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Re: Official WTSO thread

#601 Post by John Morris » May 18th, 2020, 7:22 am

I haven't had those Fontanafredda wines, but it was a period in which the winery's reputation was quite low. It had been owned by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena since the Depression, so not a lot of leadership in the vineyards or cellar. Some of the wines from the 70s are still very good, but wasn't even on anyone's B list in the 80s and 90s. Of course, some bottlings may have turned out well.

In 2009, Piemontese entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti (founder of Eataly, owner of old-line Barolo-maker Giacomo Borgogno, former owner of Lurisia mineral water) acquired control along with partners.
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Re: Official WTSO thread

#602 Post by John Morris » May 18th, 2020, 7:24 am

cjsadler wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 10:33 am
Interesting... a 1996 Fontanafredda Barolo up right now.
I haven't had those Fontanafredda wines, but it was a period in which the winery's reputation was quite low. It had been owned by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena since the Depression, so not a lot of leadership in the vineyards or cellar. Some of the wines from the 70s are still very good, but wasn't even on anyone's B list in the 80s and 90s. Of course, some bottlings may have turned out well.

In 2009, Piemontese entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti (founder of Eataly, owner of old-line Barolo-maker Giacomo Borgogno, former owner of Lurisia mineral water) acquired control along with partners. It's a very large producer, owning a lot of land in Serralunga.
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Re: Official WTSO thread

#603 Post by Toby P » May 18th, 2020, 7:41 am

Weekly tasting riesling offer looks pretty good with the BOGO half off, comes out to ~$19 a bottle if you get 2 of the featured 2-packs (and less if you have any coupons). I know very little about riesling but seems like high QPR so went in for it. WTSO was selling those bottles for $28-30 last year, and 93-94 point scores from WE / WA.
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#604 Post by James Sanders » May 19th, 2020, 8:02 am

Two Contucci Vino Nobile have popped up in the last few days. These are legit AFWE Tuscans and good deals at $25. Worth buying if they pop up again.

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#605 Post by mattcitrang » May 21st, 2020, 8:18 am

1997 Fontannafredda Borolo up now.

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#606 Post by mike pobega » May 21st, 2020, 9:00 am

Got one.
Gonna try to get at least one every week.

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Re: Official WTSO thread

#607 Post by J a y H a c k » May 23rd, 2020, 12:35 pm

J a y H a c k wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 4:45 am
MikeL238 wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 10:36 am
cjsadler wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 10:33 am
Interesting... a 1996 Fontanafredda Barolo up right now.
Any good?
I took a bunch because the 2000 Fontanafredda Lazzarito was excellent and this is supposed to be better. It was delivered Saturday and I will open one when the sediment dies down, BUT it will be off the board by then.
I opened one on Wednesday night. It needed a 4 hour decant minimum to start to blossom and by 5 hours it was outstanding. Truffles, dark cherries, forest floor and a nose of violets so strong that you could taste it.
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#608 Post by Andre M » May 27th, 2020, 3:58 pm

2015 Alain Voge Cornas VV $60.
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#609 Post by Josh Grossman » May 27th, 2020, 4:15 pm

Andre M wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 3:58 pm
2015 Alain Voge Cornas VV $60.
Thanks. Have some of this in the cellar already--but just got more.

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#610 Post by Scott Watkins » May 27th, 2020, 4:55 pm

Josh Grossman wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Andre M wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 3:58 pm
2015 Alain Voge Cornas VV $60.
Thanks. Have some of this in the cellar already--but just got more.
Wow that's a good price!
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#611 Post by Rich K0rz€nk0 » May 27th, 2020, 5:10 pm

Yeah, I had to pull the trigger there too, thx for the heads up
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#612 Post by cjsadler » May 28th, 2020, 8:45 am

1998 Fontanafredda Barolo up now.
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#613 Post by mike pobega » May 28th, 2020, 9:42 am

Grabbed 2.
Best CT notes of all so far.

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#614 Post by mike pobega » May 29th, 2020, 4:03 pm

Just put the Coravin into the 1996 Fontanafredda Barolo Lazzarito Vigna la Delizia and am quite happy. Its fully resolved with notes of soft red berries and the tiniest note of mint. Soft and pleasing, I went for four more.

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#615 Post by Shannon M » May 30th, 2020, 5:46 pm

Hi, I am a regular wtso buyer and was excited to see a community of people who shop there regularly. I am mainly a collector and drinker of Italian wines, which I see are not too popular within this community. More for me! My most important lesson from reading this thread was that I should be storing wine I buy if I find a great deal through the summer. I recently stored a few shipments to spread out because I think the fed ex guy is starting to worry about my drinking. My bottles of 2015 Donna Olga Brunello shipped yesterday and will be sitting on a truck from NJ until its delivery on Monday! Praying for cooler temps!
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#616 Post by mike pobega » May 30th, 2020, 5:55 pm

Welcome to the board, Shannon!

Request your wines to ship on Mondays from WTSO. Watch the weather. Have fun.

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#617 Post by joejolesch » May 30th, 2020, 9:09 pm

Shannon M wrote:
May 30th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Hi, I am a regular wtso buyer and was excited to see a community of people who shop there regularly. I am mainly a collector and drinker of Italian wines, which I see are not too popular within this community. More for me! My most important lesson from reading this thread was that I should be storing wine I buy if I find a great deal through the summer. I recently stored a few shipments to spread out because I think the fed ex guy is starting to worry about my drinking. My bottles of 2015 Donna Olga Brunello shipped yesterday and will be sitting on a truck from NJ until its delivery on Monday! Praying for cooler temps!
Welcome to the board! I think you’ll find that there’s a broad range of styles and devotees, including Italian wines. Recently, there was a lot of excitement around ‘16 produttori, ‘16 monsanto ccr, etc. I just got my first ‘15 Brunellos last week which is likely the last delivery I’ll take until September.

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#618 Post by Jay $$ Winton » May 31st, 2020, 10:14 am

I've gotten some very good brunellos around $30 including a 2012 riserva recently that is excellent. Don't hesitate as they sell out pretty quickly. WTSO also a good source for white Sancerre at very reasonable prices. 2019 looks to be an excellent vintage for the Loire. Always ask that any applicable discount codes be applied-usually for 4 bottle minimum orders.
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#619 Post by Shannon M » June 1st, 2020, 6:47 am

Thanks for the welcome and good advice! I have only ever recieved a 5 dollar discount for a friend referral. Where do I find out more about discounts? Because of this thread, I signed up for the sneak peek into "today's wine offers" and then saw that they will notify me via text if I have interest in a bottle! Love that!
Definitely will not make that mistake with a Friday plus warm weather delivery and will hold anything of interest until at least October. Last year was a scorcher well into the end of September! Luckily here in the midwest our temperatures cooled to 40s at night this past weekend. So hopefully my Brunello's were not harmed in transit.
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Re: Official WTSO thread

#620 Post by cjsadler » June 1st, 2020, 1:07 pm

Jay $$ Winton wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 10:14 am
I've gotten some very good brunellos around $30 including a 2012 riserva recently that is excellent. Don't hesitate as they sell out pretty quickly. WTSO also a good source for white Sancerre at very reasonable prices. 2019 looks to be an excellent vintage for the Loire. Always ask that any applicable discount codes be applied-usually for 4 bottle minimum orders.
So do you put a note in your order about discounts? Or call them and ask as soon as the order is placed?
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#621 Post by Jay $$ Winton » June 2nd, 2020, 6:49 am

cjsadler wrote:
June 1st, 2020, 1:07 pm
Jay $$ Winton wrote:
May 31st, 2020, 10:14 am
I've gotten some very good brunellos around $30 including a 2012 riserva recently that is excellent. Don't hesitate as they sell out pretty quickly. WTSO also a good source for white Sancerre at very reasonable prices. 2019 looks to be an excellent vintage for the Loire. Always ask that any applicable discount codes be applied-usually for 4 bottle minimum orders.
So do you put a note in your order about discounts? Or call them and ask as soon as the order is placed?
I say in my email: Please apply any applicable discount codes.
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Re: Official WTSO thread

#622 Post by J a y H a c k » June 2nd, 2020, 9:13 am

Shannon M wrote:
May 30th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Hi, I am a regular wtso buyer and was excited to see a community of people who shop there regularly. I am mainly a collector and drinker of Italian wines, which I see are not too popular within this community. More for me! My most important lesson from reading this thread was that I should be storing wine I buy if I find a great deal through the summer. I recently stored a few shipments to spread out because I think the fed ex guy is starting to worry about my drinking. My bottles of 2015 Donna Olga Brunello shipped yesterday and will be sitting on a truck from NJ until its delivery on Monday! Praying for cooler temps!


Welcome. I have been buying from WTSO for years and I use it, in many situations, to try out a couple bottles of wine that I am unfamiliar with. My favorite was a bottle of 2002 Piper Heidsieck Rare, which I bought because the bottle looked like it belonged in a Bordello. It was free shipping for only one bottle, but when I put it into a blind flight with 2 other 2002 top of the line Champagnes, about two thirds of the group picked it as #1 of the flight, and a couple thought it was the best wine of the entire night.

You might want to consider adopting a similar approach when you can get free shipping on one bottle, or sometimes 3 bottles when the wine is inexpensive. Try something that is out of your wheelhouse and you might find that you like it.
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