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by Mel Knox
October 16th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?
Replies: 96
Views: 3277

Re: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?

Did they ever publish Rudy s recipes?? That could save me a lot of money.
by Mel Knox
October 16th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is pre phylloxera better ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1447

Re: Is pre phylloxera better ?

I hear Rudy is making something for auction right now...amazing what a guy can do with banana peels
by Mel Knox
October 16th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is pre phylloxera better ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1447

Re: Is pre phylloxera better ?

To answer this question with any accuracy you would need to plant two vineyards on sandy soil...one on rootstock and the other ungrafted.Maybe you would plant alternate rows and then harvest etc etc.. Usually the question about pre phylloxera was posed about Bordeaux. Those wines are over 130 years ...
by Mel Knox
October 15th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?
Replies: 96
Views: 3277

Re: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?

Years ago I ordered 100 cases of 1972 Chorey Cote de Beaune from Tollot Beaut on a direct import...In other words,no sending it back. The wine was not attractive on arrival, As a joke, I added a little raspberry wine to a bottle and poured it for people but then the store owner's wife tasted it, wen...
by Mel Knox
October 9th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonne on Bordeaux - Interesting Read
Replies: 29
Views: 1586

Re: Bonne on Bordeaux - Interesting Read

Perhaps the poverty in Pauillac derives from the fact they closed the oil refinery.

I get lots of e mails from wine merchants--and who doesn't?--and it seems they have all discovered Bordeaux. First they found Muscadet and then Beaujolais and now Bordeaux.
by Mel Knox
October 9th, 2018, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais

Greg,
I am here for you.
by Mel Knox
October 8th, 2018, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais

I've heard that his health is not great. But I don t know. That was the best thing he did.
by Mel Knox
October 7th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais
Replies: 61
Views: 2786

Re: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais

Clive was part of that generation of writers who thought tannin was the be all. Craig Williams of Jos Phelps once put on a vertical of Insignias for Clive, Russell Hone and yours truly. Craig and i were taken aback by the levels of tannin in some of the wine but the two just loved the tannic wines a...
by Mel Knox
September 27th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet

I don’t say they use a high proportion of new oak but they use high quality oak.
by Mel Knox
September 27th, 2018, 2:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1460

Re: "Wine speak"

Jonathan s comment reminds me of a friend who was assigned to drive Robert Balzer around San Francisco...a long time ago.
When they drove by the bay bridge Balzer said he had a boyfriend who was hung like the lower deck of the bay bridge. My innocent friend nearly drove off the road.
by Mel Knox
September 27th, 2018, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1426

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

John
You are getting close to our favorite topic, what crazy things wine merchants and writers put into print.
Linear wine? Is there curvaceous wine?
Pentagonal wine?
Wine writers like to believe that texture comes from terroir but winemakers know how to use technique to modify texture.
by Mel Knox
September 27th, 2018, 2:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet

Blake
The real answer is I can’t remember what exactly what they buy,but I don’t put up with their nutty winemaker for free.
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet

Confidential material!
But a guy so wanting to make the best would buy the best
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2018, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaune wine auction
Replies: 9
Views: 885

Re: Beaune wine auction

Since Christie s started to promote the auction in the Chinese market prices have skyrocketed.
Tasting before the auction is always a challenge as the wines will be eight weeks old and not done with ml.
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2018, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet

Randy is a bit on the competitive side. He didn’t have a weight room at his house. He had a weight house. It had those state of the art 1970s speakers —about five feet tall— in case he wanted some music.
He always wants to be the best...something more easily determined in sports than in wine.
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2018, 1:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1426

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

Considering that people have spent their lives studying phenolics and acids I thought Jon s article was a tad short but you know how editors are. A great topic for his third book.
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2018, 1:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6988

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

Blake,
ELKE vineyard is in the Anderson valley.
But glad you liked it.
by Mel Knox
September 15th, 2018, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

I am not so sure about glass stoppers. Technical corks work well. At Uvaggio we have used them for over ten years without a problem. We have also used screw caps here but in America there is a marketing issue. The thin skinned chardonnay clone issue is a new one for me. For the most part the Dijon c...
by Mel Knox
September 15th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

For me the interesting aspect of the dubourdieu/Lavigne study was the talk about glutathione, discovered at Davis by Singleton in 1984.

Not mentioned in the Laroche/Amorim essay is how many Burgundians were using less SO2 in a situation calling for more.
by Mel Knox
September 14th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

About junkets sponsored by wine industry suppliers: I am reminded of the story about Jesse Unruh, who kinda ruled Sacramento in the 60s. He used to give a talk to freshman legislators about lobbyists: If you can t screw their hookers and drink their whisky and vote your conscience you don't belong h...
by Mel Knox
September 13th, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

John, I don't know of anybody who has done systematic experiments over a ten or fifteen year period, but it does seem that technical corks are catching on in Burgundy. So somebody must have done something. I guess Jeremy is happy to propose a cure but some of us want to know the origin of the proble...
by Mel Knox
September 13th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

The Germans have done a lot of research on screw caps and they seem to like them. But I don't see famous wines from Burgundy and Bordeaux being shipped that way. A more likely situation is for more use of technical corks like Diam. I really think closure issues might be the culprit in some cases but...
by Mel Knox
September 13th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nalle Zin DCV '90..(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: TN: Nalle Zin DCV '90..(short/boring)

I sold Nalle in the UK in the '80s. I think the winery started around 1978.
by Mel Knox
September 12th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Tete de Beaune: If the winery is using a 'standard' bottle, then most likely there is no issue. But if it is a custom bottle or a bottle you have never seen before....

Good luck with your explorations.
by Mel Knox
September 12th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Larry,
Perhaps every case is different. But if we are looking at closures as an issue, we need to look at the bottle.

I wonder how all these canned wines will hold up. Should the cans be stored on their side or standing up?
by Mel Knox
September 12th, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Bottles rather than the corks might be an issue. It used to be that everyone used bottles made by Verdome, BSN or St Gobain, bottles made every day. Now you see more special bottles made in small runs. The bore entry on these bottles might be off. If the county stops maintaining roads, and you have ...
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2018, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?

Patz and Hall has a tasting room close to Enkidu.
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nalle Zin DCV '90..(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: TN: Nalle Zin DCV '90..(short/boring)

Doug is a great guy and deserves a lot of credit in the world of Zin. George Bush also traveled with his own pillow and I don't blame him. How many times do you check in to a hotel where all the pillows are too big/small? My question why you would age this wine 28 years...was it forgotten somewhere??
by Mel Knox
September 11th, 2018, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Tete de Beaune: The other bottles usually follow. Don't forget that in order to have a good seal you need a good cork and a good bore entry on the bottle. The bore entry should be a little bit barrel shaped and the cork should seat by expanding a bit. When I sold bottles I was advised not to sell co...
by Mel Knox
September 10th, 2018, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

I don't think we will ever have just one cause for premox any more than there is one source of TCA. Everyone gets to make their own misteaks. But when you combine lower SO2 additions with the misuse of the new presses and the glutathione issue there is plenty of blame to go around. I have never blam...
by Mel Knox
September 9th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?

If one drives another fifteen minutes or so then there are tons of wineries to choose from in Carneros, Vineburg,GlenEllen etc
by Mel Knox
September 5th, 2018, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .
Replies: 110
Views: 3238

Re: Pre Mox Caused by Clonal Selection, Pick Date, Pressing Techniques and Pre-Bottling Preparations - NOT Cork . . .

Ed
A guy I know in burgundy used to say it s not the presses it s the operators.
But whereas we moved from plate presses to bladder presses and then to tank presses over a long period many of them went from old Vaslins to modern presses very quickly.
by Mel Knox
September 3rd, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: Wineries near Gloria Ferrer ?

Across the street is a tasting room for several wineries, including Molnar Family, which makes well priced cabernet etc from a vineyard in Lake County and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from their vineyard in Carneros. Schug is just around the corner. One passes five wineries between the race track and G...
by Mel Knox
September 3rd, 2018, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA's scores for Central Coast wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1537

Re: WA's scores for Central Coast wines

I don t know but this is a region that doesn' t get much coverage. It's too easy to fly into SFO and visit wineries within a ninety mile radius.Of course, winery owners always feel they are getting the shaft, either from folks who drive right by or never make it that far.
by Mel Knox
September 1st, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 6895

Re: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added

I like the 'more and more graphite'..it s up there with fruit bomb with salinity.
by Mel Knox
September 1st, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added
Replies: 273
Views: 6895

Re: Graphite and salinity: Experimental results added

This thread is beginning to remind me of the one on breathing wine. It's so old I forgot I had already posted.
by Mel Knox
September 1st, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Selling Wine
Replies: 105
Views: 6453

Re: Selling Wine

Linda,
What is your native language??
by Mel Knox
August 27th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Nez du Vin kit for terroirs
Replies: 6
Views: 450

Re: Le Nez du Vin kit for terroirs

I have the kit. It came with my Sonoma Wine Patrol Is this wine ready to drink tester.
You stick this device into the cork and when the wine is ready to drink it pops up.

The inventor worked next door to Scribe when it was a turkey farm
by Mel Knox
August 26th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven
Replies: 13
Views: 1513

Re: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven

I first heard about Renaissance from Zelma Long, who visited at the invitation of Karl Werner, who had been her boss at Mondavi. She was served a steak from cattle raised there, enjoyed the wine and told me they had some special philosophy based on Gurdjeff, pardon the spelling. When I sold American...
by Mel Knox
August 24th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven
Replies: 13
Views: 1513

Renaissance Winery Becomes Hipster Haven

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/articl ... 175429.php

You might have to go to SFGate.com for this, but it is an interesting read about a winery that Tom Hill followed carefully from the very start until he discovered they thought fencing had to do with building a kind of wall.
by Mel Knox
August 21st, 2018, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6988

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

1998 Au Bon Climat Pinot
Sanford and Benedict
Found six bottles in the garage
by Mel Knox
August 20th, 2018, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME
Replies: 29
Views: 1201

Re: 2002 DIDIER DAGUENEAU SILEX POUILLY-FUME

I used to visit Didier a lot as I took him and others around California in 1988...for three weeks...what was I thinking?? I don't often taste the new wines made under Benjamin's eye, but a friend who is quite picky and visits and tastes regularly there thinks they are just fine and dandy, if not bet...
by Mel Knox
August 17th, 2018, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6988

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

Au Bon Climat Knox Alexander Pinot Noir...I just like the name...hard to explain...I suggest buying five or RN cases
by Mel Knox
August 17th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?
Replies: 76
Views: 4314

Re: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?

I oftentimes think that if Zinfandel or Petire Syrah were an obscure variety in Greece or northern Italy people would go Gaga. We take these wonderful varieties for granted. I have to admit that I am off red wine and am waiting for the first picardan/carricante blend ...hopefully from grapes grown i...
by Mel Knox
August 16th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 62
Views: 3457

Re: "traditional" California wines

Howard,
You might have confused Willie Mays with Louisville Las Cases....
by Mel Knox
August 15th, 2018, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 1974 Macy’s Cellar Pinot Noir (department store club?)
Replies: 17
Views: 732

Re: Tn: 1974 Macy’s Cellar Pinot Noir (department store club?)

Ch Gloria was one of the first chateaux to show that with improved production techniques--better work in the vineyards and in the cellar-- a cru bourgeois could be as good as a classified growth. Henri Martin's success inspired others to do the same. The next thing you know garagistes were everywhere.
by Mel Knox
August 15th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Bob Cabral, former winemaker for Williams Selyem
Replies: 16
Views: 943

Re: Update on Bob Cabral, former winemaker for Williams Selyem

Bob also makes Game of Thrones wine.
by Mel Knox
August 14th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Move over Chardonnay. Is Picardan the next great white wine?
Replies: 15
Views: 691

Re: Move over Chardonnay. Is Picardan the next great white wine?

But aren t there seven now?? At this rate Idaho will be covered in Picardin by 2025.

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