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by Mel Knox
February 17th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 167
Views: 13000

Re: Aged Cali Cab

As I recall the old C Krug Vintage Selects were based on fruit from the See Ranch, now part of Silverado
by Mel Knox
February 16th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

I saved it for another day.
by Mel Knox
February 15th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

I am dining with a Burgundian buddy tonight. Would it be safe to open the 09 Big Brother??
by Mel Knox
February 15th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

I am dining with a Burgundian buddy tonight. Would it be safe to open the 09 Big Brother??
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5063

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

Dan,

Re Mt Eden: ditto
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Good point
And every time I go to the winery Fred hides his recording studio and tells me he is going hunting
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5063

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

My visit to Oxford took place in the 90s
I never made much money selling wine in the UK but it was fun.

I loved going to Southwold and drinking lots of bitter.

We would call on accounts in Scotland just to drink the whisky and the beer.
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5063

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

David, All I remember is the bar we went to afterwards where you got a glass of beer and a shot of tequila for a pound fifty. Ouch!

Jeremy Seysses had the brains to say he had to do something in the morning and took off early.
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Fred, you are a gargoyle but you keep it well hidden.

Whatever happened to winemaker bands?? Did they go the way of Dad Bands?? There were several good ones on the Central Coast.
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel's rollercoaster popularity ride
Replies: 62
Views: 2684

Re: Zinfandel's rollercoasters popularity ride

It seems to me that Zins from certain producers are really hot. I am thinking of Ridge, Nalle, Turley, Bedrock, Carlisle, Scherrer and a few others. But there doesn't seem to be much of a market for the less famous. You don't see much of it on wine lists. Zin is hard to make well because the grapes ...
by Mel Knox
February 10th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5063

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

Around 1985 some people in NYC staged an interesting tasting of red Burgundy and Oregon and Ca PInot. In the morning session the labels were out and people voted BG 1, Or 2, and Ca 3. In the afternoon the wines were presented blind and everyone got things 'wrong' and discovered how much they thought...
by Mel Knox
February 9th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 48
Views: 2184

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

When Fred had a full beard he looked like a statue of the one of the apostles on a Gothic cathedral.... now he looks like somebody who plays pedal steel guitar in Fresno.
by Mel Knox
February 7th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5063

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

I talked to Jim at ABC on Monday....he is still Jim.

George,
I would start collecting the Knox Alexander Pinot right away. The name is great. Maybe the Isabelle as well. Buy a case every year for ten years and then start drinking.
by Mel Knox
February 1st, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 2843

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

When I sold wine some guy told me he wanted to buy wine with the Picasso label. I suggested he get some Chagall as well.... heh heh
by Mel Knox
February 1st, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 2843

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Is wine art?? Mouton Rothschild promoted this idea with artist labels and naturally winery owners like this idea. You are not buying a beverage but art. Your purchase of our wine shows that you are very artistic yourself. Remember the ad campaign, The Art of Flying First Class? And its successor, th...
by Mel Knox
February 1st, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 2843

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

This is an interesting thread but I am not sure if any of the comparisons really work. Perhaps comparing pet nat wines to beton brut etc makes a certain sense: we might admire the thought behind natural wines just as we admire certain aspects of this architecture but do we really want to drink the w...
by Mel Knox
January 19th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3215

Re: storing wines vertically?

The theory about low humidity says that the cork can start drying out from the outside and at a certain point the oxygen barrier is gone.
by Mel Knox
January 19th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3215

Re: storing wines vertically?

What is crucial is the humidity in the room. Low humidity may help dry out the cork, no matter how the bottle is placed. On the other hand, tests done by a large winery show that you can store bottles vertically if the humidity is high.
by Mel Knox
January 16th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2163

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

A wonderful man.
by Mel Knox
January 14th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Hand powered flash detente called for the energy of over 1000 monks so it was rarely used. The vacuum part was very tricky. Of course, most of you know that Phillip the Bold banned gamay as a 'disloyal variety' but what is sometimes forgotten is that he also banned mega red as 'the most stupid frigg...
by Mel Knox
January 11th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another tribute wine for Burt Williams: 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli
Replies: 23
Views: 811

Re: Another tribute wine for Burt Williams: 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli

The subject of the 97 Rochioli reminds me of another wine I see written up from time to time: 75 Clos du Val Zinfandel. Neither wine was especially raved about at the time but each has turned out to be a masterpiece. In Bordeaux there are wines of the vintage/decade/century etc that are acclaimed at...
by Mel Knox
January 11th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Todd,
Something the IPNC did back in the 80s/early 90s was to have grapes from the same blocks made by different winemakers in Oregon and California.
After we tasted the wine, the terroiristes said, See how similar the wines are and the winemaker fans said, look how different they are!
by Mel Knox
January 11th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Marcus, Generalizing about anything in the wine biz is risky, but I do it anyway! My point is that we sometimes underemphasize the role of winemakers/vineyardists in wine. But if we look at Burgundy and Chablis, it was monks who figured out so much. I bet these guys would have loved mega red and fla...
by Mel Knox
January 11th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1795

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

Wine Group bought Big House.I got the two confused.

I think this could end up as a good thing for both Randall and Bonny Doon. Some good business management combined with Randall's inventiveness could work out well.
by Mel Knox
January 11th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1795

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

Doesn t the Wine Group own the Vin Gris de Cigare label?? It's bottled in Livermore, as I recall.
by Mel Knox
January 10th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Todd,

My apologies. It is all about letting the vineyard speak.
by Mel Knox
January 10th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

When people talk about terroir, I get the feeling that they are thinking about oil wells or mining for gold. That is, if we just drill in the right direction we'll find a seam of terroir we can bottle. In reality most winemakers are just trying to make wines they like and that will sell well. So the...
by Mel Knox
January 10th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 1795

Re: Bonny Doon sold to War Room Ventures . . .

Does anybody know anything about these War Room people??
by Mel Knox
January 6th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly
Replies: 14
Views: 675

Re: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly

I have an old wine catalog I wrote around 1978. We were selling '77 Thivin for $5.79. It is still one of the great wine bargains. At that time all the wines were aged in large chestnut casks.
I haven t visited since 1979 so who knows what they are doing now.
by Mel Knox
January 3rd, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2388

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

If you know what you are doing you can find values in every category.
by Mel Knox
January 2nd, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2388

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

I didn’t see Ridge Monte Bello posted on the poll. If it had been I would have voted for Mount EDEN or Simi Reserve
by Mel Knox
January 1st, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2388

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

i VOTED FOR Zinfandel because I feel it can be a really great wine but the price is very low compared to other varieties. If the same wine came in from Italy and it was called something like Pellaverga everyone would be all over it. On the other hand, compared to Burgundy Pinot Noir here can be a re...
by Mel Knox
December 30th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday dinner with 04` Cristal and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Birthday dinner with 04` Cristal and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot

I guess they had a bit of scare from their airplane.
They need Wms Selyem gear .
by Mel Knox
December 30th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday dinner with 04` Cristal and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot
Replies: 18
Views: 542

Re: Birthday dinner with 04` Cristal and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot

Blake, I'd wish you happy birthday but your alma mater beat mine yesterday and that's enough of a present for you!!
I did wear my Wms Selyem sweatshirt on a walk though....
by Mel Knox
December 29th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

John, You are right..a little thread drift here. I think that if you applied the exact same winemaking techniques to ten different vineyards, there would be winners and losers. Adam makes a very good point that tasters bring their prejudices to the table. I remember blind tastings in the 70s when --...
by Mel Knox
December 28th, 2019, 11:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Oh oh we are heading down a slippery slope to a discussion of terroir.
by Mel Knox
December 28th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3552

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Burgundy is a difficult place to answer this question because there are so many variables. I can think of a few examples of better winemaking (including vineyard management) making a difference. The first is Chorey les Beaune where two producers made really good wines from a lesser appellation. Perh...
by Mel Knox
December 28th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4535

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

I ll send a note to my representative in Congress about this. She owns a vineyard and really cares about this issue. I m sure of this. (Politics removed by admin)
by Mel Knox
December 26th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1320

Re: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

Sonnies??
by Mel Knox
December 26th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas Creek GM: Why wine tariffs hurt domestic producers
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Tablas Creek GM: Why wine tariffs hurt domestic producers

I don’t think the point of these tariffs is to help domestic wine production. It s to punish Europeans.

All those e mails touting wines from Italy and France will be replaced by ones pimping wines from the Southern Hemisphere.
by Mel Knox
December 26th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 3918

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

T Vine does have a website. I don't know who is in charge.
by Mel Knox
December 26th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 3918

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

About T Vine: Greg Brown, the owner and winemaker, is no longer with us.
by Mel Knox
December 24th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot

I still have my Seven Lions hat. Fred's boss was a piece of work. I wonder what happened to her.
The Barlow center, where now resides Kosta Browne, was originally an apple juice processing plant owned by her father.
by Mel Knox
December 23rd, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot

I saw an article about tribute bands the other day and it made me think of this thread. But most winemakers have their own ideas so there are no tribute wineries. For one thing, the originals can just keep planting more vines. There are lots of spinoffs from WS, including : Brogan...Burt s daughter ...
by Mel Knox
December 22nd, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot

Burt and Ed weren’t the only people who started with used dairy tanks. I know Au Bon Climat did the same thing. They still have equipment they bought used. A big thing now is modern versions of old fashioned basket presses. You see them all over. The hard part about making 12,5 Pinot would be gettin...
by Mel Knox
December 18th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An incredible tribute to Burt Williams by the Prince of Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 654

Re: An incredible tribute to Burt Williams by the Prince of Pinot Noir

This is really a terrific series of articles. To me the amazing thing about Burt was that when all sorts of folks with fancy degrees were flailing around in the world of pinot, Burt nailed it. I asked him about how he learned to make wine once, but I did not get a long answer like Rusty did. I well ...
by Mel Knox
December 15th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot

I m going to wear my Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot to the gym all week..... if I can find it!
by Mel Knox
December 14th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2707

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

John,
About the tasting stamina classes: I m better than the writer but I get tired at the French Laundry around course 13....you'll need Claude s help

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