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Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 11th, 2020, 6:53 pm
by David Kingsbury
Hi, first post here. I find the annual weather thread to be an excellent source of knowledge and news. We will be picking a small amount of Pinot this weekend in Sonoma County. Likely the fruit has been exposed to smoke. Are there any measures one could employ to minimize the effects of smoke?
Should one try for less extraction, maybe some stem inclusion? Just making a little bit of wine in the garage. I figure there’s not much recourse but figured I’d ask.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 11th, 2020, 7:16 pm
by Casey Hartlip
David Kingsbury wrote: September 11th, 2020, 6:53 pm Hi, first post here. I find the annual weather thread to be an excellent source of knowledge and news. We will be picking a small amount of Pinot this weekend in Sonoma County. Likely the fruit has been exposed to smoke. Are there any measures one could employ to minimize the effects of smoke?
Should one try for less extraction, maybe some stem inclusion? Just making a little bit of wine in the garage. I figure there’s not much recourse but figured I’d ask.
I have a Pinot client saying he won't use any whole cluster for fear of smoke. That's all I got.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 11th, 2020, 7:38 pm
by Joe B
By more from the previous vintage?

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 11th, 2020, 7:54 pm
by Michael Martin
Make rose’. Less time on its skins.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 11th, 2020, 8:06 pm
by timmy roos
Gypsy tears

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 11th, 2020, 9:49 pm
by Sean Devaney
Joe B wrote: September 11th, 2020, 7:38 pm By more from the previous vintage?
If you are making wine I don't think any grapes from the previous vintage are available neener

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 12th, 2020, 6:09 am
by Wes Barton
Michael Martin wrote: September 11th, 2020, 7:54 pm Make rose’. Less time on its skins.
To play around and perhaps be safer, I'd go all out for a blanc.

I've heard leaves are particularly bad. Anecdotal (to me, as I haven't researched it), but totally makes sense, since that's where the smoke is absorbed. Stems would also make sense, as the delivery mechanism. Perhaps a little counter-intuitive, but destemming, especially with one of those standard very brutal destemmers sold for home winemaking, will tear up and release a lot more fluid from the stems than just pressing with them. The stems will help knuckle into the grapes and the grape skins will protect the stems from breaking up. Same principle for foot stomping. So, sort out every single leaf, give it a thorough foot stomp, them press immediately.

For bonus points, cold crash the juice right away, then rack off the solids that drop out. How depends on your equipment and volume. Maybe dry ice if you don't have a chiller of some sort or a fridge it'll all fit in.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 12th, 2020, 7:01 am
by Michael Martin
The winery I work at in Western Colorado has potential for smoke taint from nearby fires. We pressed Merlot for rose’ a week or two ago. I just tried a sample from the tank. Still early in fermentation and there is no sign of smoke. The lab confirms it as well. We destemmed.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 12th, 2020, 8:02 am
by David Kingsbury
Thank you for all of your replies. We made rose’ from the same vineyard last weekend before things got really bad this week. Might try to “cold crash” with dry ice as Wes suggested. Really a shame as grapes and numbers were looking so good before the change in winds that started Wednesday.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 12th, 2020, 12:40 pm
by Wes Barton
David Kingsbury wrote: September 12th, 2020, 8:02 am Thank you for all of your replies. We made rose’ from the same vineyard last weekend before things got really bad this week. Might try to “cold crash” with dry ice as Wes suggested. Really a shame as grapes and numbers were looking so good before the change in winds that started Wednesday.
To be clear, that's with the pressed juice. A white wine technique that some employ.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 14th, 2020, 7:02 am
by Victor Hong
Shelf talker, citing "pain grille" tasting notes for 90+ score.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 14th, 2020, 9:25 am
by Sean Devaney
I forecast more bourbon barrel aged wines from the 2020 vintage.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 18th, 2020, 9:02 am
by BenjaminL
Tom Collins:


Anita Oberholster, click on the link below.
https://wineserver.ucdavis.edu/multimed ... berholster

For any red grape cold soak/maceration- as you see your color extracting, your Volatile Phenols are extracting as well (timestamp 38:30 Anita)

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 18th, 2020, 11:33 pm
by Eric Lundblad
Sean Devaney wrote: September 11th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Joe B wrote: September 11th, 2020, 7:38 pm By more from the previous vintage?
If you are making wine I don't think any grapes from the previous vintage are available neener
I'd be worried that grapes from the prior vintage might be over ripe by now!

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: September 27th, 2020, 12:03 pm
by David Kingsbury
As a follow up we pressed the Pinot yesterday. Decided against taking any extreme measures. Wine tastes pretty good at this awkward stage as Malo had just started. Too early to know if it has been affected but am encouraged by yesterday’s sample.
Thanks to all who offered advice.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 13th, 2020, 5:02 pm
by Roy Piper
Not sure why, but post-ferment lab samples of taint from Cab on the floor are showing no more than you get in any other vintage. Not just for me, but everywhere and everyone I know. Cab seems to have less than Zin and other varietals. Also, press wine shows no difference than free run. None of this makes any sense. I have seen some big numbers in some of the mountains but that's all. Anyone else testing post-primary?

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 17th, 2020, 1:46 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
Going to. I have had the longest ferment in history, but things are still moving (down in sugar) with no increase in VA (mine is always low). The color is what you would expect from the Black Cat...just beautiful.
I tasted his morning and we are just about there. The taste, to me, is gorgeous, because I know what I am expecting at this stage. The winery's resident winemaker was grimacing (like he always does at this stage of the game). So I am going to say I am in very good shape for 2020, but will do the smoke taint test for everyone's reassurance.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 17th, 2020, 2:59 pm
by Casey Hartlip
My 2020 Pinot is a wreck. Smells and tastes great but like I said in the weather thread I blew the water add. It's now 15.5% alcohol but the sugar is still 2.1. All activity in the barrel has stopped and I'm not going to try to restart a single barrel nor heat the wine up. Will consult with some of my experienced friends and decide. For now will keep it topped and hope for the best.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 17th, 2020, 6:42 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
If the "activity" in the barrel has stopped, and you have that much sugar left, you are going to end up with a sweet Pinot. Why NOT try a restart?

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 17th, 2020, 7:38 pm
by Scott G r u n e r
Casey Hartlip wrote: November 17th, 2020, 2:59 pm My 2020 Pinot is a wreck. Smells and tastes great but like I said in the weather thread I blew the water add. It's now 15.5% alcohol but the sugar is still 2.1. All activity in the barrel has stopped and I'm not going to try to restart a single barrel nor heat the wine up. Will consult with some of my experienced friends and decide. For now will keep it topped and hope for the best.
Pinot Port?

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 17th, 2020, 8:30 pm
by Casey Hartlip
Scott G r u n e r wrote: November 17th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Casey Hartlip wrote: November 17th, 2020, 2:59 pm My 2020 Pinot is a wreck. Smells and tastes great but like I said in the weather thread I blew the water add. It's now 15.5% alcohol but the sugar is still 2.1. All activity in the barrel has stopped and I'm not going to try to restart a single barrel nor heat the wine up. Will consult with some of my experienced friends and decide. For now will keep it topped and hope for the best.
Pinot Port?
It doesn't taste pruny or overripe it has lots of red fruits. Luckily it's 25 cases that I don't need to make a living on. Going to consult with some friends and make a plan.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pm
by Michael S.
Roy Piper wrote: November 13th, 2020, 5:02 pm Not sure why, but post-ferment lab samples of taint from Cab on the floor are showing no more than you get in any other vintage. Not just for me, but everywhere and everyone I know. Cab seems to have less than Zin and other varietals. Also, press wine shows no difference than free run. None of this makes any sense. I have seen some big numbers in some of the mountains but that's all. Anyone else testing post-primary?
Roy, yes and my experience with 2020 Napa fruit (from all over the valley and hillsides) is similar to yours. Proximity to the fire and amount of time exposed to fresh smoke (smoke coming from an actively burning fire, not lingering in the air for multiple days after first developed or blows in from out of the area) have led to the highest smoke taint marker numbers from tests. Also the most easily perceptible smoke characteristics from a sensory perspective. There's also a big difference between varietals, even within the same vineyard and their smoke results.

Regarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 18th, 2020, 12:06 am
by Wes Barton
Michael S. wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pmRegarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.
I heard about some roses being badly tainted.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 18th, 2020, 2:42 pm
by GregP
Wes Barton wrote: November 18th, 2020, 12:06 am
Michael S. wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pmRegarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.
I heard about some roses being badly tainted.
That simply can't be. All the reports lately claim there is no smoke taint in any vineyards, up and down the coast /s Slightly pregnant and all...

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 18th, 2020, 8:23 pm
by Michael S.
Wes Barton wrote: November 18th, 2020, 12:06 am
Michael S. wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pmRegarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.
I heard about some roses being badly tainted.


I understand this to be possible. It is dependent on severity of smoke taint in the fruit.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 18th, 2020, 8:25 pm
by Michael S.
GregP wrote: November 18th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Wes Barton wrote: November 18th, 2020, 12:06 am
Michael S. wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pmRegarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.

I heard about some roses being badly tainted.
That simply can't be. All the reports lately claim there is no smoke taint in any vineyards, up and down the coast /s Slightly pregnant and all...
[rofl.gif]

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 19th, 2020, 3:37 pm
by leslie renaud
Michael S. wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Roy Piper wrote: November 13th, 2020, 5:02 pm Not sure why, but post-ferment lab samples of taint from Cab on the floor are showing no more than you get in any other vintage. Not just for me, but everywhere and everyone I know. Cab seems to have less than Zin and other varietals. Also, press wine shows no difference than free run. None of this makes any sense. I have seen some big numbers in some of the mountains but that's all. Anyone else testing post-primary?
Roy, yes and my experience with 2020 Napa fruit (from all over the valley and hillsides) is similar to yours. Proximity to the fire and amount of time exposed to fresh smoke (smoke coming from an actively burning fire, not lingering in the air for multiple days after first developed or blows in from out of the area) have led to the highest smoke taint marker numbers from tests. Also the most easily perceptible smoke characteristics from a sensory perspective. There's also a big difference between varietals, even within the same vineyard and their smoke results.

Regarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.
I know that this is what people have been saying, but in our experience, this isn't true. Our smokiest lot was in Saratoga, really far from any fires, and only exposed to old smoke. You can smell the smoke just pouring the wine into a glass. We have some Napa cab that was really close to fires, that is totally clean. We had chardonnay in Dry Creek that a cinder literally fell out of the cluster when I sampled, and tested completely clean after a mini ferment on the skins.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 19th, 2020, 9:43 pm
by Michael S.
leslie renaud wrote: November 19th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Michael S. wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Roy Piper wrote: November 13th, 2020, 5:02 pm Not sure why, but post-ferment lab samples of taint from Cab on the floor are showing no more than you get in any other vintage. Not just for me, but everywhere and everyone I know. Cab seems to have less than Zin and other varietals. Also, press wine shows no difference than free run. None of this makes any sense. I have seen some big numbers in some of the mountains but that's all. Anyone else testing post-primary?
Roy, yes and my experience with 2020 Napa fruit (from all over the valley and hillsides) is similar to yours. Proximity to the fire and amount of time exposed to fresh smoke (smoke coming from an actively burning fire, not lingering in the air for multiple days after first developed or blows in from out of the area) have led to the highest smoke taint marker numbers from tests. Also the most easily perceptible smoke characteristics from a sensory perspective. There's also a big difference between varietals, even within the same vineyard and their smoke results.

Regarding free run vs. press, once you've been on skins in tank for any length of time you basically have a slurry. I'm not all that surprised that we're not seeing wildly differing results between the two.
I know that this is what people have been saying, but in our experience, this isn't true. Our smokiest lot was in Saratoga, really far from any fires, and only exposed to old smoke. You can smell the smoke just pouring the wine into a glass. We have some Napa cab that was really close to fires, that is totally clean. We had chardonnay in Dry Creek that a cinder literally fell out of the cluster when I sampled, and tested completely clean after a mini ferment on the skins.
Leslie, very interesting results that you're seeing. I'm super curious about why that is. Without knowing much about your specific vineyard locations or relevant smoke exposure I couldn't even wager as to why your results have been what they are.

My first hand experience from 2008, 2017, 2018 and now 2020 all point to sensory and/or lab analysis that show proximity to fires as most impactful and length of exposure to fresh smoke as leading to the highest results of smoke taint (both sensory and lab analysis of volatile phenol markers). I am mainly working with red varietals, mostly Bordeaux, so can't comment on Chardonnay.

Feel free to DM me if you want to discuss more. This is likely our new normal here in CA and I'm all for sharing information.

Cheers,

Michael

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 20th, 2020, 11:43 am
by leslie renaud
I will happily post results from AWRI once we receive the final numbers next week after they're out of lockdown.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 22nd, 2020, 1:25 pm
by Wes Barton
I can think of potential reasons some Saratoga sites could've been tainted. The most plausible would be topographical. There were fires up along the summit. A channel leading down to the site could protect the densest smoke from dilution, greatly countering much of the time it took to get there. Also, if some or all of a vineyard are in a bowl, or even if there's a barely lower undrained section (some of these are difficult to perceive walking a site), you could get a pooling effect. where the denser airborne particulates concentrate. The taint in an area like that could potentially be several times that of a site the smoke passed through getting there. You see the pooling effect with frost damage to grapes and other crops, where the densest (coldest) air gets trapped. LANDSAT imaging helped solve the mystery of this agricultural phenomenon.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: November 23rd, 2020, 11:10 pm
by Drew Goin
The "Research Results" page of the American Vineyard Foundation website has several studies linked to preventing, detecting, and treating smoke taint...


AVF website: "Smoke Taint" Research Results


AVF website: ALL Research Results

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: January 22nd, 2021, 9:09 am
by Samuel Dearden
Sorry, realize this was months ago but: minimize skin contact as much as possible, consider adding a fining agent (activated charcoal), reverse osmosis (expensive) are all options. Similarly, there are certain yeast strains that will bring out naturally fruity characteristics in some wines, masking the smokiness. All this being said, nothing is actually proven, and smoke taint can seemingly return at any time.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: January 22nd, 2021, 9:47 am
by PeterH
In his 2020 vintage report, Ken Wright mentions ozone treatment. We have used ozone at our factory to treat smoke reside after a fire at an adjacent commercial building.
It is amazingly effective, but ozone is a powerful oxidizer. It is used as an alternative to bleach for sanitation, and has the potential for similar degradation of organic compounds other than the ones you wish to target.
Any winemakers here have any experience with ozone?

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: January 26th, 2021, 7:45 pm
by Evan Pontoriero
We did an ozone wash on 2017 Flora with some success. For proximity, fire was less than a mile across the highway and Coffee park is about a mile south. My business partner, Brent wrote something up but we never published. It was hard to know if the Flora was done with metabolization and that may have reduced the smoke impact.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: January 27th, 2021, 5:14 pm
by Rick Davis
David,

First an apology for not answering sooner. How is the wine showing? I made Pinot's in the 2008 vintage in Anderson Valley. After that experience and having tasted some of the wines at a now 10 year interval, here are my suggestions.
1) taste it, if you don't have "wet ashtray" (you'll know what I mean) don't worry or do anything different from normal.
2) if you do have "wet ashtray" leave on leas for about 4 months, rack clean and add yeast hulls.
-2a) repeat at about 6 months and areate or if possible sparge w/CO2.
Rick Davis ITB

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: January 30th, 2021, 5:12 pm
by David Kingsbury
Hi Rick thank you for your insights and suggestions. We have tasted the Pinot a couple of times and no wet ashtray flavors. It actually tastes “pretty” at this point but I’m hoping it fleshes out a bit once we bottle. I just make wine in my garage so I don’t have any real financial exposure unlike so many vintners here in CA.
Hope you and others are spared any taint in these 2020 wines.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: January 31st, 2021, 11:55 pm
by Rick Davis
David,

Where was the fruit from, curious because I've seen affected and unaffected fruit from the same AVA this year.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 6th, 2021, 5:58 pm
by David Kingsbury
Hi Rick it was from southern Sonoma County. Don’t know if it is an AVA just from someone’s personal vineyard.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 19th, 2021, 8:34 pm
by Stewart Johnson
I've got one strong recommendation and one more tentative one. The strong one is to establish your own baseline numbers from non-smoke years by putting together a composite of several vintages representing your vineyard, your barrel program, fermentation regimen, etc. and sending it to ETS. That's a way better reference point than the guidelines ETS has developed for bucket ferments. The more tentative recommendation is Enartis Fenol Free as a fining agent.
Here's my smoke story, to date. 2020 was the first time I'd had smoke at vine-level in the vineyard. I had elevated guaiacol numbers on berry samples, though those results didn't come back until the wine was in barrel. Several times, I got strong whiffs of apple cider spice during crush, which I figured was guaiacol/eugenol. Still, I pressed my luck with one lot, that was comprised of my very best grapes, and kept the juice on the stems and skins for 4 weeks -- too long. I had hedged my bets with 3 other lots and gone with less whole cluster and earlier pressing. So, I fought the conventional wisdom and the conventional wisdom won when the extended maceration lot turned out to show some smoky character. I'll say that I don't think I'm very sensitive to smoke myself. I thought this lot was possibly smoky, but the ETS numbers were more definite. So, I fined that lot with Fenol Free and hit all the lots with chitosan (which is my normal post-ML practice anyway). Fenol Free is carbon that Enartis touts as effective against smoke taint. I'd trialed other carbon products on whites and found them really deleterious, but the trials with Fenol Free showed it to be pretty benign and effective on the pinot. This smoky lot was only 8 barrels, and I blended it with 15 other barrels to form a single lot for the bulk market. I thought it tasted ok and ran it by another winemaker, just to be sure. Once you decide you have an insensitivity to something, you imagine that thing is lurking everywhere, undetected. Anyway, we agreed it was fine, and I sent it off to ETS for confirmation. When the results came back with 6 micrograms/L of guaiacol, which is pretty significant on the ETS bucket ferment guideline, I was pretty bummed. I figured I'd be calling VA Filtration for that lot. Those guidelines don't account for any oak contact, so it wasn't a great reference point for a lot that had been in oak (25% new). I figured stems might also be a confounding factor. I submitted a sample of a mix of three preceding vintages, which had no smoke contact, and just got back result of 8.4 micrograms/L -- a baseline significantly higher than the bulk blend that I had thought was in jeopardy. Needless to say, I'm relieved.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 20th, 2021, 10:49 am
by Rick Davis
Sounds entirely believable that you could have gotten elevated gaulacol from barrels, it can come from oak and also seems to be an artifact of cold sites. The real question is what the methyl-qualacol levels are. methyl-g is a product of smoke contamination only. Extensive consumer trials indicate that most people find 6gualacol levels above 6ppb objectionable, though that probably is due to the presense of methyl-g above 2ppb.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 22nd, 2021, 1:55 pm
by Stewart Johnson
Per ETS, 4-methylguaiacol above 2ug/L indicates smoke taint only in unoaked wines. I got 4.4ug/L 4-MG on the blend of prior vintages which they say is pretty standard for a 25% new oak wine. My 2020 PN was 2.4ug/L 4-MG, so I'm fairly comfortable there. The ETS smoke expert says you can go much higher on both guaiacol and 4-MG with more heavily oaked wines without wildfire smoke being the culprit. In any case, once you've been in barrel for a while, reading the lab results gets more nebulous, but it seems pretty clear that the unoaked bucket ferments guidelines are no longer the right benchmark.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 22nd, 2021, 7:55 pm
by Ben M a n d l e r
Stewart Johnson wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 1:55 pm Per ETS, 4-methylguaiacol above 2ug/L indicates smoke taint only in unoaked wines. I got 4.4ug/L 4-MG on the blend of prior vintages which they say is pretty standard for a 25% new oak wine. My 2020 PN was 2.4ug/L 4-MG, so I'm fairly comfortable there. The ETS smoke expert says you can go much higher on both guaiacol and 4-MG with more heavily oaked wines without wildfire smoke being the culprit. In any case, once you've been in barrel for a while, reading the lab results gets more nebulous, but it seems pretty clear that the unoaked bucket ferments guidelines are no longer the right benchmark.
These are great points, and thank you for sharing your story. I completely agree: knowing the 4G/4MG numbers for previous vintages of your oaked wines is super helpful for understanding any results of new finished or unfinished wines.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 23rd, 2021, 3:00 pm
by Merrill Lindquist
My valley floor Calistoga (EMH) came back from ETS with 3.1 guaiacol and 1.0 4-meth. They said I was good to go, particularly since the reading came from wine in barrel (all at least once-used). Have since put on a couple of new barrels and, for me, it is business as usual.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 23rd, 2021, 7:38 pm
by Rick Davis
Casey Hartlip wrote: November 17th, 2020, 2:59 pm My 2020 Pinot is a wreck. Smells and tastes great but like I said in the weather thread I blew the water add. It's now 15.5% alcohol but the sugar is still 2.1. All activity in the barrel has stopped and I'm not going to try to restart a single barrel nor heat the wine up. Will consult with some of my experienced friends and decide. For now will keep it topped and hope for the best.
Casey is this a personal project? If so why not 3-4 gallons clear dealc and reinnoculate. Otherwise you'r going towind up with an elevated VA and a sweet wine.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 23rd, 2021, 8:26 pm
by Casey Hartlip
Rick Davis wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 7:38 pm
Casey Hartlip wrote: November 17th, 2020, 2:59 pm My 2020 Pinot is a wreck. Smells and tastes great but like I said in the weather thread I blew the water add. It's now 15.5% alcohol but the sugar is still 2.1. All activity in the barrel has stopped and I'm not going to try to restart a single barrel nor heat the wine up. Will consult with some of my experienced friends and decide. For now will keep it topped and hope for the best.
Casey is this a personal project? If so why not 3-4 gallons clear dealc and reinnoculate. Otherwise you'r going towind up with an elevated VA and a sweet wine.
Rick, this is my single personal barrel that I make withy foreman. I thought about a restart, but got busy with other things. Gonna wait til things warm up and wait to see if primary kicks in again when malo fires up. I know there's a high likelihood that it's going to become salad dressing, but I already have too much wine to drink anyway.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: February 24th, 2021, 12:43 pm
by Rick Davis
Thought from your post that was the case. If I can provide any help let me know I'm likely to be in AV a couple of times this spring.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: May 2nd, 2021, 11:17 am
by John Oglesby
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 up the mouthfeel on a smoke tainted wine. I'm also working on an activated carbon / chitosan / vegetable protein trial. I've seen incredible results with that, and paired with an acid addition actually brings out the fruit in the wine. I'm working with some pretty heavily affected wine, so if I can clean this lot up I'm pretty confident going forward of knowing how to attack it in the future.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: May 3rd, 2021, 2:08 pm
by leslie renaud
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.

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

Posted: May 3rd, 2021, 9:33 pm
by John Oglesby
leslie renaud wrote: May 3rd, 2021, 2:08 pm 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 about their in-house membrane filter for smoke taint, but I wasn't a fan of what we got back from other membrane filtration services and their smoke taint treatment.

I'm looking at working with Jeff once I get this wine workable - which I feel is just right around the corner.