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by Al Osterheld
September 17th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 44
Views: 2383

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

The people who subscribe to the publication understand that he's not writing all the notes (unless they're illiterate). As far as the people who rely on shelf talkers, I think that's its own reward but I also doubt the majority of them care, they just want some guidance and I doubt they've done any ...
by Al Osterheld
September 17th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 341
Views: 21083

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I'm sure it was a fun visit, I need to make it up to the Willamette Valley area one of these years. I have an order of the 2017s showing up tomorrow, I've been quite happy with the style and the individual wines from the past couple of years.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 16th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1497

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

In a large gated community in Danville with mansions and a golf course, called Blackhawk, there are two place to buy wine - a bottle shop and a Safeway. Draeger's. May not be the greatest prices, but better selection than the Safeway and probably the bottle shop (haven't been in years since wasn't ...
by Al Osterheld
September 16th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 44
Views: 2578

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Sheez, he likes Caymus. With sushi, he doesn't care.
About a year ago, I was with three of my wine friends at one of the best sushi places in the SF Bay area (small place, 9 seats at the counter). A couple who were there brought a 2000 Chateau Angelus.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 15th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 51
Views: 1456

Re: Barolo Sediment

FWIW, my experience is certainly not definitive but the old Barolo with problematic sediment that needed special attention were from the 1960s and 1970s, haven't had nearly the same level of issues with Barolo from the 1990s and 2000s. I'm not sure whether it's the age or whether it's from changes ...
by Al Osterheld
September 14th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 51
Views: 1456

Re: Barolo Sediment

FWIW, my experience is certainly not definitive but the old Barolo with problematic sediment that needed special attention were from the 1960s and 1970s, haven't had nearly the same level of issues with Barolo from the 1990s and 2000s. I'm not sure whether it's the age or whether it's from changes i...
by Al Osterheld
September 14th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 51
Views: 1456

Re: Barolo Sediment

The settling time depends on the size and density of the particles (this has been studied although not so much specifically for wine). For many wines, the sediment tends to form into fairly large chunks that settle quickly. Very old Nebbiolo (and sometimes Pinot) can have very fine sediment that tak...
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US retailers offering German auction wines?
Replies: 29
Views: 1103

Re: US retailers offering German auction wines?

I also had good luck with them, although was not a major customer so would not question the experiences of others. The Pier 19 location was kind of a weird place to visit. I drove by once, decided I must have the wrong address. Then I bought some wine for pick-up at their location and they told me t...
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bedrock - Syrah Weill a Way Vineyard w/a Kombucha-like blob in bottle.
Replies: 9
Views: 846

Re: 2015 Bedrock - Syrah Weill a Way Vineyard w/a Kombucha-like blob in bottle.

If the wine smells good and tastes good, it's not going to hurt you. Well, maybe if you drank a couple of bottles, it would, but not from the funky looking blob.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1433

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Supposedly, she was motivated to plant the vineyard after tasting a Martin Ray Cabernet from a vineyard nearby. Yes, I think she planted own-rooted (not sure if all the vines, though). It's not uncommon for small family vineyards to be sold in certain parts of CA when parents pass, especially when o...
by Al Osterheld
September 13th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 22
Views: 1433

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

I first ran into Marty and the Kathryn Kennedy wines at a wine event back in the 1980s, great wines. The original estate vineyard was planted in 1973 at a time when large parts of Silicon Valley were devoted to agriculture. Eventually, the vineyard became a small island in a sea of houses. I think s...
by Al Osterheld
September 9th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 83
Views: 5793

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

I fell asleep while reading this thread, and I now feel a strange compulsion to go out and buy cases of 2014 Lanessan.
Well, it won't set you back very much.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 7th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2422

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

The Minnesota requirement for out of state entities to collect and remit sales tax for goods shipped into Minnesota is quite recent. I believe they passed a law that could only be enforced if the Wayfair case was decided in favor of states, and I think it goes into effect for goods shipped after Oct...
by Al Osterheld
September 7th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6297

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Not barrels.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 6th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Flying with Champagne
Replies: 9
Views: 254

Re: Flying with Champagne

The pressure is four atmospheres or more for most Champagne. The additional pressure difference, even worst case, is still in the range bottles are built to withstand (less than an atmosphere more). But, the cargo hold is likely to be pressurized on most flights.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
September 4th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2904

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Until you have a waiting list, why would you kick anyone off? It costs very little to send them offers. Even if you're selling out your wine (which is difficult at first), you're presumably increasing production. So, why get rid of potential buyers? You need buyers. When you're starting out, you don...
by Al Osterheld
September 3rd, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 21
Views: 694

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

I haven't had the 2016, but have tried the 2014. It wasn't thin or herbaceous, but rather it was forward and a bit extracted with a little more oak than it needs. Did have some tobacco, but that doesn't change the overall assessment. Okay at the price I paid ($20).

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 30th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general
Replies: 7
Views: 499

Re: Last minute ideas: Bandol, Cassis, Provence in general

I've never visited, but also love Pradeaux.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 30th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7025
Views: 590106

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Someone has to pay the lawyer to sue them. There is also the issue of proving a case, "how could they not know" would not be enough.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 29th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2524

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

If you sell wine for hogs or gold, the various taxing entities still want their cut, BTC is no different. If a licensed seller exchanges wine for BTC, they would be crazy to not pay those taxes. If a non-licensed seller exchanges wine for BTC, they have additional issues, but the taxing entities def...
by Al Osterheld
August 28th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2192

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

Alf is drinker, not spelling champ.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 28th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying wine with bitcoin?
Replies: 51
Views: 2524

Re: Buying wine with bitcoin?

I think it's difficult to buy wine with gold. It's a commodity, not a currency, and its value is not based on the ability to buy things with it.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 23rd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 309

Re: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley

FWIW, winemaking and style evolved later in his career, especially with Pinot Noir.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 22nd, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 396
Views: 21572

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Kudos on the pre-start safety meeting.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 18th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Avocados are a water intensive crop, but so is marijuana. Not sure which uses more (probably depends on choice of metrics). But, I do know which one is causing the greater concern about impacts to the ecosystem.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 15th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

In addition to possibly tainting wine, another concern is whether someone who drank the wine would fail a drug test. I don't know enough about the chemistry of cannabis or drug testing to know whether this is a realistic concern.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 13th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3426

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

Well. No matter what happens, you'll want something to drink. So, buy what you want to drink. The price in the future may be higher or lower, just buy something you will continue to want to drink. If the economy tanks hard, Nathan may be drinking pruno while lording it over the poor fools drinking 2...
by Al Osterheld
August 12th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1483

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

I've tried a couple of vintages of the Lichen PN/PG blend, generally quite nice.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 11th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée
Replies: 12
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

I drank a bottle of the 2011 La Croix Boissee about a year and half ago, agree it's quite nice!

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 11th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The original post didn't just state a large number of people were leaving, rather that they were fleeing because CA is "off the charts hyper-regulated, environmentally excessive, business unfriendly state" (as described by someone that was quoted). I understood Neal's claim he was wrong to include t...
by Al Osterheld
August 9th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?
Replies: 21
Views: 1453

Re: Last minute visit to Santa Cruz: suggestions for a winery or 2 to visit?

Don't take Old La Honda Road. Other than that, the mapping apps tend to be okay.

It's not so much that is slow, just stressful.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 9th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2904

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

As a brand new winery, I think you will probably need to start out mostly mailing list as opposed to club until people get to know your wines and style. It's also worth some thought about how to best get your wines in front of people. Marketing is the hardest part of the business for most new, small...
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Mel Hill wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
Al Osterheld wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 8:23 am
There may be bodies buried under the reservoir.

-Al
Jimmy Hoffa?


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Has anyone seen Brinkman lately?

I think the point was that secret or implied information has the same value as invisible money.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

There may be bodies buried under the reservoir.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2422

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

Not sure we will forgive, but we will forget.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2422

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

The kinetic processes that mix the different components of the gas take some time. So, if you are actively producing CO2, like when a wine is fermenting, it takes some time to diffuse out of the fermentation vessel. When fermentation stops, you need some other method to protect the must/wine from ox...
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 92
Views: 2422

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

FYI, as has been discussed in other threads, argon does not form a protective layer because it's heavier than oxygen. At any temperature where the wine is liquid, the gas molecules are moving at pretty high velocities and colliding with each other. These processes keep the different gases in a bottl...
by Al Osterheld
August 8th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wax manufacturer recommends.
Replies: 36
Views: 1438

Re: Wax manufacturer recommends.

I find it depends on the wax. With a pliable wax and young corks, just ignore it. Over time, some wax gets less pliable and the corks less sturdy so you can end up with corks breaking especially if the wax is thicker.

And then there is the lovely shellac type wax on Puffeney and Raveneau.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 7th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Pretty sure the regulatory agencies just consider the construction folks agents of the owner of the property. Whether Rhys pursued claims against them would be their decision, but I don't think he will be discussing here in either case.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 7th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Not an expert, I would think it's difficult to get permits while settlement of the notice of violations is pending.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1342

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Always wanted to try this wine, but it’s just about more expensive than any other carricante coming out of Italy. Wonder if those that own this wine have compared to the best Italian producers. It is a wine coming out of Italy, made by the former winemaker and vineyard use for one of the top produc...
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1342

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Yeah, I also think Carricante shows salinity, at least in the better regions of Mount Etna. It will be interesting to see how it performs in California.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1342

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Carricante also seems to have an interesting waxy textural component, a little reminiscent of Chenin but not as strong.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

And rather than hand money over to the State, they should have volunteered to fix all the damage, irrespective of the costs involved. My understanding is that they have agreed to fix the issues except for removing the vineyard, including fixing or decommissioning all preexisting roads on the ranch ...
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Uhhh..

Uhhh....I think that this is the vnyd where Kevin is doing Italian varieties, mainly Nebbiolo.
Tom
No, that vineyard is on Centennial Mountain west of Lake Sonoma.

-Al
by Al Osterheld
August 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

More than the vineyard, per se, I think the most significant environmental aspect is the potential erosion and sediment that could reach the waterways from the roads, preexisting reservoirs, and crossings. Some of that was present before the purchase but the owner acquired the responsibility to miti...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The Clarke Ranch land area is in two different river drainage basins, the South Fork of the Eel River, and the Ten Mile River. Both are important salmon and steelhead rivers, the Eel may be the most important salmon habitat on the West Coast of the US and is populated by wild rather than hatchery sa...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Not sure from your post whether you were misled from the thread title. The vineyard that is the subject of this thread is nowhere near Floodgate Creek, the Navarro River, or Anderson Valley. It also did not cover anything a steelhead ever saw. It's at higher elevations and the "stream" only exists d...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

They could have been ordered to take out the vineyard and restore that land as close as possible. I think the regulators decided the good that would be done by the restoration projects they would fund (fixing problems created by others) significantly exceeded any damage caused by covering half an ac...
by Al Osterheld
August 4th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26852

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Much of the water in the US starts out in small unnamed streams including seasonal and ephemeral streams (only present after rains). No one of the streams is important by itself, but collectively they are critically important and that's why they are regulated. Well, that's why they are currently reg...

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