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Nine Suns Release

#1 Post by Frank Z » September 18th, 2018, 9:36 am

Got an email today about Nine Suns 2015 release. Wanted to confirm this is the red blend right?

Does anyone know any details? Is Sam Kaplan still the winemaker over there?

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#2 Post by Andrew Steffensmeier » September 18th, 2018, 10:44 am

It looks like this is the red blend. The email I got today says the release is October 30.

Sam Kaplan has moved on. Philippe Melka is now the consulting winemaker with their resident winemaker, Lloyd Matthews.

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#3 Post by Frank Z » September 18th, 2018, 11:25 am

Andrew Steffensmeier wrote:
September 18th, 2018, 10:44 am
It looks like this is the red blend. The email I got today says the release is October 30.

Sam Kaplan has moved on. Philippe Melka is now the consulting winemaker with their resident winemaker, Lloyd Matthews.
Just out of curiosity, have you had it before? I couldn't find much tasting notes on recent vintages.
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#4 Post by blarmston » September 18th, 2018, 12:29 pm

2015 is indeed the blend. Sam was on this vintage from start to finish.

I haven't had the 2015, but hope to try it up in Napa in mid October.

I have had the '11,'12,'13,'14, and 2016 100% Cabernet and every single one is delicious, IMO.
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#5 Post by Andrew Steffensmeier » September 22nd, 2018, 4:46 am

I have only had the 2012 and 2013. I thought they were both good. It’s on one of those sites that should consistently do pretty well within Napa. In a recent tasting of 2012s, I preferred some of the other Pritchard Hill area wines to this one in blind side by side.

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#6 Post by james l moleberg » September 22nd, 2018, 11:05 am

Very surprised they went the Melka route. Everything Jason ever said was how he never wanted a consulting winemaker, and how he never wanted Nine Suns to be about the name-brand winemaker first. And that was just about 1.5 years ago.

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#7 Post by blarmston » September 22nd, 2018, 11:57 am

I had heard that before from him.

This is pure speculation- but perhaps Sam moved on and they were left with no choice but to replace him? I know Sam is heavily involved with Memento Mori and Arkenstone, and with him starting up his new label MAXEM, maybe his plate was too full to keep Nine Suns?
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#8 Post by james l moleberg » September 22nd, 2018, 5:19 pm

i know jason didnt want his winemakers working on any other projects (even their own); i'm guessing sam didn't want to be tied exclusively to Nine Suns and they parted ways. for jason to then replace him with melka, who must have upwards of 40 projects, is a real head scratcher.

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#9 Post by blarmston » September 22nd, 2018, 6:51 pm

It will be interesting to compare Melka’s work at NS with that of Gandona- both are on PHill and probably about a mile or so from each other...
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#10 Post by Frank Z » October 20th, 2018, 9:18 pm

Got the postcard. Anyone know about the pricing of this release/past releases?
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#11 Post by Robert R » October 21st, 2018, 5:56 am

$750/3 bottle package plus shipping
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#12 Post by Frank Z » October 21st, 2018, 11:36 am

Robert R wrote:
October 21st, 2018, 5:56 am
$750/3 bottle package plus shipping
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#13 Post by Joe Mendez » October 21st, 2018, 9:49 pm

$750 for the 2016 100% Cab?

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#14 Post by Frank Z » October 21st, 2018, 11:05 pm

Joe Mendez wrote:
October 21st, 2018, 9:49 pm
$750 for the 2016 100% Cab?
I believe the release is for their Proprietary Red. They release they Cabernets in the Spring.
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#15 Post by blarmston » October 22nd, 2018, 10:42 am

$300/per for the 2016 all cabernet. Steep entry price but the quality is there. Should be for three bones....
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#16 Post by Joe Mendez » October 22nd, 2018, 9:53 pm

blarmston wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 10:42 am
$300/per for the 2016 all cabernet. Steep entry price but the quality is there. Should be for three bones....
So the All Cab is being released next week?

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#17 Post by blarmston » October 23rd, 2018, 9:34 am

2016 all cab next year, 2015 Red Blend next week.
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#18 Post by Frank Z » October 23rd, 2018, 3:31 pm

Save the Date email notes on the Red Blend release next week!

"WINEMAKER NOTES
Cabernet Sauvignon blend from HOUYI Vineyard

Lifted aromatics of blackberries, raspberries and red cherry delicately weaved with quintessential Pritchard Hill terroir characteristics of violets and sage. The prodigious heat of the 2015 growing season guided an early harvest and yielded a wine with a palate that displays beautiful purity, luxurious texture and a great potential for aging. "
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#19 Post by Frank Z » October 23rd, 2018, 11:30 pm

blarmston wrote:
September 18th, 2018, 12:29 pm
2015 is indeed the blend. Sam was on this vintage from start to finish.

I haven't had the 2015, but hope to try it up in Napa in mid October.

I have had the '11,'12,'13,'14, and 2016 100% Cabernet and every single one is delicious, IMO.
Were you able to try the 2015 Red Blend?
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#20 Post by blarmston » October 24th, 2018, 10:06 am

No I have not, I was supposed to get over there on my recent Napa trip but time didn't allow...
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#21 Post by Frank Z » October 30th, 2018, 9:13 am

Joe Mendez wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 9:53 pm
blarmston wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 10:42 am
$300/per for the 2016 all cabernet. Steep entry price but the quality is there. Should be for three bones....
So the All Cab is being released next week?
Offer is OPEN. It indeed seems the 100% Cabernet is being released, and at steep prices (900/3pk)
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#22 Post by KyleC » October 30th, 2018, 10:19 am

Pass, too rich for my blood
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#23 Post by Gabe Berk » October 30th, 2018, 11:26 am

Hey, only $750 for 3 bottle's of their 2015 Napa Valley appellation Cab in a cardboard box.

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#24 Post by Phil M » October 30th, 2018, 5:41 pm

Went to lunch at noon East Coast Time and by the time I returned, the 2016 Cab had sold out 😭Consoled myself with a 3 pack of the 2015 red blend.
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#25 Post by blarmston » October 30th, 2018, 7:34 pm

That 2016 all Cabernet is 💯
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#26 Post by jeffruggels » November 2nd, 2018, 10:04 pm

These are nice wines but my dollars will go elsewhere.

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