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by John Oglesby
May 3rd, 2021, 9:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 48
Views: 4877

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Jeff Murrell at VinSci has an "SRX" resin column that removes the bitter components in smoke tainted wine, but not the guaiacol. VA filtration and Mavrik filtration works well to remove guaiacol. I'm working with Jeff about his resin filter. I've had VA Filtration tech's speak glowingly a...
by John Oglesby
May 2nd, 2021, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling - the struggle is real.
Replies: 130
Views: 6474

Re: Riesling - the struggle is real.

I dislike the concept of having different shaped bottles for different varieties. I use a claret shaped bottle for everything - including my dry Gewurztraminer. And when I bottle my inaugural pinots in early 2022, I will bottle them in the same shaped bottle. Cheers pinot in a claret bottle? are yo...
by John Oglesby
May 2nd, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 48
Views: 4877

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

I've trialed a few products so far on smoke taint remediation. AntiBrett from AEB, which I've used in the past is very efficient on low level wines that show just a touch of smoke. For wines that are severely affected I'm still working on it - but I've noticed so far that bentonite will help clean u...
by John Oglesby
April 11th, 2021, 4:11 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Entry-level Harvest Internships
Replies: 11
Views: 1351

Re: Entry-level Harvest Internships

Where does one sign up for internships? Also, how long does the internship last, and do they provide boarding? The popular site for intern postings is www.winejobs.com. Harvest gigs last on average 3 months if you're at a decent size facility. Smaller places will probably be 2 months. Housing is ge...
by John Oglesby
March 10th, 2021, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Navarro Pinot and Chardonnay question
Replies: 18
Views: 561

Re: Navarro Pinot and Chardonnay question

Even their Zin, Barbera, and PS are absolutely delicious. Their Cab is also a screaming value if you appreciate old school style cali cabs. The 2 Chards are quite different. They have the basic bottling which I believe is in the $10-15 range is a great wine for the price. Their Méthode Ancienne Char...
by John Oglesby
March 10th, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Navarro Pinot and Chardonnay question
Replies: 18
Views: 561

Re: Navarro Pinot and Chardonnay question

They're delicious and age incredibly well. All of their wines are very well made.
by John Oglesby
March 8th, 2021, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5380

Re: Napa vs Washington

There's good stuff in Washington. They push the envelope like Napa for the most part, especially in the Walla Walla. The prices are better for a very strong reason- the demand is not there (save for Cayuse). That doesnt mean the quality isn't there. Some make excellent wines that would berry much co...
by John Oglesby
March 8th, 2021, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5380

Re: Napa vs Washington

There's good stuff in Washington. They push the envelope like Napa for the most part, especially in the Walla Walla. The prices are better for a very strong reason- the demand is not there (save for Cayuse). That doesnt mean the quality isn't there. Some make excellent wines that would berry much co...
by John Oglesby
March 8th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Entry-level Harvest Internships
Replies: 11
Views: 1351

Re: Entry-level Harvest Internships

I like interns with zero experience. No bad habits/bad training to work out of them. They're more apt to be as detailed as possible to your tutelage/instructions as they really want to do the best job possible. It doesn't take much to take a person with zero experience and have them as good as one w...
by John Oglesby
March 4th, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No More Cork Taint?
Replies: 47
Views: 1448

Re: No More Cork Taint?

Correct me if I'm wrong- but isn't Cork Supply apart of Amorim now?

If Amorim can get TCA free without having agglomerated corks then that is a huge plus. The one knock I have on DIAM is that the processed look is rather cheap when you throw it in a $200 bottle.
by John Oglesby
February 15th, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best wine decanters for double decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1062

Re: best wine decanters for double decanting?

I pour it into a decanter and then back into the bottle.

Or you can just pour it into a blender and give it a few zip zips.
by John Oglesby
January 26th, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT handles
Replies: 438
Views: 22988

Re: CT handles

Chateau Cabron
by John Oglesby
January 20th, 2021, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5548

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

I love Aussie. Penfolds higher tier stuff (RWT, Grange, etc), Torbreck, Two Hands, Greenock, d'Arenberg, Glaetzer / Amon-ra. All delicious and FUN to drink stuff. I've even have had a few aussie Zinfandels that have been interesting. I also love Aussie Riesling- moreso than I do Kiwi Blanc.
by John Oglesby
January 17th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Go Back
Replies: 6
Views: 1666

Re: Go Back

I bet if you go back to 2010 you'd see a lot of posts about nothing getting ripe. People deciding to leaf, and then ending up with half their chard sunburned a few days later.
by John Oglesby
January 8th, 2021, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2794

Re: First Date Wines

Bringing a bottle to dinner on a first date? That seems rather odd and i would bet be weird / embarrassing for the date. Showing off a wine you brought from home and telling them it's 100 points from blahblahdeblahblah could be taken as a red flag... or at least a warning that you're a nerd or a sho...
by John Oglesby
January 8th, 2021, 2:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Testing equipment
Replies: 7
Views: 1821

Re: Testing equipment

For FSO2 just get an AO setup. I don't care for Ripper... ajd I absolutely don't care for all those Mickey Mouse gadgets. They're barely as accurate as a ripper.

Alcohols? Just send out. ETS is $26/sample.. and you only need an alcohol 2-3x during its life on average.
by John Oglesby
January 7th, 2021, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 154
Views: 16880

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Is the Rhada... the Reverie bottling a Cab Franc? I work with that fruit and we just bottled our first vintage of it last summer.
by John Oglesby
January 1st, 2021, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dovecote Estate Wines - anyone try them?
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Dovecote Estate Wines - anyone try them?

Dovecote is the Thompson Vineyard house wine.... it's really good fruit. One of the most well cared for vineyards I've seen in Santa Barbara.

If you love Thompson (I really love Thompson), then you would like Dovecote.
by John Oglesby
December 31st, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 11470

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Eric White wrote: December 30th, 2020, 11:00 am Barolo is undrinkable until it hits the 30 year mark (or so). Fight me!
you like dead wine though :)

I did enjoy the 96-00's a lot more in the early 00's than I do the 2010's-2016's today.
by John Oglesby
December 26th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?
Replies: 41
Views: 8374

Re: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?

2019 was a perfect harvest. One of the best I've had in my 17 year career.

Reminds me a bit of 2009 in some ways.
by John Oglesby
December 26th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 52
Views: 5299

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

Don't take Mel so seriously. Is there a list of board members one shouldn’t take seriously? There’s plenty of bullshit in wine marketing to make fun of, for sure. But I’ve got friends who are Estate Managers/Directors, and they’re senior positions. To dismiss it as “mowing the lawn” is more than ju...
by John Oglesby
December 19th, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Experienced winemakers - help me figure this out?
Replies: 15
Views: 3315

Re: Experienced winemakers - help me figure this out?

that's a rather high TSO2 post primary. How much did you at at crush?
by John Oglesby
December 19th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 43894

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Feeling I had no choice....and was gambling that our fruit wasn't that badly damaged, I signed. Most stated if the fruit didn't pass certain quality standards, they would dispose of the wine and not pay us a penny. No pressure right? That's bad business. They should have offered to pay farming &...
by John Oglesby
November 9th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8518
Views: 631808

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Derek P wrote: October 19th, 2020, 4:40 pm Any one else get in on the NV Antoine Derigny Grand Cru Brut? $30 with some decent notes in CT - I'm in for 4.
I picked up a case. Solid stuff... though they confuse oxidative notes with yeasty notes. I've already gone through 4 bottles and I've had them for about 2 weeks.
by John Oglesby
October 31st, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group
Replies: 16
Views: 2086

Re: SF Bay Area Tasting / Study Group

To (East Bay) Stephen, Celine and Lisa. I run a tasting group in East Bay for over 20 years now, in Danville area primarily these days. Includes winemakers, cellar rats, retail/wholesale pros, and wine drinkers of various levels of aptitude/interest, though probably at least intermediate level and ...
by John Oglesby
September 18th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Winemakers/Cellar Rats: Is there a way to create one mixing tank by using multiple smaller tanks?
Replies: 16
Views: 3162

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

If you filter you can also use that as another opportunity for blending. Ed's recommendation is the way to go. Just take your %'s and go off your tank chart measurements.

Just be warned that the tank charts that come from the manufacturer are rarely correct. ;)
by John Oglesby
August 18th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2437

Re: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?

Here is what the average red wine label of ingredients would be if ingredient labeling was mandatory.. INGREDIENTS: Grapes, Clear Alcohol Reducer, Sulfur Dioxide, Potassium Metabisulfite, Tartaric Acid, Diammonium Phosphate, Saccromyeces Cerivisea, Yeast Nutrient, Oenococcus Oeni, Enzymes, Copper Su...
by John Oglesby
August 15th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 613
Views: 43894

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Night picks are coming in at 80°. Fruit is rather too toasty to be processing at 8am. Ive been seeing double trailers going up and down the Trail and 29 at all hours the past few days. I almost miss that kind of production... but im also quite happy to home these days for dinner. ;)
by John Oglesby
August 15th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7542

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Its not going to get hot enough to shut down the vines like it did in '17. This extended heatwave reminds me a bit more of '04. We are not having these massive heatwaves every year- it's every few years. We get spikes towards the end of August / early September that pushes the early varietals down t...
by John Oglesby
August 12th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2119
Views: 235567

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

Hi all, thanks for your comments on this and highlighting it to me publicly and privately. There seem to be two questions in this thread- whether the wines are real and whether the producer description is accurate or appropriate. To the first question, I can tell you that these wines came from a ve...
by John Oglesby
August 6th, 2020, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2607

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

Everybody adds acid... even in a "perfect year". Every year you will need to.adjust your acidity for some lots. Even in 2011 we were adding acid... not as much, but we still added. In fact, a perfect harvest is one where I know I'm going to be needing a bit of acid. No heat spikes, long &a...
by John Oglesby
August 1st, 2020, 3:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?
Replies: 53
Views: 2947

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

Jaime's first wine was made under the guidance of Michael Brown. That 2005 Pinot was essentially another KB wine under a different name. I loved old Ojai and I love new Ojai. Adam Tolmach is in my pantheon of California Winefixers who I hold with the upmost respect. To throw another winery into this...
by John Oglesby
July 19th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 7008

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

California is definitely up there. I think grenache in California is far more suitable across the state as a whole than any other varietal. It grows great everywhere and produces distinct wines in each part of the state.... and Im a Pinot guy saying this. Grenache is justa lovely two-sided coin of e...
by John Oglesby
July 12th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5849

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

Another note about Carneros is that all that clay is loaded with nitrogen.
by John Oglesby
July 11th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 9234

Re: California Cult

I doubt the newer Harlan’s are bigger than the older ones. Certainly the 90’s Harlan’s were extravagant wines, and pleasing to me. Bryant however made perhaps the finest Cult wine for with their 1994 and 1995. Helen Turley! Newer Harlans since at least 2006 are more elegant and structured, with les...
by John Oglesby
July 11th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5849

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

I spent 10 years in Carneros. Carneros dirt is clay ... "Carneros mud"" as i call it. My personal opinion is that Syrah, Chard, and Merlot are fantastic south of 12 and along Ramal Rd close to the Bay. North of 12 the clay dries out a bit, but unless you're on up on the border of the ...
by John Oglesby
July 11th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5849

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

I spent 10 years in Carneros. Carneros dirt is clay ... "Carneros mud"" as i call it. My personal opinion is that Syrah, Chard, and Merlot are fantastic south of 12 and along Ramal Rd close to the Bay. North of 12 the clay dries out a bit, but unless you're on up on the border of the ...
by John Oglesby
July 10th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Kayli Morgan - Hundred Acre release
Replies: 13
Views: 1755

Re: 2017 Kayli Morgan - Hundred Acre release

Aleks V wrote: July 8th, 2020, 10:21 am Hard pass... a meh vintage and prices considerably higher than secondary market. Wonder if anyone is biting as I’ve gotten 3 reminder emails.
What makes you think it's a "meh" vintage?
by John Oglesby
June 21st, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3774

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

Dutton Goldfield
Lamborn
Ridge
Carlisle
Navarro
Scherrer
Tofanelli
Rafanelli
Cedarville
by John Oglesby
June 18th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2264

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

Santa Barbara
- good vineyards
- good source for farm to table food
- warm ocean
- beautiful beaches
- close vicinity to good hikes / riding
- good pot ;)
by John Oglesby
June 5th, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Reported vs true abv
Replies: 5
Views: 3474

Re: Reported vs true abv

We try to remain within close approximations.

A Pinot label at 14.8% does look a hell of a lot better than one labeled at 15.2% though. ;)
by John Oglesby
May 6th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 117
Views: 13145

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

I've had a chance to taste a few - Carlisle "Piner Olivet," A. Rafanelli, Scherrer OMV, Turley "Pesenti," Martinelli "Guiseppe and Louisa" ... 2016 and even 2017 were excellent, 2018 seems to be a cut above. I’m not concerned about the producers I buy from but Jeb Dunn...
by John Oglesby
April 25th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Electric Ebulliometer
Replies: 1
Views: 2857

Electric Ebulliometer

does anyone here have working knowledge of the electric ebulliometer? I'd like to bring ethanol in house for analysis, but don't want to deal with the fumes from a traditional ebulliometer, as I don't have a hood to do it under. I'm also not inclined to ask for 20-30k for an acolyzer. I only deal wi...
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3419

Re: Zin recommendations?

I'm a huge fan of Zinfandel! I personally love Dutton Goldfield's Morelli Lane Vineyard bottling. It's a racy Zin that exudes black and red fruit that makes you question whether it's picked ripe or underripe... so in a word - a true Zinfandel. Robert Biale is another classic. I currently work with t...
by John Oglesby
January 26th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: T-bin capacity?
Replies: 10
Views: 5479

Re: T-bin capacity?

I've worked at places where we harvested into Super T's (or 48's, depending on your nomenclature). Cut down workload immensely.
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the To Kalon Trademark saga continues... new lawsuit against Constellation/Mondavi
Replies: 4
Views: 779

Re: Looks like the To Kalon Trademark saga continues... new lawsuit against Constellation/Mondavi

I've walked all those vineyards and in my opinion, no way is Vineyard House part of Tokalon. It's part of the Stelling alluvial fan, a completely different fan than that which runs of ToKalon creek. Makes about as much sense as calling the Napanook vineyard ToKalon. Just admit you hopped yet anothe...
by John Oglesby
March 22nd, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18
Replies: 4
Views: 1113

Re: Noticing Lower Brix > Alc Conversions in 2016-18

I haven't noticed a difference. I still see conversation rates in the .62 range for the last few harvests. Using G/F as a predictor for alcohol works about as accurate as a brix measurement. It's still a floating number throughout fermentation so to say what your true starting point is rather mislea...
by John Oglesby
February 9th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 31
Views: 4250

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Oh- and if you want your harvest to be sane - stay away from places that promote their production as being mainly off their estate vineyard. You'll get slammed with a tsunami of fruit. Estate Vineyard blocks essentially ripen within 2 weeks if each other. Good idea to look for a place with spread ou...
by John Oglesby
February 9th, 2019, 5:07 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships
Replies: 31
Views: 4250

Re: Getting into the business: finding good harvest internships

Hi everyone, I'm still pretty new to this forum having been away from the online wine community for some years, but I know a lot of people here have been or are involved in the vineyard-to-bottle process so I'm hoping I can tap into some of your insights. I'm 30, trained as a geologist, but looking...

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