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by DavidSawyer
May 8th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage
Replies: 73
Views: 9472

Re: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage

John Morris wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Good! They seemed quite dedicated to it. It must just be a website omission.
We tasted it with the family a few years ago when visiting. Isidoro said they were the first to plant it in the region and were very proud of it. I see it regularly and highly doubt they’d stop making it.
by DavidSawyer
January 23rd, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Coupons and Deals
Replies: 25
Views: 1226

Total Wine Coupons and Deals

It’s illegal in Texas to offer a coupon for alcohol, we can’t get em. FWIW, general sales are allowed and take place from time to time. Right before the holidays it was 20% off Bordeaux (except for the first growths and a handful of other wines ending in 7) and I was able to get very nice prices on...
by DavidSawyer
November 7th, 2017, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Patty Green
Replies: 124
Views: 5652

R.I.P. Patty Green

I'm so sorry for your loss, Jim.
by DavidSawyer
November 3rd, 2017, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon
Replies: 16
Views: 1111

help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon

Had my first '15 last weekend - Crowley WV Pinot. I was pretty disappointed. Very hollow mid palate and generally unexciting. I expected much more.
by DavidSawyer
October 15th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

TN: 1998 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha's Vineyard

Thanks for the note. I have a bottle of this and I'm still conflicted about when to open it. Sounds like it needs a long decant first.
by DavidSawyer
September 27th, 2017, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Barolo and Barbaresco not distributed in the US?
Replies: 20
Views: 1309

Best Barolo and Barbaresco not distributed in the US?

Rinaldi was selling for $$$$ at a wine shop in Barolo last time I was there. A good stop for trying smaller producers is the local cantina in La Morra. http://cantinalamorra.com/the-winery/?lang=en They have a huge selection of producers from La Morra and the staff has great knowledge about the prod...
by DavidSawyer
September 18th, 2017, 4:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Piedmont Trip
Replies: 20
Views: 1681

Piedmont Trip

Any reccommendations for rental car companies?? We are planning Turin for a couple of days and renting a car for 3 days to tour wine country before moving on to Milan. AutoEurope is a site that books through multiple companies. I've had good luck with them in Italy and Germany over 20 years. In add...
by DavidSawyer
September 18th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Helsinki, Finland
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Helsinki, Finland

Andrew, Thanks, looking at heading to Scandinavia next summer, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki. I would appreciate any insight. George Just got back last week. In Norway, we did Bergen/Sognefjord/Flam Railway and Alesund/Geirangerfjord(rented a car in Alesund and drove to Hellesyet which I highly r...
by DavidSawyer
August 18th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greg dal Piaz on 2013 in the Langhe: Qualified praise
Replies: 67
Views: 4065

Greg dal Piaz on 2013 in the Langhe: Qualified praise

I hope they were right because we were on our honeymoon there and thus it will be our wedding year vintage!
by DavidSawyer
August 17th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greg dal Piaz on 2013 in the Langhe: Qualified praise
Replies: 67
Views: 4065

Greg dal Piaz on 2013 in the Langhe: Qualified praise

When I was in Barolo in November, all of the producers said '16 was looking to be qualitatively better across the board than '13, '14, or '15. The hype train isn't stopping anytime soon...
by DavidSawyer
August 17th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 07 Raveneau Valmur
Replies: 10
Views: 686

TN: 07 Raveneau Valmur

You're on a Chablis tear with this and the Dauvissat La Forest we had a few weeks back. My wife is still asking me when we're going to drink more of that!
by DavidSawyer
August 15th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help-Willamette Trip
Replies: 74
Views: 5234

Help-Willamette Trip

Just went in May.

You would definitely like Belle Pente. I'd also check out Westrey when you go to Eyrie. And don't forget board member Todd Hamina's Biggio Hamina.

We rented a car but the wineries are pretty spread out. A driver wouldn't be a terrible idea depending on how much you plan to drink.
by DavidSawyer
August 4th, 2017, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IPNC Reflections
Replies: 10
Views: 883

IPNC Reflections

Damn. Belle Pente had a Memorial Day sale on that Riesling when I visited in May and it was dirt cheap. Now I'm kicking myself for not buying some!

Making the trip for IPNC is definitely on my travel list for 2018.
by DavidSawyer
July 26th, 2017, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Really Good $20 Rioja Reserva
Replies: 19
Views: 1643

A Really Good $20 Rioja Reserva

Had a bottle of this a few weeks ago and was equally impressed. Great QPR.
by DavidSawyer
July 13th, 2017, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Replies: 632
Views: 49209

Allen Meadows, Burghound.

Great post, Tom. Hope all is well.
by DavidSawyer
July 6th, 2017, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazon Wine
Replies: 4
Views: 843

Amazon Wine

Amazon trying to sell a $40 Oregon Pinot (presumably a WV AVA wine) doesn't exactly make it competitive with Costco or TJ branded wines.... "Selling its own wines is a bold move for Amazon, putting it in the same league as retailers like Trader Joe’s and Costco, which sell their own wine brands like...
by DavidSawyer
June 30th, 2017, 9:56 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need restaurants in Madrid, Lisbon, other Spanish cities
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Need restaurants in Madrid, Lisbon, other Spanish cities

On our honeymoon in November, my wife and I went to Madrid for a few days before heading to Barolo: We ate at Ramon Freixa and were underwhelmed considering it had two stars. La Platea was next to our hotel (Gran Melia Fenix) and was a great place to get smaller bites and good wine. Gran Melia Fenix...
by DavidSawyer
June 30th, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Fruit in California - this is really a 'thing', isn't it?
Replies: 23
Views: 1591

Mountain Fruit in California - this is really a 'thing', isn't it?

Chappallet Mountain Cuvee is a great QPR that embodies these characteristics in my opinion.
by DavidSawyer
June 29th, 2017, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 30
Views: 1390

TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Definitely my favorite champagne of all time. Your note was spot on based on my experiences.
by DavidSawyer
May 20th, 2017, 7:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Milan & Piedmont Restaurant
Replies: 19
Views: 1723

Milan & Piedmont Restaurant

Had a really nice dinner at Osteria Veglio during the truffle festival last fall. Eating in the cellar at Enoclub in Alba was a memorable experience as well. I'd also make sure to stop by the town cantina in La Morra. So many great small producers stock their wines there and the prices are excellent...
by DavidSawyer
May 14th, 2017, 8:57 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette
Replies: 13
Views: 1135

Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette

Thanks, Jason! Hope you're doing very well. If you get to Houston soon, please reach out! I would definitely like to stop by Goodfellow. I haven't see whether they'll be open on those days or not. I'll send a note to Marcus to check. I'm also planning to go to Valley Commissary for a meal at some po...
by DavidSawyer
May 10th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette
Replies: 13
Views: 1135

Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette

Thanks very much, guys. Here's what we're thinking: Friday: Arrive mid morning from Portland where we'll stay with friends on Thursday night. We are staying at an AirBnB just west of Carlton. Lunch in Carlton then visit wineries in the Carlton area - Belle Pente, Anne Amie - then McMinnville for Eyr...
by DavidSawyer
April 26th, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette
Replies: 13
Views: 1135

Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette

Thanks, Peter and Todd.

Todd - I'll plan to stop by. We're going to stay somewhere near Carlton.

Thanks again!
by DavidSawyer
April 22nd, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Swan Vineyards: Spring 2017 Release
Replies: 12
Views: 1099

Joseph Swan Vineyards: Spring 2017 Release

Barry - most all Swan pinots are lighter in color based on my experiences. They also age incredibly well.

I highly recommend visiting. Rod Berglund is a gracious and knowledgeable host.
by DavidSawyer
March 31st, 2017, 8:27 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette
Replies: 13
Views: 1135

Recs for Memorial Day Weekend in Willamette

Heading to Oregon for Memorial Day weekend. We'll visit friends in Portland Thursday night then the plan is to head to wine country on Friday morning. We're hoping to at least beat some of the weekend crowds on Friday morning and early afternoon. We'll head back to Portland at some point on Sunday. ...
by DavidSawyer
March 10th, 2017, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TX Hill Country Wineries
Replies: 23
Views: 893

TX Hill Country Wineries

Check out Lewis Wines - http://www.lewiswines.com

Among the best I've had from our state.
by DavidSawyer
March 6th, 2017, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where is 2016 shaping up to be a top vintage?
Replies: 45
Views: 4018

Where is 2016 shaping up to be a top vintage?

Kirk.Grant wrote:When I was in Piedmont last November a few people I spoke with said 16 turned out to be an outstanding vintage; comparing it to 2006 & 2008. If it's a cross between those two years...I'll be more than happy.
Same report I received when there in November.
by DavidSawyer
March 2nd, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Guiraud 2007 Sauternes
Replies: 6
Views: 405

TN: Chateau Guiraud 2007 Sauternes

I was very disappointed in the development of my '01 Guirauds and stopped buying. They just don't seem to get better with age.
by DavidSawyer
January 25th, 2017, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2012 Vajra Riesling
Replies: 6
Views: 399

TN - 2012 Vajra Riesling

My wife and I discovered Vajra Riesling when we visited the winery in November on our honeymoon. Isidoro, Giuseppe's younger brother, is particularly passionate about it. He told us a number of great stories about how they came to plant the grape there. According to Isidoro, their father was the fir...
by DavidSawyer
October 13th, 2011, 2:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Esquire's Pumpkin Beers List
Replies: 13
Views: 589

Re: Esquire's Pumpkin Beers List

This just released in Houston. I scrambled to get eight bottles. Sold out in two hours or so locally. I'll report back! Saint Arnold's Pumpkinator (Pumpkin Imperial Stout) This year's version comes in at 10% ABV. It is brewed with a combination of pale two row, caramel and black malts, Cascade and L...
by DavidSawyer
September 18th, 2011, 4:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: '97 Harlan Estate
Replies: 0
Views: 140

FS: '97 Harlan Estate

A friend who isn't on wine boards wants to sell a single bottle of '97 Harlan. He asked me to post this. Pristine condition and has been stored at 54 F since release. Please email me with reasonable offers. The bottle is in Austin, Texas.

Thanks!

Davepsawyer@gmail.com
by DavidSawyer
August 26th, 2011, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA -EAST COASTERS-Consider lowering temp in your wine cellars in case Irene knocks out power.
Replies: 31
Views: 1087

Re: Would it make sense to set the temp in the Eurocave a few degrees lower just in case Irene knocks

I did this during Ike and my wines stayed cool for about four days. I ended up leaving town and taking the good stuff with me after that...
by DavidSawyer
August 24th, 2011, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: 2005 Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin

I enjoyed a good bottle of this as well. I also bought some '06 1er Gevreys from Rene Leclerc. Can't remember the vineyard right now. Beautiful wines.
by DavidSawyer
August 4th, 2011, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Discussion of Rose Champagne: Benchmark Vintage and N/V's?
Replies: 93
Views: 5572

Re: A Discussion of Rose Champagne: Benchmark Vintage and N/V's?

I've enjoyed a few good bottles of Veuve Clicquot vintage rose. The 1985 Rare was very complex. I also enjoyed the 2000. '96 Dom rose that I had recently was just flat out unbelievable but is painfully young (at least out of magnum). For a cheap bottle of rose bubbles, I always enjoy Gloria-Ferrer B...
by DavidSawyer
July 29th, 2011, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tweet of the Year?
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Wine Tweet of the Year?

I was supposed to be down there this weekend. Going next instead. I would have definitely tried to have drinks with Randall Grahm.
by DavidSawyer
July 22nd, 2011, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Wine Dinner w/ Wineberserkers.
Replies: 12
Views: 783

Re: SF Wine Dinner w/ Wineberserkers.

That Grace's Cuvee is a tasty dessert wine. I really enjoyed mine.
by DavidSawyer
July 21st, 2011, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: TN: 1999 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles

Great note. Coincidentally I attended a Z-H portfolio tasting tonight. All were great wines but we didn't get into the desserts unfortunately.
by DavidSawyer
July 21st, 2011, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: TN: 2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

I can't wait to try a LdH rose. All of their other wines are readily available here in Houston but I haven't seen the rose for some reason. Robert- the whites are fantastic and great QPRs.
by DavidSawyer
June 6th, 2011, 2:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose of Malbec from Argentina
Replies: 5
Views: 195

Re: Rose of Malbec from Argentina

I enjoy the Crios as well.
by DavidSawyer
May 23rd, 2011, 11:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 90, 01, 05 Sauternes, 02 TBA and 05 Red Bordeaux (UPDATED with sold wines plus a few reductions)
Replies: 1
Views: 309

FS: 90, 01, 05 Sauternes, 02 TBA and 05 Red Bordeaux (UPDATED with sold wines plus a few reductions)

All of these wines were purchased by me on release and have been stored in my Vinotemp at 55 degrees (unless otherwise noted). I'd prefer to sell these three as a set: SOLD 05 Chateau Suduiraut (750ml)- $55 05 Chateau Lamothe Guignard (750ml)- $30 05 Chateau La Tour Blanche (750ml)- $40 Pick at leas...
by DavidSawyer
May 18th, 2011, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1978 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 10
Views: 534

1978 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

What a treat. I was worried about provenance with this one, but it showed incredibly well. Big nose of espresso, caramel, tobacco, cherries, and a bit of smoke. Palate was so unbelievably young. Shocking really. Coffee, raspberry, and tart cherry. Definite richness of flavor. Long finish. The palate...
by DavidSawyer
May 10th, 2011, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petrol smell in Riesling 'a mistake': Chapoutier
Replies: 72
Views: 4015

Re: Petrol smell in Riesling 'a mistake': Chapoutier

Johannes Selbach told me the same thing- said it was a flaw.
by DavidSawyer
May 1st, 2011, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Viña Gravonia
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Re: TN: 2000 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Crianza Viña Gravonia

Great note. I also love this wine and it's flat out CHEAP for the quality.
by DavidSawyer
April 18th, 2011, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swan Trenton Vertical, 23 Vintages tasted, 1973->2009
Replies: 34
Views: 3686

Re: Swan Trenton Vertical, 23 Vintages tasted, 1973->2009

This looks like an amazing tasting. We were lucky enough to have Rod join us last night at Tom Gutting's wedding here in Houston. He failed to mention this dinner!
by DavidSawyer
April 11th, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines at WINO in New Orleans
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: Wines at WINO in New Orleans

WINO is a great place. And head over to Lucy's afterward!
by DavidSawyer
April 7th, 2011, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Siduri Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 7
Views: 318

Re: TN: 2006 Siduri Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

I think Adam definitely has a style but it's not in your face. The one characteristic that's consistent throughout his line up seems to be the "Siduri funk" as we like to call it. All of the pinots possess the barnyard characteristic, at least in the first glass or so. I'm not implying that this is ...
by DavidSawyer
April 7th, 2011, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone familair with Balletto Pinot RRV?
Replies: 10
Views: 362

Re: Anyone familair with Balletto Pinot RRV?

I think these are great QPRs. I met the owners at Taste of Sonoma a few years back and thought they were great. Worth a shot.
by DavidSawyer
March 24th, 2011, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Rieussec
Replies: 18
Views: 838

Re: TN: 2003 Château Rieussec

I've got one of these left. Thanks for the note, Tyler. I might need to pop it soon. The last one I had about a year ago seemed flabbier than earlier bottles.
by DavidSawyer
March 16th, 2011, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast (USA, Cali
Replies: 2
Views: 211

Re: TN: 2007 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Central Coast (USA,

I had a similar experience last month. It was a little clumsy but I did enjoy that orange peel. I double decanted and let it sit open for a few hours at dinner. It just never showed anything too great. While an average wine, it's not as good as the other 07 W-S appellation wines. It also just doesn'...

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