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Mon Pére Willamette Valley Estate Pinot Noir 2017

Everything that makes me happy about wine. Such a great bottle! Will actually go Re-buy. Betsy and I both loved it. Had it by itself in the outdoors in great scenery. — 3 months ago

Garrison Brothers

Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey

I’ve enjoyed Garrison Brothers’ Bourbon for many years now, and have gone through more than my fair share of bottles. Now, at long last, I’ve decided to indulge once more and get another bottle so I can make my all-time favorite Old Fashioned (called the “Hye Fashioned,” which is served at Four Seasons Austin’s lobby bar/lounge, Live Oak). Today was my first attempt at re-creating this sensational libation at home, and it was a hit 🔥 It consists of Garrison Brothers Bourbon, Remy Martin VSOP, Demerara simple syrup, Angostura bitters, orange peel, and Luxardo cherries. The Garrison Brothers Bourbon provides an integrally raw, firm backbone to the otherwise sweet nature of this luxurious iteration of a timeless classic 🥃 — a month ago

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@Larry Ito Great! I hope you like it. The mixology team at Four Seasons Austin did a wonderful job when developing it. Cheers 🥃
Larry Ito

Larry Ito

It’s delicious but hard to stop at one!
Ryan Vento

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@Larry Ito So glad you like it! I was actually just thinking of you because I have a new cocktail to share. Stay tuned.

Domaine des Rutissons

Isère Etraire de la Dhui 2018

What a crazy wine. 5 ha of this grape on earth. From isere, a region next to savoie in the mountains in the east of France.

Nose is grapes and piney. Very alpine. Some flowers as it opens. Lilacs ? Lavender? Really a beautiful wine in such an unexpected and different way.

Palate is Really delicious. Incredibly crisp and fresh. Hints of pine. Silky tanins.

Lovely fresh alpine finish.

This is almost like if a parcel of volnay was transported to the mountains.

I served this with veal tongue soup. I wanted a re but an elegant red. Mountain wine made sense. I’m glad I had this in my cellar.

Bought from fass selections.
— 3 months ago

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Chopo

Jumilla Monastrell 2017

Trap me in the Chopo House any time. 100% Monastrell — aka Mourvèdre to you Freedom Fries lovers out there — which is the fifth-most planted grape variety in Spain these days per Jancis Robinson et al (h/t @Brendan Devine). Medium-plus acidity, bright black and purple fruits, downright Montepulciano vibes. Definitely looking like a re-buy next time I cross state lines. — 3 months ago

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Rivers-Marie

Silver Eagle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Shay A
9.2

I was hoping to catch this in its youthful and exuberant phase but I was too late...this has closed down. I have to admit I’m somewhat surprised as this vineyard is usually really accessible at all phases in its evolution.

This was decanted about 1.5hrs before pouring the first glass. The aromatics were mostly there...juniper, candied black cherries, candied raspberries, potpourri, kircsh and pomegranate. However, the palate was a bit disjointed...it started off hollow but gained depth throughout the evening. The most unique part was the acidity...hardly any? I re-corked and revisited the next day and the acidity was much more vibrant. Dark red and black fruits on the palate with cedar, holiday fruit cake and spices and a tangy finish. Day one score was NR, but I think this just needs a lot more time. Further improvement is a given at this stage.
— 2 months ago

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Renaissance Vineyard & Winery

Estate Bottled North Yuba Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Revisited this bottle this past weekend to check condition before pulling the trigger on a re-up. Simply gorgeous, expressive, terroir-driven wine in its absolute prime right now. Nose is, to loosely quote @Alex Spoto, like taking a hike through the High Sierra wilderness, with intense eucalyptus, bay laurel, pine needles and cedar. Fruit is secondary on the nose, but it erupts on the palate with ripe black plums, blackberry bramble, and red and black cherry. All very ripe but slowly moving towards the intense, dried end of the spectrum. There is so much concentration and freshness to the fruit quality it is unbelievable that the wine is nearly 20 years old. Tannins beginning to soften and acid is still holding strong! In its prime now, I think, but I’m holding some for 5-10-20 years more. Legendary Cali vino for a song. Gideon’s final vintage! Enjoy! — 3 months ago

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Alex Spoto

Alex Spoto

Delicious! So v bella!