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#1 Post by AD Northup » July 10th, 2019, 12:53 pm

Just received this e-mail...anyone else signing up?

Greetings from Saxum!

I want to introduce you to a new project we have been working on since 2015. We call it Downstream. It’s a partnership between Heather and myself, Sasha Verhage, and Philippe Cambie. Some of you may know Philippe from all the amazing wines he’s helped create in the Southern Rhone. The man truly has an amazing palette! Sasha and Philippe approached us with the idea to create a wine from California, with a foundation of California heritage varieties, but blend it much like Philippe does when he shapes his primarily Grenache driven wines in Chateauneuf du Pape. Here at Saxum we pretty much give him carte blanche with all the different lots in our cellar and let him construct the blend of Downstream’s small 300 case cuvee. James Berry Vineyard Mataro, Dusi old vine Zinfandel, Paderewski Vineyard Zin, Terry Hoage Vineyard Syrah, 4hearts Vineyard Petite Sirah, and G2 Vineyard Grenache all make star appearances here. The blend changes each year, depending on what Philippe thinks will create the best wine. Let me tell you, the blends he comes up with amaze us!!

The Downstream mailing list will be completely separate from Saxum and they will not affect each other in any way. Since you are a current Saxum customer, or patiently waiting to get an allocation from Saxum, we are giving you first crack at it. Only 500 people will be the lucky ones. My advice is to act fast if you are interested, there’s not a lot to go around. The official Downstream wine offering will go out this Fall to the first 500 people who sign up. Click here to sign up.

The wine will be offered once a year as a set of 3 bottles (750ml) and 1 magnum (1.5L), all arriving in a fancy wood case. A first for us here at Saxum.

As previously stated, the Downstream allocation list will not affect your Saxum status at all, it is a completely separate project. Send any Downstream related questions to sales@downstreamwines.com, or call Sasha Verhage at (805) 369-1140.

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#2 Post by Billy Norris » July 10th, 2019, 12:54 pm

Followed the link through to signup before I even read the body of the message. Got confirmation email 57 seconds after the first one hit--hopefully that's a quick enough trigger finger. Excited about this one!

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#3 Post by AD Northup » July 10th, 2019, 12:55 pm

Billy Norris wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Followed the link through to signup before I even read the body of the message. Got confirmation email 57 seconds after the first one hit--hopefully that's a quick enough trigger finger. Excited about this one!
About 12 minutes for me....hoping since it came midday that will do it...
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#4 Post by Mark Y » July 10th, 2019, 12:56 pm

site has crashed..
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#5 Post by Adam Levyn » July 10th, 2019, 12:57 pm

I signed up - I got this confirmation email. Did anyone get anything different?

“Thank you for joining us. By signing up today, you are expressing an interest in purchasing a future allocation of Downstream wine. We will send you an email this Fall to confirm if we are able to offer you an allocation.”

Website was slow for me so I was 9 min after email...

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#6 Post by luc@sl@belle » July 10th, 2019, 12:58 pm

I too signed up. Hope to make the cut as this sounds like a very exciting project!

My confirmation came 3 minutes after the email hit.

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#7 Post by Mike Q » July 10th, 2019, 12:59 pm

The site was slow for me too. I was able to jump in 10 min after the email and got confirmation. Hopefully I made the cut.
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#8 Post by NickRut » July 10th, 2019, 12:59 pm

In. Exciting sounding.

Glad I found another mailing list to join. The 317 lists I was on before didn't cut it. Had to get to 318.
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#9 Post by Adam Levyn » July 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm

Did anyone get an email saying that they are in the first 500 or just the generic one I posted?

It does sound exciting - hope I made it!

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#10 Post by AD Northup » July 10th, 2019, 1:05 pm

Anyone else get a chance to taste it? (Or if you're the one who posted this note would love more detail)

https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=3000286
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#11 Post by Hank Victor » July 10th, 2019, 1:08 pm

Looks like the site crashed.

/shrug

JancisRobinson.com just did a nice piece about Cambie and the USA.
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#12 Post by Rich Brown » July 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm

There was a thread on this a while back and I signed up then, so the email I got today confirmed they already had my email/sign up confirmation and just needed the rest of my details (address/zip).

Did not get a confirmation that I'm 'in' but Sasha did email back right away to say they had all they needed from me. Fingers crossed for sure - exciting project that I'd love to try!

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#13 Post by Mark Morrissette » July 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Yep, I hit the blue line and singed up. Too much FOMO not too....

My confirmation email came 14 minutes after the original, and same confirmation that Adam posted.

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#14 Post by David Schliecker » July 10th, 2019, 1:18 pm

I'm probably screwed. Didn't get my details in until a full 26 minutes after the email hit my inbox! Damn work meeting!!!

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#15 Post by T Fletcher » July 10th, 2019, 1:21 pm

AD Northup wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Anyone else get a chance to taste it? (Or if you're the one who posted this note would love more detail)

https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=3000286
I don't think he's on WB (could be wrong) but I'm a "fan" of his on CT and follow on IG. He has a hell of a palate for bourbon and higher end wines. Fun to follow on both.

You could ask via "Comment" on his CT post.

I also signed up immediately upon receipt of the email and received same confirmation posted here.
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#16 Post by Gil H » July 10th, 2019, 1:27 pm

Got email confirmation within 3 minutes so hopefully that means I made the cut.
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#17 Post by David Baum » July 10th, 2019, 1:31 pm

Baaaa......Baaaa.....Baaaa

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#18 Post by Steve Crawford » July 10th, 2019, 1:35 pm

yea i was signed up 45 min after receipt, i doubt i made it. but mags and wood cases aren't exactly my cup of tea.

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#19 Post by Jake Rubash » July 10th, 2019, 1:46 pm

Samesies
Rich Brown wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm
There was a thread on this a while back and I signed up then, so the email I got today confirmed they already had my email/sign up confirmation and just needed the rest of my details (address/zip).

Did not get a confirmation that I'm 'in' but Sasha did email back right away to say they had all they needed from me. Fingers crossed for sure - exciting project that I'd love to try!

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#20 Post by jordan whitehead » July 10th, 2019, 2:05 pm

76% zin? [wow.gif]
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#21 Post by M. Dildine » July 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm

jordan whitehead wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:05 pm
76% zin? [wow.gif]
Yeah, I know. Wish it was more!
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#22 Post by jordan whitehead » July 10th, 2019, 2:24 pm

M. Dildine wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm
jordan whitehead wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:05 pm
76% zin? [wow.gif]
Yeah, I know. Wish it was more!
may be entering into unchartered territory charging $200ish/750ml for a zin based wine
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#23 Post by M. Dildine » July 10th, 2019, 2:59 pm

jordan whitehead wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:24 pm
M. Dildine wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:09 pm
jordan whitehead wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 2:05 pm
76% zin? [wow.gif]
Yeah, I know. Wish it was more!
may be entering into unchartered territory charging $200ish/750ml for a zin based wine
I have no idea how these will be priced, but the limited quantities, premium vineyards, all-star production team and packaging (3 750s and 1 mag in a wooden box), are certainly different and suggest pricing to match.
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#24 Post by Alan Eden » July 10th, 2019, 3:03 pm

I think your looking at $1000 box
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#25 Post by C. Keller » July 10th, 2019, 3:16 pm

Alan Eden wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 3:03 pm
I think your looking at $1000 box
That's what I was thinking. Seems like a Next of Kyn type thing.
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#26 Post by jeffruggels » July 10th, 2019, 3:17 pm

i sent in response but if Alan is correct doubt i will be a buyer

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#27 Post by larry schaffer » July 10th, 2019, 3:18 pm

This will be the most expensive wine coming out of the region, correct? Not saying it's 'justified' - just commenting.

I'm certain the wine will be top notch - an incredible team of folks involved . . .

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#28 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » July 10th, 2019, 3:25 pm

Five years ago I would have jumped at this (I received the email too). #almostdonewithlists

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#29 Post by Len Stevens » July 10th, 2019, 3:50 pm

I signed up and will anxiously await the fall release to see if I made the cut...given the pedigree, I'm excited!

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#30 Post by Steve Crawford » July 10th, 2019, 4:00 pm

semi related, anyone know when release letter goes out for the upcoming saxum release?

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#31 Post by Larry G0ld3n » July 10th, 2019, 4:22 pm

In - immediately after seeing the email which was 20 minutes after it arrived. I went “old school” and called. Customer service outstanding as always.

Very high expectations here. They do everything else so right. Have never had anything less then an excellent bottle.

Fingers crossed. This is going to be spendy for sure. Any estimates on cost?

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#32 Post by Hao Lu » July 10th, 2019, 4:35 pm

I signed up about an hour later, never received the confirmation email.

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#33 Post by Ron F r e e d » July 10th, 2019, 4:42 pm

Never got a confirmation, however when I tried to sign up again (just in case it didn't take the first time), I got the message that I was already registered.

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#34 Post by J. Rock » July 10th, 2019, 5:31 pm

$1,000 a box??? Are there 5 others that would like to split it with me? [rofl.gif]
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#35 Post by James Kennedy » July 10th, 2019, 5:32 pm

Signed up about 45 min after email and JUST now received confirmation email (4 hour delay?). Same language as written upthread.

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#36 Post by Peter Valiquette » July 10th, 2019, 7:02 pm

I tried signing up less than 5 minutes after the email hit, but the website had crashed. By the time I got through and registered it was about 25 minutes after the initial email.

I figure those 25 minutes equals about 5 years on the waiting list.

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#37 Post by Alan Eden » July 10th, 2019, 7:21 pm

Steve Crawford wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 4:00 pm
semi related, anyone know when release letter goes out for the upcoming saxum release?
Letter came out last week, release day for 1st wave is 17th
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#38 Post by Robert M yers » July 10th, 2019, 7:40 pm

So this is Saxum wine that is open to whatever Cambie would like to blend together. I wouldn’t want to pay (speculating) An extra $100+ per bottle just because Cambie likes this particular special to him blend. He’s not Mozart and Justin is already pretty good at that blending thing.
At least with Chimere it’s a unique set of grapes from France. Maybe I’m missing something here but [scratch.gif]
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#39 Post by Anthony V » July 10th, 2019, 7:41 pm

How do we know it will be $200 a bottle?
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#40 Post by Robert M yers » July 10th, 2019, 7:47 pm

Anthony V wrote:
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How do we know it will be $200 a bottle?
Because it comes in a fancy box. Could be only 175 though.

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#41 Post by Michael Martin » July 10th, 2019, 7:52 pm

Received and deleted the email. You’re welcome.

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#42 Post by Anthony V » July 10th, 2019, 7:54 pm

I missed the part about 3 bottles, a magnum and wooden box. I probably would not have signed up if I had seen that.
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#43 Post by Anthony V » July 10th, 2019, 8:01 pm

A more budget friendly Philippe Cambie collaboration wine would be A DEUX TETES with Phil Coturri

"A Deux Têtes produces three limited production wines: Napa Valley Grenache rosé, Oakville Ranch Grenache and Rossi Ranch Grenache."

http://www.philippecambie.com/2019/06/a ... in-sonoma/
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Well..

#44 Post by TomHill » July 10th, 2019, 8:14 pm

I consider Justin’s wines overextracted and too over-the-top for my palate. Then you add PhillipeCombie to the mix....wowza. Thanks, but no thanks. But it’s a sure 100 pts from Monktown.
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#45 Post by Jeff P » July 10th, 2019, 8:30 pm

I was 7 mins... I hope the price point isn't egregious
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#46 Post by Jake Rubash » July 10th, 2019, 8:34 pm

It is a neat box though
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#47 Post by Alan Eden » July 10th, 2019, 8:36 pm

At least $1000 a box, im thinking more like $1250

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#48 Post by C Wagner » July 10th, 2019, 8:45 pm

I was 26 minutes. I’m afraid I was probably too late.

I’m impressed at how quick on the draw many of you were! Was there a warning email with a date that I missed or was today relatively out of the blue?
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#49 Post by jordan whitehead » July 10th, 2019, 8:47 pm

and it's NOK discontinuing the box?
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#50 Post by Jake Rubash » July 10th, 2019, 8:58 pm

If we’re going The Price is Right rules I’ll take $150 a bottle, $750 for the set

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