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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: 1701

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: 25
Views: 944

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: 2066

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: 2066

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: 31
Views: 1953

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: 46
Views: 2273

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: 3234

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: 1821

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: 8048

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: 1821

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: 424

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: 2799

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: 17
Views: 1546

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: 3912

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: 889

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: 673

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: 1572

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: 4001

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: 1153

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: 1559

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 Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2161

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 Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1654

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 ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 26th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 14
Views: 1083

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Justin S wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:41 am
John,
I store Rancia in the Bordeaux section of my cellar. :D
I had the '95 two weeks ago and agree, especially with age.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 26th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 14
Views: 1083

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Justin S wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:41 am
John,
I store Rancia in the Bordeaux section of my cellar. :D
I had the '95 two weeks ago and agree, especially with age.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 26th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 14
Views: 1083

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Thanks for the info! I'll report back if they answer.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 22nd, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 14
Views: 1083

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Great note, Ken. I had this a few weeks ago and you nailed it. Delicious, ripe fruit but without too much weight. Speaking of, does anyone know how to get in touch with the winery? I'm in Chianti next week and tried to find contact info. They have a generic FB page and no website that I could find. ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 22nd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Private Burgundy Wine Tour
Replies: 10
Views: 1170

Re: Private Burgundy Wine Tour

My dad and I did this and loved it: https://sensation-vin.com/en/wine-tasting-classes. It was unique but I can't imagine a better way to experience the Cote de Nuits. Much better than simply tasting in a cellar or tasting room. The wines poured were from reputable producers and they bring proper ste...
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 18th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1633

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

I’ve done Memorial Day weekend there the last two years. It’s a blast. The official website is super useful: https://willamettewines.com/
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 16th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: TN: 2014 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Spot on note based on my experiences with Haut-Bergey. Always surprisingly structured for a wine of this pedigree.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 16th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2483

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Julian Marshall wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 6:40 am
For me, it would have to be Lagrange (St.J), still at the same price since 1996, or thereabouts.
Yep. Had the 2010 recently and was blown away for that price.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 15th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2161

Re: Tuscany

Kaitlyn K. wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 4:50 am
Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 8:47 pm

May 28 - June 1: Chianti Classico/Montalcino
If you are in Radda, highly recommend visiting Monteraponi. Fabulous wines, great property.
Thanks for the rec! I'll reach out.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 14th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1192

Re: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?

Puligny doesn't have too much to offer other than Olivier Leflaive's hotel/restaurant and Hotel Le Montrachet. However, it's worth visiting just to stroll up to Montrachet and the neighboring vineyards. Unforgettable.
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 13th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2161

Re: Tuscany

This thread has been super helpful. Many thanks! Here's our itinerary if helpful. Feedback welcome and appreciated! May 24-26: Florence Hotel - Palazzo Vechietti Meals: Osteria dell'Enoteca, others TBD May 26-28: Bolgheri Hotel: Relais Sant'Elena (have heard amazing things and can't wait) Meals: Eno...
by Dav1d S@wyer
May 13th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: MONTEVERTINE
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: Visiting a Sangiovese Legend: MONTEVERTINE

Heading there in two weeks and was going to call tomorrow to schedule a tasting. Sounds like it's not going to work....bummer.
by Dav1d S@wyer
April 30th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DC Cameron Thruthers Event - Thanks for coming out!
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: DC Cameron Thruthers Event - Thanks for coming out!

Would love to see TNs from this....
by Dav1d S@wyer
April 12th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 bdx "fresh"
Replies: 5
Views: 535

Re: 2018 bdx "fresh"

So which vintage is the freshest - 2016 or 2018?

That term was also used extensively for 2016.
by Dav1d S@wyer
April 12th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1654

Re: Florence recommendations

My favorite wine bar in the world. I recommend it every chance I get, and have never had anything other than great feedback... Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enoteca sufficient? I strongly recommend the Osteria. The place is comfortable from beginning to e...
by Dav1d S@wyer
April 7th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1654

Re: Florence recommendations

Enoteca Pitti e Gola in Florence - they also have an Osteria. Fun team and a good wine stop. My favorite wine bar in the world. I recommend it every chance I get, and have never had anything other than great feedback... Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enote...
by Dav1d S@wyer
April 1st, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: 2014 Sociando Mallet $34.99 + $12 case shipping (Wine Legend)
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: PSA: 2014 Sociando Mallet $34.99 + $12 case shipping (Wine Legend)

Thanks for posting. Great deal. I had the ‘09 on Saturday night and it was singing.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 29th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries Near Florence Italy
Replies: 16
Views: 1430

Re: Wineries Near Florence Italy

Can you let me know the contact information for Valdicava as I could not find it on the web site! That was one of the benefits of having a driver/guide - I just gave him a list of wineries, and he contacted them directly to book the visits. So unfortunately, I don't have contact information for any...
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 29th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauternes and Saffron...
Replies: 14
Views: 865

Re: Sauternes and Saffron...

Surprisingly, that aroma has never come to mind. My wife being Persian, I could have just thought it was in our food which it often is.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 26th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay
Replies: 13
Views: 1201

Re: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay

Haven't opened any of my X Novos yet but your contrast between '16/'17 is spot on based on my recent bottles of the '16/'17 Combe Verts.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 25th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1312

Re: Fevre: Checking In

Kelly Walker wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 6:53 pm
But qpr is degrading as well.
Yep.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 18th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

Ashish funny that you visited them. How did you choose them? One of my wine friends who visits Tuscany each year set up the visit! I'm glad they did... the wines were great and the winemaker was very friendly and educational. Timely note. Thanks! Heading to Tuscany in May and want to try to taste h...
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 12th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2437

Re: WSJ wine article

Brings the Churchill quote to mind: “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others...”

As bad as this new proliferation of wine critics (and points inflation) is, it’s far better than the former regime where one person’s preferences drove the international wine market.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 10th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Juge
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: 2011 Juge

Great wine. I had it a few months ago. James Walter?
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 7th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 38
Views: 2161

Re: Tuscany

Great thread. I'm going to Tuscany the last week of May - doing Florence for a few days, Bolgheri for two days, then 4-5 days in Tuscany. Does anyone know how to get an appointment at Biondi Santi? I thought it was open to visitors but got an email from them today rejecting my request. They said the...
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 4th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graileys Group - Running the Gauntlet of Mature Bordeaux to Young Napa
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: Graileys Group - Running the Gauntlet of Mature Bordeaux to Young Napa

Mille Lire - Dallas As an aside, after our tasting a few of us went to Mille Lire to enjoy some Italian food for dinner. I was unfamiliar with the Uptown restaurant but was assured that it is one of the most authentic and high quality Italian restaurants in the metroplex. My goodness, it was except...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 25th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Mexican wine...
Replies: 10
Views: 659

Re: My first Mexican wine...

I tasted a few in San Miguel de Allende last year. The Rosewood list there has a ton of nice Mexican wine. Much better than expected. We drank a ‘15 Casa Madero Syrah and finished with a Sauternes-like dessert wine from Chateau Camou. It was a 2001 “El Gran Divino” and had aged well. My understandin...

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