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by Travis @llen
February 17th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 1778

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit

Rioja is incredible. We had a great visit at Valdemar (they have a Washington outpost now, and are doing some cool stuff with unusual varieties - including maturana, graciano and Tempranillo blanc). Artadi was also incredible. We had lunch with Jorge Muga- incredible range and quality. The craziest ...
by Travis @llen
February 14th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia visit
Replies: 21
Views: 1778

Re: Help! How to get a Vega Sicilia vist

I visited them last year and it was incredible. Tasted their dry Hungarian white and ‘09 unico. It is a huge property and cooperage and the tour lasted hours. I hosted a Vega Sicilia dinner a couple years ago, and their America’s rep arranged my visit. Would also highly recommend visiting Pingus. I ...
by Travis @llen
January 17th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy under DIAM
Replies: 26
Views: 2006

Re: White Burgundy under DIAM

Diam solves more than just the TCA problem. I’ll drink to that podcast #445 explains their process in detail. I switched to Diam last year (origine beeswax version) and so far there has been no issues or variability. One of my customers told me Etienne de Montille is using Diam-30 in his grand crus ...
by Travis @llen
December 5th, 2019, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 47
Views: 4713

Re: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out

SQN Mourvedre! No hesitation.
by Travis @llen
November 15th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chimère #5 Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Chimère #5 Offer

Mourvèdre night. The person who brought Rayas was forgiven.
by Travis @llen
November 15th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chimère #5 Offer
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Chimère #5 Offer

Thanks for posting!!! This was in my junk mail. I opened my '15 Chimere a couple weeks ago on my birthday and it was incredible!
by Travis @llen
November 13th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: TN: 2017 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

The 2015 unendlich is a contender for WOTY for me. I’ve been lucky enough to have it twice this year. These wines will undoubtedly age like bricks - but they are so good young that I would drink rather than hold. F’ing love the Mozart queen of the night label as well - such a departure from the rest...
by Travis @llen
November 10th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5710

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

The champagne was incredible - the fact that Mark went straight to comparing to Krug and Selosse is telling although because the Christophe Baron is Brut Nature it is a totally different experience (I have not had Selosse enough times to have a handle on their style anyway). It had billowing aromati...
by Travis @llen
November 9th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5710

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

What better way to celebrate last pick yesterday than with a mag of Christophe Baron. Impromptu bottle share happening tonight @6pm. Pm for address. BYOB No theme. BYO stem. Food is tricky since it is short notice and I have no idea how many people will show, so maybe grab a bite before you arrive -...
by Travis @llen
November 9th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5710

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

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Really?? I’m in!
Free your self up on 11/22!
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What is happening on 11/22? I had my last pick yesterday so I'm still focused on other things.
What about tonight at my place?
by Travis @llen
November 9th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5710

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

at the Kobayashi release event? for your possibly visiting friend from So Cal? trying to free calendar to get up there!! It would be great if you could make it, but that is a rough weekend for socializing. Pouring for a dinner at the Modernist Cuisine Lab on Friday. Wine release Sat. Flying to Flor...
by Travis @llen
November 7th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5710

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Mark Y wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Dilemma since it's 1 per person, in magnum only:

1. drink young, get a feel for style, inform future purchase decisions..
or
2. hold for age, but buying blind.

assuming the
3. find someone else who will open one
option is not readily available. ;)
I’ll open mine. Can’t wait to try.
by Travis @llen
October 21st, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.
Replies: 22
Views: 1402

Re: 2014 Ramonet Chassagne...thought blanc...got rouge.

I made the same mistake with the ‘15s. It did feel a little like a bait and switch when I opened the box , but I’m looking forward to trying something new -so no harm no foul.
by Travis @llen
October 21st, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 3940

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

Thank you to Peter for hosting and to everyone for bringing excellent vino. What an incredible tasting!!! The Seattle Berserker group rocks! I was socializing too much to get to try everything, but the Verset rocked my world.
by Travis @llen
October 15th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 3940

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

There is a UW football game Saturday, and I’m in Laurelhurst right on the other side of the stadium from Peter. If I can leave the winery early enough, we’ll get there on the early side. Otherwise we’ll have to wait out the traffic and arrive late. I can bring whatever we need. Rhône is my favorite ...
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 2048

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I’d second antica terra. And also mention Coleen Clemens (beautiful spot too) - if they call ahead and arrange to taste with the winemaker, he has his own label called Stephen Goff that is a similar but maybe even dialed up on the flavor spectrum. Anyone who visits willamette should go to Walter Sco...
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

Hi Larry, I have no secrets, but there are a few reasons that make me hesitant to share chemistry and analytics on this board. Anything we can measure in wine only paints a small part of the picture, and I have seen how fixated some people can get on certain parameters. Easy example is alcohol. Ther...
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th
Replies: 81
Views: 3940

Re: Seattle Offline Tasting - Saturday, October 19th

I'm going out to dinner with a couple of out-of-town wine buddies that evening. If we bring tasty N.Rhone selections could I bring 2-3 friends for the first couple of hours? I'll have to verify their schedules, hopefully we can make it if there is space available.
by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Kobayashi, Piper and Andremily

I'm glad you enjoyed the Kobayashi Marsanne! It gets a little skin contact during primary fermentation and the French Acacia hardwood barrel gives some wild tropical aromatics. There is no standard for Washington Marsanne, so I have the freedom to experiment. Roy Piper came to my home for dinner whe...
by Travis @llen
September 12th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18972

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Fantastic letter. Love the wines, the place, the people, and the authenticity.
by Travis @llen
July 3rd, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2006

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Brian Hostetler wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 10:38 pm
Travis, there was the 2014 Roy Piper from David and the 2017 Roy brought.
Roy brought both the '14 and the '17. David brought the '06 Prephylloxera and '00 Mount Eden.
Amazing how approachable the '17 already is. Both had out of this world texture and killer aromatics. Really beautiful wines.
by Travis @llen
June 30th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2006

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

How'd it go? Beautiful Evening! Roy Piper made it over and brought his 2014 and 2017 - both were exceptional! People brought home a bunch of the half empties, so I don't have a complete list, but there was an excess: 2014 Chave Blanc 2017 Terre Nere Etna Bianco Santo Spirito 2013 Goodfellow Richard...
by Travis @llen
June 29th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2006

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Betz in Woodinville for sure - need an appointment, but that would be the only must imo. And then Travis' as well :D Indeed, Betz is fantastic. I have not tried the wines for a few years though. I didn't hear from Roy, but a few people are coming over for a bottle share tonight, PM/email me for the...
by Travis @llen
June 26th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)
Replies: 34
Views: 2006

Re: Wineries To Visit In Woodinville Area (Washington)

Only a handful of WA wines hit at what I think Roy might be after. Avennia and Longshadows are In woodinville. Force Majeure, Leonetti, Corliss and Rasa are in walla walla and Quilceda Creek is in snohomish. We can probably pull a group together at my house in Seattle to taste them all if you have a...
by Travis @llen
June 20th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1242

Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

So cool! What an awesome vision to have seen to completion...or should I say fruition. champagne.gif

https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=g ... aId=215572
by Travis @llen
June 16th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hammell Wine Alliance - new release
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: Hammell Wine Alliance - new release

They are called True Believer now - no more HWA. I love these wines. Full flavor and intensity in the vein of SQN and Saxum. They are in my top tier of favorite rhone variety producers coming out of California.
by Travis @llen
June 11th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 87
Views: 2987

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

I’ve only had a reaction to wine one time. At an industry tasting of Austrian and German wines (my most consumed wine regions). All the big names were there and many were pouring barrel samples. I felt like the room was getting very hot and my buddy told me my face was bright red. I thought maybe on...
by Travis @llen
June 1st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5710

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Looking forward to buying, and happy to pop mine with the Seattle folks when it arrives. I'm a big fan of Pinot Meunier (Egly Ouriet and Jose Michel Meunier always hit it out of the park). Christophe is a perfectionist, visionary viticulturist and excellent winemaker... I don't have any hesitation t...
by Travis @llen
May 9th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group
Replies: 33
Views: 1690

Re: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group

I’ve had a rough 5 days for cork issues as well. 2002 Clos Erasmus, 2015 latour martillac blanc and 2003 Rol Valentin. I wish SQN or one of the 1st growths would switch half of their production to screw cap or glass stoppers and give their customers a choice. I’d choose the alternative. So tired of ...
by Travis @llen
April 29th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cornas
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

Re: TN: Cornas

Thanks for posting! Love the ‘cornas blanc’ from Vincent Paris. Saint cosme makes a ‘gigondas blanc’ le poste that is cool too. Perhaps the labeling rules keep the prices down? What was your favorite wine of the tasting?
by Travis @llen
April 24th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 822

Re: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

Agree with Jason. Very friendly corkage. I always call ahead and let them know we are bringing wine, So if any attitude is given you can give a name of someone you talked to. We have endless options for great food, and a couple for killer wine lists at prices that are attractive. If you are purchasi...
by Travis @llen
April 24th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar
Replies: 12
Views: 720

Re: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar

Travis, Sounds like a great trip. Met with them last year and they will indeed sell the Spanish wines in Walla Walla along with their new Washington wines. Should be an exciting project of not only wine, but culinary flair as they will treat it like they are in Spain with events, music, food, etc.....
by Travis @llen
April 23rd, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar
Replies: 12
Views: 720

New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar

There is some great news up here for Washington State wines I wanted to share. The first foreign winery to set up shop in WA will open its doors this week in Walla Walla. Bodegas Valdemar of Spain has a new outpost they are calling Valdemar Estates. Not only did they recruit a fantastic winemaker (M...
by Travis @llen
March 16th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 5440

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Christophe puts on a great tasting/party. You'll have a blast. I don't go to Walla Walla without having smoked brisket hash for breakfast at Andrae's kitchen in the convenient store a few blocks south of town. La Monarcha taco truck is good. I had an excellent meal at Brasserie last time I was there...
by Travis @llen
February 7th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1795
Views: 221520

Re: Official Costco Thread

I have not seen awesome markdowns in any of the Seattle area stores for years. But they had 2 great wines at fantastic prices yesterday. 2016 Palacios Petalos for $11.99 and 2016 Pingus PSI for $21.99. This was at the SODO store.
by Travis @llen
February 4th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1489

Re: Alban Release

I had the ‘13 patrina during the Super Bowl and it was incredible. Highly recommend.
by Travis @llen
January 31st, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero - Burgund made in Barolo
Replies: 7
Views: 1009

Re: TN: 2013 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero - Burgund made in Barolo

The monvig is whole cluster Nebbiolo. Do you think you are picking up Burgundian notes from the stems? I love that wine as well.
by Travis @llen
January 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982
Replies: 56
Views: 4273

Re: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982

I just had the '86 this weekend. The nose was spectacular and all about classic Bordeaux cedar, tobacco and herbaceous deliciousness. The tannin and body were out of this world. Very dark, very rich cassis, reminded me of a youngish high end Washington cab. Really great wine. I had the '82 last year...
by Travis @llen
January 22nd, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 1088

Re: Donnhoff 2017 price question.

The '17 Hermannshohle GG is a show stopper. So good, so dense and packed with extract and acid that it hurts. For the first 20 minutes there was zero fruit, just a bouquet of flowers ranging from hints of spring blossoms to in your face tropical Lillies. When the fruit started to appear it was like ...
by Travis @llen
January 20th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 1088

Re: Donnhoff 2017 price question.

jeffruggels wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 11:35 am
travis - how was the 16?
It is the ‘17. Note to follow. Very favorable note to follow.Image
by Travis @llen
January 20th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982
Replies: 56
Views: 4273

Re: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982

The fact that climate change has pushed merlot harvest up to the first week of September in some recent vintages is not great . I’m sure they feel they have to pick based on sugar and potential alcohol as opposed to flavor development. Unfortunate development for one of my fav BDX houses, but probab...
by Travis @llen
January 19th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 1088

Re: Donnhoff 2017 price question.

I’ll pop a 17 tomorrow and report back.
by Travis @llen
January 19th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*
Replies: 14
Views: 1088

Donnhoff 2017 price question. *TN added*

Anyone know why the 2017 Donnhoff Hermannshohle GG Riesling price spiked this year? Looks like about a 25% increase. I know it is still a relative value as one of the best white wines in the world and I’m still a buyer. Just wondering if there is a reason I am not aware of. Thanks!
by Travis @llen
January 16th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: DONE
Replies: 10
Views: 2379

Re: FS:More Reductions+Added Wine:Carlisle, Hammell, Maybach, Marc, Pride Res, SQN, Rivers Marie, Myriad, Realm, Piper,

Hammell's 2015 wines are other level. It's his first vintage where I've seen a huge qualitative jump. I bought all I could. Just my opinion but this is one not to miss. The Hammell 2013 rocked my world. I like all of their wines. The Amphitheater is ridiculous as well. I have one bottle of the Fran...
by Travis @llen
January 14th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Terlano Vorberg Riserva: Oh What A White!
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: 2016 Terlano Vorberg Riserva: Oh What A White!

I love Terlano’s white wines. The Quartz and Winkl sauv Blancs are fantastic and worth tracking down if you’ve never tried. The winkl has the strongest passion fruit I’ve ever smelled in wine.
by Travis @llen
January 8th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 25
Views: 2798

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 4:57 pm
I begged but he would not sell me any!
Jeff Ruggels has a couple bottles of the Cab franc for sale in Commerce Corner.
BTW Glenn - I’m saving a bottle of the floodland/kobayashi beer collab for next time you visit Seattle, or we meet in Oregon or Walla Walla.
by Travis @llen
January 6th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Release Date For Peter's 2012 Chetillions?
Replies: 4
Views: 480

Re: Release Date For Peter's 2012 Chetillions?

Maybe we are behind in Seattle, but I just got the 2011 last month. I drank one on NYE and it was fantastic!
by Travis @llen
December 30th, 2018, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 von Winning Sauvignon Blanc Trocken II
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: 2016 von Winning Sauvignon Blanc Trocken II

Yes! the SB 500 is even more electrifying. The SB I is all stainless and more crisp and fruity, but still great. I really like their entire line-up. The GG rieslings are singular and fascinating. I buy their wines every year.
by Travis @llen
December 7th, 2018, 8:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16522
Views: 433040

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Thanks Scott! That was great! Loved that Floodland ToL!
by Travis @llen
December 7th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu)
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2012 E. Guigal Condrieu La Doriane (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu)

Thanks for the note. Mine never last 6 years because I can't keep my hands off of them. It seems like the oak notes peaked in '09-'10, and feels like less now. I know it is still 100% new, but maybe they are using lighter toast or bigger barrels? The '15 and '16 are already drinking great!

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