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by Mel Knox
September 30th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 21
Views: 787

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

Tom
Gavilan was the label.
There are so many wonderful white varieties available now I don’t see any reason to plant colombard.
by Mel Knox
September 29th, 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?
Replies: 21
Views: 787

Re: Whatever happened to French Colombard wine ?

In the 70s and 80s Chalone made a French Colombard from an old vine vineyard in Calistoga. Nice and cheap.
But although I don't know what happened to the Saviez vineyard, I assume in due time it was replanted to something more profitable.
by Mel Knox
September 29th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does wine flipping pencil out?
Replies: 65
Views: 2635

Re: Does wine flipping pencil out?

I know people who buy expensive wines and then sell half of it later for a profit. Then they say to themselves, "I am drinking for free". But they could have done better by investing that money in the market and celebrated their big gains. The one thing I remind people when they ask me about this: t...
by Mel Knox
September 27th, 2020, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....

Tom: Remember how hot Ventana was when they opened?? Ken Wright was the winemaker...I wonder why he moved to Oregon. Doug planted French oak trees for his great grand children. The trees must be 40 years old now. 80 more and they can make some barrels. I wanted to buy a vintage of his Syrah for a pr...
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....

Interesting article. I ve always wondered if co fermentation reduced reduction issues, a common phenomenon with Syrah. Re pricing: let s face it. Northern Rhône’s have gotten a lot more expensive and that makes west coast Syrah more appealing price wise The first time I drove from Ampuis to Beaune I...
by Mel Knox
September 26th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 The Robert Mondavi Reserve sleeper
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: 1975 The Robert Mondavi Reserve sleeper

Funny, that '84 Cohn was made in Burgundy barrels...guess who sold her the barrels. That vineyard gave off vegetal flavors which I never liked. Helen's 93 Colgin I treasure. People credit/blame Helen for high alcohol wines but for the most part that is not true. That Colgin is around 14%. Another th...
by Mel Knox
September 24th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 The Robert Mondavi Reserve sleeper
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: 1975 The Robert Mondavi Reserve sleeper

74 was also great. Zelma Long was the winemaker then. She left at the end of the 79 vintage to work for Simi, where she became President. Napa Bob Mueller followed her, as I recall.

Peopple who have drunk the '98, the vintage Bob parker dumped on, say it is tasting great now.
by Mel Knox
September 23rd, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....

To read wine writers now, it would seem grenache is the ticket.
by Mel Knox
September 23rd, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....
Replies: 21
Views: 1392

Re: JasonHaas Blog: Syrah's Wild Ride in Calif....

Tom, You really got excited over that McDowell wine?? The first syrah here that got me going was Qupe. Of course, when you are paying$9 retail for Chave, maybe you are a bit snobby. By the way, it appears that Randall is custom crushing at Au Bon Climat alongside Dodger Bob...lunchtime should be fun!
by Mel Knox
September 18th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 961

Re: Barrel furniture

There was a guy named Whit McLeod who made toilet seat covers out of barrel heads. I am worried that Whit is very ill or no longer with us. Anyway you put the seat up and there was the logo of your favorite cooper...or least favorite if you preferred. I thought about getting some for Jean and Noelle...
by Mel Knox
September 18th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 961

Re: Barrel furniture

I got a rocking chair made from staves and it is great.
www.winebarrelchairs.com
by Mel Knox
September 13th, 2020, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heitz buys Burgess
Replies: 14
Views: 1807

Re: Heitz buys Burgess

A friend brought a 76 Burgess PS to the IPNC around 1990...fantastic. The whole story of what happened to the Souverain brand is a long one. The new owners decided the facility was too small so they built what is now Rutherford Hill. Then they got involved with Pillsbury, who decided that facility w...
by Mel Knox
September 12th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heitz buys Burgess
Replies: 14
Views: 1807

Re: Heitz buys Burgess

The story skips over a lot of history Lee Stewart started the winery and made a lot of legendary wines, inc the 68 Cab, and trained many winemakers. A group of businessmen bought the winery In the early 70s and decided it was not big enough so they built a new winery and sold the old one to Tom Burg...
by Mel Knox
September 6th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lovely Branaire Ducru 2005
Replies: 8
Views: 945

Re: A lovely Branaire Ducru 2005

Around 2005 I bought a case of 2002 for $30 a bottle. People caught on to how good these wines were and the prices zoomed, but now the 2019 pre arrival is back to reasonable.
by Mel Knox
September 6th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three DavidCoffaros '02...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Re: TN: Three DavidCoffaros '02...(short/boring)

Wasn't Stu Yaniger some kind of sound equipment genius who brushed through the wine world?? I was always amazed that so many people embraced this technology for corks so quickly. Usually people try something out on a small scale and then move on from there. Why did you wait 18 years to open these wi...
by Mel Knox
September 5th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 976

Re: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

The 68/69 was fairly legendary. The obit was quite interesting because he may have exaggerated his military record to me and others. He once told a group of us that he had fought in three wars. In 11 years or so in the military ..WWII? Korean?? Where s the third?? Civil war in Spain?? As I recall, h...
by Mel Knox
September 4th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 976

Re: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

Interesting that u show a Pinot!
I remember the cab.
by Mel Knox
September 4th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 976

Re: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

When there was plenty of finer cab and Chardonnay from other wineries to go around people got tired of Mike s act and moved on. As I recallThey had a VA problem in a cab around 1978 so they blended in other vintages and called the wine Trois Cuvees ...he shoved it down people’s throats and the wine ...
by Mel Knox
September 4th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
Replies: 17
Views: 976

Re: TN: 1977 Spring Mountain Pinot Noir, Napa Valley

I was in retail in the 70s and we sold a lot of spring mtn. Mike Robbins could be charming but he could also insult Jews, gays and Democrats quite frequently. He used to call Jerry Brown a gay term starting with f. He also abused bankers. A friend worked at a bank that had loaned Mike money for capi...
by Mel Knox
September 1st, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stalin’s wine cellar
Replies: 17
Views: 2695

Re: Stalin’s wine cellar

There was a winery on the Silverado trail run by somebody from eastern europe. He only made white wines and his ad featured a picture of Lenin with a red line through it...No Red Wines!!

The Iranians tossed out a lot of good wine in 1979 as well.
by Mel Knox
August 27th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 973

Re: Mega Purple Question?

Congeners ....people used to talk about them in the 60s and 70s. I've seen articles that say congeners do not lead to hangovers. Alcohol, yes. The idea was you could drink pure alcohol, like top grade Vodka, with less damage than if you drank cheap brandy from Lower Slobovia. Sometimes I see a shell...
by Mel Knox
August 27th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County
Replies: 110
Views: 9156

Re: Fires - Walbridge and Meyers - Sonoma County

Brian,

Were there some extra BMWs chez Hansell?? He is not really that interested in cars. and I thought I could swap him my 2005 Element I bought from his nephew for a new 700 series with a big motor. He wouldn t notice.
by Mel Knox
August 27th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Continuation of the search for Burt Williams proteges wines and VDs- 03` Littorai Summa Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Continuation of the search for Burt Williams proteges wines and VDs- 03` Littorai Summa Pinot Noir

THE WesMar wines do remind me a bit of the wines Gary Farrell made back in the 80s and 90s...so who knows??
by Mel Knox
August 27th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Continuation of the search for Burt Williams proteges wines and VDs- 03` Littorai Summa Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Continuation of the search for Burt Williams proteges wines and VDs- 03` Littorai Summa Pinot Noir

I see Margi's point about WesMar but where else would they have learned about making wine??
by Mel Knox
August 26th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Continuation of the search for Burt Williams proteges wines and VDs- 03` Littorai Summa Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: Continuation of the search for Burt Williams proteges wines and VDs- 03` Littorai Summa Pinot Noir

What about the Whitcraft posse?? Pretty close to Burt. How about Ed's daughter?? I used to think that if you combined Woodenhead with Wesmar you d have a Burt wine...body and richness plus great aromatics. Burt used two year air dry Francois barrels and got a lot of flack for the wines back then. Th...
by Mel Knox
August 23rd, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is using DIAM?
Replies: 103
Views: 4979

Re: Who is using DIAM?

The wines I buy from the Hospices de Beaune via Bichot have come with Diam in '14 and '15. At Uvaggio we did an experiment with Diam on the '04 vintage and then went 100% beginning with the '05s. Since then we have used technical corks made by other companies as well. As Oliver says, getting the cor...
by Mel Knox
August 18th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

The 05 lafarge was a 1er cru volnay
Just opened 99 of the same
Ready to go!!
by Mel Knox
August 18th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7731

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

I thought the tariff was just on French rakes.
Italian rakes are free of duty.
by Mel Knox
August 18th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

Lafarge: I opened a Clos des Chenes and it was surprisingly drinkable
More than I can say for some of their older wines!
Down to my last 93s
by Mel Knox
August 17th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

When I tasted the 05s out of barrel I was blown away and then I thought about 71, a ripe vintage that went to sleep, that nobody ever tasted you on. I loaded up on Lafarge andMugnier and they are both good. I remember Becky Wasserman saying she thought 06 was the vintage to buy but I was broke when ...
by Mel Knox
August 17th, 2020, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

When I tasted the 05s out of barrel I was blown away and then I thought about 71, a ripe vintage that went to sleep, that nobody ever tasted you on. I loaded up on Lafarge andMugnier and they are both good. I remember Becky Wasserman saying she thought 06 was the vintage to buy but I was broke when ...
by Mel Knox
August 16th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1612

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

I also have the 05 Musigny... has anybody cracked this?
I ve been tempted to open the 12 Marechale but will content myself with 05 and 10
by Mel Knox
August 15th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: central coast GSM style vs. actual Rhone
Replies: 31
Views: 1592

Re: central coast GSM style vs. actual Rhone

The Corvette vs Italian sports car idea is interesting, but I suppose if you can afford a Ferrari you could get a Corvette as well! Chump change! While the Ferrari is being tuned--every two months or so--you'll have something to drive. It seems to me that what Craig should do is experiment. He shoul...
by Mel Knox
August 12th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2152

Re: Rhys price jump?

Thanks guys...I am always interested in what wineries are doing with prices.
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2152

Re: Rhys price jump?

Thanks, Andy.
What Pinots would you put on the $150 and up list??
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3232

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

Are we sure this isnt a typo?? When I sold bottles, most people stuck to 75cl size because otherwise they needed change parts for half bottles and magnums. Half bottles cost 60% of regular bottles; magnums, maybe a little more than twice as much as regular bottles. With half bottles you need more co...
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys price jump?
Replies: 23
Views: 2152

Re: Rhys price jump?

Old time wine writers used to say, Chateau de Kevin for $12....the same price as Chateau de Mel, who has been around forever...what is Ch de Kevin thinking?? But if Chateau Kev opened at $6 and eventually went to $12, then they said, What a greedy winery!! No winning! Joe Heitz used to say that he p...
by Mel Knox
August 11th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5382

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Good point,Larry.
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5382

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Tom,
Bob says he appreciates your support.
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5382

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Tom,
Do you mean Lindquist family or the new Qupe??
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5382

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Perhaps the legacy of Massican will be making interesting blends and actually selling them and helping others move along the same path.
We see how red field blends from vineyards planted decades ago can be terrific. Why not blends of ribolla gialla, pinot blanc, aligote, etc??
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1719

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

Au Bon Climat has made a Pinot Pinot.. blend of Pinot Gris and Pinot blanc... just gotta a nice write up in The NY Times
Has also made pure Pinot blanc

Also Hildegaard... Pinot blanc, Pinot Gris , aligote
by Mel Knox
August 10th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelerin Wines Soledad, CA
Replies: 1
Views: 226

Re: Pelerin Wines Soledad, CA

Great guy and beautiful label etc
Probably got tired of trying to sell in a crazy market
by Mel Knox
August 9th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5382

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

We need to define 'great white wine'. Is great wine something that makes us say, you people in Meursault...sell your land before it loses value..? Or is it something we really enjoy and costs less than thirty bux retail??
by Mel Knox
August 9th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 184
Views: 10463

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

John,
I added some Everclear to your portion. Much better that way.
by Mel Knox
August 9th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 184
Views: 10463

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

No wonder I never liked 61 Petrus...just couldn t get a buzz not one bit!
by Mel Knox
August 9th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5382

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

What Chris wrote rings a bell with me. One person says Aubert is the best and another says Rhys. Two very different wines. Sometimes what startles me is when somebody says those two are the best. But when you think about it, what we like to drink depends on our moods, the weather, what we are having...

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