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by Ken Zinns
August 6th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Chester's Anvil Hattori Hanzo (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2013 Chester's Anvil Hattori Hanzo (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I opened a 2012 a few months ago and it was drinking really well. I’m sure I have some of the 2013 here somewhere.
by Ken Zinns
August 4th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Milla Handley of Handley Cellars, victim of Covid
Replies: 6
Views: 731

Re: Milla Handley of Handley Cellars, victim of Covid

Yes, very sad to hear. She was a pioneering vintner in many ways, as a woman winemaker and as one of the early vintners in the Deep End of Anderson Valley. Her wines were always very good but too often overlooked since they weren’t in the bold and brash style that tends to garner more attention. Con...
by Ken Zinns
August 2nd, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frappato recs other than Occhipinti and COS?
Replies: 8
Views: 407

Re: Frappato recs other than Occhipinti and COS?

Tami (Occhipinti second label) is also worth considering. Doesn’t have the depth of her regular bottling but for <$20 it’s a good QPR.
by Ken Zinns
July 31st, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winemakers/Cellar Rats: Is there a way to create one mixing tank by using multiple smaller tanks?
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Winemakers/Cellar Rats: Is there a way to create one mixing tank by using multiple smaller tanks?

Sounds like that would work. Since you still would have an empty tank, I suppose you could always repeat the process once more but I don’t know that it would be necessary.
by Ken Zinns
July 31st, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winemakers/Cellar Rats: Is there a way to create one mixing tank by using multiple smaller tanks?
Replies: 11
Views: 380

Re: Winemakers/Cellar Rats: Is there a way to create one mixing tank by using multiple smaller tanks?

Would what you're looking to do work by blending the wine at bottling? You could use a hose connector fitting that will hook up hoses from each of your 2 or three tanks into a single hose that will then go through a pump and to the bottling line. As long as the volumes in each tank are equal, the wi...
by Ken Zinns
July 21st, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want To Purchase A Winery / Vineyard in SB County? Now is your chance . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: Want To Purchase A Winery / Vineyard in SB County? Now is your chance . . .

I saw the news yesterday on Facebook about the Ampelos property being up for sale, but hadn't heard about Longoria. Rick has been one of Santa Barbara County's best winemakers since the 1970s, and he certainly deserves to take it easy after all these years. And he's a great guy too, as you say, Larr...
by Ken Zinns
July 20th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Is Harrington Mission still a thing? I had it a couple years ago at Augustine in LA and loved it. Not seen an entry in CT past the 2017, so wasn't sure if it was still made. Loved the Pax the other night and the Bichi (when on) is absolutely amazing. Bryan Harrington closed down his winery prior to...
by Ken Zinns
July 19th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 339
Views: 21681

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Bottled today in San Francisco - Claire Hill 2019 Mourvèdre from old vines at Del Barba Vineyard in Contra Costa County.

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by Ken Zinns
July 19th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 310
Views: 23766

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Another from Del Barba Vineyard - Claire Hill Mourvèdre, bottled today in San Francisco. F670F887-8EB9-41F6-8E92-2232700BFF40.jpeg 81DE926C-724C-4FB6-B32B-3C3230EC3B02.jpeg Also bottled today - a new vintage of Perfusion Pinot Noir, from the estate vineyard in western Contra Costa, in the hills abov...
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2020, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for Tony Coturri?
Replies: 13
Views: 550

Re: Any love for Tony Coturri?

I had hit and miss experiences with the Coturri wines until a few years ago when Caleb Leisure joined as assistant winemaker. The wines I’ve tried since then have been more consistent. BTW, don’t miss Caleb’s wines under his own label - all made in Georgian qvevri that he imported himself.
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Tasted the Sabelli-Frisch Mission today, thanks to Sean Smith. It was a bagged mystery wine, and I think most people guessed it was a Pinot Noir. Noticeably different from other California Mission wines I’ve tried, but quite good. Nice work, Adam! [cheers.gif]
by Ken Zinns
July 18th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Is Harrington Mission still a thing? I had it a couple years ago at Augustine in LA and loved it. Not seen an entry in CT past the 2017, so wasn't sure if it was still made. Loved the Pax the other night and the Bichi (when on) is absolutely amazing. Bryan Harrington closed down his winery prior to...
by Ken Zinns
July 17th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Wunderbar! I've had the previous Broc Mission, and it was great. BTW Ken, managed to snatch a Rusack Mission as well (from the winemaker), despite being officially sold out. I have quite a few of various Missions on shelf, by now, be fun to do a little tasting or dinner one time with them. I'm sure...
by Ken Zinns
July 16th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Bottled today at Broc Cellars in Berkeley. 2018 Mission plus two other wines.

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by Ken Zinns
July 13th, 2020, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Ron Siletto - San Benito County winegrape grower
Replies: 8
Views: 478

Re: So Sad....

Thanks for this, Ken. So sorry to hear this. That silver-tongued devil, Bryan, could talk him into planting anything. Some really interesting things coming on line. Who will be getting that stuff?? Tom I don't know whether there are definite buyers lined up yet but I'm sure there will be takers for...
by Ken Zinns
July 13th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Ron Siletto - San Benito County winegrape grower
Replies: 8
Views: 478

R.I.P. Ron Siletto - San Benito County winegrape grower

Just wanted to post that longtime San Benito County winegrape grower Ron Siletto passed away over the weekend. Not sure of his exact age but he was in his 80s, maybe close to 90. I only met Ron once that I can recall, but he was quite a character from everything I've heard about him. Ron sold quite ...
by Ken Zinns
July 8th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: ETS & Enartis/Vinquiry Laboratories to Merge
Replies: 4
Views: 398

ETS & Enartis/Vinquiry Laboratories to Merge

Just saw this announcement:
ETS Laboratories and Enartis, Home of Vinquiry Laboratories, to Combine Analytical Services

Seems like this will reduce competition in the wine lab business. Any potential advantages to wineries with this merger?
by Ken Zinns
June 27th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography article on Edmunds St. John
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Vinography article on Edmunds St. John

Read that too - nice article by Alder.
by Ken Zinns
June 25th, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

From a Vineyard planted in 1854!! Now those are some old vines 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine: Fruity raspberry candy, spicy nose. Cranberry-raspberry red fruit flavors, big hit of cinnamon stick and hints of sweet orange. Fruit is plenty ripe but not overdone. Low on acidity but not clu...
by Ken Zinns
June 25th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

I wanted to post a brief note on two Mission wines tasted over the past week - Sandlands 2017 and 2018, both sourced from Deaver Ranch in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley. The vines are believed to be the oldest continuously producing commercial winegrape vines in California, possibly dating from 1...
by Ken Zinns
June 24th, 2020, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedarville/Susan
Replies: 7
Views: 445

Re: Cedarville/Susan

This is so sad, really horrible news. I’ve known Jonathan & Susan for 20 years and I can’t think of nicer people in the wine business. I visit at least once a year, most recently in December. Hope that Jonathan is managing ok, such a terrible loss.
by Ken Zinns
June 23rd, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

For the nerds and Ken: Just had word via social media that 3 of the Angeleno wineries that take fruit exclusively from Los Angeles County have found a dormant Mission vineyard in northern part of the County and are reviving it. It's apparently planted in 1899, which should make it one of the oldest...
by Ken Zinns
June 17th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: Here's One..

Tried this last weekend: 2. Bichi Listan Tacate/BajaCalif/MX (12.5%; U; www.JosePastorSelections) Tellez & Luyt/Tecate 2016 : Light garnet bit browning rather cloudy/murky color; quite pretty floral/rose petal rather spicy/cinammon light pencilly/old oak some earthy/dusty/OV very fragrant/attractiv...
by Ken Zinns
June 13th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Harrington Wines: Down but not out!
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: PSA: Harrington Wines: Down but not out!

Thanks for posting the info, Sean. Definitely looks like a great deal on library wines. The newer wines should be drinking really well too - I happened to open a bottle of the 2018 "Eros III Cep" Mourvèdre/Syrah/Grenache blend from Sumu Kaw Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills a few nights ago and it wa...
by Ken Zinns
June 13th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: G.D.Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe J.C.Clare '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: TN: G.D.Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe J.C.Clare '19...(short/boring)

Thanks for the note, Tom. I'll be keeping an eye out for this new vintage.
by Ken Zinns
May 31st, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two LimerickLane Zins '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: TN: Two LimerickLane Zins '18....(short/boring)

These 2018s are from the first vintage with Chris Pittenger as the LL winemaker. Not surprised to hear that you liked the wines, Tom - Chris is a very talented winemaker. I visited him and tasted a bunch of his Gros Ventre wines (his own label) in early January and liked them a lot.
by Ken Zinns
May 26th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Mobile canning line article on SFGate this morning
Replies: 1
Views: 577

Mobile canning line article on SFGate this morning

Just saw this article - this is the outfit that Broc Cellars in Berkeley has been using for canning a few of their wines - The Can Van: Mobile canning line article If any of you in Bay Area are looking to put any of your wines into cans, I'd recommend The Can Van. When I've helped out on canning day...
by Ken Zinns
May 23rd, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Truchard Roussanne Carneros '18....(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: TN: Truchard Roussanne Carneros '18....(short/boring)

Thanks for the note, Tom. Seems like Truchard’s wines are often overlooked / underrated since they tend to be much more subtle than the blockbuster style that gets lots of points from the critics.
by Ken Zinns
May 8th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 310
Views: 23766

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Don’t think this wine has been posted here yet.
2018 Rosé of Zinfandel from Del Barba Vineyard by Côte West Wine in Oakland. I help out there sometimes with bottling. Nice wine! Just opened a bottle yesterday evening.

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by Ken Zinns
April 17th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four New Edmunds St John Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: TN: Four New Edmunds St John Wines...(short/boring)

Thanks for the notes, Tom. I picked up some of these from Steve a couple weeks ago and figured on waiting a little while to open any of them.

I stopped at Gwinllan 6-7 years ago. They’re right next to Cedarville.
by Ken Zinns
April 4th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released
Replies: 4
Views: 452

Re: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released

Thanks for the insight on how the project came about, Colin.
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1926

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

Wow, the satellite view tells the story. Hardly any vines left there - that's a shame. Olive oil is their primary business, but still...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1926

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

McEvoy pulled a lot of their vines. Not sure if the Syrah was pulled, though. It is also protected by the hill to the coast. I would bet that Grand Vent/Clary Ranch is quite a bit colder based on it being more windswept. I remember Paul Clary mentioning that it was the coldest site when he was on t...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tessier TN
Replies: 11
Views: 730

Re: Tessier TN (then other ongoing Isolation Era TN's)

Kristie poured a couple of her Tessier Pinots at a tasting I attended early this month. The 2017 from Anderson Valley’s Filigreen Farm and the 2016 Saveria Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Santa Cruz Mountains were both impressive. And her 2018 Alegría Vineyard Cabernet Franc from Russian River Valley w...
by Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1926

Re: 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 Ken Zinns
March 29th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1926

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Clary Ranch. From speaking with Duncan, they pick at the bitter end of every season, and the wine almost never exceeds 12% alc. I believe it's way out by Bodega Bay. Good mention on Clary Ranch, Ian - definitely a cool, windy site. It's not nearly as far west as t...
by Ken Zinns
March 27th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 511

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Cool story on the Refosco, Tegan! Bryan Harrington really wanted to get some Refosco fruit from McEvoy Ranch in Marin County but they have so little of it and the fruit was never available to sell. We did make 2-3 vintages of Negrette from Ron Siletto’s vineyard in San Benito County.
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 7:35 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: 3039

Re: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

I don’t know who currently owns the old Jarvis property. Ken Burnap sold it to a group of investors who started the Vine Hill label (no longer in business) and sadly they pulled out all of the old vines there in the mid-‘00s. I’m sure that Wes Barton knows more - perhaps he'll chime in here.
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 5:09 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: 3039

Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

Very nice new article by Laura Ness on the Edible Monterey Bay website about a couple of the founding fathers of the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region, Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Some cool stories from both of them.

Founding Fathers
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 53
Views: 1678

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Thanks for the translation. So it looks the following is ok: - any vineyard technique pre-harvest that qualifies as organic - sorting methods that are not brutal and traumatic - cellar- or vessel-based temperature control during vinification (?) Some (obvious?) questions to which there may already ...
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 53
Views: 1678

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

It’s worth noting that I attended a tasting of natural wines early this month (WINeFare - I posted notes on the board) and the overall quality of the wines was quite high. Very few with the type of wine faults that many complain about with natural wines and even those were more borderline than egreg...
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 53
Views: 1678

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Jayson - I have a link below. I'm looking at this development with gratitude. It's like nature putting a stripe on skunks, or a rattle at the end of a snake...it's my warning to stay away. I find this designation of wine to be an affectation. [rofl.gif] So here's a slight clarification: Up to 30 mg...
by Ken Zinns
March 26th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 53
Views: 1678

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 5:11 am
I would like to see the full definition, rather than the press release. Wonder when that will be available.
Yes, there is much that's unsaid or unclear in the press release linked in the OP.
by Ken Zinns
March 25th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 53
Views: 1678

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

It was inevitable that such a program would be put in place somewhere, and it probably makes sense that it’s being done first in France. At least as noted in the linked article, the winemaking standards don’t seem overly strict, though 30mg/L for total (as opposed to free) sulfites is on the low si...
by Ken Zinns
March 25th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 53
Views: 1678

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

It was inevitable that such a program would be put in place somewhere, and it probably makes sense that it’s being done first in France. At least as noted in the linked article, the winemaking standards don’t seem overly strict, though 30mg/L for total (as opposed to free) sulfites is on the low sid...
by Ken Zinns
March 24th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting PiercesDiseaseResistant Wines w/ Adam...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 536

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

It's interesting that Errante Noir and Amublo Blanc and Caminante Blanc appear to be majority composed of the "opposite" color grape. Any comments from the experts on how that works? Like a toggle. The pigmentation is either on or off. So, you aren't blending, you're hoping for the right characteri...
by Ken Zinns
March 24th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest ...
by Ken Zinns
March 24th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest ...
by Ken Zinns
March 23rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 82
Views: 5223

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? I'm sure I've posted the photo below farther up in this thread, but this is one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ke...
by Ken Zinns
March 23rd, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 15
Views: 862

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest c...

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