What's better than a mag? Better than 2? A MAGNUM VERTICAL (Halcon Vineyards)

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What's better than a mag? Better than 2? A MAGNUM VERTICAL (Halcon Vineyards)

#1 Post by Todd F r e n c h » January 27th, 2013, 12:58 pm

How can you call yourself a wine geek unless you serve up three sequential magnums of the same wine to impress your wine geek friends? Anything short of that and you might as well buy two-buck-and-a-half Chuck, or Mexican Cabernet Sauvignon if you live in Tuscany. Oh yeah, and free ground shipping!

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A vertical of 2009, 2010, 2011 Halcon Alturas magnums. $165, free ground shipping. 12 available.

2010 Alturas at the pre-release price - $30/btl for 3-5, $25/btl for 6-11, $20/btl for 12+, free ground shipping.

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#2 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 27th, 2013, 1:00 pm

How is there a mag of the '11 but no standard bottle release yet?

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#3 Post by David_T » January 27th, 2013, 1:02 pm

Easiest purchase all day. The 09 Alturas was my favorite BerserkerDay discovery last year and at $20/btl on case buys, probably my QPR of the year. I bought the 2011 Prado & Esquisto too with the pre-release letter on the Halcon site though they're not mentioned in the offer. This should age like a gem, even more so in magnum.
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#4 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:04 pm

kylemittskus wrote:How is there a mag of the '11 but no standard bottle release yet?
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The 2011 will be bottled 2/22. Will offer the the 750s in the fall. The Mags are a Berserker special preview.
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#5 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:05 pm

There are eight sets of the mags left.
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#6 Post by Todd David » January 27th, 2013, 1:06 pm

How do we order?

(might be a silly question)

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#7 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:06 pm

I have a little of the 2009 Alturas left. Feel free to mix in with the 2010 (at the same pricing).
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#8 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:07 pm

To order send an email to info@halconvineyards.com.
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#9 Post by John F. Ingram » January 27th, 2013, 1:07 pm

+1 This is really good juice and as has been said a crazy QPR.

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#10 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:08 pm

Here are the latest Alturas reviews from Jeb at TheRhoneReport:

"Showing beautifully from barrel, and now from bottle, the 2010 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas is a beautiful Syrah that readers should not miss. Made from 100% Syrah (harvest on October 22nd) that was aged in a scant 30% new French oak, it possesses a deep ruby/purple, semi-opaque color to go with classic Syrah aromas and flavors of blackberry styled fruits, chalky minerality, spice, sappy herbs, and hints of violet. Very classy and pure on the palate, with a medium to full-bodied texture, integrated acidity, ripe tannin, and an overall fresh, poised feel, it needs a solid decant if drinking anytime soon, and will shine for over a decade. I think it will be even better in another year or two. 93+

Tasted from barrel and even more lively and cool-climate in feel, the 2011 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas (100% Syrah, from incredibly low yields, that was aged in 20% new French oak puncheons) smells and tastes like a young, top-notch Côte-Rôtie. It offers up perfumed aromas of raspberry, flowers, liquid mineral, cracked pepper, and sautéed bacon to go with a medium-bodied, elegant, gorgeously pure palate. It does not have the weight of the ’10, yet makes up for it with its sheer balance, polish, and harmony. Ripe, silky tannin emerges on the finish, and while it should be reasonably approachable on release, will benefit from short term cellaring, and have upwards of a decade of total longevity. It is impressive and readers need to get on this estate’s bandwagon! 91-94"
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#11 Post by brigcampbell » January 27th, 2013, 1:10 pm

In for a mag vertical. Email sent. Details coming when I actually read the directions...

OK - done. Sent everything into Paul.

Sweet!
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#12 Post by N. Justl » January 27th, 2013, 1:12 pm

Just sent an email for the mag vertical. Hope there are some left!
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#13 Post by Todd David » January 27th, 2013, 1:12 pm

Got an email confirmation. They're moving fast!

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#14 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 27th, 2013, 1:17 pm

Paul Gordon wrote:
kylemittskus wrote:How is there a mag of the '11 but no standard bottle release yet?
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The 2011 will be bottled 2/22. Will offer the the 750s in the fall. The Mags are a Berserker special preview.
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I have to keep my 750s vertical going!

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#15 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:21 pm

kylemittskus wrote:
Paul Gordon wrote:
kylemittskus wrote:How is there a mag of the '11 but no standard bottle release yet?
Kyle
The 2011 will be bottled 2/22. Will offer the the 750s in the fall. The Mags are a Berserker special preview.
flirtysmile

I have to keep my 750s vertical going!
Kyle - I will send you a sample bottle in late Feb.
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#16 Post by ky1em!ttskus » January 27th, 2013, 1:21 pm

Paul Gordon wrote:Kyle - I will send you a sample bottle in late Feb.
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#17 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 1:24 pm

Mags are SOLD OUT. Thanks to all!
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#18 Post by timmy roos » January 27th, 2013, 1:48 pm

Does anyone in norcal want to split a case w/ me?
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#19 Post by Greg Smith » January 27th, 2013, 1:49 pm

Went for a 6-pack. QPR seems great

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#20 Post by Scott Watkins » January 27th, 2013, 1:52 pm

David_T wrote:Easiest purchase all day. The 09 Alturas was my favorite BerserkerDay discovery last year and at $20/btl on case buys, probably my QPR of the year. I bought the 2011 Prado & Esquisto too with the pre-release letter on the Halcon site though they're not mentioned in the offer. This should age like a gem, even more so in magnum.
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#21 Post by JesseC » January 27th, 2013, 2:02 pm

timmy roos wrote:Does anyone in norcal want to split a case w/ me?
Ditto for SoCal (LA/OC); wifey will not be happy with more full cases sitting in the dining room!
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#22 Post by Ron F r e e d » January 27th, 2013, 2:07 pm

JesseC wrote:
timmy roos wrote:Does anyone in norcal want to split a case w/ me?
Ditto for SoCal (LA/OC); wifey will not be happy with more full cases sitting in the dining room!
Jesse, If you have some already ordered, I'd split with you...had family obligations that kept me away from about 9:15-now, but this is one of the things I was looking at...

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#23 Post by Jim Sawitzke » January 27th, 2013, 2:24 pm

Scott W wrote:
David_T wrote:Easiest purchase all day. The 09 Alturas was my favorite BerserkerDay discovery last year and at $20/btl on case buys, probably my QPR of the year. I bought the 2011 Prado & Esquisto too with the pre-release letter on the Halcon site though they're not mentioned in the offer. This should age like a gem, even more so in magnum.
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Me too. The 09 Alturas was my favorite discovery of 2012. If you like cool climate Syrah back up the truck on this one.
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#24 Post by timmy roos » January 27th, 2013, 2:26 pm

timmy roos wrote:Does anyone in norcal want to split a case w/ me?
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#25 Post by Carlton McCrindle » January 27th, 2013, 8:24 pm

What is left at this point? Thank you.

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#26 Post by Paul Gordon » January 27th, 2013, 9:29 pm

Carlton

The mags are gone but 2009 and 2010 Alturas available
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#27 Post by brigcampbell » March 13th, 2013, 8:50 pm

Paul, received my mag shipment, thank you.

Can you comment on drinking windows. Sounds like they all need to move to the back of the cellar.

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