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by blarmston
August 22nd, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riverain Reserve. 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 920

Re: Riverain Reserve. 2016

I tasted their entire lineup of 2016's back in DEC, and they are all delicious.

The estate is a SOLID effort, but then Steve and Dean poured the Reserve... It is classic TRB in action.
by blarmston
July 31st, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms
Replies: 30
Views: 1475

Re: Yountville - Favorite Restaurants and Tasting Rooms

ReddWood, Ciccio or Bistro Jeanty for dinner...

As for tasting rooms, call ahead to Carlos at V Wine Cellars in the Marketplace and he can curate a nice tasting for you of different producers. Their reserve room is the stuff that Napa dreams are made of...
by blarmston
July 23rd, 2019, 10:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2297

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

They sit on the unsold inventory, continue to portray an image of exclusivity, try to maintain their elevated price point for domestic buyers, and hope and pray that the headwinds abate and they can sell off their backlog at a somewhat decent profit margin? That, or they have a blowout partay with f...
by blarmston
July 22nd, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Napa 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: TN: Napa 2019

+100 on Vintage House. The GF and I stayed there right before Christmas and the place was awesome. I especially loved the bourbon nightcap beside the fire, the morning glass of champagne by the fire, and the, ummmm, interactions, we enjoyed... with yes, a fire on...
by blarmston
July 22nd, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Napa 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: TN: Napa 2019

Nice recap, and what a trip!
by blarmston
July 16th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hundred Acre Wraith
Replies: 26
Views: 3292

Re: Hundred Acre Wraith

I don't think there's a waiting list for HA. I have bought a couple releases over the past 5 years or so, but only about 10% of them. And I still get every release email.

I have the 2013 and 2014 Wraith, and would love to keep the vertical going, but damn $500 plus tax per 750 is ridiculous...
by blarmston
July 16th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is an expensive day of mailers
Replies: 11
Views: 1155

Re: This is an expensive day of mailers

On days like today, I am not questioning my predetermined choice to sit out 2017's!
by blarmston
July 9th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5438

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I have been buying RM for the past several years, and in my opinion the Lore and the Panek are the best in the lineup. Although the latter needs serious sleep time in the cellar (especially the 16). Bummed that there is no Herb Lamb this year, but will try and bury some extra funds in the backyard i...
by blarmston
July 7th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3251

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

It’s yet another sign that the recession is either on the doorstep, or has already made its way inside, snacking on day old bread and slightly spoiled Humboldt Fog, and bingeing on Stranger Things 3. The economists will probably declare this as fact... in January...
by blarmston
July 5th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3251

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

That sucks. Loved stopping in during Napa visits to grab a coffee in the morning, grab a cheese plate and snacks during the day, peruse the wine area, indulge in some macaroons, etc. And now I won’t be able to anymore. This isn’t supposed to happen in the ‘greatest economy ever’. Maybe Jerome P and ...
by blarmston
July 2nd, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Mailer - Arkenstone Vineyards
Replies: 44
Views: 1951

Re: New Mailer - Arkenstone Vineyards

Sam is making an unbelievably good chardonnay from MAXEM. I tasted the '17 with him back in late April and it was delicious (the pinot was solid as well).
by blarmston
June 30th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1277

Re: books ?

“Appellation Napa Valley: Building and Protecting an American Treasure” by Richard Mendelson
by blarmston
June 28th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Good points GregT. Some added consideration though... "Even for a bottle of wine, how much time is worth arguing over another ten or twenty dollars?" - I would argue that most of use have annual wine budgets in the many thousands to tens of thousands per year. $10 or $20 per bottle times what, 50 -1...
by blarmston
June 27th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Also your assuming excess stock, what if wine gets 100 pts. you Ok with 50% increase, seems only fair I believe in free markets, not captive ones. That scenario above could happen, for sure. Or you could potentially purchase a wine at a discount. And remember- wineries aren't forced into participat...
by blarmston
June 27th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Wouldnt this pricing model end up with nobody paying full price ? its like All clad, they have a sale every six months or so i just wait for the sale and save 60%. If wineries did this they would go out of business. The error in that statement is that All Clad can simply ramp up production if they ...
by blarmston
June 27th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Matt Allen wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 6:21 am
I would drop any winery that did a Dutch Auction
Care to elaborate on why?
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

A couple items to address, and then I’m off to catch some 💤 ‘s. What if there was technology readily available that was efficient at solving this dilemma? That which was accessible to both the winery and the consumer? I’m sure both parties would be amenable to access to that. And for sure wineries a...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Substituting wine for a stock for a moment to try and convey the conceptual point here. Does one go out and complain that the price they paid for say, Apple, is now higher than the current share price? Sure maybe they do maybe they don’t. But in a free market, sometimes you get a stock at a discount...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Ok, call me dense or stubborn or both ( I can handle it- my GF calls me worse when I don’t call her during a weekend in Vegas), but I still see the feasibility of this. And I still adhere to the thought that the reason quality and well respected brands don’t end up on LB is because they don’t want t...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

I dont check Last Bottle often, but every time I get a random email it’s some $15 zin or $25 $hitty Napa blend, not say a $150 bottle from a respected producer. I could be wrong, I am allll the time...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Good point on library wines, but what if a winery doesn’t want to sit on the inventory for 3-5-10 years. And they are willing to forgo the higher potential price point down the road. And it is potential because wineries come in and out of vogue all the time. Simply adding 10% per year to the bottle ...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Good point David B. And David Bucker, you seem to be slightly upset by this thread. Maybe I’m misreading, but if I’m not, why? No clue who you are, or whether you may have a link to the business. Sure it may be a silly/idiotic/ unrealistic hypothetical, but I’m simply trying to get some dialogue goi...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Good points. But what if wineries can’t sell out at their stated offer price? How many wineries actually do that? 25%? 75%? Would at least some be willing to allocate a portion of their yield to this sort of market if it ensured them being able to sell out? Of course it would need to make financial ...
by blarmston
June 26th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2273

Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

All these posts about Peak Fine Wine/ Napa, the potential secular decline of wine sales due to demographics, exorbitant pricing etc, got me to thinking... Will the market for pricing ever move towards a true negotiated, supply and demand type of dynamic structure? Now I'm not talking about pricing i...
by blarmston
June 25th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3131

Re: Calistoga wineries

Oh my, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. I am tempted to hop in my car and drive the 7 hours up there right now- I could get there juuuuust in time for dinner...
by blarmston
June 25th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 41
Views: 3642

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

Has anyone ever tasted the HSS and the Odette Reserve Cabernet? Both are now at similar price levels, and the vineyards are separated by what, two miles at most?

Would be interested to hear anyone's experiences, thanks...
by blarmston
June 23rd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3131

Re: Calistoga wineries

If you expand your radius a bit, Saint Helena is only 10 minutes or so away- tons and tons of winery options a bit south
by blarmston
June 21st, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Release
Replies: 13
Views: 933

Re: Maxem Release

I have never had VV Platt but have heard great things...
by blarmston
June 21st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Release
Replies: 13
Views: 933

Re: Maxem Release

MAXEM is a new project from Sam and Nancy Kaplan. Sam makes the wine for Arkenstone, Vangone, and Memento Mori. He also used to make Nine Suns up until 2017 vintage. The grapes are sourced from Sonoma (UV Vineyard, I believe). I had these wines back in April and they were delicious. I will be in for...
by blarmston
June 19th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carter wine to buy
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

Re: Which Carter wine to buy

Got the email and was of course tempted, but am staying strong in my campaign to “Right Click Delete for 2017”. After the sadness of knowing I won’t be receiving a large box from Carter this summer, I checked my bank account and was pleased to see that $2K more was still in there. Life’s all about t...
by blarmston
June 12th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD For The Win
Replies: 44
Views: 3256

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: 490

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: 490

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: 8828

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: 8828

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: 105
Views: 10042

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: 8828

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: 1994

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: 1994

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: 4342

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: 1994

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: 487

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: 50
Views: 4219

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: 4510

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: 4510

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: 1574

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: 1965

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: 446
Views: 42630

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: 446
Views: 42630

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?

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