starting to go round the bend; a beautiful EdStJ fully-mature Syrah. A...
by TomHill
March 10th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two SonomaCoast Oldies (Chard/Syrah) '07..(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 262

TN: Two SonomaCoast Oldies (Chard/Syrah) '07..(short/boring)

Tried these two w/ Susan over the weekend: 1. Peay Chard Estate SonomaCoast (13.9%; www.PeayVineyards.com) Annapolis 2007 : Med.dark gold color; strong nutty/oldChard rather toasty/caramel/Fr.oak slight melony/lemony/Chard some complex nose; fairly tart/tangy rather nutty/oldChard strong caramel/toa...
by TomHill
March 10th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Whites O'er The Weekend...(short/boring)
Replies: 0
Views: 136

TN: Two Whites O'er The Weekend...(short/boring)

Shared these two w/ Susan Fri night: 1. Corte Gardoni "Greoto" DOC: Custoza (Garganega/Trebbiano/Trebbianello/Cortese/Manzoni Bianco; 12%; L.19 110; KermitLynchImprts) Corte Gardoni di Piccoli Valeggio sul Mincio/Veneto 2018 : Med.gold color; lightly floral/carnations/perfumed talc light chalky/ston...
by TomHill
March 10th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 312

TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd '05...(short/boring)

Cracked this last night on a lark: 1. EdmundsStJohn Syrah BassettiVnyd/SLOCnty (14.2%; www.EdmundsStJohn.com) ThirstyPagans With Big Ideas/SuisunCity 2005 : Very dark color w/ little bricking; beautiful c-c/black pepper rather Rhonish light earthy strong blackberry/spicy/Syrah slight floral/violets ...
by TomHill
March 8th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineShops in Claremont/Upland/RanchoCucamonga??
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Thanks...

Gonna be in that area this weekend & need to get some interesting wines to share. Any recs. I recall a good one in Upland on Foothill Blvd I'm thinking. Tom Packing House in Claremont and Liquorama in Upland. Also a Total Wine in Rancho, but I believe that is about it. Thanks, Dennis. Liquorama was...
by TomHill
March 8th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineShops in Claremont/Upland/RanchoCucamonga??
Replies: 8
Views: 322

WineShops in Claremont/Upland/RanchoCucamonga??

Gonna be in that area this weekend & need to get some interesting wines to share.
Any recs. I recall a good one in Upland on Foothill Blvd I'm thinking.
Tom
by TomHill
March 6th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Unti LaCrima '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 275

TN: Unti LaCrima '17...(short/boring)

Steve brought this as a mystery wine Wed night: 1. Unti LaCrima DryCreekVlly (14.2%; 50 cs) Healdsburg 2017 : Very dark color; slight herbal very fragrant/perfumed black cherry/black cherry cola/LaCrima some pencilly/toasty/oak slight earthy/rustic/Italianate lovely aromatic nose; bit soft very stro...
by TomHill
March 6th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Good Notes

Great TN's, Tom. Wisht I could have been there. The RdC wines are, across the board, very compelling wines. Paola Rapuzzi, owner (deceased) of RdC, was the one who resurrected the Schioppettino grape. Found a few vines in an old vnyd, propagated them at RdC, and the rest is history. He died some 5-6...
by TomHill
March 3rd, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: OjaiVnyd Syrah PresidioVnyd '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: TN: OjaiVnyd Syrah PresidioVnyd '05...(short/boring)

Any idea what the ABV was on this? This was made before he started dialing back - and I know he continues to get fruit from that vineyard along with a bunch of others in the area. By the way, in the recent Santa Barbara Vintner's Foundation gala, I bid on and won a lot - well, I won 2 seats - to a ...
by TomHill
March 3rd, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: OjaiVnyd Syrah PresidioVnyd '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 282

TN: OjaiVnyd Syrah PresidioVnyd '05...(short/boring)

Took this magnum to share at the Calif Rhones dinner at Pig+Fig last night: 1. OjaiVnyd Syrah PresidioVnyd/SantaBarbaraCnty (14.5%) 2005 : Very dark/black color w/ no bricking; very intense c-c/black pepper/Rhonish/black olive tapenade intense blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry/ripe some smokey/toasty/oak...
by TomHill
March 1st, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Hmmmmm..

2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (3/1/2020) Wow, this adds a depth and complexity to the Fosco, which itself is really excellent. This is a bit more concentrated, a bit tighter -- some lovely tart cherry, with th...
by TomHill
March 1st, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Great...

2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Fosco - USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley of Russian River Valley (3/1/2020) Wow, this is by far the best nebbiolo I have had outside of Italy. Lovely nose of violets and rose hips, with those rustic notes I associate with good Italian wine. Some very nic...
by TomHill
March 1st, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FREE: Some Early Calif Wine Articles
Replies: 1
Views: 288

FREE: Some Early Calif Wine Articles

Blair Swartz was in my LosAlamos wine group from the very start. Like many LosAlamos types, very focused on his passion and a bit anal. His daughter, Stacey, was cleaning house and gave me some of his collection: 1. Connoisseur's Guide to Calif Wine : Vol 1#5 (July '75)-Vol 5#5 (Nov '80) 2. Robert F...
by TomHill
February 28th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Foradori Granato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Replies: 8
Views: 298

Re: Foradori Granato

When I visited w/ Elisabetta a few yrs ago, I took along the Harrington Teroldego to share with her. She raised her eyebrows and acknowledged that this was pretty good expression of Teroldego...."But not as good as mine"!! Tom Yes, it obviously should be planted up and down the west coast! Too bad ...
by TomHill
February 28th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 274

TN: Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch '18...(short/boring)

Tried the last of my recent ATP shipment last night: 1. Ridge Carignane BuchignaniRanch AlexVlly/SonomaCnty (100% Hillside Grown; Old Vine; 13.8%; 66 brls; bttld 8/19; Drk: 6/19-6/24: JO) 2018 : Very dark color; lovely very fragarnt black cherry/cherry/Caarignane rather vanilla/Ridge oak some earthy...

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