The other day I had the pleasure to taste a few barrel samples by an obscure but promising producer. One of the samples was a 2005 To Kalon vineyard that was absolutely spectacular. The 2004 is scheduled to be released soon and at $100 per bottle I feel that it is priced fairly. I praised the winemaker and of course mentioned that I would love to purchase some. His response was "You have to establish some purchase history in order to be offered any of the To Kalon vineyard" Basically what it came down to is that I had to buy 6 bottles of his 2003 Napa Valley at nearly $60 each to secure only 2 bottles of what I really wanted. At first I was going to pull the trigger but then common sense took over. Should wineries be playing this game?