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by David Lewin
January 12th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1290

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

I too love the 1988. Five years ago, I served it and the 1989 together and while I loved the opulence of the 1989, the structure and balance of the 1988 stood out. I will drink my last bottle of 1989 in about a month, but see no hurry to open the 1988. When I started out collecting wine in the 70's,...
by David Lewin
December 28th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foillard with some age
Replies: 4
Views: 547

Re: Foillard with some age

A friend brought the 2009 to a dinner earlier this year and it was lovely. I imagine it will stay that way for several years.
by David Lewin
December 28th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2009 Carlisle Mourvedre, still some tannin but drinking very well. Held but better than most wines the second night, a bit softer, but still quite good.
by David Lewin
December 24th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Sauternes...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: TN: Two Sauternes...(short/boring)

While I couldn't find my old issue with Steve Tanzer's review, which steered me to this wine, I did find it on K&L's website: "Enticing bright yellow-gold color. Subdued but very pure aromas of orange peel, apricot, honey and spices. Supersweet, fat and spicy; wonderfully round, chewy and unctuous. ...
by David Lewin
December 23rd, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Sauternes...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 723

Re: TN: Two Sauternes...(short/boring)

There must be bottle variation or transportation issues with the 2003 LaTour Blanche which is one of the sweetest Sauternes I have ever tasted. I've had it seven times (from full bottles had halves) over the past 12 years, most recently in August, and it always has verged on too sweet. My last note ...
by David Lewin
December 23rd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Outside Your Comfort Zone for Against Malaria Foundation Dec 18-25th
Replies: 29
Views: 1063

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Outside Your Comfort Zone for Against Malaria Foundation Dec 18-25th

Although I've been collecting since the mid-70's, I don't think I've ever bought a Spanish wine (other than some wonderful Sandeman sherries) except a couple of times to bring to tastings with a Spanish wine theme. Always looking for half bottles, when Envoyer offered half bottles of the 2007 R. Lóp...
by David Lewin
December 16th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2167

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

TN: 1999 René Renou Bonnezeaux Cuvée Zenith; In a 500 ml, purchased from Envoyer by my nephew recently. My first time with this winery. A nice "little" wine, but nothing special, decent nose, balanced, but without the depth or acidity I sometime find in older Loires. This may be past its peak, but i...
by David Lewin
December 13th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2167

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

Opened for a group Sunday (this note is from Wednesday), I saved a small amount so I could write a note without cheating. It’s an interesting and unique wine. One of my friends posted a note in Cellar Tracker finding mustiness and possible oxidation; I did not notice that, but it may not have been t...
by David Lewin
November 28th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

The 2013 Montafi, just a gorgeous wine with wonderful, sweet fruit. Some alcohol showing in the background, so I would drink in the short term. The most enjoyable Carlisle I've had this year (out of 32 bottles so far).
by David Lewin
November 25th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5073

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

2015 Domaine Nicolas-Jay Pinot Noir Red Vinyl - My nephew's wine. I'm not familiar with Oregon wines, so I don't know if this is too young, but I found it mostly structure with little fruit. Perhaps it will improve with several years of age (it did approve an hour after it was opened). My nephew had...
by David Lewin
November 18th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

This is the wine your roast chicken was asking about. [cheers.gif] 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (11/18/2019) Textbook-ish. Crunchy and Juicy cranberry-strawberry fruit, that is medium weight, with finessed silky texture on the palate. It is fairly givi...
by David Lewin
August 20th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some More from Blair's Cellar...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: TN: Some More from Blair's Cellar...(short/boring)

I bought a couple of bottles of the 1975 Lafleur on release - at $10.95 because the store couldn't sell it at $14.95. I served one of them at a friend's 40th birthday, and while it was tannic, it was sound and not at all like the wine Tom had. I will serve the second bottle at my friend's 50th birth...
by David Lewin
July 25th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 78
Views: 4221

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

And just my opinion (after tasting German vintages on release for 20+ years), but I think it needs until October (so a year post harvest) for a vintage to sort itself out. I normally taste a large number of wines in June (including Dönnhoff), and find them to almost invariably be more approachable ...
by David Lewin
July 11th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2770

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

Allemand was $25-30 in Paris in Feb. 2004 when I was there and price had only recently started to move in US. Not even close to $100 in US. The jump did occur in the period you stated or after. I bought 2004 Chaillot for $55 per for a half case in 2007 from Flickinger. I bought 1999 Verset for $27....
by David Lewin
June 20th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 9
Views: 951

Re: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

Haven't had any bad bottles, although I don't buy the Rieslings and Muscats and don't generally age them as long as you do (have been drinking mostly 2005's and 2007's recently). The 2001 and 2002 Rangen Pinot Gris have been good, although the latter was a deep gold color. 1998 Gewurztraminer Rangen...
by David Lewin
April 13th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 1078

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

Mine is going down as I buy more Riesling and Loire demi-sec and fewer (more expensive) age-worthy reds.
by David Lewin
April 1st, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Ten of us joined Mike and Kendall Officer yesterday at our 13th annual dinner. It was my turn to select the flights, and we had the first six vintages of Compagni Portis (bringing six glasses is pretty much the limit); flights of 2012 Zinfandel; 2013 non-Zinfandels; and Mike’s choice of wines from t...
by David Lewin
March 20th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth year wine
Replies: 25
Views: 965

Re: Birth year wine

My grand-niece was born in 2017. So far, her cellar has 18 wines (Huet, J.J. Prum, Fritz Haag), all of which should last (at least) into her 20's. No idea if she'll like red wines; pretty hard not to like these wines.
by David Lewin
March 11th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Had the 2011 Three Birds two nights ago. Went well with lasagna. Drinking well, but should last (at least) a few years.
by David Lewin
February 18th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4970

Re: Rhys offer

Tonight’s 2013 Alpine Chardonnay was simply delicious. Reinforces my decision to stick with Alpine and Horseshoe. I thought the 2016 Alpine Pinot Noir was, by far, the best wine I tasted (of 30 or so) at Falltacular on Saturday. Incredible nose, rich fruit, but in balance. Only problem is going to ...
by David Lewin
February 18th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 5328

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Given all the work that you and Jill did, it hardly seems like "one day." I did not sense the exuberance of last year, and am glad that I was wrong. It looks like several wineries included events at their wineries, which must have helped. Great job, Frank!
by David Lewin
February 16th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Had the 2017 Compagni Portis at Falltacular, probably the best version I've tasted, or maybe it just tastes better young. Intense fruit, fantastic nose. I've always preferred the Derivative to the CP, but this makes me think about it.

David
by David Lewin
February 14th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Sociando Mallet
Replies: 11
Views: 499

Re: 1979 Sociando Mallet

CJ Beazley wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 12:06 pm
I wonder what the tariff for that bottle was, $8.00?
I paid $6 a bottle for the 1982, so probably lower.

David
by David Lewin
December 30th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1991

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

For the last several years, I've opened a Port to bridge the old and new year. This year it will be the 1983 Graham.
by David Lewin
December 29th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2009 Two Acres. I didn't like it when I tasted it three years ago, but it has really blossomed. Full, balanced, ready to drink, but may improve in the next couple of years.
by David Lewin
December 26th, 2018, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Champagne for John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Replies: 86
Views: 2230

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Champagne for John Jay College of Criminal Justice

2002 Piper Rare, opened yesterday. I first tasted it a year or two ago and immediately bought three more bottles. Very rich, toasty, with great depth that leads to a long aftertaste. A wonderful Champagne in a style I love.
by David Lewin
December 26th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alsace is dead at retail
Replies: 24
Views: 1545

Re: Alsace is dead at retail

They were recently resurrected by Envoyer, briefly but thankfully, with its several offerings of wines from Zind Humbrecht at about half price. I don't know if the Gewurztraminers and Pinot Gris were ever that popular, but I used to be able to find them. I think Alsatian wines are priced out of what...
by David Lewin
December 17th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund
Replies: 56
Views: 1435

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series (12/12 - 12/19) - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund

1988 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey - From a half bottle, very nice and full, but with lots of structure behind it. I thought it was actually better the second night. Not as impressive as I hoped, but still a very nice wine. I bought 18 half bottles upon release, gave a few away, and have had slightly b...
by David Lewin
December 7th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 1309

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

I bought a bunch of 2003's from Premier Cru and have had not problems. Sorry you had a different result.
by David Lewin
December 7th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 49
Views: 1309

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

At a Chanukah dinner with family and friends, first the 2011 Schäfer-Fröhlich Bockenauer Felseneck Riesling Spätlese, an explosion of fruit, actually like drinking fruit, tasted sweeter than the Auslese that followed, but with enough acidity to not be cloying. While I'm sure this will age, I'm not s...
by David Lewin
December 4th, 2018, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3334

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Kevyn and 2016 Papera.jpg Having earlier drunk one too old for me, tonight I'm drinking something too young, the 2016 Carlisle Papara. Younger than I prefer, but it's for Jason, it's the only Zinfandel I have in the house, and Mike Officer believes it may be the best Zinfandel he's ever made. And I...
by David Lewin
November 29th, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Thanks for the note David. I have drank all but one of my bottles and had a really enjoyable bottle earlier this year. I have been trying to hold at least 1 bottle of the single vineyard Zins to see how they do at age 10 and more. So far I have been pleased with the results. My pleasure, and it was...
by David Lewin
November 29th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 4308

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Some of the wines I've loved young were only in certain vintages. I remember some of the riper Zind Humbrecht Wintzenheim Gewurztraminers were glorious upon release for their opulence. The 2012 Carlisle Montafi Zinfandel may have aged well (I haven't tried it since it was released), but it was so go...
by David Lewin
November 29th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (CVZ) – Some alcohol starting to peek through, but otherwise balanced. While CVZ generally ages longer than other vineyards (and has aged better than the Montafi and Papera in this vintage), I think it's seen its peak and is a gentle decline. Mike has its dr...
by David Lewin
November 29th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3334

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2009 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (CVZ) – Some alcohol starting to peek through, but otherwise balanced. While CVZ generally ages longer than other vineyards (and has aged better than the Montafi and Papera in this vintage), I think it's seen its peak and is in a gentle decline. Mike Officer...
by David Lewin
September 6th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

I, unexpectedly, enjoyed the 2005 Russian River Syrah last Sunday as it was in a double blind tasting. It showed very well and much younger.
by David Lewin
July 18th, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Summer 2018 release
Replies: 112
Views: 7512

Carlisle Summer 2018 release

I hope people who weren't allocated wines they want are asking for them on wish lists. I ordered my usual two cases (which matches my consumption, keeping my inventory at about 15 cases), but passed on the AB and JB. Two of my friends who have much larger purchasing histories than I do have both ind...
by David Lewin
June 24th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three Twins Ice Cream & D'Yquem
Replies: 9
Views: 906

Three Twins Ice Cream & D'Yquem

The Wine House, in Los Angeles, used to do a wine and junk food tasting on April 1, many years ago. I went to a couple of them. At one, they served Baskin Robbins French Vanilla ice cream with the then current 1980 d'Yquem. It was a great match.
by David Lewin
June 5th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2008 Two Acres, my last bottle. It took half an hour to open up, but "plush" is the word I use for the first night, balanced, a beautiful wine. Tonight, night two, it's lost the fruitiness, but is still drinking very well. I imagine this will hold a while, but see no reason to defer its pleasure.
by David Lewin
June 5th, 2018, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 91
Views: 7084

Your ten most influential wines

What a great thread and way to recall great times. For me: The BV NV Chablis, the wine that started it all on Valentine’s Day in 1976, the cheapest dry white wine (my date’s preference) at l’Hermitage Restaurant (I was a student and janitor at the time). 1970 Robert Mondavi Petite Syrah – As I got i...
by David Lewin
May 25th, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: California Dreamin' - Double Blind - Zin/PS/Cab - 70's - 2009 (LONG)
Replies: 40
Views: 1458

TN: California Dreamin' - Double Blind - Zin/PS/Cab - 70's - 2009 (LONG)

Great notes on a fantastic lineup. Nice to see the Ridge Late Picked wines were so good; my recent very limited experience wasn't as positive. I have vague memories of having the Ridge and Freemark 1971 York Creek Petites together, probably in the early or mid-80's, and being surprised at how differ...
by David Lewin
May 10th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch - Too soon for me
Replies: 14
Views: 669

TN: 2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch - Too soon for me

A few weeks ago Peter Petersen and I had the 2012 - 2016 Papera's at our annual dinner with Mike Officer. We also had five year verticals of the Papa's Syrah and Palisades Petite, but I thought the Papera's stole the show. While there is little doubt about the (future) greatness of the 2015 and 2016...
by David Lewin
April 25th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33040

Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

For me, looking at things by month is not useful - your mileage may vary. Several years ago, I decided to try to reduce my inventory by two to three cases a year and I've reduced by 164 bottles in the past six years, primarily by reducing my purchases a bit; my consumption remains pretty stable. I a...
by David Lewin
March 8th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN
Replies: 148
Views: 4786

Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN

No, I believe it was from the person at the store promoting the wine in an email to his customers.
by David Lewin
March 8th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN
Replies: 148
Views: 4786

Wine tasting descriptors that make you RUN

From an offer that I received this morning for a 2013 Cabernet: "Think of experiencing a delicious chocolate cherry milkshake and you begin to get the picture."
by David Lewin
March 3rd, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity
Replies: 45
Views: 2310

Experiences with sharing birth-year wines upon maturity

No children, but nephews born in 1977 and 1981. I bought a bunch of Port for the former and a wide selection for the latter (Krug, Beaucastel, Lafite, other 1981 Bordeaux). I think they enjoy the birth-years wines almost as much as I do. While I'm out of wines from 1981, I just took out a 1977 Gould...
by David Lewin
February 24th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Champagne Done Blind
Replies: 29
Views: 1345

TNs: Chamagne Done Blind

J a y W i n t % n wrote:Nice notes and a great lineup. You might want to give the Piper Rare another shot sometime. I and everyone I've served it to have really enjoyed its aged rich flavors. Beautiful bottle as well.
Agreed. While my tastes differ from Frank's, since I first tasted it I have bought four more bottles.
by David Lewin
February 15th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Professional Visit To Domaine Tempier
Replies: 39
Views: 1838

Professional Visit To Domaine Tempier

The most thrilling bottle of wine I've had was a 1981 La Tourtine that I thought was DOA upon opening. Turned out it just needed time to become mind-blowing. And I've tried to chase vintage Tempiers since then, with very little luck -- lots of bottles didn't seem to age well, or were stored badly, ...
by David Lewin
February 4th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1495
Views: 102110

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2009 Montafi (wanted something really good for the Super Bowl and this delivered). Drinking really well, at peak. Went surprisingly well with nachos with a light salsa. Will drink my last bottle in the next few months.
by David Lewin
January 19th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Incoming
Replies: 57
Views: 3999

Carlisle Incoming

I’d do the same, Vince — ‘11 and ‘12. You’re getting the age you want plus a great comparison between two very different vintages. This appears to be sound advice. I don't have as much experience with the CP as the Derivative and can't recommend any particular vintages. Next year, when it's my turn...

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