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2016 MacDonald release

#1 Post by Joe B » September 8th, 2019, 9:58 am

Anybody get a save the date or have insider information on this? Cost increases? Cases produced? Looks like purchase times for the last few vintages have been mid September. Anyone tasted it and want to share notes?
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#2 Post by davidsturek » September 8th, 2019, 10:01 am

I heard a $10 price increase...so $175 per. I’m expecting an email in the next week or so.

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#3 Post by Brady Daniels » September 8th, 2019, 10:42 am

I signed up for the list in March 2015. Anyone else sign up near that point? Am I close to getting an allocation yet?
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#4 Post by EddieBest » September 8th, 2019, 10:50 am

I emailed Alex MacDonald last week and he said the expected release is September 17th and that a "save the date" email is coming soon.

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#5 Post by luc@sl@belle » September 8th, 2019, 11:26 am

I was lucky enough to taste the 2016 with Alex at his home in May and it was (as expected) incredible. Alex had opened it about 8 hours prior. It was showing beautifully.The wine showed all the hallmarks of a grand cru level wine. Structured, layered, finessed and utterly delicious.

2016 was a tremendous vintage in Napa and as I’m sure you know the Macdonald brothers have a very special plot and story.

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#6 Post by Shay_A » September 8th, 2019, 11:29 am

luc@sl@belle wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 11:26 am
I was lucky enough to taste the 2016 with Alex at his home in May and it was (as expected) incredible. Alex had opened it about 8 hours prior. It was showing beautifully.The wine showed all the hallmarks of a grand cru level wine. Structured, layered, finessed and utterly delicious.

2016 was a tremendous vintage in Napa and as I’m sure you know the Macdonald brothers have a very special plot and story.
Same story here. Visited in February and enjoyed a bottle after an eight hour decant. It was one of the best young Napa cabs I had tasted in quite some time with all the structure to be magnificent as it ages.
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Re: 2016 MacDonald release

#7 Post by Lee Ibarra » September 8th, 2019, 12:56 pm

Looking for a bottle or two if anyone has anything to share?

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Re: 2016 MacDonald release

#8 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld » September 8th, 2019, 1:35 pm

davidsturek wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 10:01 am
I heard a $10 price increase...so $175 per. I’m expecting an email in the next week or so.
Only $10 increase? Whew, I should be good for 2 cases then. [wink.gif]

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#9 Post by Ian S » September 8th, 2019, 1:35 pm

Well, at least one new person will move off the wait list to get an allocation since we know one regular who passed. [cry.gif]
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#10 Post by Sherri S h a p i r o » September 8th, 2019, 2:08 pm

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 1:35 pm
davidsturek wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 10:01 am
I heard a $10 price increase...so $175 per. I’m expecting an email in the next week or so.
Only $10 increase? Whew, I should be good for 2 cases then. [wink.gif]
If only anyone was allocated more than 3 bottles!!!

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Re: 2016 MacDonald release

#11 Post by Craig G » September 8th, 2019, 2:13 pm

Lee Ibarra wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Looking for a bottle or two if anyone has anything to share?
If anyone’s planning on sawing their legs off, I could use some spares.
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Re: 2016 MacDonald release

#12 Post by Joe B » September 8th, 2019, 3:53 pm

EddieBest wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 10:50 am
I emailed Alex MacDonald last week and he said the expected release is September 17th and that a "save the date" email is coming soon.
Thanks.
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#13 Post by Chris Atkins » September 8th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Are some customers allocated 2 cases? I find that hard to believe with so many people waiting.

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#14 Post by blarmston » September 8th, 2019, 4:09 pm

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#15 Post by blarmston » September 8th, 2019, 4:11 pm

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.
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#16 Post by Demian Saenz » September 8th, 2019, 4:13 pm

So I shouldn’t get my hopes up.

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#17 Post by Mark Y » September 8th, 2019, 4:31 pm

Chris Atkins wrote:
September 8th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Are some customers allocated 2 cases? I find that hard to believe with so many people waiting.
maybe very close families.

i know a coworker who was a family friend, and got 12 bottles..

99% i believe gets 3 btls..
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#18 Post by Scott Brunson » September 8th, 2019, 5:32 pm

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#19 Post by OwenB » September 8th, 2019, 5:41 pm

Is this the only Napa cab that you can immediately flip for 2x the offer price?
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    #20 Post by Joe B » September 8th, 2019, 5:51 pm

    OwenB wrote:
    September 8th, 2019, 5:41 pm
    Is this the only Napa cab that you can immediately flip for 2x the offer price?
    It’s possibly why allocations are three bottles. Nobody will get rich selling one or two bottles. I have drunk one bottle so far of my two 3-packs. I’m not selling any of mine.
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    #21 Post by luc@sl@belle » September 8th, 2019, 6:47 pm

    Scott Brunson wrote:
    September 8th, 2019, 5:32 pm
    All in.
    Exactly. [highfive.gif]

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    #22 Post by Craig G » September 8th, 2019, 7:08 pm

    A couple of MacDonald lots sold for very high prices at K&L in the past few days - 2015 3b $1800, 2014 3b $1557.
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    #23 Post by Bdklein » September 8th, 2019, 7:20 pm

    Brady Daniels wrote:
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    I signed up for the list in March 2015. Anyone else sign up near that point? Am I close to getting an allocation yet?

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    #24 Post by Josh Grossman » September 8th, 2019, 8:04 pm

    Can anyone get me on the list?

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    #25 Post by Alex N » September 8th, 2019, 8:38 pm

    Josh Grossman wrote:
    September 8th, 2019, 8:04 pm
    Can anyone get me on the list?
    [snort.gif]

    I'm happy with Tynan, Scarecrow (which I'll likely drop from a vintage or two from now, or share allocation with no upcharge), and a small stash left of Harlan for my Napa cabs. I think I'm around 2015 or so on the MACDONALD list and as happy as I'd be to get an allocation, I don't expect to see one for years.
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    #26 Post by Scott Watkins » September 8th, 2019, 8:39 pm

    Josh Grossman wrote:
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    Can anyone get me on the list?
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    #27 Post by Mark Y » September 8th, 2019, 8:39 pm

    OwenB wrote:
    September 8th, 2019, 5:41 pm
    Is this the only Napa cab that you can immediately flip for 2x the offer price?
    3x. Yes. But most people keep it because it’s delish.
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    #28 Post by Josh Grossman » September 8th, 2019, 8:55 pm

    I'm obviously a better emissary emissary than Joe B in spreading the love of Mac'D's...

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    #29 Post by Jason T » September 8th, 2019, 10:15 pm

    I'm not on the list - Napa Cabs aren't my thing. And it wouldn't have mattered if they were, as I missed out early on.

    But from everything I've read of the MacDonalds, I have a ton of respect for them. They could easily charge far more, and get away with it. But they don't. And I like that they spread the wine around by offering only a 3 pack to most folks. Gives as many people as possible a chance to try the wines. Seem like a class bunch.
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    #30 Post by T.Phillips » September 9th, 2019, 2:03 am

    Astonishingly great wine. Best napa cab ive ever had without question. Alex and Graeme are the best. The 2016 is 100% pure, bottled unicorn blood
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    #31 Post by matt d » September 9th, 2019, 6:29 am

    Brady Daniels wrote:
    September 8th, 2019, 10:42 am
    I signed up for the list in March 2015. Anyone else sign up near that point? Am I close to getting an allocation yet?
    i believe the last i saw they were at the end of 2014
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    #32 Post by AD Northup » September 9th, 2019, 7:24 am

    Lee Ibarra wrote:
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    Looking for a bottle or two if anyone has anything to share?
    As are the rest of us [wink.gif]
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    #33 Post by J3ff S@g@n » September 9th, 2019, 8:01 am

    Visited Alex in the spring. . . everything you read is true. Very generous with his time and wine. Amazing story and great guy!

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    #34 Post by SeanHarding » September 9th, 2019, 8:18 am

    Every time this thread comes around, I kick myself for not having bought until the 2013 (despite being on the list starting with the 2010 — I was in a period of trying to reduce wine budget when that offering came out, so I passed on it). Anyway, I guess I'm not surprised to hear about the aftermarket prices, but I also can't imagine selling any of mine.

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    #35 Post by Frank Z » September 9th, 2019, 10:24 am

    Tasted with Alex in May. The 2016 is spectacular. In fact, it was so good that I would buy at aftermarket pricing.
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    #36 Post by roybehr » September 9th, 2019, 1:58 pm

    Tasted with Alex in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The enthusiasm is totally justified. Though based on this thread, I'm starting to worry that they're using up the whole production on tastings!! :)

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    #37 Post by Ian S » September 9th, 2019, 2:27 pm

    Have any of you who have not been previously on the allocation list received the email saying you've graduated from the waiting list?

    How about those of you who have already received allocations - any email yet making the date official?
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    #38 Post by Peter Petersen » September 9th, 2019, 3:13 pm

    roybehr wrote:
    September 9th, 2019, 1:58 pm
    Tasted with Alex in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The enthusiasm is totally justified. Though based on this thread, I'm starting to worry that they're using up the whole production on tastings!! :)
    Wish I had known that he was in town. Maybe I can leverage this to obtain a 6 bottle allocation. [wink.gif] [cheers.gif]

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    #39 Post by Rboinski » September 9th, 2019, 4:03 pm

    roybehr wrote:
    September 9th, 2019, 1:58 pm
    Tasted with Alex in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The enthusiasm is totally justified. Though based on this thread, I'm starting to worry that they're using up the whole production on tastings!! :)
    Every time I taste with him I think the exact same thing!
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    #40 Post by Mike Van1 » September 9th, 2019, 4:39 pm

    Signed up in 2017 so I have a long way to go. Would trade my spot on Saxum’s list for a spot on MacDonald.
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    #41 Post by David Baum » September 9th, 2019, 6:40 pm

    Should be a save the date email out soon. I'm sure it will get posted here. If you get it your in. If not still waiting. That's about it

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    #42 Post by Ian S » September 9th, 2019, 7:00 pm

    David Baum wrote:
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    Should be a save the date email out soon. I'm sure it will get posted here. If you get it your in. If not still waiting. That's about it
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    #43 Post by Ian Alper » September 10th, 2019, 9:09 am

    Save the date just landed- September 17th. 369 cases produced.

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    #44 Post by David Baum » September 10th, 2019, 9:10 am

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    #45 Post by spkaiser » September 10th, 2019, 9:24 am

    345 cases last year, I believe, so that's good news (hopefully) for some folks on the waiting list.
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    #46 Post by Demian Saenz » September 10th, 2019, 10:20 am

    No save the date email for me.😩

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    #47 Post by Jay $$ Winton » September 10th, 2019, 10:25 am

    only 369 cases this year so I imagine not a lot of extra wine will be available.
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    #48 Post by spkaiser » September 10th, 2019, 10:37 am

    Jay $$ Winton wrote:
    September 10th, 2019, 10:25 am
    only 369 cases this year so I imagine not a lot of extra wine will be available.
    I don't know if this is retail production or total production, but if the increase goes to customers that's potentially 96 more 3-packs. Not a lot, and if some of it is held back for tastings/events, even less so.
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    #49 Post by AlexO » September 10th, 2019, 2:06 pm

    I have an acquaintance who had been on the MacDonald list for the last few years. I learned today that he didn’t receive the save the date email. I also know from experience that only those who are receiving an allocation receive that email.

    Given that he had been somewhat less that covert in the reselling of his allocation, it would appear that he isn’t getting an allocation for the 16 MacDonald.
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    #50 Post by NED VALOIS » September 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm

    Bad Karma to sell MacD !

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