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by Dav1d S@wyer
March 26th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 1683

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

2001 left bank Bordeaux - I always thought it was very good, but these days it’s delicious. Surprised it took 12 posts for someone to mention this! That was what immediately came to my mind when I saw the thread. I also wouldn't be surprised if '14 in Bordeaux and Burgundy ends up being much more h...
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 22nd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Decameron of Italian Wine
Replies: 7
Views: 689

Re: The Decameron of Italian Wine

Great read. Thanks, Monica.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 19th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard

Very cool, Sean, and high praise indeed by your wife. I was already thinking about Pobega-ing a bottle whenever mine arrive. Now that we already have a "sighting" for the X-novo, I may decide to do the Seven Springs instead [cheers.gif] . I'm really excited to try the '18 Seven Springs. Mine just c...
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 19th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 900

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Had the '10 a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. These are such great values virtually every year.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 19th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard

Thanks for taking one for the team here! I'm excited to open mine in a few years. Had the '16 last week and it needed a 30min decant to really show its stuff (which was a lot of great stuff). I think '16 was much more tightly wound than '17 or '18 appear to be though.
by Dav1d S@wyer
March 12th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 105
Views: 7420

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

It's only anecdotal info but I just had a colleague cancel a group Napa trip in a few weeks because of it.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 29th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Super Tuscans from Le Macchiole - 20% off W-S low
Replies: 1
Views: 336

Re: FS: Super Tuscans from Le Macchiole - 20% off W-S low

Bump for price reduction. Now 20% off W-S low.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 28th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...
Replies: 15
Views: 1336

Re: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...

Someone here recently raved about Vajra’s ‘15 Ravera. I wouldn’t overlook it. Bought both Ravera and BdV in ‘15 myself.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 22nd, 2020, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '09 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Único and '10 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea
Replies: 0
Views: 282

TNs: '09 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Único and '10 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

It was great to taste both of these today. I think this Prado Enea will be special with time. I know Unico takes a lot of time to come around but it wasn't in the same league today. 2009 Bodegas Vega-Sicilia Ribera del Duero Único - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (2/22/2020) Big, deep, and...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 22nd, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: TN: 2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico

Kris Patten wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 10:37 am
Volpaia has been on quite a run the past few vintages.
+1. Had a great visit there last summer. Beautiful little village high up in the hills.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 22nd, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Super Tuscans from Le Macchiole - 20% off W-S low
Replies: 1
Views: 336

FS: Super Tuscans from Le Macchiole - 20% off W-S low

Purchased these at the winery last year and have stored at 55 since. Need more space. I'd prefer one buyer for all three and feel free to make an offer. WA96 for both wines. PM or email me at Davepsawyer@gmail.com. Thanks! (1) 2013 Le Macchiole 'Scrio' - $125 (20% less than wine-searcher low). Only ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 19th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 123
Views: 10853

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

2015/2016 Barolo and Barbaresco
2015/2016 Le Pergole Torte
2010 Rioja Gran Reservas
2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
2018 Walter Scott Chards and Pinots (buying right now actually)
2018 Goodfellow Chards and Pinots
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 19th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 1950

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

I would post it but I didn't receive it and can't find a web-version. If David wants to send it, I'll try to figure out how to post it. You may want to take off the recipient's name first. Don't think they'll remove it - they're OK with criticism if it's logical. Or at least they've been in the pas...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 18th, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 1950

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

I guess Wine Spectator decided whose side they’re on....just received this email. I’ve never gotten a partner marketing email like this from WS by the way.
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by Dav1d S@wyer
February 17th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy trip notes
Replies: 25
Views: 1739

Re: Burgundy trip notes

Excellent notes. Thanks.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 17th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4220

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Sadly, most of the big closing and win dinners skip Pappas Bros because the location is dog crap relative to the business district. Most end up at Del Friscos, Bob's, or Nick & Sam's, where the lists are poorer, the markups massive, and young Napa king. For the rest of the group, this is about the ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 15th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '94 López de Heredia Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva & '11 La Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: TNs: '94 López de Heredia Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva & '11 La Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi

Thanks for this, David, Like a lot of folks on this board, I love Lopez de Heredia reds and whites. I hold nothing that old in the latter category, but have a '95 Gran Reserva I am waiting on opening; any recent experience with that bottling? Haven’t had it unfortunately. I wish I had more LdH GRs,...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 15th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '94 López de Heredia Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva & '11 La Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi
Replies: 4
Views: 392

TNs: '94 López de Heredia Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva & '11 La Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi

1994 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (2/8/2020) Ordered off a list and not decanted. Nose of fino sherry, lemon oil, almonds, smoke, cloves, and a tiny hint of citrus. Light to medium body with nice acidity and balance. Loads of ye...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 14th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4220

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Pappas always has a handful of diamonds in the rough on their list price wise. I never have trouble finding something that's somewhat aged and reasonably priced. And they have the best wine service in the state. I think they have three master somms on the team just between the two Houston locations.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 14th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Re: FS: Cellar Thinning - Patricia Green SVD Pinots REDUCED

The full lot is pending.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 14th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Clos Saint-Philibert Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Clos Saint-Philibert Blanc

Just saw this on the shelf here locally and was curious. I’m not too familiar with Meo’s whites. Sounds like a winner. Thanks for the note!
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 13th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are we seeing the end of the madness?
Replies: 27
Views: 3605

Re: Are we seeing the end of the madness?

Marcu$ Stanley wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Then, the upcoming generation of drinkers is not as into the prestige fine wine labels as those of us who got involved in wine in the 90s - early 2000s with Parker. The perception is that they are stodgy and overpriced - just not fashionable.
Been on Instagram lately?
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 13th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Re: FS: Cellar Thinning - Patricia Green SVD Pinots REDUCED

Updated for price reductions.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 13th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 1910

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia vist

Greg, Mike, Aaron, Julian and Ramon, thank you all for your contributions to my plea. I've received many great suggestions and appreciate them all. Very grateful. Coincidentally, I'm planning to attend a Vega Sicilia portfolio tasting led by their technical director next weekend here in Houston. I'...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 13th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are we seeing the end of the madness?
Replies: 27
Views: 3605

Re: Are we seeing the end of the madness?

There are just too many collectors and too few bottles of Burgundy out there these days for a substantial long-term rollback in pricing. This sums up why the Burgundy madness won't end. We can only hope it plateaus and that no new emerging economy's upwardly mobile class develops an affinity for Bu...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 12th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Barolo Tasting at La Festa del Barolo
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: TN: 2015 Barolo Tasting at La Festa del Barolo

Bought some of the Vajra Ravera today. Thanks for the note! [cheers.gif]
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 11th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 25
Views: 3471

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

Planning to buy Vajra and Vietti, at a minimum, plus some Barbaresco. Does anyone know of a reputable US retailer that does Barolo EP? I haven't gotten any inbounds from the usual retail suspects.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 11th, 2020, 11:42 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 541

FS: SOLD

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by Dav1d S@wyer
February 10th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 830

Re: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Great tasting room/bubble bar right in town in Dundee too.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 9th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '16 Beaucastel CdP and '15 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Orveaux
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: TNs: '16 Beaucastel CdP and '15 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Orveaux

Pretty brave opening those 2 wines, thanks for the notes. I opened a 09 Orveaux last year and it was still a baby Yeah, they were off of a list without anything mature. The ‘16 Beaucastel has also completely disappeared from Texas retail for some reason. Wanted to try it young before sourcing some ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 8th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '16 Beaucastel CdP and '15 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Orveaux
Replies: 2
Views: 430

TNs: '16 Beaucastel CdP and '15 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Orveaux

2016 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (2/8/2020) Consistently shut down hard across several bottles at a group dinner unfortunately. Deep, concentrated, and structured with lots of potential. I can see why this received so much hype earl...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 5th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What did Jasper get wrong? (Burgundy)
Replies: 28
Views: 2610

Re: What did Jasper get wrong? (Burgundy)

Inside Burgundy by Jasper Morris is many burg lovers' go-to reference. He is working on a new edition of the book because it was published ten years ago, and much has changed since then. I suspect that because Jasper has since left his wine buyer role, he will provide even more revealing opinions. ...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 3rd, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26
Replies: 134
Views: 4626

Re: Finalized: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26

Thanks for organizing, George. I just found out I'll be in town that week for meetings and would love to attend. Could I get on the waitlist? Burt-era Selyem wines are among the best Pinot experiences I've ever had. WS was the first list I joined when I was 21! I could bring an 80s or 90s CA Pinot.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 3rd, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 44
Views: 2801

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

Justin S wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 7:02 pm
Domaine Eden Cabernet at $35-40 (as opposed to their flagship Mount Eden State Cab which is in the $70+ range). This is of course a Santa Cruz cab and maybe not as lush as you might want from the avg. Napa cab.
+1. So good.
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 2nd, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate
Replies: 41
Views: 2403

Re: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate

Popped a ‘13 Eyrie Sisters Vineyard Pinot and a ‘17 Walter Scott La Combe Vert Chardonnay in honor of this thread. The Eyrie was as classic as it gets. Very ethereal and much more strawberry fruit than cherry. Starting to show hints of tertiary aromas. Not as much weightless power as the best 1er Bu...
by Dav1d S@wyer
February 1st, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate
Replies: 41
Views: 2403

Re: World tour: producers that appeal to Burg palate

My substitute for White Burgundy is Oregon Chardonnay from a select (but growing) group of producers. Right now, Eyrie, Brick House, Walter Scott, Cameron, Goodfellow, Vincent, and a number of others scratch that itch at significantly lower price points than good White Burgundy. This. It’s become h...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 29th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3040

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

Marcus Goodfellow’s pinots capture a-d of your criteria better than any other Oregon producer imo. My experience is more limited with them but the few Arterberry Maresh pinots I’ve tasted have also had beautifully pure red fruit. As much as I enjoy Walter Scott, Evesham Wood, and several other top E...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 29th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2456

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

A 2010 I had recently (dinner 19th October 2019 at Restaurante Herrerías, Logroño, la Rioja) which was surprisingly accessible (with an hour’s decant for aeration) was the 2010 Vinícola Real 200 Monges Reserva. Still very young of course; but already quite nice with some food. I’m not sure how easy...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 28th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Camerons
Replies: 16
Views: 845

Re: A few Camerons

how are you guys sourcing your Cameron. Since they don't sell direct, I have a tough time trying to buy the wines. Vinopolis. We make a trip to Portland/WV every summer to flee the Houston heat. Vinopolis is always happy to hold them for me for several months until I can pick them up. I always walk...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 28th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2456

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

I've got a fair amount of LdH and LRA in my cellar. I've had plenty of aged examples of both. They are different takes on Rioja, and sometimes one calls to me more than another. However, I don't find the oak on LRA to be overwhelming (though it is always present). I've also had a good amount of CUN...
by Dav1d S@wyer
January 26th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few Camerons
Replies: 16
Views: 845

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: 16
Views: 845

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: 58
Views: 2456

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: 58
Views: 2456

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: 58
Views: 2456

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: 10
Views: 1747

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: 1187

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: 2585

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.

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