How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

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How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

#1 Post by craig v » March 24th, 2019, 7:29 am

Yesterday I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste for $125 each because I don't like to carry btls around the store while I shop. The '05 Rinaldi was my first stop in the door and I quickly learnt that there were just the 3 left I wanted to buy.

Its my habit to scout out all my purchases and when done shopping collect the btls and head to check out. So, knowing these had some potential to disappear while I shopped I tucked them low and deep in the overflow rack near the floor thinking that should be safe for the next 15 minutes, right? :) In the meantime, I was hovering nearby looking at other Piedmont & Tuscan stuff on sale. I glanced up and some guy is grabbing the remaining $132 2011 Rinadli Tre Tine, also on sale, and I had the sense he might go looking to my '05 Le-Coste stash. So I swooped back quick and grabbed my 3. Since he was right next to me I explained my actions. Thankfully, he got it and thankfully it was obvious I had stashed them. And thankfully, he hadn't already found them but I could tell he was starting to search for them. And thankfully, I didn't need to ask him to hand them over but if another minute or two had elapsed my situational ownership claim would have been tenuous :). Note to self, even $125 btls have people eager to grab them.
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#2 Post by John Davis » March 24th, 2019, 7:52 am

You couldn’t take them to the register and ask the staff to hold them for you? [scratch.gif]

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#3 Post by YLee » March 24th, 2019, 7:57 am

John Davis wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
You couldn’t take them to the register and ask the staff to hold them for you? [scratch.gif]

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#4 Post by craig v » March 24th, 2019, 8:01 am

The place was nuts with lines to the cash register.
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You couldn’t take them to the register and ask the staff to hold them for you? [scratch.gif]

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#5 Post by Gary York » March 24th, 2019, 8:39 am

You should have taken them over to the South Africa section. They would be safe there.
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#6 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » March 24th, 2019, 8:44 am

Or to the burgundy section #deadatretail

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#7 Post by craig v » March 24th, 2019, 9:43 am

LOL!
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You should have taken them over to the South Africa section. They would be safe there.
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#8 Post by alan weinberg » March 24th, 2019, 9:52 am

just put them in your cart. I’ve lost wine in my virtual cart while internet shopping. Sucks.

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#9 Post by Chuck Miller » March 24th, 2019, 12:11 pm

craig v wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 7:29 am
And thankfully, I didn't need to ask him to hand them over but if another minute or two had elapsed my situational ownership claim would have been tenuous :).
You have got to be kidding.

And the idea of hiding bottles is also ridiculous. Retailers put bottles on display for a reason. But I'm sure you always go put them back if you decide not to buy.
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#10 Post by Markus S » March 24th, 2019, 12:16 pm

Chuck Miller wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 12:11 pm
craig v wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 7:29 am
And thankfully, I didn't need to ask him to hand them over but if another minute or two had elapsed my situational ownership claim would have been tenuous :).
You have got to be kidding.

And the idea of hiding bottles is also ridiculous. Retailers put bottles on display for a reason. But I'm sure you always go put them back if you decide not to buy.
Before internet reserves, I knew a person who used to hide library reserve books in the library stacks at college. Yeah, she got her reserve material, but others did not and were SOL.
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#11 Post by p@ulbortin » March 24th, 2019, 12:24 pm

What else could have been a better buy?

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#12 Post by David Glasser » March 24th, 2019, 1:06 pm

I think someone used to regularly hide bottles of the relatively allocated bottles of Napa Cabs in a local store. I was looking for a few bottles of something cheap one day and when I pulled them I noticed different color capsules a row or two further back. Someone had stashed a few bottles of Shafer Hillside and Montelena Estate back there. I grabbed a couple, not giving much thought to their misplacement other than amusement at my good luck, never having seen those wines before in that store.

I went back the following year and thinking it was worth a shot, scavenged behind the cheaper wines in that same area, and again found a few cherries. The store had a back room where they kept the highly allocated wines they didn’t put out on the shelf, so I figured some customer (had to be a guy) must be hiding them for future purchase. I took all the Montelena that year, which must have gotten his attention, because I never found them hidden there again.

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#13 Post by craig v » March 24th, 2019, 2:44 pm

Chuck, you and I agree to disagree... as usual. One thing is for sure, you have zero reason to speculate I'd leave them where I stuffed them for 15 minutes. I didn't put them aside to think about buying them, I put them aside to shop for other things on my list so I didn't need to carry them around with me. I never contemplated not buying them. That was it.
Chuck Miller wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 12:11 pm
craig v wrote:
March 24th, 2019, 7:29 am
And thankfully, I didn't need to ask him to hand them over but if another minute or two had elapsed my situational ownership claim would have been tenuous :).
You have got to be kidding.

And the idea of hiding bottles is also ridiculous. Retailers put bottles on display for a reason. But I'm sure you always go put them back if you decide not to buy.
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#14 Post by Mattstolz » March 24th, 2019, 5:36 pm

I just want to know what shop you're in that 1st HAS both 05 and 11 Rinaldi and 2nd puts them on sale!?

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#15 Post by craig v » March 25th, 2019, 9:09 am

I know, it was a big surprise when I got the sales flyer. My guess is they started them out way too high and got little action then decided to put them out at near cost to clear rack space? my receipt says they were originally $189 which would have been kinda a high for not a critically acclaimed vintage. I just looked at what people were saying recently about the '05 on CT rather then worrying about what the critics said way back in 2009. I love the producer but the pricing has otherwise soared. I paid a lot more for some 2013 Tre tine last year.
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I just want to know what shop you're in that 1st HAS both 05 and 11 Rinaldi and 2nd puts them on sale!?
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#16 Post by Mattstolz » March 26th, 2019, 3:03 am

craig v wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 9:09 am
I know, it was a big surprise when I got the sales flyer. My guess is they started them out way too high and got little action then decided to put them out at near cost to clear rack space? my receipt says they were originally $189 which would have been kinda a high for not a critically acclaimed vintage. I just looked at what people were saying recently about the '05 on CT rather then worrying about what the critics said way back in 2009. I love the producer but the pricing has otherwise soared. I paid a lot more for some 2013 Tre tine last year.
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March 24th, 2019, 5:36 pm
I just want to know what shop you're in that 1st HAS both 05 and 11 Rinaldi and 2nd puts them on sale!?
yeah I missed the boat on Rinaldi and that is the lowest price I've ever seen for one of their barolos. the best price I've seen besides this one was something like 150, also for the 05s

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#17 Post by Kent Comley » March 26th, 2019, 10:14 pm

Great buy. Was underbidder at $A500 + BP for the 06 recently. Never ever see them at retail here.
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#18 Post by Gary York » March 30th, 2019, 7:27 am

Well, normally most would frown on this type of behavior. However, in this circumstance, I think a little leeway is in order. And especially with Rinaldi.
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#19 Post by John Glas » March 31st, 2019, 6:25 am

[quoteThe place was nuts with lines to the cash register. ][/quote]
Other than Total Wine that is a rare occurrence at a wine shop in Minneapolis.

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#20 Post by John Glas » April 1st, 2019, 5:55 pm

So I hide the remaining 2017 Pax Hillside Syrah behind the Bread and Butter Pinot Noir in case I like it. At $39.99 good price on it and I figure no one will look behind the Bread and Butter. [stirthepothal.gif]

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