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by Dav1d S@wyer
May 22nd, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 11
Views: 561

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: 848

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: 25
Views: 862

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: 292

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: 2161

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: 36
Views: 1525

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: 1062

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: 36
Views: 1525

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: 960

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: 126

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: 514

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: 26
Views: 1003

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: 26
Views: 1003

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: 814

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: 1256

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: 794

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: 1104

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: 1177

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: 513

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: 2293

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: 684

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: 36
Views: 1525

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: 367

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: 603

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...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 25th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die
Replies: 35
Views: 1932

Re: Argentina Wines to Try Before You Die

Achaval Ferrer makes some great wines.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 25th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYOC Oregon Chardonnay/Taylor Shellfish throwdown
Replies: 12
Views: 709

Re: BYOC Oregon Chardonnay/Taylor Shellfish throwdown

Sounds awesome. As much as I love Oregon chards, I haven’t properly paired them with fresh PNW seafood on any of my visits up there. Planning to rectify that during our trip in August.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 25th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 44
Views: 1607

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Great thread. I’m visiting Fèlsina in May so this helps a ton. Does anyone know if there’s a major pricing advantage to buying directly at Fèlsina if possible at all?
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 24th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

What's the story on the massive spike in price of the LdH rose?
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 24th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon
Replies: 21
Views: 1374

Re: TN: 2008 Dom Perignon

alan weinberg wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 10:26 am
seems like price is settling in around $170 with occasional lower pricing. Still Costco-waiting . . .
Houston Greenway Costco had about a dozen 08s mixed in with all of the 09s and priced as 09s - $144/btl. The 08s weren't in the display but were all in boxes under the shelves. I grabbed some.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 22nd, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Vince T wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 3:56 pm
Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 10:48 am
Vina Alberdi is my go to at around $20. Marques de Murrieta Reserva is also a nice option. I haven’t seen LdH Cubillo under $24 in ages....
Keep in mind this thread is from 2012 ;)... I realized that when someone suggested Tondonia rosado for <$25
[rofl.gif] it all makes sense now!
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 22nd, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion --- WTF?!?!
Replies: 28
Views: 1939

Re: 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion --- WTF?!?!

Have you all tried Spec’s in Houston? They offer their “futures” late.....January this year....and had it on their list for $78.50. Not sure that price is still available. I think you would need to talk to “Bear” and his blog from which you can find their futures list is bearonwine.com. Specs price...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 22nd, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Vina Alberdi is my go to at around $20. Marques de Murrieta Reserva is also a nice option. I haven’t seen LdH Cubillo under $24 in ages....
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 21st, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion --- WTF?!?!
Replies: 28
Views: 1939

Re: 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion --- WTF?!?!

Have you all tried Spec’s in Houston? They offer their “futures” late.....January this year....and had it on their list for $78.50. Not sure that price is still available. I think you would need to talk to “Bear” and his blog from which you can find their futures list is bearonwine.com. Specs price...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 17th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99 Heitz Cellar Cab - Serving Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 535

Re: '99 Heitz Cellar Cab - Serving Recommendations

Just opened a '98 Martha's on Friday night. I double decanted and it was drinking wonderfully by dinner. Still evolved over the half hour or so in our glasses at dinner. I did an hour in the decanter then poured it back in bottle for two hours before pouring back into the decanter 30min before servi...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 10th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6278

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

I would place some of Carlisle's wines in this mix - not sure why I have not seen it mentioned before. Maybe everyone gets what they want? And what about some of Turley's wines - their Juvenile and Old Vines Zins are usually in the $25 range or so and not EVERYONE gets them, right? Cheers. I was th...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 9th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15730

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Got an e-mail from Scarecrow that I am finally being invited to purchase the upcoming '16 release. I've been buying the M. Etain each year, for years, but this was the first year that I passed, and then I get a Scarecrow allocation. Go figure. Interesting. I haven't received the email yet. I was of...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 8th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4116

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

I like Petit Verdot a lot so now I’m intrigued about Bolaire. Going to have to get some from a less ripe vintage.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 8th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15730

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Got an e-mail from Scarecrow that I am finally being invited to purchase the upcoming '16 release. I've been buying the M. Etain each year, for years, but this was the first year that I passed, and then I get a Scarecrow allocation. Go figure. Interesting. I haven't received the email yet. I was of...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 8th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4116

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

What’s going to be really funny is when Robert loses his nose and palate and can only appreciate the wines Jeff likes! You laugh, but it is a possibility for all of us! My dad flipped in his late 60s/early 70s. He loves Rolland and Cambie now. It's rather disturbing! I'll have to gift all my AFWE c...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 5th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 430

Re: Todd/ Brig 2016 Wilde Farm Wines Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Thanks for the note. Looking forward to trying this one. I've been very impressed with the Wilde Farm wines I ordered last year on BD, especially the Donnelly Creek PN. Popped one over the weekend.
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 30th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 18
Views: 778

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

Joe Dulworth wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 8:19 am
Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
January 27th, 2019, 9:32 pm
...stop at Hruska's for the kolaches.
David, did you see Hruska's has a location in Salt Lake City now? Apparently a couple of the kids went to college there and decided to stay and open a Hruska's Kolache Shop there. DDD visited there in Friday night's show.
How random/funny!
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 27th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 18
Views: 778

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

Thanks for all the good advice and invitations. San Antonio isn't a must visit for me but my wife wants to visit. Her parents lived there when her dad was in the Army 50 years ago and her dad always talks about the place. My tentative plan: Sat - Fly to Houston Sun - Houston Mon - Houston Tue - Dri...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 27th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 95
Views: 2555

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

It's been an amazing place to learn and meet great people. I was only 23 when we launched and remember the excitement of rebelling against the old snobby Parker board people. Just for fun, I searched my emails and found the original email I got from Landreth on 01/20/09: "If you are interested, we s...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 27th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings
Replies: 55
Views: 2499

Re: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings

Email sent. In for a Bob Hughes Sox pack and some pinots. Drinking a ‘15 Fir Crest PN right now and it’s delicious!
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 26th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Wilde farm BD 10 - Sold Out!
Replies: 31
Views: 1805

Re: Wilde farm BD 10

I've loved my case from BD last year and look forward to this!
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 24th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD SPONSOR FEATURE Goodfellow Family Cellars
Replies: 29
Views: 1411

Re: BD SPONSOR FEATURE Goodfellow Family Cellars

Goodfellow was the standout from our visit the the WV this past summer. We ordered a case and cannot keep our hands off of them. Funny. My wife and I had the same experience! Visited, bought case, became huge Goodfellow fans. Marcus - I will be ordering another case this year, either during BD or s...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 23rd, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux
Replies: 43
Views: 3579

Re: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux

Thanks for the additional notes, Mike!
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 21st, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 3740

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

Also for someone who is newer to the region, tasting through a wide variety of producers ‘15s really helped me understand how important producer can be in these vintages. I tasted so many that were on the very duper end, and certainly a handful I’d call “spoofilated”. Goodfellow, Belle Pente and Bi...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 21st, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982
Replies: 56
Views: 3902

Re: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982

My experience with Leoville Barton, going back at least to 1990, is that it shows really well really young, and then after that, closes down to whatever extent and sleeps for a very long time. Forget about drinking them in “adolescence”. Great house. Generally speaking this has been my experience. ...

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