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by blarmston
June 12th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD For The Win
Replies: 44
Views: 2778

Re: MACDONALD For The Win

The wines are next level delicious, the estate is beautiful, and Alex and Graeme are awesome dudes, but can we all agree that the BEST part about a visit there is getting to hang out with Honeybee? I mean, that dog is awesome... 😉
by blarmston
June 12th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: For Sale- 2013 Nickel and Nickel
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: For Sale- 2013 Nickel and Nickel

Hey Kevin,

Sure, why not. PM me and we can try and figure it out, cheers...
by blarmston
June 11th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: For Sale- 2013 Nickel and Nickel
Replies: 3
Views: 356

For Sale- 2013 Nickel and Nickel

I have two bottles each of the following below. Bought direct and stored in a temperature controlled offsite for past several years. I'm looking to part with some or all to free up space and allow me to purchase other bottles that are more in line with my tastes. I am located in San Diego, so free d...
by blarmston
June 6th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7571

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Napa seems to do well with the established baby boomers with disposable income. And that demographic cannot sustain the industry forever. As they age, there is less of a propensity to purchase and consume high end bottlings. As they age and get deeper into retirement, inflation really chips away at...
by blarmston
June 6th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7571

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

"Since Fed started QE in late 2008, the income distribution deteriorated horribly. The rich gets richer. It may be true that most people did not earn 40% more in past 3-5 years, but folks who drink $150 very likely did. High end napa cabs only target this small population" No way, haven't you heard ...
by blarmston
June 6th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 64
Views: 5618

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

The rate of NapaFlation has easily exceeded the true rate of inflation in recent years ("official" figures are in the 2.25% range, but if you believe that than I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would happily sell to you), and it is unsustainable. Fans of Napa have been reluctantly absorbing these p...
by blarmston
June 5th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7571

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I had this exact conversation yesterday with a colleague and fellow wine lover. My thought is that the recession is setting in (I would argue it started in December but due to the Fed 180 it was masked over by the miraculous V bottom in risk assets) and that there will be much pain over the next sev...
by blarmston
May 31st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 47
Views: 1660

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Whoops, forget that the target range was $200-ish... In that case, find a Scarecrow M’Etain...
by blarmston
May 31st, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 47
Views: 1660

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

+1 on Joseph Phelps Backus...
And if you wanna go big and have six bills or so laying around, seek out a 2012 Scarecrow, decant it for two hours, and thank me later...
by blarmston
May 31st, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 3640

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Thanks Roy for your post, and very informative. And you were right about the economy possibly being in a recession by now- we ARE in one, it’s just the eggheads haven’t officially come out and stated that we are yet.
by blarmston
May 30th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 47
Views: 1660

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Forget that advice about him not branching out, you’re never too old for finding new loves. Get him an amazing bottle of what he enjoys, and then consider... Maybach Materium or Amoenus Harlan The Maiden Futo OV/SL Memento Mori Dr Crane or Las Piedras Riverain Best Barrel Selection Cade Howell Mount...
by blarmston
May 24th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne (France, Champagne)
Replies: 4
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2006 Dom Pérignon Champagne (France, Champagne)

I had a glass of this last night at the Ritz in Chicago. It’s very good champagne but needs several years to come into its own. Glad I have a couple bottles at home.
by blarmston
May 16th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 49
Views: 3633

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Benoit Touquette makes a beautiful Sleeping Lady with his personal Fait Main label. I will be in for a three pack so that I can do a compare/contrast in a couple years between the two winemakers. Totally geeky I know, but I find it interesting to see how two people can create different interpretatio...
by blarmston
May 13th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4026

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

And yes, I have seen an uptick on K&L auctions. Prices still inflated but come back in 6-12 months for a better entry point (on everything- wine and non wine related)
by blarmston
May 13th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4026

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

The current recession is already here folks... Leading economic indicators have been rolling over for several months, since late last year. Markets would've never V-bottomed if it weren't for the full bending over to the markets by Jerome and The Fed. Economic "green shoots" in China is a mirage, sp...
by blarmston
April 30th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1432

Re: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?

Their Backus single vineyard is delicious. Its a small plot of land directly below Dalla Valle and next to Au Paradis and Weitz along the eastern hillside. I recently had a 2012 out of magnum and with a two hour decant it was singing. I may be wrong, but I think you can only purchase this if you are...
by blarmston
April 27th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1713

Re: Decanting Champagne?

Every time I click into the wine talk part of these forums I pray that this thread has finally disappeared because the thought of decanting a champagne is one that makes me uneasy in the stomach and mind. never decant champagne. If just the thought of that makes you a bit uneasy, I suggest that you...
by blarmston
April 21st, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 415
Views: 36698

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Figured I would post my ‘cellar’. I know, not yet on everyone’s level, but I am on my way. Now, I just need my short SPY/ long GLD position to hit, and I can start interviewing contractors... 😉
by blarmston
April 11th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 415
Views: 36698

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Nice work Jake, that's a beautiful space. I would spend 75% of my time at home in there. Great mix of bins, vertical slots and display. Whats the bottle capacity?
by blarmston
April 10th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette
Replies: 132
Views: 5974

Re: Private Appointment Tasting Etiquette

I can only speak for Futo, having visited there several times. I ended up purchasing each time during my visit, totaling say $4K over those three visits. They had current releases available, and some library wines to consider. No tasting fee, and once we were even able to tour the estate and taste w...
by blarmston
April 9th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1713

Re: Decanting Champagne?

Thanks all for your thoughts, much appreciated...
by blarmston
April 8th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1713

Re: Decanting Champagne?

At the end of the day, I guess it makes sense. I decant all of my other wines, so why not champs.

On another note, that Championship game was a good one...
by blarmston
April 8th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1713

Decanting Champagne?

So I have just begun to dive into the wonderful world of fine Champagne, but I am confused about the ideal way to maximize the drinking experience. In the past, I would pour a glass and then put a stopper on it. But after reading more about allowing the wine to breathe, I stopped doing that. I know ...
by blarmston
April 2nd, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines
Replies: 28
Views: 1762

Re: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines

Thanks Andrew for the feedback on Detert. I don’t have the patience to wait 15++ years for a wine to come into its own. Maybe the next time I am hanging with Alex I can peek over the fence to see if they have any 2002’s open to buy...
by blarmston
April 2nd, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines
Replies: 28
Views: 1762

Re: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines

My vote also goes for MAC. And while I have never had Detert Cabernet Franc, I've heard its delicious and made in a more balanced style than your typical NapaBomb these days.
by blarmston
March 29th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Re: What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?

Chuck Norris defeats all- FACT
by blarmston
March 29th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?
Replies: 17
Views: 1138

Re: What if the To Kalon Vineyard became a California AVA?

What if To Kalon was Chuck Norris, and the rest of Napa was Mike Ditka?

Chuck Norris 3,562
Mike Ditka 0
by blarmston
March 27th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture
Replies: 22
Views: 2609

Re: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture

Heard from some people in the know while up in Napa in DEC that this was expected. Also heard this most likely isn't the last bit of news to be coming out of Realm... #PopcornReady
by blarmston
March 27th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Maybach Materium
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: TN: 2016 Maybach Materium

Nice note, thanks for sharing.

Mine arrive shortly, and I will keep a split or two in the wine fridge at home for drinking over the next couple weeks. The rest are going into the back of the offsite for some ZZZ's...
by blarmston
March 26th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7537

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

If I had been given the chance to buy two 3-packs, I probably would’ve succumbed to temptation and popped the cork on one to take it for a test drive. But since only three are showing up tomorrow, they will all be taking a nice long nap in the back of the cellar for the next 3-5 years at a minimum...
by blarmston
March 26th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7537

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Mine arrives tomorrow. Along with the Maybach. Giggity...
by blarmston
March 22nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: TN: 2012 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie

I had a 2012 Il Marroneto a couple months ago. While young of course, it was delicious. With the regular bottling bought for around $65 or so, and this Riserva clocking in at about 3X, what are your thoughts from a QPR standpoint? I have never spent more than about $125 for a bottle of BdM. I seem t...
by blarmston
March 21st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7537

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

jcoley3 wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 10:01 pm
I sure hope everyone sleeps well tonight.
I sure hope that next time you resist the urge to make a douche comment.
by blarmston
March 19th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NINE SUNS Save the Date
Replies: 26
Views: 1365

Re: NINE SUNS Save the Date

Their Red Blends are $250/per, and their 2016 all Cabernet was $300/per.
by blarmston
March 17th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2016 Aubert ES, 2012 Marcassin, 2015 Maybach Amoenus
Replies: 7
Views: 584

Re: TNs: 2016 Aubert ES, 2012 Marcassin, 2015 Maybach Amoenus

That sounds like an epic meal of food and drink. And I can second your thoughts on that Amoenus- it’s a special wine for sure with several decades of life ahead of it
by blarmston
March 8th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tor Release
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: Tor Release

Haven't had any '16, but did have a '15 Cimarossa and Tierra Roja and they were delicious. BIG wines though...
by blarmston
March 6th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 41
Views: 2747

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

Houyi is the vineyard, and Nine Suns owns the land. They bottle their own juice as well as sell grapes to the likes of Vice Versa, Realm and others. The wine is delicious, the actual facilities are almost brand new, and the view on a clear day down to the Valley is worth the trip alone. Jason and Fl...
by blarmston
March 5th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1547

Re: Napa in Newport

Each booth was different, but I would say on a whole that the wines weren't decanted for very long. I saw some vintners pouring from a bottle, with several unopened bottles in front of them. A couple had their wines in a decanter, but the wines weren't lasting too long in them. Mix of Sales people, ...
by blarmston
March 4th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1547

Re: Napa in Newport

Agreed on the food, the short rib was decent but the bisque and desert were quick passes. I also only hit about 1/4th of the options. Didn’t even get to Futo, Spottswoode and a couple others that bummed me out the next day when I realized that they were there as I looked at the program. It was a fre...
by blarmston
March 3rd, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15834

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

$400 and $1500
by blarmston
March 3rd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1547

Re: Napa in Newport

There were dozens of amazing wines, but a few I can remember (while fighting off a nasty little hangover)...
Accendo
Hundred Acre 2014 Wraith
Arrow and Branch Dr Crane
Futo Oakville
Fairchild Stones (Tench)
Pulido Walker Melanson and Panek

It was an awesome event, and I will be back!
by blarmston
March 1st, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 15834

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

In for my three, passing on the mag. I'll let some billionaire scoop that one up...
by blarmston
March 1st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1547

Re: Napa in Newport

You will be missed Steve!

Any insider info on what Dean and Laurie will be pouring? Maybe that 2016 BBS? #fingerscrossed
by blarmston
February 28th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1547

Re: Napa in Newport

There are going to be some heavy hitters. I might have to not drink wine tomorrow night to get ready for it... just kidding
by blarmston
February 28th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1547

Napa in Newport

Anyone going to this event on Saturday? I was able to get a last minute invite- CANT WAIT!

https://www.cureduchenne.org/napainnewport/
by blarmston
February 26th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tench Winery
Replies: 29
Views: 2132

Re: Tench Winery

I went to a buddy's Holiday party back in December where the two owners of Riverain were pouring their entire lineup of 2015 and 2016.

All the wines were tasty, but their 2016 BBS (Best Barrel Selection) was off the charts amazing.

That, and Steve and Dean are Two Kool Kats...
by blarmston
February 25th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The dawn of restraint? Passed on most of my allocations
Replies: 12
Views: 1482

Re: The dawn of restraint? Passed on most of my allocations

Also getting on board Team Restraint. As I've mentioned in previous threads, this year I am punting on 95% of my wine purchases. Its time to start putting money back INTO the brokerage account instead of peeling off the gains to buy wine. Every 2017 Napa email I have received is going into the delet...
by blarmston
February 22nd, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - $64.99
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: 2016 Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - $64.99

Thats a great deal for the estate bottling. I haven’t had the ‘16 yet as mine are sleeping, but the ‘14 and especially the ‘15 are very tasty...
by blarmston
February 22nd, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Premiere Napa Valley
Replies: 9
Views: 976

Re: 2019 Premiere Napa Valley

I have a couple friends up there right now and their Instagram posts make me drool with envy. Seems like Napa just goes into full blown party mode...

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