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by Tom DeBiase
April 4th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Estate Merlot out of balance?
Replies: 15
Views: 844

Re: Ridge Estate Merlot out of balance?

Hello everyone! I am new to the wine world and I had some questions. I joined the Ridge Monte Bello futures program this year after hearing many good things about Ridge and trying the Estate Cabernet as well as Monte Bello. I was excited to get the estate wines this year and given that everyone is ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 31st, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked!
Replies: 33
Views: 1349

Re: Corked!

Were these current releases? I ask because TCA taint used to be in the 8-12% range, but the rate is far, far lower in the last 10-12 years. I host regular tasting groups, and it’s pretty rare now that we have a corked current-release wine. We used to average one in every tasting of eight wines. Als...
by Tom DeBiase
March 30th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fellow A Deux (TNs from two Goodfellow PNs)
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: Fellow A Deux (TNs from two Goodfellow PNs)

Very cool notes Brian, don’t own any Goodfellow. I need to rectify that.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 29th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Caruso e Minini Nero d'Avola Sicilia '18...(short/borin
Replies: 1
Views: 86

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

Tom, nice note. From your descriptors it seems like a nice red sauce pizza would have made a "good" wine into a "very good" wine.
Hope you are doing well.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 29th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Dirty and Rowdy recommendations

Start with The Familiar Red and White Blends. They are a great and affordable introductions to the D&R "House" style. All the vineyard designates and other wines are excellent. My favorites are Shake Ridge, Rodnick and Enz.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 28th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Refosco (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 14
Views: 470

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

Thanks for your input Tegan, very much appreciated!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 27th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2454

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

Robert, I drink a lot of older old world Mourvèdre. I love those wines (though I take an almost opposite approach in our winemaking). Old Tempier vineyard designates and older Pradeaux are definite favs. I enjoy Leon Barral though I seem to prefer the wines more on the younger side vs. older. Thoug...
by Tom DeBiase
March 26th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:2017 Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo - New Balloons
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: TN:2017 Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo - New Balloons

Likely mercaptans (thiols). There are many and they can actually enhance flavor, think blackcurrant or can veer all the way to rotten cabbage. Sounds like you encountered some mild but still off putting mercaptans.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 26th, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1465

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

Good to see this happen and curious what it details. Be prepared to agree and disagree with much of the definition. Really not much different than what defines a "Natural Flavor" in food products. FDA CFR has a definition but not everyone would agree with their interpretation.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 25th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville)
Replies: 11
Views: 414

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Sémillon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Yountville)

i really dig this wine and i agree that you dont want it to be too cold Best possible advice for this and virtually all “orange” wines. The good ones are amazing as they warm up from the cellar. My last 14 D&R Semillon a year ago was excellent as was the Direct To Press though completely different....
by Tom DeBiase
March 24th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 447

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 Tom DeBiase
March 23rd, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 447

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 Tom DeBiase
March 23rd, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Larry Chmel wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 7:51 am
What's the blend?
No blend here Larry, only Mission grapes.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 23rd, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 61
Views: 3995

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

Cross Post. 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 ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 23rd, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 447

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 clum...
by Tom DeBiase
March 21st, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch

2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch - USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County (3/21/2020) Opened for the Dirty & Rowdy virtual tasting of Shake Ridge Ranch Mourvèdre, as I did not yet receive my 2018. So glad I opened this, as it was absolutely smoking! Open for business witho...
by Tom DeBiase
March 21st, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Interactive Tastings
Replies: 17
Views: 851

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Interactive Tastings

Thanks Hardy, that was a lot of fun and informative. A great combination!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 21st, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2531
Views: 167742

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

The ‘14 Kirschenmann was drinking very well last night. Lighter weight than any of the other zins in my cellar, with lots of fresh raspberry and a mildly herbal edge leading to a savory finish. Nothing compares to the ‘12 Kirschenmann, but this is a nice reminder of that wine. The 12 Bedrock Kirsch...
by Tom DeBiase
March 18th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shelter In Place Night Two, Pizza and Idlewild
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: Shelter In Place Night Two, Pizza and Idlewild

Crazy times, indeed Tom. This looks like a good way to deal with sheltering in. I need to try this Idlewood Flora & Fauna and pizza pairing thing. All sounds great. And the pizza looks right tasty! Be well! Dennis, knowing the type of wine you like, I'm pretty sure you will love it. And will let th...
by Tom DeBiase
March 18th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shelter In Place Night Two, Pizza and Idlewild
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Shelter In Place Night Two, Pizza and Idlewild

We live in crazy times and not making light of the situation, just trying to smile a bit in a crisis. My wife had wanted to make pizza and I was not going to object. After a 4 day rise the dough was ready to go. With some delicious pizza we had the ultimate pizza wine, Idlewild 2018 Flora & Fauna Re...
by Tom DeBiase
March 18th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Van Volxem Riesling 2015 horizontal (plus a few 2013s)
Replies: 9
Views: 309

Re: TN: Van Volxem Riesling 2015 horizontal (plus a few 2013s)

Thanks Otto for some great notes on the wines and informative back story on the winery. Greatly appreciated.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 17th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon Quake Cuvee (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 309

Re: TN: NV Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon Quake Cuvee (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Most people remember this but if not here is an article and image of what Steve went through. He was especially hit hard.

https://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/ ... story.html
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

Not in a position to get the link but it was from the SF Chronicle

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

Al Osterheld wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Gemello was a rather fine winery back in the day.

-Al
Thanks for that info Al. Just read a good article on the history of the Gemello Winery.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

GregT wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Interesting. Cool job to have. [cheers.gif]
Greg, cool is an understatement. Sure there were deadlines and pressure like any job but loved every minute of it.
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

Interesting stuff Tom. Thanks for the info. But I'm curious - wouldn't they be able to tweak things like mouthfeel by using powdered tannins, and other solids/emulsifiers/etc.? Isn't that partly what those things are for anyway? Off topic - I get that they won't get shortening and peanuts to taste ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

I tasted both products a couple months ago at an Idlewild Sunday School that was attended by employees of the firm. Products were quite good overall and being manufactured consistency is not an issue. Some real innovation taking place there. Of course, to make it seem like real wine, you'd have to ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

I tasted both products a couple months ago at an Idlewild Sunday School that was attended by employees of the firm. Products were quite good overall and being manufactured consistency is not an issue. Some real innovation taking place there. The problem with matching a cheap jug wine or DRC is not t...
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Passopisciaro Terre Siciliane Passobianco (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: TN: 2016 Passopisciaro Terre Siciliane Passobianco (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)

Nice note Dennis. Yeah, this is a super bottle of wine and the price is right. Confirms my belief that Italian white wine has so much to offer in virtually every region.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 15th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Duhart-Milon - Pauillac - 2003
Replies: 8
Views: 323

Re: Duhart-Milon - Pauillac - 2003

Good timing for this thread as I have one standing up in the queue waiting for the right dinner :)

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 12th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7727

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Me thinks this will get worse before it gets better. As of now, HdR is still planned for the end of April, but with a big focus on producers from France, my guess is that they will have to postpone it. I think the same will happen with a lot of regional tastings - not only wine, but beer festivals ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 11th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol IV: Italians ('07 Valentini, '15 Emidio Pepe, '04 Giacosa Rabaja, '86 Bertani Valpolicella)
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol IV: Italians ('07 Valentini, '15 Emidio Pepe, '04 Giacosa Barbaresco, '86 Bertani Valpolicel

Sounds like an awesome night Dennis. The Valentini and Pepe wines are showstoppers for sure and age effortlessly. tom Thanks, Tom. I am a fairly recent convert to Trebbiano. Wish I could afford Valentini with more regularly and Pepe is creeping up into the same range. Great wines. Great stuff Denni...
by Tom DeBiase
March 11th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol IV: Italians ('07 Valentini, '15 Emidio Pepe, '04 Giacosa Rabaja, '86 Bertani Valpolicella)
Replies: 14
Views: 543

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol IV: Italians ('07 Valentini, '15 Emidio Pepe, '04 Giacosa Barbaresco, '86 Bertani Valpolicel

Sounds like an awesome night Dennis. The Valentini and Pepe wines are showstoppers for sure and age effortlessly.

tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 8th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: Good Notes

Marshall, have only had a glass of the 18 Rosato but remember it being crisp, mineral and a bit lighter in style compared to many other Italian rosatos. Exactly why I loved it...more Provence in style, but obviously with different grapes. I'm liking more rosatos from Northern Italy...seems like the...
by Tom DeBiase
March 7th, 2020, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 2896

Re: Zin recommendations?

Give Talty in Dry Creek Valley a try. Not too big, not too lean, just like Goldilocks... just right :)

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 7th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: 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-...
by Tom DeBiase
March 6th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Unti LaCrima '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 275

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

Wonder where Unti sourced their Lacrima cuttings from. Assume they suitcased it in rather than having the cuttings go through the quarantine / cleaning up process through Foundation Plant Services (FPS) in Davis. Heard similar stories in recent years of suitcased cuttings of several varieties being...
by Tom DeBiase
March 6th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Unti LaCrima '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: 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 str...
by Tom DeBiase
March 5th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla
Replies: 9
Views: 437

Re: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla

For those interested I just realized I left out the map of the Friuli-Venezia DOCG-DOC map which shows the area where Ronchi di Cialla exists, in red upper right hand corner bordering Slovenia. An area with a lot of different elevation changes and varied exposure.
Friuli-VG.png
by Tom DeBiase
March 4th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla
Replies: 9
Views: 437

March Idlewild Sunday School The Uncompromising Wines of Ronchi di Cialla

The March Idlewild Sunday School was set up a bit different. Thomas, normally the presenter joined the crowd as Scott Barber Master Somm and President of Green Pin Wines lead us through the presentation and tasting of a variety of wines from Ronchi di Cialla. Scott also does work for LYRA Wine, one ...
by Tom DeBiase
February 28th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dirty & Rowdy does Italian!
Replies: 4
Views: 962

Re: TN: Dirty & Rowdy does Italian!

Thanks so much for the report and the beautiful pairings. Both Enz and Evangelho carry a lot of presence and great acidity that I think they are awesome pairings with Italian food. I agree, the '16 Enz needs a bit of a longer decant and has time before hitting its peak. The newly released 2018 Enz ...
by Tom DeBiase
February 27th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dirty & Rowdy does Italian!
Replies: 4
Views: 962

Re: TN: Dirty & Rowdy does Italian!

Looks delicious, Tom! I am "new" to D&R but the wines I have had so far have been terrific. It will be difficult for me to age 'em ; ) Thanks for the notes...and the pics! Cheers, JP I hear ya John, most D&R wine are great at any age. The 2016 Enz is packed and tasty but could use more time to real...
by Tom DeBiase
February 27th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting visits...trifling questions.
Replies: 28
Views: 1601

Re: Tasting visits...trifling questions.

Maybe it was all the business visits to Japan that influenced me, I normally bring something simple but special that encapsulates the US. A huge hit the past 10 years has been NY Yankee Baseball Caps. Male or female winemakers alike know the Yankees even if they have never seen a baseball. Only wher...
by Tom DeBiase
February 27th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dirty & Rowdy does Italian!
Replies: 4
Views: 962

TN: Dirty & Rowdy does Italian!

Dirty & Rowdy Wines are good with virtually any food, recently had a couple of very nice bottles. These wines never seem to disappoint and usually point to even better days ahead. With a couple of delicious Italian inspired meals. 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Old Vine Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard : Opened and...
by Tom DeBiase
February 26th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jolie Laide GSM Rossi Ranch Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 139

TN: 2015 Jolie Laide GSM Rossi Ranch Vineyard

Catching up on some tastings over the past few weeks. 2015 Jolie Laide GSM Rossi Ranch Vineyard : Writing tasting notes for the various wines of Jolie Laide is so simple it's almost boring. Why, because wines crafted by Scott Schultz (Owner-Winemaker) are always so balanced and expressive of the vin...
by Tom DeBiase
February 25th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin BuchignaniRanch '15....(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: TN: Ridge Zin BuchignaniRanch '15....(short/boring)

Tom, your mention of “strong vanilla - American oak kills it for me.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
February 21st, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Bedrock Oakville Farmhouse - Wowser
Replies: 11
Views: 1041

Re: TN: 2014 Bedrock Oakville Farmhouse - Wowser

Nice note. This is a fabulous wine. I also love many of the field blends from several different producers but when you look at the very unique blend of (mostly) obscure grapes, this vineyard and wine stands out.

Morgan does a great job with this treasure of a vineyard!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
February 17th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem
Replies: 4
Views: 803

Re: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem

Tom, as a contrast to the Hellenthal you will currently enjoy the Elliott but for sure it's best years are down the road a bit. For me John and Ceritas is producing the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California. Tom PS: The 2016 Ceritas Cabernet (latest release) from the Santa Cruz Mountains is a...
by Tom DeBiase
February 16th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem
Replies: 4
Views: 803

Re: TN- Great recent US Pinots- Cristom, Littorai, Rhys Alesia, Ceritas, William Selyem

Great tasting Tom and agree with your evaluation of the Ceritas Hellenthal. Here is my note on the wine from their Open House. " 2017 Hellenthal "Old Shop Block" Pinot Noir : This was the first Pinot served and was open and tasty. Ripe black cherry, blackberry, black tea, rose petal and clove the fl...
by Tom DeBiase
February 13th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23278

Re: I'm done*

Very nice Neal. Enjoy the time off :)

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