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by Tom DeBiase
October 23rd, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33531

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Not trying to alarm anyone, just reporting what is on the news this afternoon. The weather forecasters are projecting a "20 YEAR WIND EVENT" starting Sunday late night, early Monday morning. Winds on the hilltops forecasted to routinely hit 60-70 MPH during that time with some gusts to 100 MPH. The ...
by Tom DeBiase
October 20th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie-Laide Fall Release
Replies: 16
Views: 612

Re: Jolie-Laide Fall Release

Out of curiosity, is there a relationship between this wine and the restaurant that used to in Calistoga. I went to a couple times, loved it. I think it was JoLe, or Jolie??? I don't even know if they are still open. No relationship between JoLe in Calistoga (closed for a few years) and Jolie Laide...
by Tom DeBiase
October 20th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jolie-Laide Fall Release
Replies: 16
Views: 612

Re: Jolie-Laide Fall Release

Jolie Laide + Scott Schultz + 2018 Vintage = No Brainer.

For me, some of the best wines in California.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
October 17th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some thoughts on Clemens Busch GGs
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: Some thoughts on Clemens Busch GGs

Beautiful people, great wines. During a visit two years ago we were supposed to taste with a colleague of Clemens and Rita. When we arrived I was surprised to see Rita hosting the visit. After a long visit tasting, talking and learning I asked why she was hosting the visit. Rita said her colleague c...
by Tom DeBiase
October 6th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 292

Re: TN: 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard

2017 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Old Vine Evangelho Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County (10/5/2020) Frustrating day, so I wanted something reliably delicious. Dirty & Rowdy and Evangelho Vineyard both tick the boxes. The 2017 is fresh, lively and quite slurpable, with t...
by Tom DeBiase
September 27th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59771

Re: #GlassFire

A resident of Crystal Springs Road St Helena just reported that the fire is moving up the hilly terrain there very quickly and she believes (without any actual knowledge) that structures are likely affected. No word yet on how this started. We can smell the smoke here in Sonoma County. Hoping Cal-Fi...
by Tom DeBiase
September 20th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck
Replies: 38
Views: 3506

Re: 2018 Sonoma getting high praise from Jeb Dunnuck

Every winemaker I have spoken to has said that the 2018 growing season in Northern California was absolutely perfect. An example I have mentioned before is Scott Schultz of Jolie Laide whose wines I adore. When I picked up the Spring release of the 2018's in May of 2019, "Speaking with Scott while I...
by Tom DeBiase
September 17th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2347

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

The one time Larry Schaffer made his 2016 Tercero aberration from Cab Franc, it was insanely good. Tom, if you are exploring cab franc and haven't had them from the Loire, it's worthwhile to see the comparison. It's a different style than most CA CFs, but one huge difference is that you can get out...
by Tom DeBiase
September 17th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2347

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used. Will post a recent note later. Tom Because (1) I love cab franc and (2) I'm a hopeless Wine ...
by Tom DeBiase
September 16th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2347

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used. Will post a recent note later. Here is my note from earlier this year. No need to spend anyw...
by Tom DeBiase
September 16th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2347

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used.

Will post a recent note later.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
September 16th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2347

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

If you like a lighter style Cab Franc that is delicious and so easy to drink, try RYME Cab Franc. The 2018 is the current vintage and it is excellent. Added bonus is lower alcohol and only old barrels used. Will post a recent note later. Here is my note from earlier this year. No need to spend anywh...
by Tom DeBiase
September 11th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 32
Views: 1850

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

Sounds nice John but I'll take all that extra acid all the time. For me the dark fruit and lack of tannin lets the acid structure shine in Barbera.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
September 11th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32009

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The flavor of smoke taint is a bitterness rather than a smokiness. It depends on the fuels sources. The compounds can vary by what plants are burning. The most common pair are common in wine aged in toasted oak, so a low level in certain wines, some of the time, might not stand out at all. It defin...
by Tom DeBiase
September 11th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32009

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Newb question here: does the smoke taint taste like smoke flavor in ribs / pulled pork / smoked gouda or is it the more acrid flavors you get if you over-grill vegetables or burn garlic? Obviously the former would not make for a long-ageing fine wine, but I could see some market for that juice. Whe...
by Tom DeBiase
September 10th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 389

Re: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)

Fantastic wine that I was introduced to at a Idlewild Sunday School. Gives the descriptor mineral a whole new meaning.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
September 7th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I think this Ceritas Chardonnay could be a 20+ year wine.
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: I think this Ceritas Chardonnay could be a 20+ year wine.

From Ceritas wine dinners at The Heirloom Cafe in SF and the Porter-Bass Winery we had several older vintages of Ceritas chard and each one was still young and vibrant. What I like most about John's chardonnay is that it improves dramatically (like Warren's 2007) with time when so many simply age bu...
by Tom DeBiase
September 6th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32009

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

TODAY. Though temps in Laguna Ridge have been manageable up to this point, and it is another day or two of this before a cool down (and sugars stabilizing). I keep track of temps for the past 3 weeks, multiple times per day. Some nights were 50-51F, and most were in low to mid 50s, which you seem t...
by Tom DeBiase
September 3rd, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild Barbera & Dolcetto '16....(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: TN: Idlewild Barbera & Dolcetto '16....(short/boring)

For me the 16 Dolcetto had nice herbal fruit but the tannins stuck out a bit. The 17 Idlewild Dolcetto is perfectly balanced, fruit, secondary notes, tannin. Have gone through several and recently reloaded.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
September 3rd, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 349
Views: 32009

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Had a long phone call with Gordon Burns earlier today, they have shifted gears to process more tests, and are also talking to Australians to get as much info as is possible. At the least, they are now trying to keep us all informed in regard to expected dates for grape and wine samples, that is a g...
by Tom DeBiase
September 2nd, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Tom Seaver
Replies: 5
Views: 645

Re: RIP Tom Seaver

Our VP of Sales was his next door neighbor in Greenwich CT when he was playing. They became good friends and our company wound up with the best season ticket boxes in all of Shea Stadium. Tom was a class act and in his prime was pretty much untouchable. So sad to see this though it was inevitable. Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 30th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: TN: 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray

Nice note Brian. For me Ceritas is the premier Chardonnay producer in California by a wide margin.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 28th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI
Replies: 12
Views: 675

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI

Another great set of notes on a real diverse group of wines.

Thanks for sharing your in depth experience with these wines.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 25th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 70
Views: 4460

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

A huge selection of Vincent wines are under $25.00, some under $20.00.

Silly good value considering the high quality.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 19th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 57
Views: 2092

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

Gravner's pinot grigio is worth a look. Also Radikon’s, although in this style I prefer Ribolla Gialla. The Gris is a very cool wine though. A yes to both, especially like Radikon's. Here is my note of the 2016. Complex and delicious. 2016 Radikon Pinot Grigio SIVI : This wine sees 14 days on the s...
by Tom DeBiase
August 16th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 2558

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

Hi Jim, sorry for the delayed reply. Crazy weather last night and today in Sonoma County. Here is the Pesto Recipe that my wife uses. We have tried others but this one hits the mark for us. My wife doubled up on the recipe as we will then have some for future pizza nights. Let me know if you have an...
by Tom DeBiase
August 16th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 543
Views: 33531

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Been getting the mother of all thunderstorms the past 30 minutes in Sonoma County and I lived on the East Coast most of my life so know thunderstorms pretty well. Dry mostly but starting to rain the past 10 minutes or so. It’s 5:15 am right now and radar shows a lot more on the way. Crazy weather fo...
by Tom DeBiase
August 15th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week ****SUMMARY ADDED ON TOP 9/24/20*****
Replies: 41
Views: 2558

Re: Basil Pesto Wine Pairing of the Week

With the basil pouring in, boss chef made a favorite of ours. Trofie Pasta With Pesto and Grilled Shrimp was just fabulous. The pairing was 2019 Jolie Laide Melon de Bourgogne Rodnick Farm (formerly Antle) Chalone . I thought the Melon pairing might be a bit too acidic for the dish but the 2019 is a...
by Tom DeBiase
August 14th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7403

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Over the hill in Sonoma-Mendocino Counties pretty much the same. Of course there are micro climate areas within but in general it's going to be blistering hot for the next 6 days or so.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 8th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXV
Replies: 7
Views: 726

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXV

Nice notes as always Marc. The Kangarilla Road note brings back memories. Been many years but pretty much as you described if my memory serves me. The Sandlands Mission is obviously not going to compete with the best red wines in California but the strawberry, raspberry, cranberry notes are ever cha...
by Tom DeBiase
August 7th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2456

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

People make a bigger deal out of it than it is. Any wine properly acidified tastes utterly normal and the idea that one could pick it out blind is pretty crazy. Well, going back to the reason I brought this up, the wines I tasted (several vineyards from the same producer in 2018) all tasted quite a...
by Tom DeBiase
August 5th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2456

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

If a winemaker acidified in 2018 he (she) should consider another career. 2018 was pretty much a perfect growing season. If a winemaker acidified it was likely a planned action well before harvest.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
August 3rd, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1638

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

Halcon, Vincent Arroyo and Dirty and Rowdy in years when Hardy produces one.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 26th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?
Replies: 53
Views: 2832

Re: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?

I believe Broc Cellars made bigger boned wines early on. Not huge wines mind you but different from what is made today. Broc Cellars wines today are fresh, juicy, pure and low alcohol.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 22nd, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1520
Views: 87588

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Trenton NJ-style mustard pie, a la Papa's Tomato Pies in Robbinsville NJ, the oldest pizzeria in the US. Mustard (Schwerter Senfmuehl Adrian), grated low-moisture mozz, tomato sauce on top, pecorino romano, black pepper, EVOO. Used to get that pie a lot when we lived in NJ. The Trenton location was...
by Tom DeBiase
July 20th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIV
Replies: 2
Views: 402

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIV

2017 Wits End Shiraz McLaren Vale Luna. Ruby-violet, full into the rims, more dull than glowing, youthful brick red further out. Weird nose, full of bacon but like you threw it in the skillet still in the plastic packaging, can’t shake that plastic thing, otherwise caramelized molasses, smoke, crush...
by Tom DeBiase
July 17th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Massican Annia (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: TN: 2019 Massican Annia (USA, California, Napa Valley)

A very nice wine indeed and not the first wine you think of in Napa Lol

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 17th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2683

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Broc cellars 2018 Vine Star Zin, 12.5 ABV.

Martha Stoumen 2018 Venturi Vineyard Zin, 12.7 ABV.

Both are fresh and delicious, not heavy in body nor in oak.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 16th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5595

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

RYME Cellars makes superb Vermentino from Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros. It is an annual buy for us. https://www.rymecellars.com/store/detail?item=2019-vermentino-hers Funnily enough this ("Hers") was in a blind Vermentino tasting I went to this evening. Was my close 2nd of the 7 wines - really n...
by Tom DeBiase
July 14th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wine
Replies: 25
Views: 1249

Re: Orange wine

Not sure if there is any type of defined difference between “skin contact white” and “orange” wine. I can say that there are many excellent skin fermented white wines coming out of Sonoma County. They are delicious, age well and are great with tough food pairings.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 14th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2941
Views: 197636

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Oakville Farmhouse - made the mistake of trying to go through the wax and pull the cork out through it... works for most wax dipped bottles I encounter but this stuff is thick, bad idea! Salvaged the situation with only one tiny piece of cork falling in thankfully. My first of these and it was...
by Tom DeBiase
July 11th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5595

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

RYME Cellars makes superb Vermentino from Las Brisas Vineyard in Carneros. It is an annual buy for us.

https://www.rymecellars.com/store/detai ... ntino-hers
by Tom DeBiase
July 7th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Assortment Of Wine, (Duhart Milon, Bedrock, Jolie Laide, Torre dei Beati, Frogs Leap)
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: Assortment Of Wine, (Clerc Milon, Bedrock, Jolie Laide, Torre dei Beati, Frogs Leap)

Jim F wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 4:01 pm
The blurry photo looks to be a Duhart rather than a Clerc.......
You are right Jim, need to remind myself mind in gear before typing :)

Now fixed

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
July 7th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Assortment Of Wine, (Duhart Milon, Bedrock, Jolie Laide, Torre dei Beati, Frogs Leap)
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Assortment Of Wine, (Duhart Milon, Bedrock, Jolie Laide, Torre dei Beati, Frogs Leap)

Been delinquent in posting notes lately, hopefully will post a bunch in the next couple weeks. 2003 Chateau Duhart Milon Pauillac: My limited experience with 2003's (Bought very little) is that they can be very good if simply not either overdone (extracted) or picked too green. It seemed those winem...
by Tom DeBiase
July 5th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII

Great notes Mark, I thoroughly enjoy your writing style. You obviously not only taste the wines but experience them as well. Adds a dimension to the usual fruit-acid-tannin note. Also, you sample an eclectic mix of wines. The 2018 Idlewild Flora & Fauna White Wine is 50% Muscat Canelli, 48% Arneis, ...
by Tom DeBiase
July 3rd, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Exciting Things At Altitude in Mendocino
Replies: 18
Views: 966

Re: SFChron: Exciting Things At Altitude in Mendocino

An outstanding article in the SFChron by Esther on some exciting things going on at altitude in MendoCnty: https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/article/California-winemakers-bet-on-Mendocino-County-for-15379719.php By SamBilbro/EvanLewandowski/MikeLucia. The first btl off the bottling line of Timorasso...
by Tom DeBiase
July 3rd, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron: Exciting Things At Altitude in Mendocino
Replies: 18
Views: 966

Re: SFChron: Exciting Things At Altitude in Mendocino

Thanks Tom, good article on three cool and knowledgeable winemakers. Of the three I know Sam the best and if you ever get the chance to meet up with him, do it! Unlike some people who wind up in the wine industry, it's been Sam's entire life. Listening to him speak about wine, especially Piedmont wi...
by Tom DeBiase
June 29th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1879

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Here are a couple abstracts that identify some of the actual compounds. There are several others.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10691647/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16136833/

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