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by brigcampbell
September 18th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 18
Views: 1405

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

It'll be interesting to see what the premox rate is for the reconditioned wines...i.e. does premox always show early/subtle markers (that would cause Leflaive to reject) in which case the reconditioned bottles would, in theory, have little/no premox. Doesn't seem implausible. I don't know of any ot...
by brigcampbell
September 18th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 18
Views: 1405

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

Eric Lundblad wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 10:19 am
Adding SO2 doesn't eliminate oxygen.
I think that was just a poorly structured sentence. The preface was "then add inert gas and a bit of SO2 to eliminate any oxygen". The inert gas replaces the oxygen, correct?
by brigcampbell
September 17th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry
Replies: 28
Views: 2225

Re: Sad News @ Harrington Wnry

I've been emailing Bryan and while it's unfortunate there are new doors opening for him personally.

If all goes well there will be an opportunity in the near future for all wineberserkers to celebrate and pay tribute to a true berserker!

Never forget [berserker.gif]
by brigcampbell
September 12th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Monte Rosso Grapes Going???
Replies: 84
Views: 6189

Re: Where Are The Monte Rosso Grapes Going???

That is a depressing article... Starting with her appointment as vineyard manager at age 25 after one year as an "intern" and her love of Apothic red. San Francisco Chronicle "Meet Brenae Royal, the young, black female farmer behind one of Sonoma’s most important vineyards" by Esther Mobley August 9...
by brigcampbell
September 11th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 4676

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Nickel was producing crap from tench, that's hard to do.

Seems like a money play.
by brigcampbell
September 8th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3443

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

Forecast is creeping up a bit - now a high of 81, was 77 or so. Aim late if the weather stays hot, and we'll do an even-later start to keep it cool. Let me know if you plan to bring something, so I know what to fill in. Will be shopping Friday! Just please no Speedos. [snort.gif] I didn't know you ...
by brigcampbell
September 8th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3443

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME

We're confirmed in! My wife will only be around for a relatively short while since she's driving us up there and then continuing on to LA afterward (whereas I get to Uber home) but we're both very excited for it! True berserker! All you need need is a ride there, the rest will work itself out. Nice...
by brigcampbell
September 8th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8583

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Jud Reis wrote:
August 2nd, 2018, 5:32 pm
2007 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow from a mag about two months ago. Just gorgeous.
French opened a mag of this yesterday. It looked like it was in trouble, deep gold.

Awesome acid.

I took the remains home... Thanks Todd. LOL
by brigcampbell
September 6th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blockchain fraud solution
Replies: 2
Views: 468

Re: Blockchain fraud solution

You don't need blockchain for this - sounds sexy, but don't need it.

As Charlie mentioned, it's really about the execution at the consumer level.
by brigcampbell
September 5th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 19
Views: 649

Re: Newark Airport

Seriously, newark is really not bad in comparison to a lot of airports, particularly those in the tri-state area. I agree. I have flown airports all the way down the East coast and a few on the West coast. Newark is one of my preferred airports to leave from. Not sure why the hate??? The inside is ...
by brigcampbell
September 4th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 19
Views: 649

Re: Newark Airport

La Guardia under construction is horrible LaGuardia preconstruction was horrible Last year the construction traffic was so bad we got out of the car dropping us off about 1/4 mile from the airport on one of the ramps and walked. Newark? The self service ordering for food sucks. Can't I just say "I'...
by brigcampbell
September 3rd, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2940

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

The Chardonnay is the prize for me. Jamie is batting 1.000 so far on his Chards, and I could be wrong but I think Trout Gulch was the source of Jamie's reference-quality 2014 SC Chard. Me too! I want this. Trout Gulch is right above Aptos just south of Santa Cruz, *really*close to the ocean. It'd b...
by brigcampbell
September 2nd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1265

Re: More cab than zin in California?

Carole Meredith wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 9:17 am
The California numbers for 2017 show that Cabernet Sauvignon exceeds Zin in both acres (85K vs 43K) and tons crushed (602K vs 365K).
I was googling Rubired and Ruby Cabernet and read about Olmo grapes.

Did you work with him? Pretty important contributions.
by brigcampbell
September 2nd, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1265

Re: More cab than zin in California?

Kris Patten wrote:
September 2nd, 2019, 11:00 am
AD Northup wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 10:44 am
Can someone educate me on "rubired"? Is this one that goes into all the mass produced blends out there?
I think this is what they use to make MegaPurple, so a little adds color vs. vinifying it.
Yes and it's also used to color grape juice.
by brigcampbell
September 2nd, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1265

Re: More cab than zin in California?

Kind of makes you wonder where all the Zinfandel ends up...

Certainly not just in Zinfandel designated bottling.

If you look at the grocery wine isle California Cabernet is 20x the size of zin.
by brigcampbell
September 1st, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Frank Murray III wrote:
September 1st, 2019, 6:29 pm
Thanks for posting these Brig, as they add context to mine. No love for 17 Falstaff? [rofl.gif] I'm disappointed in you. [berserker.gif]
It was the 35th wine of the day, gotta cut a brother some slack!

It's an an embellishment of riches.
by brigcampbell
September 1st, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Whew, finally got these notes up.Great trip and good friends with incredible wines. 2010 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (9/1/2019) What? I've never tasted this wine before? Cool. It definitely looks it's aging based on the color, light bricking. Str...
by brigcampbell
August 30th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: TN: 2010 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert

KILLER 2010 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Deux Vert - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton (8/29/2019) It's been 5 years since I tasted this wine and I loved it before and I'm loving it now. Nose has a touch of mushroom and bing cherry. Wow, the stem notes are excellent with a strawber...
by brigcampbell
August 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suntacular 2019--a bunch of Champagne TNs and some red wines
Replies: 10
Views: 931

Re: Suntacular 2019--a bunch of Champagne TNs and some red wines

WetRock wrote a note on every bottle... He was getting after it!

That was a lot of sparklers, you got most of them, and covered the spectrum.
by brigcampbell
August 25th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #4 (2015)
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Andremily #4 (2015)

markjchambers wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 8:02 am
I guess I'm thinking Alban when I say "classic" since not a lot of central coast syrah was made before he started.
Fair enough.
by brigcampbell
August 24th, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #4 (2015)
Replies: 5
Views: 606

Re: Andremily #4 (2015)

markjchambers wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 6:20 pm
If you like SQN you'll love this (for about half the price)
and it's drinking really well right now. Rich, full and smooth. Classic central coast syrah: big blackberry fruit with some black cherry and coffee.
That is spot on although not "classic".
by brigcampbell
August 23rd, 2019, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 147
Views: 6360

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 8:14 pm
The only issue with Chardonnay is that it is grown outside Burgundy and Chablis.
Isn't all chablis burgundy but not all Burgundy is chablis?
by brigcampbell
August 23rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 76
Views: 3642

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that wou...
by brigcampbell
August 22nd, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 76
Views: 3642

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

I have not had any recent vintages of Andrew Will, so cannot comment. But as noted above I have loved their wines from the 90s. I must say that I have not been that impressed with WA cab and cab blends either. The one recent exception was JB Neufeld -- if I were buying WA cab blends to age that wou...
by brigcampbell
August 22nd, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?
Replies: 12
Views: 565

Re: Places to stay in Bend, Oregon?

Alan Rath wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 4:57 pm
Any suggestions for places to stay in Bend? Moderate price (say, under $200/night).
And if you're looking for a "vacation place" I'd look into SunRiver. Great community with lots of activities
by brigcampbell
August 19th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.
Replies: 23
Views: 1020

Re: Stockholm and Oslo.......all kinds of advice needed.

Wow this thread is spectacular
by brigcampbell
August 13th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall
Replies: 15
Views: 794

Re: Bilbao, San Sebastian, Rioja this Fall

Christine Huang wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 10:41 am
We're headed to the region for a week in November. What are your favorite places to visit and eat? What should I book now and where can we wander?
Probably best to start with a search in the travel forum as there are numerous helpful threads for those places.

great times ahead!
by brigcampbell
August 7th, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 782

Re: Sunriver/Bend OR recommendations?

Have to do the Lava tube caves! It's fun.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschut ... ecid=38396
by brigcampbell
August 6th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Golf in/near Las Vegas
Replies: 13
Views: 746

Re: Golf in/near Las Vegas

Bears Best is nice, Jack recreated all his favorite holes from courses he designed.
by brigcampbell
August 5th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8076

Re: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Blaufrankisch, for real?

Anyone do a great Chenin in the PNW? To me, that would be an obvious replacement for PG.
by brigcampbell
August 3rd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26880

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

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 3rd, 2019, 1:54 pm
I sense Mr. Swain might be more than just a casual wine drinker.

He needs an ITB tag. Glad he posted.

Winemaker @ Parducci in Mendocino
by brigcampbell
August 3rd, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: Virgin Islands Charter

Anyone ever done a Virgin Island, US or British, boat charter and tried to bring their own wine? I don’t want to try and travel with a case or two to only have it taken by customs or something. Chris' link covers it pretty well. We took a case to BVI no problem full of special wines. There *was* a ...
by brigcampbell
August 2nd, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26880

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

Look, it's obvious Rhys isn't the evil empire or the dark star.
by brigcampbell
August 2nd, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virgin Islands Charter
Replies: 15
Views: 763

Re: Virgin Islands Charter

Hey, I've done it and have lots of information for you. I'll post this weekend.
by brigcampbell
July 29th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

I love Jamie's wines.......The 2014 SCM Chard is one of my all time favorite Chards from anyplace in the world, just a great wine. Agree and it was the first white he ever made... He made a comment about that wine in a big line-up against first rate burgs and said most of the burgheads pick that wi...
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Len Stevens wrote:
July 28th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Thank you again for sharing...
Hey, Len.

It's just a big giant bonus if you get some thing from this. Kutch is special and for those that appreciate more power.

We do it because love it. It's really that simple.
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

The bathroom is done.

Can you call and talk with her? LOL
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 3443

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

Chris and I are in. Jen has a partner in crime now. We'll bring a side dish, she'll text Jen.

And I'll take the grill for you. Remind me to bring a change of clothing so I don't smell like eau'd Flannery all day.
by brigcampbell
July 28th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

It'll take some time for me to get my Kutch notes up as the honey dos piled up and I'm 90% finished stoning a bathroom wall so I need to get that cleaned up. Quick takeaways - Kutch chardonnay is amazing. Pinot is incredible. The Trout gulch and Falstaff Vineyards are special, love them both. Here a...
by brigcampbell
July 27th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

2017 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (7/27/2019) Bam! You know immediately this is terrific. There's a matchstick aroma with a grounding of salinity. Oh, my. Yellow fruited, yellow pear and yellow apple. This is very burgundian without a do...
by brigcampbell
July 27th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2588

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

We had time to kill so we drove down Alpine Road to the vineyard. That is one twisty road, oye! The block at the gate is chardonnay. https://youtu.be/vAjHmuqUxTM The new planting right of the tree is a replacement of pinot due to a mudslide. The big planting on the far right is expanding Alpine with...
by brigcampbell
July 26th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy notes
Replies: 9
Views: 1015

Re: Italy notes

TimF wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Just had dinner at Osteria Acquacheta tonight. That place and this town are ridiculously charming. You go to Rome and thinks it’s charming, then you come here... Mama Mia...
The hill towns of Tuscany are magical
by brigcampbell
July 26th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6327

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

I also confirmed with Jeff that Rhys did graft over some of the regular Bearwallow Chardonnay to a Dijon clone that's specifically used for sparkling wine in France. Also, there will be all kinds sparklers from Rhys in the future, non vintage and vintage. Jeff rattled them off and I got blindsided "...
by brigcampbell
July 26th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6327

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Hand disgorged perhaps? Thanks, corrected. Jeff showed the giant can opener they use and demonstrated the technique. It's an art. The final disgorged wine will be mechanical where the neck is frozen in super cooled glycerol (?) Looks like this https://laffort.com/wp-content/uploads/Autres/cle-degor...
by brigcampbell
July 25th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6327

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Jeff shared a bottle with us today. We'll get some impressions up later. This is not a finished wine at this date. This specific bottling was part of the dosage testing. It's the same 1 g/l as the final but hand disgorged hence the cloudiness.


by brigcampbell
July 25th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Tercero Cabernet Franc aberration
Replies: 13
Views: 850

Re: TN: 2016 Tercero Cabernet Franc aberration

Looks at the stains on that clear bottle!

It's like beet juice if you spill it on anything.
by brigcampbell
July 25th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 21
Views: 1329

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

Sorry, been out of pocket for several days... Thanks, Gary, Barry and Michael for the recommendations and the input on Lucca and CT. I wonder if we can fit in both.... Barry - we are going the first half of Sept. Also appreciate the Nice info! Monaco is on the list! Ian and Michael - appreciate the...
by brigcampbell
July 23rd, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Virginia winery suggestions?
Replies: 17
Views: 924

Re: Virginia winery suggestions?

Agree with the winery insights for the most part, but I would put the King Family Viognier in the oakier, more voluptuous category, at least compared to other from VA. Interesting. The 2013 which I really enjoyed wasn’t that way and probably influenced my memory. Still have one bottle and checked l...

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