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by Mel Knox
May 22nd, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 39
Views: 2993

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I think Serena Sutcliffe also sued him.
by Mel Knox
May 22nd, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CA Pinot Noir
Replies: 23
Views: 1312

Re: Best CA Pinot Noir

I feel for somebody who loves Marcassin since it has been about six years since they released their last wine. There are a lot of good suggestions here. I would add Steve Kistler's newish venture, Occidental, to the list. I would also second the notion that Kosta Browne has changed. Some of the wine...
by Mel Knox
May 21st, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Different capsules in Coche Corton Charly
Replies: 26
Views: 1249

Re: Different capsules in Coche Corton Charly

This is funny. With a German wine there would be a secret code.With a Burgundian he just ran out of one color.
by Mel Knox
May 21st, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 39
Views: 2993

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

One of Rudy's recipes definitely included Marcassin. Of course, adulteration of wine to make it more palatable is nothing new and goes back forever. Andrew Barr wrote a book called Wine Snobbery, in which he wrote that someone at Avery's told him he beefed up the '66 Nuits St Georges Roncieres with ...
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2020, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs
Replies: 25
Views: 1228

Re: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs

Blake,
I guess it is true. You can't cross the same river twice.
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs
Replies: 25
Views: 1228

Re: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs

Blake,
I have some Gary Farrell Rochioli and some Rochioli Rochioli...when this is all over we'll get together with our friends at ABC and break a few bottles.
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs
Replies: 25
Views: 1228

Re: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges

Chris, A few years back (2016?) Burt and Raj staged a tasting at the Wasserman--Hone home in Bouilland of WS wines going back to 1985. I think the Burghound published notes. Mine read like, Wow! and Holy Cow!! All the real Burgundians did a good job of faking their enjoyment. Too bad Raj's plane was...
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh

In the 70s the levels of SO2 in California Chardonnay probably exceeded some moral law and now...every now and then...we get a note from somebody who just opened one of these bottles and they are just amazed how fresh the wine is.
by Mel Knox
May 20th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh

John,

Maybe I ll put the passito up on the next Berserkers day.
Then everyone s blood sugar can go berserk


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by Mel Knox
May 16th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kenwood Johannisberg Riesling LateHrvst '84...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 127

Re: TN: Kenwood Johannisberg Riesling LateHrvst '84...(short/boring)

Bob Kozlowski and Mike Lee are the answers to your question, Tom.
by Mel Knox
May 15th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the "great" roses you've had?
Replies: 150
Views: 6270

Re: What are the "great" roses you've had?

This reminds me of the story about the Frenchman who was asked, What was the greatest wine....
His answer: I don't remember the wine but I remember the woman.

In that sense I remember drinking a lot of Heitz Grignolino Rose in the 70s and having a lot of fun.
by Mel Knox
May 13th, 2020, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

I don t know if any of you are familiar with an English wine writer named Robert Joseph. He used to be more active twenty years ago.He helped start a British publication, Wine. He arranged a series of blind tastings of the same chardonnays in four different venues...was it Burgundy, New York, London...
by Mel Knox
May 13th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

The new owners of Chalone are trying to revive things but sometimes you get forgotten by the marketplace.

The Mondavi Pinot and Chard remind me of Drouhin wines sometimes in that young they are fine but nothing special. With age they can really blossom.
by Mel Knox
May 13th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

Kelly, I have had older Mondavi cabs, pinots, and chardonnays that really surprised me. A friend in Burgundy serves an older Mondavi Pinots and Chardonnays blind and everyone is fooled ...always. Anyway, this thread has me combing through my cellar looking for a Mt Eden wine old enough to open. I en...
by Mel Knox
May 13th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...
Replies: 25
Views: 1334

Re: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...

How about
Co-Pain
Goin' round my brain....
by Mel Knox
May 13th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

The best chardonnays I have had in the past few years: 1992 Au Bon Climat Sanford and Benedict..Jim opened this at a dinner at Heirloom in SF two winters ago...blew everybody s mind. Fresh as a daisy. 1997 Marcassin I ve also had some wonderful old Chalones but not lately. I drink my Mt Eden too fas...
by Mel Knox
May 12th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar
Replies: 51
Views: 5038

Re: Digging up a basement for a wine cellar

https://www.spiralcellars.co.uk/

A friend in London has one of these and he loves it. I don't know if they sell them here and if they could be fitted with a cooler.
But their footprint is small.
by Mel Knox
May 12th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 23
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2011 Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

Dan

I don't know if Mt Eden Chard is the greatest Chardonnay in the world, but it's up there and people can buy it.

You have to be a key account and spend a lot of money to get a bottle of Coche, Lafon, Roulot, et al.
by Mel Knox
May 12th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

Adam, You are right. My point was that in many places a wine has to be 100% from that region, not 75 or 85 per cent. Burgundians are not allowed to mix in wine from other places.Oregon has strict laws. Also, the article is a bit vague here and until I read some stuff on the internets I was confused ...
by Mel Knox
May 10th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

As I see it, wherever you have different groups growing the grapes and making the wine there is going to be a struggle. We can look at the Champagne wars of the early 20th century. Wineries wanted to bring in cheap grapes and wine from the South of France. Growers did not want that. This led to the ...
by Mel Knox
May 9th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

Does anybody know anything about the author? When I first read the article I assumed Eric Asimov had written it and puzzled over the little mistakes. For example, by the 80s Zinfandel was already a minor player in Napa. Andy doesn't have a stranglehold on Napa Cab but if you are a newcomer to winery...
by Mel Knox
May 9th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

I don't recall Andy being a force on the no on weddings. As I recall, it was non wine people who pushed that idea. They also passed an ordinance that says any winery party can't go beyond 10 pm, must have a limited number of guests, etc. People just wanted to be able to sleep at night and not get ov...
by Mel Knox
May 9th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

I think what happened is that Andy and a few other growers preached the gospel of making a minimum amount of money per acre. When this worked out, everything took off. In the 70s I worked in retail. We stored our wine at a group warehouse, where wineries stored their wine prior to delivery. The guy ...
by Mel Knox
May 9th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

T Gigante:
I admit to being out of touch on the selzer water and vodka issue. I just drink the vodka straight from the half pint.
by Mel Knox
May 9th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

I ve been in the wine biz for a long time and all along people have been predicting the demise of the Napa Valley. Has n't happened...yet! There are a couple of things in the article that bother me. One is the idea that Andy is responsible for its transformation into an all Bordeaux variety region. ...
by Mel Knox
May 9th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 5957

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

I am surprised that Andy is not aware of the generational theory of the drinks business. It boils down to, What ever my dad and his geezer friends are drinking, I am drinking something else. A variation on this is in the idea that Florida is where brands go to die. My generation-- baby boomer--drank...
by Mel Knox
May 8th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs
Replies: 25
Views: 1228

Re: In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges

Blake, Another approach would be look at people who have access to some of the same vineyards, Gary Farrell and Tom Rochioli for starters. The Pellegrinis owns Olivet Lane and make wine and sell grapes. I've always thought that if you crossed the aromatics of WesMar with the body of Woodenhead, you'...
by Mel Knox
May 7th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Qupé Syrah Sonnie's Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: TN: 2010 Qupé Syrah Sonnie's Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard

Just out of barrel have I drunk the more recent wines.
I'm working on the '05s in my cellar.
Need to make space down there.
by Mel Knox
May 7th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Qupé Syrah Sonnie's Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 300

Re: TN: 2010 Qupé Syrah Sonnie's Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard

Every time I open one of Bob's older wines I am blown away.
To me that's a reminder to get some of the wines he is making now under the Lindquist Family label.
by Mel Knox
May 6th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 107
Views: 18687

Re: Marcassin

The '98 Lorenzo was great the last time I had it.
We were visiting Marcassin just before the fit hit the shan and somebody there joked they were hoping to go two years without a release.
by Mel Knox
May 6th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 111
Views: 4429

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Marcus,
Some day I will be able to return to Oregon and drink chardonnay with all of you who work so hard to make great wine.
by Mel Knox
May 4th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 111
Views: 4429

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

The idea that grape for wine ripeness is different from grapes for table consumption is a good one. But all too often I taste wines where the winemaker had the idea 'I ll pick at 21 brix and make a Chablis style wine' and the wine tastes like acidic sauvignon blanc. Clendenen and I found a vineyard ...
by Mel Knox
May 3rd, 2020, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 111
Views: 4429

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

I think a vineyard that gives you ripe flavors at lower sugars is key. That's the beauty of Oregon and certain parts of California. Dave Lett, who turned me on to a Draper clone vineyard at Tualatin, used to say he could either look for cool part of a warm place in California or a warmer spot in a c...
by Mel Knox
May 3rd, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 111
Views: 4429

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

If you don't oxidize the must, then you have to pile on the SO2.
Wine made in California this way in the 70s aged very well. Not my style of wine tho.
by Mel Knox
May 2nd, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 111
Views: 4429

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

For the record I made Chardonnay with Eric Hamacher from around 1996 to around 2002. I would assume he has continued to make good chardonnay.
by Mel Knox
May 2nd, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 111
Views: 4429

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Another way to look at this question is to ask yourself 1/ what helps white wines age? and 2/ why do you want them to age I think the answers to the first question are: pH TA SO2 lees contact--glutathione Wines with good acidity, SO2 and lees contact should age into something nice and complex. If yo...
by Mel Knox
April 30th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973
Replies: 26
Views: 789

Re: 1973

We sold a lot of 73 Bordeaux back then ...had the Mouton about fifteen years ago...surprisingly good...hard to imagine anything but Latour good now.
by Mel Knox
April 30th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3717

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

Are we getting back to the breathing versus pop and pour argument?

One size doesn't fit all. I look at every bottle differently.

Well, as the French say,A chacun son egout.
by Mel Knox
April 30th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

Could n't you put the bottle inside a bucket of some sort??
Remember the brick for keeping wines cool??
by Mel Knox
April 30th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Wine in Square Btls??
Replies: 14
Views: 595

Re: Aging Wine in Square Btls??

Maybe he should get in contact with Michel Torres, who pioneered the square barrel.
by Mel Knox
April 29th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruby Cabernet?
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: Ruby Cabernet?

Top mmarcellus GCC Member GCC Member Posts: 821 Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:51 pm Contact: Contact mmarcellus Re: Ruby Cabernet? #15 Unread post by mmarcellus » Tue Apr 28, 2020 6:50 pm I have a book, "The Fine Wines of California" by Hannum and Blumberg, published in 1971. It's a pretty good snapsho...
by Mel Knox
April 29th, 2020, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Saint-Romain, Maison de Montille
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: 2015 Saint-Romain, Maison de Montille

Very interesting. I will look into this.
by Mel Knox
April 28th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Staircase wine cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Staircase wine cellar

That s the beauty of the spiral starecase. It loves you more every day and you only use the stairs to retrieve bottles. Otherwise your wine stays cool and vibration free.
by Mel Knox
April 28th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble
Replies: 30
Views: 3595

Re: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble

I would think that the wineries who have built up a good mailing list with regular clients should do well. I guess we will find out who they are. Of course, all the cab producers must be happy to see Texas and Florida opening up.
by Mel Knox
April 28th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Staircase wine cellar
Replies: 7
Views: 489

Re: Staircase wine cellar

A friend in London has a spiral underground staircase wine cellar. This comes as a unit. You dig a hole and install it. As you descend the staircase wines are shelved on the outside. There are lights etc. Of course, this works best in cool climates. But it holds a lot of wine and is not that expensi...
by Mel Knox
April 28th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruby Cabernet?
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: Ruby Cabernet?

I m not sure that the Royal Host was mind bending but at $1.98 a bottle before discount....not so bad.
by Mel Knox
April 28th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruby Cabernet?
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: Ruby Cabernet?

Back in the 70s a co op in Lodi sold Ruby Cab and Emerald Riesling under the Royal Host label....both were good and attractively priced but never big sellers. Some of the bottlings of Ruby Cab were sensational. When I was selling wine in the UK I visited them--must be around 1988--and they weren t d...
by Mel Knox
April 27th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon California
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1990 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon California

I work with the winemaker's wife. I ll get her to steal some wine for me.
by Mel Knox
April 27th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon California
Replies: 9
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1990 Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon California

Hess select cab sells for around 20$ now

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