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by Travis @llen
October 6th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1828

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: 1307

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: 54
Views: 1495

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: 1307

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: 17977

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: 1885

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: 1885

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: 1885

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: 1885

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: 1227

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: 438

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: 2761

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: 56
Views: 3748

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: 1654

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: 1105

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: 805

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: 690

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: 690

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: 4927

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: 1468
Views: 174644

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: 1448

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: 985

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: 4220

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: 1073

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: 1073

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: 4220

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: 1073

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: 1073

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: 2354

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: 294

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: 2418

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: 465

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: 306

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: 16295
Views: 422030

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: 232

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!
by Travis @llen
November 29th, 2018, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1831

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Sine qua non made Oregon Pinot for a few years. Lillian (in Oregon) makes one of the most distinctive and delicious white wines in the USA from California rousanne. She makes a Napa cab too. Grapes don’t turn into raisins quickly. Buy some at the grocery store and leave them on the counter and see h...
by Travis @llen
November 23rd, 2018, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kobayashi released, what are you getting?
Replies: 8
Views: 885

Re: Kobayashi released, what are you getting?

For the new folks...the first few mailers went over some basic info and we are updating the website soon so you'll catch up soon. Briefly, I'm a wine consumer first and foremost so I'm running things with the consumer/purchaser in mind. I'm not doing things to my customers that I don't like when the...
by Travis @llen
November 21st, 2018, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin
Replies: 78
Views: 7647

Re: The Third Twin

Are any of their other wines <60 cases? Maybe inaugural grenache or pearl catcher. I can’t wait to try this wine!
by Travis @llen
November 19th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 25
Views: 2418

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Mark Y wrote:
November 18th, 2018, 9:13 pm
OR
sign up to the mailing list, and buy some wine, like the rest of us plebs! ;)
[/quote]

Yes, that is excellent advice Mark! .... but we may need help with the double-mags of 1978 Mondavi Reserve and 1978 Leoville Las Cases (from a perfect local cellar).
by Travis @llen
November 18th, 2018, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 25
Views: 2418

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Thanks Steve et al. for the kind words! I know my website is devoid of any useful information. Now that harvest is over we are working on an overhaul. Just so everyone knows...Steve Anderson is the ultimate embodiment of a Wine Berserker. I read about wine 365 days a year and love to geek out and de...
by Travis @llen
November 16th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind
Replies: 111
Views: 7153

Re: TN: Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind

Not at all. I expect that makes you unusual though. Most definitely unusual - listening to Rachmaninov right now - Wu Tang earlier when I took the dog for a walk. Anyway...my point was that it is easy for wine drinkers to congregate into either/or categories, but it is not always helpful or accurat...
by Travis @llen
November 16th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind
Replies: 111
Views: 7153

Re: TN: Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind

Not only do I not like Guigal or Chapoutier, I have none in my "cellar," which is about 30% Northern Rhone. I have like three bottles of Jaboulet. Clearly they have fans, though. I would suspect that someone who adores this style of Northern Rhone, will not like Levet. That is like saying someone w...
by Travis @llen
October 10th, 2018, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pomerol recommendations
Replies: 22
Views: 996

Re: Pomerol recommendations

Hosanna is one of my favorite finds in the last several years. The '12 is spectacular and the Cab Franc really shines through in a beautiful way - but a little out of your price limit. I've found some other vintages of Hosanna for ~$100.
by Travis @llen
October 4th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Alchemist Heady Topper in Seattle?
Replies: 5
Views: 594

Re: Alchemist Heady Topper in Seattle?

I have a friend in Vermont who visits several times a year and brings heady topper and focal banger. How many are you looking for?
by Travis @llen
September 28th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1478

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

Travis, How do you know that extended maceration 'helps' with texture? What do you think you're gaining when doing so? A higher level of tannins? Different tannins? Other bitter compounds? One of the biggest challenges with winemaking is truly understanding the cause/effect relationship of the step...
by Travis @llen
September 28th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1478

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

I have spent a lot of time researching and thinking about this and I believe texture and finish are the X factors that can push wines from good to excellent. The article did a good job of talking about some of the grape and cellar factors that contribute to the sensation. While you can measure tanni...
by Travis @llen
September 26th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is the Durand wine opener?
Replies: 51
Views: 2109

Re: How is the Durand wine opener?

I have never seen it NOT work. I bought several cases of '60s-'80s wines a couple years ago so I purchased a Durand and it has pulled the cork out in one piece every single time. Even on younger bottles purchased at auction(~15 years) that the cork cored out dry sawdust with a traditional corkscrew,...
by Travis @llen
August 29th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?
Replies: 103
Views: 3690

Re: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?

It’s hard for me to commit to anything this time of year, but hopefully I can make it.
by Travis @llen
July 26th, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse doing and ex-cellar sale...
Replies: 55
Views: 3738

Cayuse doing and ex-cellar sale...

I didn’t participate because I have a stack of cayuse, but a few of my friends scored with some of my all time favorite cayuse gems, ‘05 frog and ‘06 en cerise. Another friend got an ‘03 impulsivo, which may be the only cayuse wine I’ve never tried. I told him I’d pop an 03 unico to compare. What a ...

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