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by blarmston
October 14th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting

I would just call the winery direct. Tell them you have heard great things about the wine and would love to purchase some. The answer is always no unless you ask!
by blarmston
October 11th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2988

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Saw in recent Napa report from WS that Laube gave the 2016 a 92. Not too shabby.
by blarmston
October 9th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2988

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

To make it to the highest level of her profession, become a global celebrity, earn millions of dollars, start her own winery... Some people on here were probably still living with their Mom until age 45, and their only redeeming quality is that they can spot the difference between pinot grigio and c...
by blarmston
October 5th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Unemployment ALWAYS peaks (at lowest) immediately before the turn. It wont be "different this time". The market, and to a large extent the economy, has been propped up by Central Bank policies. They "solved" the biggest debt bubble and bust by adding 70% more debt on top of the peak from 11-12 year...
by blarmston
October 5th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Unemployment ALWAYS peaks (at lowest) immediately before the turn. It wont be "different this time". The market, and to a large extent the economy, has been propped up by Central Bank policies. They "solved" the biggest debt bubble and bust by adding 70% more debt on top of the peak from 11-12 year...
by blarmston
October 5th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

Unemployment ALWAYS peaks (at lowest) immediately before the turn. It wont be "different this time". The market, and to a large extent the economy, has been propped up by Central Bank policies. They "solved" the biggest debt bubble and bust by adding 70% more debt on top of the peak from 11-12 years...
by blarmston
October 5th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Promontory
Replies: 2
Views: 440

Re: Promontory

"I am afraid now that today's wine tastings at Opus One, Beaulieu and Del Dotto will be disappointing in comparision to what I drank yesterday!" Most likely. Once you get introduced to the next level experiences and wines, everything else pales in comparison. And once you get used to dropping a G fo...
by blarmston
October 4th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main En Primeur 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Fait-Main En Primeur 2017

Also, for anyone looking to get a good sense of the quality of these wines, seek out either the LPV or Sleeping Lady from the 2014 vintage- Benoit at his finest
by blarmston
October 4th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main En Primeur 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Fait-Main En Primeur 2017

FM wines, for my palate (modern styled Napa without overblown and super extracted quality) is among the best wines out there. My favorite single vineyard is Las Piedras, and Benoit makes an exceptional wine from that site. That being said, I will be passing on 17’s as I went fairly big on their 16’s...
by blarmston
October 4th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

"Please let this zombie idea die. There are measures of all of those items, each of which has been measured the same way for a long time. The headline unemployment number is one of many measures. If you want to talk about trends in “underemployment” then go for it. BLS publishes all of these constan...
by blarmston
October 4th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

"The economy is strong right now. This recession talk is just talk for now." Lets see: manufacturing plummeting (check) services trending down (check) consumer sentiment falling from highs (check) (this is always the last data point to begin declining) unemployment weakening (check) (see above, cons...
by blarmston
October 4th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1683

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

The recession is already here folks. A year ago it was a mile away, 6 months ago a half mile, and now its knocking on the front door. A lot of people are ignoring the knock, pretending it will go away with a magical resolution to the trade war, or suddenly the Federal Reserve will actually become ef...
by blarmston
October 2nd, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain
Replies: 37
Views: 3425

Re: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain

I am going to buy a couple in order to keep my mini vertical going (‘12-‘17), and I trust that they won’t put out clearly inferior product.
by blarmston
October 1st, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3156

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

Global economy is turning down, people are tightening their belts. Sure the price indiscriminate buyer still exists, but the marginal buyer is reducing their bid, or buying less. The latter is what drives the elasticity of wine prices. Once the greater fools paradigm goes away, markets collapse. Win...
by blarmston
September 28th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain
Replies: 37
Views: 3425

Re: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain

I was offered 6, only taking 2. If they reduce my allocation next year, so be it.
by blarmston
September 28th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??
Replies: 10
Views: 1264

Re: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??

This is when Merrill chimes in with how much HER wine costs... Wait for it... 3,2,1...
by blarmston
September 27th, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17990

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Is there any other Napa Cabernet that consistently gets 98-100, and is less than $180? Might be a question for a new thread, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of one...
by blarmston
September 27th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17990

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

What’s the gist of the story?
That Mac wines are next level good, and Alex and Graeme are two down to earth, cool cats?

Got it, don’t need to spend 1/2 a C note to know that...
by blarmston
September 27th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 991

Re: Nice read in Forbes about our very own Michel Abood and Vinotas Selections

Congrats Michel! Lets organize a San Diego meet up dinner soon!
by blarmston
September 26th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta Wine Release?
Replies: 43
Views: 3168

Re: Beta Wine Release?

Got the email, anyone have a guess as to pricing on this?
by blarmston
September 25th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Vangone release
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: 2016 Vangone release

Nick, please share your thoughts if/when you do. Enjoy Napa...
by blarmston
September 25th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Vangone release
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: 2016 Vangone release

I hear you Jake. Just when I thought that after buying Scarecrow M’Etain next week that I would be good until January, this comes along. Oh yeah, and Sodhani next week.

All these offers are a gift and a curse.
by blarmston
September 25th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Vangone release
Replies: 7
Views: 379

Re: 2016 Vangone release

I will be a buyer as well.

I was at a Memento Mori wine dinner in April and I asked Sam about this project. His eyes lit up and he said it was tasty wine.

I love what he does with MM, so I’m excited to see what he can do with some hillside Oakville grapes...
by blarmston
September 21st, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain
Replies: 37
Views: 3425

Re: 2017 Scarecrow M. Etain

I also got the offer letter, and would love to know if the above were true. ‘Crow and M’Etain are one of the few lists I am buying from for 2017, and it would be interesting to know if they are or are not releasing the main bottling. Anyone know Celia or the folks over there?
by blarmston
September 20th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2016 large-format release
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: VHR 2016 large-format release

Agreed, they are genuine peeps
by blarmston
September 17th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17990

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Easiest 6 bills I've ever spent.
by blarmston
September 15th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1549

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

Spoke with a buddy who owns a vineyard in Oakville, and also a winemaker who sources from some top vineyards around the Valley, and they both said that ‘19 is looking like another ‘16 or ‘18...
by blarmston
September 13th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5003

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

The only interesting thing about that video was the blond at the 1:39 mark.
by blarmston
September 12th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17990

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I received mine today, Honeybee carried it all the way down to San Diego. Gave the pup some fresh water, a couple rawhide treats, and sent the pooch back to To Kalon.
by blarmston
September 10th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody invested with Cadman Capital in Toronto? Used to be Venulum?
Replies: 25
Views: 1655

Re: Anybody invested with Cadman Capital in Toronto? Used to be Venulum?

..........I suspect the only people making money on wine investment funds are the investment managers, via management and performance fees. Just as with hedge, private-equity, and actively managed mutual funds. Don’t know what type of access you have to the above, but top decile PE and HF managers ...
by blarmston
September 10th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 64
Views: 5360

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

In for a three pack of the Diamond Mountain juice. Would’ve liked to grab the Sleeping Lady as well but with Greer last week, Memento Mori today, and MacDonald next week, September is gonna be a rough month for the AMEX...
by blarmston
September 8th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17990

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

September 17th release.

I tasted this with Alex last December at Charter Oak, and it’s next level amazingly good. If I could buy a barrel of this, I would.
by blarmston
September 8th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17990

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

This is a test, of the emergency broadcast system
by blarmston
September 6th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2578

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

[/quote] Those who can't take the snark return to their wine blogs and overwhelming sense of self-importance in their safe spaces. [/quote] I don’t know you, and I’m sure you’re just a great guy to be around, and that your wife/ kids/neighbors/coworkers/cat all think that you’re a swell dude, but th...
by blarmston
September 5th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb
Replies: 47
Views: 2578

Re: Esther Mobley tells you how to look like a total newb

The Snarkiness Level is high on these boards, for sure. I used to love coming to this website, but now I pop in to see upcoming offer tips, see if there’s any new producers to put on the radar, and that’s about it. An ever increasing % of this board think their shit doesn’t stink, maybe because they...
by blarmston
September 5th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2016 large-format release
Replies: 15
Views: 1578

Re: VHR 2016 large-format release

Good to see you buying wine again JP! Let's get a dinner on the books and pop some corks....
by blarmston
September 4th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harvest 2019: Black Widows
Replies: 12
Views: 1215

Re: Harvest 2019: Black Widows

Maybe you can use nukes to get rid of the spiders? You know, since nukes work with hurricanes? Just a (COMPLETELY RETARDED) thought, just throwing it out there...
by blarmston
September 4th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer 2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2821

Re: Greer 2016

Three pack procured!

I finally broke my No Wine Buying pledge (last purchase, April 2nd), and boy do I feel alright about it... Giggity...
by blarmston
September 1st, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer 2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2821

Re: Greer 2016

Available only in three packs? First time
buyer next week. Had a ‘14 a couple months back and this wine is seriously tasty...
by blarmston
August 30th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer 2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2821

Re: Greer 2016

Has anyone had this vintage?

I got the email last night, and am trying to decide what to do. If it wasn’t for VHR large format next week, as well as MacDonald and Memento Mori next month, I’d be a buyer.

I’m REALLY trying to be a good boy with my wine spending this year.
by blarmston
August 29th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer 2016
Replies: 27
Views: 2821

Re: Greer 2016

What’s the price per? Still around $175?
by blarmston
August 28th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3672

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

$3K for a Melka wine?

We have reached peak NapaAbsurdity...

If anyone knows of a way to buy some deep out of the money puts on this madness, please let me know
by blarmston
August 27th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden
Replies: 29
Views: 2359

Re: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden

I may pull the trigger on a three pack of the Maiden, but with a couple offerings coming in the next month (Memento Mori, MacDonald), I may punt on this. My reason for considering is my opening of a 2013 Maiden a couple years ago that I recall as being one of the best bottles I have ever opened. Its...
by blarmston
August 22nd, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riverain Reserve. 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1138

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: 1617

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: 2433

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: 2239

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: 2239

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: 3432

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: 1226

Re: This is an expensive day of mailers

On days like today, I am not questioning my predetermined choice to sit out 2017's!

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