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by Dav1d S@wyer
January 26th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Camerons
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: A few Camerons

Every time I have had John’s top wines at the 10 year mark, they have been exceptional! Thanks, Marcus! I have one bottle of ‘14 Arley’s Leap that I’ve been debating whether to open soon. The Abbey Ridges I’ve bought from ‘15 on are stashed deep away alongside my Goodfellow SVDs for much later cons...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 26th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Camerons
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: A few Camerons

Thanks, Scott. Cameron wines can be so delicious when young. It's hard to avoid the temptation! I have to keep a lot of the Dundee Hills pinots around to stay away from the top wines.

When do you think the Clos Electrique and Abbey Ridge pinots typically hit their peak?
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 26th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Thanks for the great feedback everyone. I opened a ‘10 LRA Ardanza last night and really enjoyed it. The oak wasn’t off putting and I thought it was well integrated. I’m very sensitive to American oak in white wines but for some reason it doesn’t bother me in most Rioja. Will be buying a handful of ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 25th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
January 25th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Why not try to source some older of each and decide from there based on your own experience?
That's the most likely next step, but it's a much more costly endeavor than asking the board for opinions first.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 25th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

I've decided to branch out from Lopez de Heredia, my go to Rioja producer, and have been reading up on Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and La Rioja Alta's 904 bottling. I've had several vintages of the reservas from these producers but don't have a clear idea of which style I prefer. All of the gran rese...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 25th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Violin Wine--Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Violin Wine--Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon

Great to have you here, Will. Ken and other winemakers have suggested your wines in the past so I’m looking forward to it!
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 21st, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Fleur Cardinale
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: 2015 Fleur Cardinale

Love the '15. My Costco also had it at $35 last year and I bought the last few bottles.

Another Right Banker I like in this range and style is Quinault L'Enclos.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 20th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 47
Views: 2371

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

I’ll add a vote for Walter Scott. Had my first bottle of the ‘17 last month. So delicious but could still use more time to hit its peak.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 20th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

The 2015 was incredible on release (with a long decant) but I suspect it has now shut down hard. Looking forward to trying it again in 10-15 years.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 18th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 949

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 7:17 am
I feel like the price of 01 rieussec is as low as 50% of what it was right after release when it was ws woty. I’ve bought full bottles for 100 lately which is absurd imo.
I agree. I picked up some 375s last year for $60 per.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 17th, 2020, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 20
Views: 1126

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

Fantastic notes. Thanks.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 17th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 949

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

I'm intrigued by the OP's comment that Sauternes is flying off the shelves in Toronto. Retailers in the US seem to be having a hard time moving them.....
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 17th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 37
Views: 3134

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

So excited for these wines. We spent part of our honeymoon in Barolo in 2016. What US retailers would everyone recommend for Barolo? Does anyone do pre-arrival pricing? My wife took our first trip to Piedmont in 2016 as well. I've found that I can get most of the wines I want from Wine Library, Ben...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 16th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 37
Views: 3134

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

So excited for these wines. We spent part of our honeymoon in Barolo in 2016. What US retailers would everyone recommend for Barolo? Does anyone do pre-arrival pricing?
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 13th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1308

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

Hitting them young is ok if it’s Delicious. The 2015 Absolutely rocks I always open my favorite Sauternes (Rieussec, Suduiraut, Climens) within the first three years after release then don't touch them again for 10 years. They are so hedonistic when young but then they all seem to enter a dumb phas...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 12th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1308

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

I've loved the '75 and '01 the few times I've had them. Among recent vintages, I've enjoyed the '05, '11, and '15.
by Dav1d S@wyer
December 26th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?
Replies: 8
Views: 789

Re: 3 nights in Houston-Where to eat?

Ryan covered everything well. I'd second Caracol since you're staying in the Galleria area. Having dinner there tomorrow night coincidentally. Great spot. If you want some good Tex Mex, they just opened another Original Ninfa's on Post Oak (Galleria area) whereas previously the only location was on ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
December 26th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy
Replies: 4
Views: 516

Re: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy

On our Bolgheri trip earlier this year, Argentiera was our overall favorite discovery. Great value wines and not too overdone. The vineyards are stunning too - a true stone's throw from the Tyrrhenian coast.
by Dav1d S@wyer
November 15th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5776

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Looks like it's the 2016 Leoville Barton. I enjoyed the 15 quite a lot. Haven't had this yet. Here's the summary from WS: "For its emblematic representation of Bordeaux, emphasis on a great price for a wine of such high quality, incredibly consistent track record and long-running family ownership, ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
November 6th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 661

Re: 2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.

Thanks for the update! I was there the last week of May and they were two weeks behind schedule. I assumed the summer heat caused the vintage to catch up. Glad to hear that the vintage looks promising.
by Dav1d S@wyer
October 27th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting with Olivier Bernstein
Replies: 16
Views: 1457

Re: TN: Tasting with Olivier Bernstein

Last week I attended a version of this same dinner in Houston and I’ve tasted with Olivier in burgundy. Your ‘13 Beze must have been off because it was the clear WOTN. My personal favorite all things considered is the Lavrottes, which I’ve found to be very lovey every time I’ve had it. Agree with b...
by Dav1d S@wyer
October 13th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 14
Views: 1060

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

I've become a big fan of this wine over the last few years but have only had one older one. Had the '95 on a restaurant list earlier this year and it was good but not great. It seemed tired. This thread makes me wonder if it wasn't stored properly.
by Dav1d S@wyer
October 13th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Labels
Replies: 5
Views: 854

Re: Pergole Torte Labels

Arguably my favorite wine label.
by Dav1d S@wyer
October 8th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva
Replies: 5
Views: 411

Re: TN: 2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva

One of the best values in wine after sufficient air.
by Dav1d S@wyer
September 11th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: NYC 2016 Barbaresco Tasting on 10/21
Replies: 21
Views: 2605

Re: PSA: NYC 2016 Barbaresco Tasting on 10/21

This looks great. Thanks! I may be in town that week.
by Dav1d S@wyer
September 4th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3810

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

$30,515 for '05 Leroy Musigny? [scratch.gif] In the past 12 months, most bottles of every vintage of Leroy Musigny from the past 20-25 years that have come to auction have sold for over $10,000 a bottle- and very recently far above that. This is not the only rare burgundy that has a similar pattern...
by Dav1d S@wyer
September 2nd, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Brian Devine Cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 3810

Re: The Brian Devine Cellar

$30,515 for '05 Leroy Musigny? [scratch.gif]
by Dav1d S@wyer
September 2nd, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2985

Re: Tuscany

David- did you make it to the Osteria/Enoteca at Sassicaia ? It looks terrific. We are staying 2 nights in Bibbona. We were able to book La Pinetta and looking at the Enoteca for the other night. Did you taste at Ornellaia ? My buddy really wants to go so we will give it a shot. We are also tasting...
by Dav1d S@wyer
August 9th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 2054

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

Thanks for the note! I went long on LCHB in '16 so this is encouraging. I don't mind ripe fruit but tend to prefer more elegant wines most of the time.

What about aging potential and drinking window?
by Dav1d S@wyer
August 5th, 2019, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 41
Views: 2665

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Tough call. But if you can get out of PDX quickly and head straight to Mac (but plan on 90-120 minute drive). See me first?, then park in McMinnville proper so you could walk to Goodfellow, Heater Allen, dining etc and it will all work out fine. I'd do this. You could then hit Eyrie and/or Westrey ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
August 1st, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring
Replies: 17
Views: 2225

Re: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

Blake Brown wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 11:29 am
I hope someone steps up and takes over.
There's another Cali physician we all know who posts prolifically on these very wines...... [berserker.gif]
by Dav1d S@wyer
August 1st, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring
Replies: 17
Views: 2225

Re: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

I enjoyed reading his farewell letter yesterday. His musings will definitely be missed.
by Dav1d S@wyer
August 1st, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2713

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

A short (and no doubt partial) answer is simply supply vs. demand. HB produces about 4-5x as much of their grand vin as LCHB. I asked the LCHB chateau rep about the big price increase at the '16 UGC tasting in Houston last year and that's the explanation she gave me. Huge new demand. Small supply.
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 31st, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 86
Views: 5326

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

I'd spend a day in Eola Amity visiting Walter Scott, St. Innocent, Evesham Wood, and Bethel Heights.
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 31st, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: They really do exist...SQN
Replies: 27
Views: 3528

Re: They really do exist...SQN

Great customer service on their part. Hopefully I'll get that call soon.....
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 25th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 2095

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

The Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo sold in the US is old vines, with malo in bottle. The Pepe Trebbiano d’Abruzzo sold in Italy is typically the young vines, with malo done in vat. They are not the same wine. It is cheaper in Italy because it is a different wine. Same thing with the Pepe Montepulc...
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 18th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8413

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

I'm @davidswine. I'm terrible about posting notes here or on CT but generally post comments on IG.
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 18th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 46
Views: 2095

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe - Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

Dennis Atick wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Nice note. Had this a couple weeks back while in Montalcino ($36Eu off a list; lol) on a patio on a hot night and it was spectacular.
We drank several on our trip in May as well and I brought back a few too. Can't believe how cheap it still is in Italy!
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 18th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1966 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: TN: 1966 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands

I've heard great things about the '16s. Sounds like it may be worth laying down a few.
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 8th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 3210

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Stony Hill
Heitz
Chateau Montelena
Forman
I'll second these four. It also wouldn't hurt to take him up to Domaine Carneros, Taittinger's sparkling operation. Incredible views and decent, relatively restrained wines.
by Dav1d S@wyer
July 2nd, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard
Replies: 21
Views: 2320

Re: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard - $89?

I'm at the beach without a keyboard so I'll try to keep it short, I could go on all day about Chardonnay it's my thing. The reason why the maresh chardonnay isn't 70 or lower is because people would buy it all. I cherish the vines and the chard that is produced from them. My mom planted them in 198...
by Dav1d S@wyer
June 29th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 4071

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

FWIW when we were in Tuscany the last week of May, producers were freaking out because the vines were 2-3 weeks behind schedule. It had been unusually cool and was when we were there.
by Dav1d S@wyer
June 23rd, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2016 Dame de Montrose - best QPR of the vintage?
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: TN- 2016 Dame de Montrose - best QPR of the vintage?

Great to know. I generally avoid second wines, but will seek out the Dame. Thanks, Tom.
by Dav1d S@wyer
June 23rd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PGC Etzel Block Vertical: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 w/ blinds after
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: PGC Etzel Block Vertical: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 w/ blinds after

Great notes! I just joined the wine club beginning with the '15 vintage so I haven't opened any of my Etzels yet. This confirms my sense that I should wait many years before opening mine.
by Dav1d S@wyer
June 19th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HOUSTON WINE LIST
Replies: 15
Views: 1677

Re: HOUSTON WINE LIST

Agree with Pappa's suggestion and Celsius 13 for something more eclectic. Re BYOB, not much in Houston. Based on this list, Jonathan's the Rub is worth it if you're in the Memorial area. Not worth traveling far for it though. https://houstonfoodfinder.com/2018/07/27/the-big-houston-food-finder-guid...
by Dav1d S@wyer
June 14th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 49
Views: 4149

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

Thanks for the note, Martin. Sounds fantastic. My three pack ordered EP just came in. Wish I'd gotten more now.
by Dav1d S@wyer
June 6th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1221

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

Had the '15 Flaccianello last week and agree with your notes. Lots of potential but shrouded by the new wood. Needs a lot of time.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 29th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva
Replies: 25
Views: 1605

Re: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva

I tasted the '06 a few months ago and loved it. Bought a three pack the next day.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 28th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2985

Re: Tuscany

Any one tasted or planned tastings at wineries in Bolgheri that I should visit? Just left Bolgheri today. To say I was disappointed with my winery experiences is an understatement. Think about all of the awful things about Napa tasting rooms today and that's Bolgheri......except Bolgheri lacks all ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 28th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2308

Re: Florence recommendations

Just got to Radda in Chianti. We did Enoteca Pitti e Gola last Friday and it was absolutely wonderful. We had a bottle of 1965 Villarosa Chianti Classico Riserva made by Giulio Gambelli, the godfather of modern day Sangiovese winemakers like Soldera, etc. I would never have known this of course and ...

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