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by Adam Frisch
June 22nd, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Goodfellow, Bedrock, Enfield.
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: TN: Goodfellow, Bedrock, Enfield.

Ordered 6 more bottles of the Bedrock Erster a few weeks ago. I remembered it fondly. When I opened one about 2 weeks ago, I thought it was a little sweeter than I remembered it, and today somewhere in between that very first impression and the last one. It's still very electric - a pleasure. My wif...
by Adam Frisch
June 22nd, 2021, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Syrah Larner Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Syrah Larner Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

Could it be that not being able to pinpoint Syrah IS part of the problem? Bit like Riesling? I think consumers tend to be drawn to varieties that are easily categorized and where the style stays within certain parameters.
by Adam Frisch
June 21st, 2021, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Syrah Larner Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Syrah Larner Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

Thanks Larry. It's a damn shame, because, well, Syrah could just be the most versatile grape out there, right? It's certainly the only one one you can vinify in such wildly different styles and still kick ass in each one. Light as a feather - check. Heavy as SQN - check. Whenever I hear people say &...
by Adam Frisch
June 20th, 2021, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Syrah Larner Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 431

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Syrah Larner Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

Nice note! I've yet to try any of Larry's wines, but hoping to swing by during harvest, if he isn't too busy! So, Larry, how hard have the Syrah's been to sell? Is it easier to sell in tasting room than online? I keep hearing of nightmares with Syrah-sales and all this resistance, but not sure if it...
by Adam Frisch
June 20th, 2021, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why decant old wines?
Replies: 25
Views: 1276

Why decant old wines?

Not fully understood this, if I'm honest. It seems like the older a wine is, the longer it gets decanted for some reason. This is counter-intuitive. What tends to integrate with age are tannins, acid stays pretty much the same and fruit goes away. Seems like a decant will speed up the oxidization an...
by Adam Frisch
June 20th, 2021, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 9
Views: 698

Re: TN: 2002 La Mission Haut Brion

I didn't know they grew Mission in Bordeaux... [wink.gif]
by Adam Frisch
June 20th, 2021, 4:25 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sentia Wine Analyzer - Anyone Using One ?
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: Sentia Wine Analyzer - Anyone Using One ?

Michael Sterling wrote: June 19th, 2021, 5:44 pm

Dude. That sucks, I'm sorry
It does! Ordered a new one today. Lessons learned. [pwn.gif]
by Adam Frisch
June 19th, 2021, 3:27 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sentia Wine Analyzer - Anyone Using One ?
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: Sentia Wine Analyzer - Anyone Using One ?

How to throw $2000 in the trash: My wife had taken out the strips that needed to be refrigerated and put them in fridge. When I got back home I thought the meter and the refrigerated strips were in the same bag in fridge. They weren't. The actual unit was at the bottom of the box covered in packing ...
by Adam Frisch
June 19th, 2021, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.
Replies: 142
Views: 11608

Re: The big Mission/Pais/Listan Prieto thread.

Chile is interesting as it not only has so much Pais that's been forgotten for centuries, but the vines are so old as well. Phylloxera free as they are, they're also own-rooted. A unique place in that regard. I think the Argentinian and Peruvian vines had phylloxera - the louse just couldn't cross t...
by Adam Frisch
June 19th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Always running low on Chardonnay...any reccs for an 'in between'?
Replies: 100
Views: 3297

Re: Always running low on Chardonnay...any reccs for an 'in between'?

Had a similar problem about a month ago. Few people came over and one of them can't drink reds, so we were on the whites all night. And since I tend to only have a few of the Chardonnays I don't find too offensive at home, and had none of my own stuff in house, it was the good stuff like Ceritas, Fa...
by Adam Frisch
June 18th, 2021, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day Buyer's Survey 2021 - Results
Replies: 30
Views: 1072

Re: Berserker Day Buyer's Survey 2021 - Results

Berserker Day is the best. I have this board alone, and that in particular, to thank for even making it to my 4th vintage (and hopefully many more). champagne.gif
by Adam Frisch
June 17th, 2021, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Labels
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Labels

If you've made them grab the wine to read more on the back label, you've already engaged. No need to put info on front.
by Adam Frisch
June 17th, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Labels
Replies: 10
Views: 483

Re: Labels

Looks like perfectly fine use of minimalism in my book. In a sea of busy and colorful messes all trying to vie for your attention by screaming loud, calm cleanliness creates interest. I did have someone who said my label was terrible, but most people seem to like the minimalism on them. For me, the ...
by Adam Frisch
June 16th, 2021, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Beta Cabernet Sauvignon Vare Vineyard
Replies: 60
Views: 4066

Re: TN: 2015 Beta Cabernet Sauvignon Vare Vineyard

I met and spoke at length with Ketan at Riesling Study LA. Impressive guy and the work he has put in and the philosophy is inspiring. He is cutting no corners in bringing back his farming to bare bones, pre-modern era. Goblet training, no irrigation dry farming, minimalistic viticulture. It's taken ...
by Adam Frisch
June 14th, 2021, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow
Replies: 55
Views: 3484

Re: Goodfellow

Have a few at home still - always great experiences with Marcus's wines!
by Adam Frisch
June 14th, 2021, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impromptu wine dinner with an eclectic lineup, including Enderle & Moll, Sabelli-Frisch, 7 Fuentes and others
Replies: 9
Views: 422

Re: Impromptu wine dinner with an eclectic lineup, including Enderle & Moll, Sabelli-Frisch, 7 Fuentes and others

Thank you Mariano! I agree with your points. I put about 40% AO on the Syrah and after bottling, thought it was too prominent. I chastised myself for going so deep and swore to go lighter for this years (which I did). 6 months down the road in bottle and the AO has integrated well and I feel it's ge...
by Adam Frisch
June 14th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Who do you ship domestic/internationally with?
Replies: 7
Views: 841

Re: Who do you ship domestic/internationally with?

Oh, that's good info. I've not yet come that far, just talking to distr at this stage. I thought it was up to me to help arrange shipping, but even better if it's up to them.
by Adam Frisch
June 13th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 112
Views: 9087

Re: My first Keller gmax

I was lucky to get a pour of G-Max yesterday from Mr. Robert Dentice himself at LA Riesling Study, which was extremely generous of him. Unsure of vintage, but think it was a 2015. All I can say is that it was on another level, very much living up to the hype. So mineral. Grassy like a newly mowed So...
by Adam Frisch
June 8th, 2021, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley

Got a delivery today and immediately popped one, couldn't wait. As good as ever. For me, this is the reference bone dry.
by Adam Frisch
June 7th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Winemakers Check CT?
Replies: 56
Views: 2545

Re: Do Winemakers Check CT?

Well, this is a small industry and one day you're going to stand next to a winemaker at a pouring, or have to borrow a harvest bin in a pinch etc and then it helps if you haven't trashed his/hers wines on a open forum. I will sometimes be a little more outspoken if I feel the wine is very corporate,...
by Adam Frisch
June 7th, 2021, 8:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sentia Wine Analyzer - Anyone Using One ?
Replies: 9
Views: 455

Re: Sentia Wine Analyzer - Anyone Using One ?

Just bought one. It's gonna be game-changer if it's reliable.
by Adam Frisch
June 7th, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Winemakers Check CT?
Replies: 56
Views: 2545

Re: Do Winemakers Check CT?

Yes I do. And I also encourage or want people to be truthful. Naturally you want people to like your wines, but ultimately they need to serve other consumers primarily. Also, wines can't be loved by everyone, so to me its never personal. I can handle it and like the input, it does help me refine the...
by Adam Frisch
June 6th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about racking wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1312

Re: Question about racking wine

John Morris wrote: June 6th, 2021, 2:28 pm
Obviously, you don't want to blend barrels without first checking to make sure they're all free from defects!
Yes of course, but also just smaller stylistic differences. They all taste a little different and some might not fit what you're going for.
by Adam Frisch
June 6th, 2021, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few weekend wines (Sabelli-Frisch, Ophelie Dutraive, and Weingut Haack)
Replies: 2
Views: 269

Re: TN: A few weekend wines (Sabelli-Frisch, Ophelie Dutraive, and Weingut Haack)

Thank you Rodrigo. [cheers.gif] I've noticed the same - it doesn't do that well when it's too chilled. It's better at closer to room temp. I had one the other night myself and commented on the exact same thing to my wife and how it kept improving as it heated up. This is a common thing with skin con...
by Adam Frisch
June 6th, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about racking wine
Replies: 24
Views: 1312

Re: Question about racking wine

I'm like Marcus, don't really rack much until bottling. But I like to keep all barrels separate and not mix, because they all behave differently. A good example is my current Riesling - out of 4 neutral barrels that have all been kept the same, treated the same, one is now oxidized and can't be used...
by Adam Frisch
June 6th, 2021, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 954

Re: TN: 2018 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

It's funny, I'd always said that Stags' Leap's Artemis was a great and almost perfect old school Napa cab, as that's how I remembered it from a visit (and from the subsequent bottles in cellar). Then I opened one not that long ago, and was overwhelmed by the sweetness. It's funny how quick your pala...
by Adam Frisch
June 4th, 2021, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 198
Views: 10953

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Well living in the Bay Area, and hobnobbing with well paid techies, lawyers, etc., I can attest that there are plenty of them who will snap up pretty much any highly desirable and allocated wines in a heartbeat, without even asking the price. That, and the thousands of recent billionaires around th...
by Adam Frisch
June 4th, 2021, 8:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: SWISS SAUSAGE SALAD
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: SWISS SAUSAGE SALAD

Now Martin, if you could just find a furztrocken domestic Mosel to go with that.... [wink.gif] [stirthepothal.gif]
by Adam Frisch
June 3rd, 2021, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

I personally never taste dill in AO, but I know a lot of people do. Maybe I'm not sensitive to it. Coconut is there for sure, and it's a flavor I don't like when it gets too prominent, so here, I agree, subtlety is the key. Also time. AO integrates quicker then French Oak and wines that can seem a l...
by Adam Frisch
June 2nd, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great piece, inspiring actually, on the current state of drinking in America
Replies: 10
Views: 1207

Re: Great piece, inspiring actually, on the current state of drinking in America

The US is not the only country that had such a problem with drinking it indirectly resulted in prohibition - there are many more. My native Sweden is one. We also had a prohibition during roughly the same time, although not a complete ban. You had to have a "passport" or book, called Motbo...
by Adam Frisch
June 2nd, 2021, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Enfield Wine Co. Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park
Replies: 24
Views: 1271

Re: TN: 2019 Enfield Wine Co. Chenin Blanc Jurassic Park

Had it again today. Yep, still as good.
by Adam Frisch
June 2nd, 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

High end Burgundy and Bordeaux use French oak, which ain’t the same thing as American oak. American oak has one good use and one only: for aging Scotch whisky. I detest American oak in wine. I’d love Rioja but for the American oak signature [barf1.gif] Again, you can make American oak completely un...
by Adam Frisch
June 2nd, 2021, 3:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer (USA, California, Central Coast, Cienega Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 473

Re: TN: 2015 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer (USA, California, Central Coast, Cienega Valley)

Hi Jack.

To me they seem to be somewhere in the Grenache world, with hints of the fruitiness of Pinot. I don't detect any oak really, but I'm sure there's some subtle aging going on as it's got a polished feel.
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer (USA, California, Central Coast, Cienega Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 473

TN: 2015 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer (USA, California, Central Coast, Cienega Valley)

2015 Ser Cabernet Pfeffer - USA, California, Central Coast, Cienega Valley (6/1/2021) I've had all of Nicole's Cab Pfeffer's from 2015 and onwards and they never fail to impress. Still so fresh, prominent fruit and full of verve. A delightful wine and the wine is in a perfect spot. One of the best ...
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone explain burgundy negociants
Replies: 38
Views: 2167

Re: Can someone explain burgundy negociants

Not at all. It could also be a negociant wine , where someone simply buys wine and puts their label on it. In terms of volume, I think that's much more common. Sure, but in the eye of TTB, that falls under a custom crush definition still, I'm pretty sure? There might be a way of buying bulk wine in...
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone explain burgundy negociants
Replies: 38
Views: 2167

Re: Can someone explain burgundy negociants

Sometimes a producer makes their own wine from grapes but has to move facilities where their wine is under another producer’s license, and you’ll see “cellared and bottled by...” even though they made the wine. Just not where it ended up being bottled. The distinction is administrative, not about w...
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 521

Re: TN: 2018 Grosset Riesling Polish Hill Clare Valley

Great wine. I think, almost a benchmark standard for bone dry Rieslings. Just ordered another half a case myself.
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone explain burgundy negociants
Replies: 38
Views: 2167

Re: Can someone explain burgundy negociants

As I understand it, there used to be a far bigger delineation between growing vs. making the wine. Only in the recent decades have the oenologist also been pressed into being an agriculturalist, which was rarely the case previously. This is predominantly a New World-led phenomenon. [scratch.gif] Hi...
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can someone explain burgundy negociants
Replies: 38
Views: 2167

Re: Can someone explain burgundy negociants

As I understand it, there used to be a far bigger delineation between growing vs. making the wine. Only in the recent decades have the oenologist also been pressed into being an agriculturalist, which was rarely the case previously. This is predominantly a New World-led phenomenon.
by Adam Frisch
June 1st, 2021, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3414
Views: 239300

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Had the 2018 Vineyard Under The Mountains Heritage blend last night. Rather nice, lots of sour cherries and chalk, with a good lifting finish.
by Adam Frisch
May 28th, 2021, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

I don't get it. Why put oak flavor into a wine if it doesn't need it? Have you noticed that the wines are noticeably better if they taste like oak? Or are there so many people who really require a wine to taste like wood? If I get to choose between a wine with oak flavor and without, I invariably c...
by Adam Frisch
May 28th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

I use oak staves in my neutral barrels on many of my wines, simply because I can't afford to pay the $1000/barrel they want for French Oak. It makes no difference taste-wise, really. They get the breathability/aging from the neutral oak, but the flavor of the oak staves. The staves are bought from t...
by Adam Frisch
May 27th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

Look, why do you think Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouche were planted in mixed blocks? True! What they should have gone for was Dornefelder and Zweigelt (although that might have been hard to do since Zweigelt wasn't yet invented [wow.gif] ). No, but seriously, I picked some Zweigelt arou...
by Adam Frisch
May 27th, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

If it's used, it's our own fault for always commenting on color in every review. There has always been a confluence between deep color and deep flavors, which bears no relation to reality. If we could just drop that hangup, the market for MP would go away.
by Adam Frisch
May 26th, 2021, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Prime Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville
Replies: 0
Views: 282

TN: 2018 Prime Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville

2018 Prime Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville - USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville (5/26/2021) One of those corporate gift wines you get in fancy baskets. And that's exactly how I got it, too. I dreaded opening it, to be honest. Well, it wasn't as bad as I thought. It had a little fruit-...
by Adam Frisch
May 26th, 2021, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Red Table Wine (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Red Table Wine (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Had the 2019 last night and it was wonderful. Left a little bit for today and it showed equally strong 24 hrs later.
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2021, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Acri Wine Company Cabernet Franc (USA, California, South Coast, San Diego County)
Replies: 2
Views: 249

TN: 2019 Acri Wine Company Cabernet Franc (USA, California, South Coast, San Diego County)

2019 Acri Wine Company Cabernet Franc - USA, California, South Coast, San Diego County (5/24/2021) Never had much luck with Cab Frank, but can't say I've trawled the earth for it either. This is the first one that spoke to me on this level. Yes, I do know the winemaker Ben, but honestly think he's ...
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch spring release!
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: Sabelli-Frisch spring release!

Harris-vignette-small-soldout.jpg Thanks to all who bought the 2019 "Harris" Syrah! Only 25 cases were made from the tiny Knowles vineyard, so no surprise it was going to run out sooner rather than later. Good thing is it returns in 2021 and since crop was a bit bigger, probably be able t...
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L wine stops shipping to 4 more states.
Replies: 30
Views: 2463

Re: K&L wine stops shipping to 4 more states.

Retailers and wineries have much different rules. For us wineries there are more options - we can ship to about 40 states, perhaps a few more. But is it cost effective for a winery like myself to have an annual license that needs reporting, renewing, and feeing for a state like maybe North Dakota? I...
by Adam Frisch
May 24th, 2021, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple in Napa
Replies: 239
Views: 10177

Re: Mega Purple in Napa

Or acidifying. Nobody ever acidifies, right?

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