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by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 07 Pernot BBM
Replies: 8
Views: 425

Re: TN: 07 Pernot BBM

A friend brought the '99 BBM to dinner this weekend and it was sensational. No premox whatsoever.
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel
Replies: 11
Views: 578

Re: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel

I thought Bud Mueller and his investors bought Souverain, sold the original winery to Tom Burgess, then built a new Souverain, which is now Rutherford Hill, next door to Auberge du Soleil. Then Bud got Pillsbury to buy the whole shebang and they decided they needed to build a larger winery in the Al...
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4466

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

When I sold bottles, the French government made us use more and more cullet--broken recycled glass-- so the dead leaf tint got darker. We said this was done in order to protect the customer from light struck wines. Usually this is more of a problem for beer people. Think Miller's in clear bottles. I...
by Mel Knox
September 7th, 2019, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 113
Views: 4466

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

If temperature is the issue, wouldn't the wine tasted maderized ?? What is the humidity inside the cooler?? This story is strange.
by Mel Knox
September 6th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2376

Re: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme

I see that one of the defrauded is a bigshot with the Cato Institute...a subsidiary of Koch Industries....wait til the Kochs sic their team of FBI agents on this guy....fun fun fun
by Mel Knox
September 3rd, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1265

Re: More cab than zin in California?

The top zins from the best vineyards seem to be more popular than ever...Ridge, Turley, Bedrock, Scherrrer, etc...But as a category Zin seems to be losing ground. All the big brands have secondary brands with chardonnay, cab, sb and merlot...rarely a zin.
by Mel Knox
September 3rd, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1463

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

I went to a tasting of 1995 Montrachets....around 2002...more than half gone...
I think most people have figured out things since aROUND 2012....bUT EVIDENTLY NOT ALL...
by Mel Knox
August 30th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1289

Re: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma

FOR ME lodging is a function of dining....don't want to drive too far. Healdsburg: Best Western Dry Creek...basic place with free breakfast...even a waffle bar!! Friends of mine actually camped at a state park btwn St Helena and Calistoga...not recomended! Windsor...lots of Radisson type places Cali...
by Mel Knox
August 25th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 17
Views: 1024

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve

Tom Peterson s son Austin is now the winemaker at Ovid...or was the last time I looked. His successor, Ed Killian, who was the winemaker from around 1992 until maybe ten years, ago, now makes his own wine. Ed was involved in making the '91 Lambert Bridge Cab, another overlooked gem. Both Tom and Ed ...
by Mel Knox
August 13th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

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

Mitch,
Not to worry. I get your point.
by Mel Knox
August 13th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

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

Brian, I am not sure what my point is although I don't think Kevin used slave labor up there in Laytonville. I am just ruminating about things. It seems that if something bad was done in the past and something good came out of it, we are all down with it...Nobody here is in favor of bringing back pr...
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

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

Has anyone discussed how the Haut Medoc came to be a wine growing area?? Dutch engineers drained marshes and turned swampland into famous vineyards. They did similar work near Poitiers and the result is the Marais Poitevin....
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Eric, My singing was banned by a joint force of Amnesty International (they said it was beyond torture) and the You Tube people, who said my singing could ruin their business. Before World War II a tremendous amount of oak from the Baltics was turned into barrels for salted fish and beer. I read tha...
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

The Kelli White article talks about how seasoning of the wood, toasting of the barrel and the making of the wine all impact perceived oak flavor. That is why it is so difficult to generalize about oak and wine.
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Neal, these lactones prefer to be called 'they'...
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

Eric,
Before I got into this business I thought oaky lactones was the name of a country and western band from Bakersfield.
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I read the Kelli White article. She did a lot of good research. There are some minor mistakes: 1/Canton was purchased by the Chene group (Taransaud) in '98, not '88. 2/Hungarian oak is the same species as French. 3/The Francois group not only created what has now become Oregon Barrel Works, but owns...
by Mel Knox
August 9th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

If one reads the interview the impression might be that Ridge made a decision on a tasting they did in Bordeaux 100 years ago and in Cupertino Heights almost fifty years ago. I would assure interested parties that they do all kinds of tastings. Indeed one of my regrets about my retirement from Taran...
by Mel Knox
August 9th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2486

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I will chime in when I wake up...probably around 530 this afternoon. For now, I would point out that Silver Oak bought a cooperage in Missouri whereas Ridge buys barrels from a variety of companies, including Canton Cooperage. Canton offers two, three and four year air dry and is owned by the same p...
by Mel Knox
August 8th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1093

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

Back in the 70s a guy I knew used to buy used Bourbon barrels for his wine. He would set the barrels out in the sun and a day or two later collect a couple of quarts of Bourbon. A friend told me he tried making zin in a used Bourbon barrel..the alcohol went from 14 to 17 very quickly. The idea of pu...
by Mel Knox
August 7th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1252

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Same thing...they got a new winemaker maybe three (four?) years ago and she is very good.

FYI I just tasted a carbonic maceration Mission at a winery in Santa Ynez....how do you make yours??
by Mel Knox
August 7th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1252

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Another suggestion is Peltier Station, where we have made wine. The last time I had their SB and CS I was impressed.
by Mel Knox
August 6th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1252

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Thanks Michael and John for the mention. Uvaggio also makes Primitivo from Lodi, which is for those people who like the flavor of Zin w/o the 16% alc... I think Lodi has something for everybody except high prices. There are wines like ours at lower alcs and wines more powerful than a speeding locomo...
by Mel Knox
August 1st, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did I miss something in 2004?
Replies: 2
Views: 736

Re: Did I miss something in 2004?

From my POV, that of a barrel pimp, was that 2004 was a year like many. Sideways made Pinot Noir even more popular. But this popularization of Pinot began in the '80s. The Chalone group was bought by Diageo with a nice profit for the stockholders. Little did we know that Acacia would be run into the...
by Mel Knox
July 26th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 5966

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Simon Farr, who ran Bibendum Wine for many years, suggested we visit a winery in the RussianRiver Valley. It had gotten a nice review for some oddball variety they were making. I won't name it because the new owners deserve a break!! The old owner was kind of hit and miss. We are tasting a sample ou...
by Mel Knox
July 26th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2644

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Marcus I know that many great wines are being made in Oregon. But I am somebody who has been going to Oregon on a regular basis since 1954, if only to see the Portland Beavers play the Seattle Rainiers!! Others don't know the region as well. I think you get my point. Shakespeare said that good wine ...
by Mel Knox
July 26th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2644

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

It's always nice to say, My wine tastes better than LaTache and therefore you should pay a lot for it. But it is not so easy. If you look at the Napa Valley: 1/they have milked the Paris tasting for over 40 years...books, movies 2/various winery personnel have staged many many tastings with their wi...
by Mel Knox
July 24th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?
Replies: 37
Views: 2337

Re: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?

When Californian winemakers started to visit Burgundy they discovered that the vignerons put the wines through ML in barrel. So they said to themselves, Hmm, what if I tried this on my BX cepages?? In 1986 I visited chateaux in Bordeaux and the two winemakers I was with, John Hawley and Dave Ramey, ...
by Mel Knox
July 24th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?
Replies: 37
Views: 2337

Re: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?

I have not been to Canlis for five years so what do I know?? At that time I thought there was nothing in California to compare to their list.
by Mel Knox
July 24th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 91
Views: 6701

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

I just walked into a neighborhood wine shop and discovered the owner had gone whacko over 2017...so maybe BG is back in retail...
by Mel Knox
July 24th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2583

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

I don't blame the organizers of these trips for not detailing what they mean by 'visit with Guillaume d Angertown' but then if one is going to fork over $5500 one would like to know.

Taste a vertical of a vineyard...sign me up...taste current vintages...not so excited.
by Mel Knox
July 23rd, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?
Replies: 37
Views: 2337

Re: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?

First, Canlis is a restaurant that should be better known by wine lovers. The cellar is amazing and as I recall, the prices are quite fair. I haven't been there for a while. Is there a restuarnat like this in California?? One that has, for example, multiple vintages of both Washington and Napa caber...
by Mel Knox
July 23rd, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Replies: 26
Views: 2129

Re: TN: 2014 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

I enjoyed a 2010 Champlots over the weekend...sensational wine...still on the youthful side.
by Mel Knox
July 23rd, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1423

Re: 1981 wine

There were lots of fine wines made in the Haut Medoc that year. Las Cases is very good. Rare Wine Co has a bottle for$125....which is what I paid for a case back then.
by Mel Knox
July 23rd, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2532

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

Greg,

You must have gotten very wise.

Last week I was on the Silverado Trail and drove by Silverado Cellars...but I did not end up with silver in my pocket....so sad...
by Mel Knox
July 23rd, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit
Replies: 57
Views: 2532

Re: Santa Barbara/Buellton/Solvang area wineries to visit

John Morris asked me this question and I made up some things, like the idea Sine Qua Non had a tasting room where the Krankls poured barrel samples. That's not true...hard to believe I know, but Ojai has a tasting room in Ojai and Bob Lindquist formerly of Qupe has a Lindquist/Verdad tasting room in...
by Mel Knox
July 21st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes
Replies: 24
Views: 2583

Re: AMEX - Burgundy w/ Daniel Johnnes

As I am a small investor in Becky's company, perhaps I am biased. But first, as a Centurion you get the chance to pAY $5500 for this?? Second, with Daniel J you visit several negociants you could visit on your own...But Daniel is tight with D Lafon so that might be more than worthwhile. Third, even ...
by Mel Knox
July 10th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1384

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agua_Dulce,_California I ll add a post about Agua Dulce that talks about the movies filmed there, inc Blazing Saddles and Duel. Has anybody actually drunk these wines?? The Agua Dulce Vineyard looked a little thirsty to me...Buying grapes from Lodi is a great idea and I...
by Mel Knox
July 10th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1384

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

I see that a new winery is opening up in downtown LA. It's called Angelano and is located about a mile from the San Antonio winery. Acc to the article, they are sourcing grapes from the vineyard in Agua Dulce, which is somewhere between the San Fernando Valley and the desert. I drove by the vineyard...
by Mel Knox
July 7th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1384

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

What does he mean by Southern California fruit??
Malibu?? Cucamonga?? Temecula??
by Mel Knox
July 2nd, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 7062

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

I've enjoyed two older Qupe Syrahs this year:
2002 Bien Nacido and 2005 Bien Nacido Hillside Reserve..the latter wine coulda won a Cote Rotie tasting...
by Mel Knox
June 20th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3481

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,

Are they making just two wines, Altagracia and Eisele?? Or will there be various bottlings of the Eisele??
by Mel Knox
June 19th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10543

Re: Top US Syrahs

Bob Lindquist will continue to make Syrah etc under the Lindquist Family label.The new owners of Qupe will make wine at Laetitia, which they also bought.
by Mel Knox
June 19th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3481

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,
My eyes are bad...you ll have to tell me. What is really hard is reading their letter on my computer so I may be missing something.

If they are going to sell Clos de Tart through their mailing list, why not Domaine d Eugenie and Ch Grillet??
by Mel Knox
June 19th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3481

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,
My eyes are bad...you ll have to tell me
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1191

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

As I recall, they pimped the bejesus out of the 1975 vintage in Bordeaux whereas the same vintage passed unremarked upon in California. Later so many '75s in California showed great. We sold 100 cs of the Chappellet and sold lots of Clos du Val as well....there was a lot of fog in 75 and it just dep...
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3481

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Wes,

What did they do with all the barrels my friends at Taransaud sold them??
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ruby cabernet
Replies: 11
Views: 1209

Re: ruby cabernet

There was a co op in Lodi that bottled a Ruby Cab...$1.99!! They also bottled Emerald Riesling....both excellent. Was the label Royal Host??
by Mel Knox
June 18th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10543

Re: Top US Syrahs

No love for Qupe?? Just drank a 2005 Bien Nacido...up there with the best of France.
Where is Tom Hill when you need him??

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