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E16 Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard

Doctor’s Orders


Grapes for the 2016 bottling by E16 hail from the Doctor’s Vineyard and showcase the classic, juicy freshness of Monterey County Pinot Noir. “This wine is a real charmer thanks to an impossibly silky texture and lively bouquet of sun-ripened cranberry, sweet vanilla, dried rose petal, and minerally earth. ”

E16 Wines select Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California vineyards graced with the optimum confluence of soil, climate, and human curation. The E16 winemaking team partners with grape growers who share a commitment to sustainable viticulture and devotion to the fruit’s inherent varietal expression. This camaraderie is woven with a passion for excellence and respect for the fundamentals of thoughtful farming to produce noble wines having a true sense of place.

The Doctor’s Vineyard is located in the middle stretch of the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. It starts at 300 feet of elevation but promptly climbs another 400 feet into the highlands, providing this part of the vineyard with warmer temperatures and higher winds.

Planted with wide row spacing on east-facing benches offers great sun exposure, allowing the fog to burn off early in the day. The fruit was picked from the gently sloping upper bench where the union of climate, sandy loam soils, and clones produce small crops that translate to complex wines.

Fastly Inc NYSE: FSLY

Fastly, Inc. (Fastly) is a real-time content delivery network (CDN) company. The Company provides services in the areas of delivery, security, streaming media, e-commerce and private CDN. With Fastly, the user can manage traffic spikes and mitigate security threats. Fastly works with Google Cloud Platform to extend the user’s infrastructure and application logic for content delivery, backend workload, infrastructure costs and scalability. Fastly’s streaming media services offer global delivery of video content, whether it’s live or video on demand (VOD).

The Company’s edge cloud platform, designed from the ground up to be programmable and support agile software development. Its platform consists of key components: a programmable edge and a software-defined modern network. The programmable edge provides developers with real-time visibility and control, where they can write and deploy code to push application logic to the edge.

2015 – Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée

Burgundy ~ 1er Cru Les Suchots

Maison Champy Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots 2015

In the Burgundy commune of Vosne-Romanee, just a brief stroll from the legendary Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, the Les Suchots Premier Cru vineyard delivers vivid and nuanced expressions of Pinot Noir for a vastly lower price.

Maison Champy’s technical director and oenologist Dimitri Bazas compared the clean fruit from 2015 to the region’s stellar 2005 vintage, taking great care to craft a perfumed, impeccably balanced Les Suchots that could offer early enjoyment or reward patience in the cellar.

“Beautiful garnet ruby color. Cherry notes with, at the same time, a nose of mint and coffee with aromas of plum liqueur. On the palate, an exceptional sweetness and richness that coats a dry extract that gives the persistence and balance in the final of this wine. Great aging potential.”

Appellation: Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru “Les Suchots”
Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Altitude: Between 240 and 340 m, with exposure east and southeast.

Oracle of Omaha

Right Answer ~ Wrong Question

If you’re wondering what ultra-low or even negative interest rates will do to the financial markets, you are not alone. Warren Buffett is wondering too.

When I asked Warren Buffett specifically what are the actual implications of negative rates, he went positively Yoda on me. “I would say that’s the most important question in the world,” said the Oracle of Omaha. “And I don’t know the answer. Now, if we knew the answer, it wouldn’t be the most important question.”

Square Inc. – [SQ]

Square, Inc. (Square) is a commerce ecosystem. The Company enables its sellers start, run and grow their businesses. It combines software with hardware to enable sellers to turn mobile devices and computing devices into payments and point-of-sale solutions.

Once a seller downloads the Square Point of Sale mobile application, they can take their first payment. With its offering, a seller can accept payments in person via magnetic stripe (a swipe), Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) (a dip), or Near Field Communication (NFC) (a tap); or online via Square Invoices, Square Virtual Terminal, or the seller’s Website.

Once on its system, sellers gain access to technology and features, such as reporting and analytics, next-day settlements, digital receipts, payment dispute management and chargeback protection, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance. On the consumer (buyer) side, Square Cash offers individuals access to a way to send and receive money.

National Emergency Coronavirus

Exploiting the Virus

Google (GOOG +5.9%) is helping to develop a website where people can find drive-through testing sites if they have symptoms, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator. The website will be online starting Sunday evening, Trump said.

Walmart (WMT +6.7%), CVS (CVS +8.6%), Walgreens (WBA +9.2%), Target (TGT +9.7%), Roche Diagnostics (OTCQX:RHHBY), LabCorp (LH +8.6%), Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Becton Dickinson (BDX +6.2%) are among companies working with the government.

Roche Coronavirus Test

FDA grants Emergency Use

The FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for Roche’s (OTCQX:RHHBY) fully automated cobas SARS-CoV-2 Test for the qualitative (yes or no answer) detection of the coronavirus causing the current outbreak COVID-19. The test, also available in markets accepting the CE Mark, is performed on nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples. The company says it has the capacity to perform “millions” of tests per month on its cobas 6800 and 8800 analyzers.

Micron – X100 NVMe SSD


Micron’s X100 Will Drop Like A Bomb On The Intel Data Center

The X100 NVMe™ SSD is Micron’s first product in a new family of high-performance memory solutions based on 3D XPoint™ Technology. With a combination of industry-leading high bandwidth, low latency, high quality of service (QoS) and high endurance, the Micron X100 SSD provides game-changing performance for big data applications and transactional workloads.

Chateau de Beaucastel ~ 2016

Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

The 2016 vintage in the Southern Rhone valley is exceptional, both in terms of quality and quantity, thanks to idyllic weather conditions that protected the region from climatic accidents throughout the whole year.

This Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a young wine of rare quality! Deep ruby in appearance the nose is very fresh, with notes of chocolate. The mouth is round and reveals ripe fruit, soft tannins and good length. Gorgeous acidity and balance.

Blend: 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 5% Vaccarèse, Cinsault; 10% Terret Noir, Muscardin, Clairette, Picpoul, Picardan, Bourboulenc, Roussanne

In 1549, “Noble Pierre de Beaucastel” bought “a barn with its land holdings, containing 25 saumées at Coudoulet”. More than four centuries later, this remarkable domaine, known today as Chateau de Beaucastel, is producing what most people acknowledge to be the finest wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Today, the third and fourth generations of Perrins, François and Jean-Pierre and Jean-Pierre’s sons Pierre, Marc and Thomas, continue in the tradition of their father and grandfather. The vineyards of Beaucastel are treated as a garden: no chemical fertilizer, no chemical week killers or sprays are permitted. Organic fertilizer comes from compost and only a minimum of traditional sulphur-copper spray is used in the vineyards.

Russian Botnet Is Taken Down

Microsoft not the Feds

WASHINGTON — Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government.

The action, eight years in the making, was aimed at a criminal group called Necurs, believed to be based in Russia. Microsoft employees had long tracked the group as it infected nine million computers around the world, hijacking them to send spam emails intended to defraud unsuspecting victims. The group also mounted stock market scams and spread ransomware, which locks up a computer until the owner pays a fee.

Rapidly, they (Microsoft) took over or froze six million domain names that Necurs was using or had inventoried for future attacks.” A domain name can be a website — www.nytimes.com is a legitimate one, for example — but Necurs had created an algorithm to spawn millions of new domains, often with deceptive names, for future use against unsuspecting victims. Microsoft engineers had cracked the code.