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#1 Post by Eric Rose » July 10th, 2013, 11:44 am

I can't find ANY reviews on CT or elsewhere. The website for the winery given in the WTSO blurb doesn't even appear to be the right winery!
But I LOVE Amarone, so I am tempted.
Has anyone heard of this winery?

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#2 Post by M A T T H A R T L E Y » July 10th, 2013, 11:49 am

Information on Wine-Searcher is that there is one bottle of 1995 available for sale in Germany for $65.00.

I always wonder if there is not one vintage of this wine available for sale in some type of quantity anywhere in the world...something ain't right.
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#3 Post by Roberto Rogness » July 10th, 2013, 12:10 pm

That is some serious Amarone. We sold a lot of the 1990 Riserva (hand written in gold ink on each label as there was no DOC for Riserva!) a few years back.
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#5 Post by Jay $$ Winton » July 10th, 2013, 1:28 pm

I'm reading this vintage was problematic-true?
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#6 Post by Roberto Rogness » July 10th, 2013, 1:32 pm

With Amarone, you get a second shot at reaching your numbers when you dry the grapes. Rarely is there a truly "bad" vintage quality wise, weather effects quantity more with passito wines.
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#7 Post by Eric Rose » July 10th, 2013, 2:15 pm

Well, I have some more information that I just got by calling the importer (Superior Wine Selections), whose name is JUST BARELY visible on the photo of the bottle on the WTSO website. They were very helpful. Here is what I learned:

The winery is NOT "Villa Bellini", it is just "Bellini". They have no website. They are located in the village of Marano di Valpolicella and are run by a family named Campagnola.

The wine has never been imported to the U.S. before and has not been rated in U.S. publications.

After I spoke with them I found that there is a well-known winery named Campagnola based in that village (see http://www.campagnola.com/), so this is a bit mysterious. Perhaps the family had some reason to bottle some wine under a different label?

In any case, I bit the bullet and ordered 4 bottles. I chose to delay shipping until October but will try to post back my impressions!

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http://dwightthewinedoctor.blogspot.com ... ssful.html.

http://www.independent-wine-review.com/ ... arone.html

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#8 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 10th, 2013, 5:00 pm

CRAP! Missed it!
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#9 Post by J Fontamillas » July 11th, 2013, 12:24 pm

Chat about the latest deals here...

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#10 Post by Kyle Schlachter » July 11th, 2013, 12:59 pm

Bought several bottles of Domaine Latour Corton last cheapskate Wednesday. Opened upon arrival an noticed signs of leakage on two. I'm pretty sure i forgot to hold shipping and it went out during exceptionally hot week in Denver. Contacted them about replacements. All gone but they reimbursed the 2 bottles and said to keep them. I'll check on one soon to see if they were damaged, but excellent customer service!
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#11 Post by Ted Erfer » July 11th, 2013, 12:59 pm

This thread rated a 92 by Jonathan Newman!

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#12 Post by M A T T H A R T L E Y » July 11th, 2013, 1:11 pm

Jonathan Newman is loving this thread
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#13 Post by Kyle Schlachter » July 11th, 2013, 1:18 pm

But what's the member score???
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#14 Post by bob poirier » July 11th, 2013, 1:54 pm

Kyle Schlachter wrote:But what's the member score???
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#15 Post by GregT » July 11th, 2013, 6:54 pm

Isn't this like the third such thread?

They're the same as always. Some crap and some excellent deals. They've had some of our wines that were priced less than the former wholesale price.
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#16 Post by James Sanders » July 12th, 2013, 1:15 pm

92 Burghound/90 Tanzer NV champagne for $30 looks like a buy

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#17 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 12th, 2013, 3:04 pm

A 2011 (wow!) Oakville cab is up right now. Odd, as I thought these flash sites were for excess inventory - that's got to be the first Napa Cab I've seen on the market that wasn't a mass-produced wine.
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#18 Post by AlexS » July 12th, 2013, 3:05 pm

2011 Argyle Pinot for $16 per and free shipping on 6 is a great deal.
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#19 Post by AlexS » July 12th, 2013, 3:07 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:A 2011 (wow!) Oakville cab is up right now. Odd, as I thought these flash sites were for excess inventory - that's got to be the first Napa Cab I've seen on the market that wasn't a mass-produced wine.
Todd, what Cab was it??

I literally just checked and instead saw the Argyle Pinot deal, which is nothing to scoff at either...
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#20 Post by Scott Watkins » July 12th, 2013, 3:15 pm

Alex Stewart wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:A 2011 (wow!) Oakville cab is up right now. Odd, as I thought these flash sites were for excess inventory - that's got to be the first Napa Cab I've seen on the market that wasn't a mass-produced wine.
Todd, what Cab was it??

I literally just checked and instead saw the Argyle Pinot deal, which is nothing to scoff at either...
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#21 Post by Chris Seiber » July 12th, 2013, 3:22 pm

Alex Stewart wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:A 2011 (wow!) Oakville cab is up right now. Odd, as I thought these flash sites were for excess inventory - that's got to be the first Napa Cab I've seen on the market that wasn't a mass-produced wine.
Todd, what Cab was it??

I literally just checked and instead saw the Argyle Pinot deal, which is nothing to scoff at either...
Mockingbird Hill CS Oakville for $19, marked down from $40-something.

Interestingly, in looking at the last few vintages on CT, people report having paid around $15 a bottle for those vintages, so I wonder if this isn't a Zachys deal where you just think you're getting a bargain. Or maybe they sold through their last few vintages on WTSO also.

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#22 Post by AlexS » July 12th, 2013, 3:34 pm

Scott W wrote:
Alex Stewart wrote:
Todd F r e n c h wrote:A 2011 (wow!) Oakville cab is up right now. Odd, as I thought these flash sites were for excess inventory - that's got to be the first Napa Cab I've seen on the market that wasn't a mass-produced wine.
Todd, what Cab was it??

I literally just checked and instead saw the Argyle Pinot deal, which is nothing to scoff at either...
Your looking at Last Bottle...too many sites [swoon.gif]
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Yeah. I think this is a sign that all email lists need to be cancelled....

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#23 Post by GregT » July 12th, 2013, 7:21 pm

Odd, as I thought these flash sites were for excess inventory -
Todd - not at all.

You lose a winery, you dump their stuff to spoil the market for the new guy.

Just like the irritation of the oyster brings forth the pearl, it's bitchiness in the wine business that brings forth deals for the customer.

I know of wines cleared out stuff on WTSO for less than the former wholesale price. Not all the wines are J Newman selections.
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#24 Post by Jay $$ Winton » July 26th, 2013, 10:25 am

now WTSO is offering mystery wines
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#25 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 26th, 2013, 10:30 am

Merging threads
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#26 Post by Corey N. » July 26th, 2013, 10:44 am

Jay Winton wrote:now WTSO is offering mystery wines
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#27 Post by Jay $$ Winton » March 10th, 2014, 9:48 am

2010 eponymous cab up for 24.99. Grabbed 6-no brainier, IMO.
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#28 Post by b. c@stner » March 22nd, 2014, 5:18 am

Tabarrini Montefalco Colle Grimaldesco Montefalco Sagrantino 2008 for 24.99, free ship on 3. Deal?
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#29 Post by Todd F r e n c h » September 17th, 2014, 10:23 am

Nice price on the Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Borgogno Barolo Riserva Special Edition 2004 today ($39.99) - too bad I've had a couple mediocre experiences with Barolo lately, as I'm gun shy to buy more. (though the 'PININ' marking is odd - must be the 'special edition' part)
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#30 Post by K e v i n B. » September 17th, 2014, 10:55 am

something seems amiss on that offer... the suckling and WE scores appear to be for different wine if I am reading correctly... no such wine seems to exist in CT either... bad photo?
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#31 Post by Todd F r e n c h » September 17th, 2014, 11:02 am

K e v i n B. wrote:something seems amiss on that offer... the suckling and WE scores appear to be for different wine if I am reading correctly... no such wine seems to exist in CT either... bad photo?
that 'special edition' is the kicker...mysterious!!!
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#32 Post by ATaylor » September 22nd, 2014, 2:24 pm

2007 Castell di Veive Santo Stefano Riserva up for $39.99
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#33 Post by ATaylor » October 24th, 2014, 9:20 am

2 pack Giacosa - 1 2005 Falletto + 1 2005 Rocche Falletto for $239.99
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#34 Post by Jay $$ Winton » October 24th, 2014, 12:46 pm

just picked up some of the Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007 San Rustico ‘Gaso’ Great deal for $30, IMHO.
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#35 Post by scott davis » November 3rd, 2014, 1:55 pm

Keating 2008 Beckstoffer Georges III for $49.
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#36 Post by Nick T. » November 3rd, 2014, 1:58 pm

scott davis wrote:Keating 2008 Beckstoffer Georges III for $49.
Happy to jump on this offer.
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#37 Post by mattcitrang » November 3rd, 2014, 2:01 pm

The 08 is doing well right now.

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#38 Post by AKuehn » November 3rd, 2014, 2:07 pm

Drat! Sold out when I misentered my CC #. Shoot!
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#39 Post by M Nguyen » November 4th, 2014, 10:38 pm

2012 Keating Zinfandel 'Buchignani Vineyard' for 19.99.
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#40 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 5th, 2014, 9:08 am

M Nguyen wrote:2012 Keating Zinfandel 'Buchignani Vineyard' for 19.99.
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#41 Post by Edward H. Earles » November 5th, 2014, 5:21 pm

Glad to see this...I never realized that there was a WTSO thread on WB. I guess I'll have to bookmark it.

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#42 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 5th, 2014, 6:22 pm

Edward H. Earles wrote:Glad to see this...I never realized that there was a WTSO thread on WB. I guess I'll have to bookmark it.
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#43 Post by PeterH » November 5th, 2014, 6:24 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
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Or subscribe to the thread - even better!
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#44 Post by Jay $$ Winton » November 6th, 2014, 7:40 am

You can always call them if you find a wine you like and, if in stock, buy it. Free shipping with 4 bottles on most items. Also, if you're not a platinum member, ask to be as you get access to other wines.
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#45 Post by Edward H. Earles » November 6th, 2014, 12:25 pm

Thanks for the tip, Jay! I got upgraded to Platinum. I feel like a high roller now! [wow.gif]

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#46 Post by Loren Sonkin » November 6th, 2014, 3:36 pm

What is a platinum member and what are the benefits?
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#47 Post by b. c@stner » November 6th, 2014, 3:50 pm

They also have great customer service. I buy a bit from them, mostly drinkers/defenders. They ship when you want, change shipping dates short notice. Twice they have refunded corked bottles no questions asked, and the refund was in my account within 48 hours.
I guess domestic transfers don't take as long as those from France ;)

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#48 Post by Neal.Mollen » November 6th, 2014, 3:56 pm

Loren Sonkin wrote:What is a platinum member and what are the benefits?
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Loren Sonkin wrote:What is a platinum member and what are the benefits?
another offering generally (not always) higher end. When you log in, you will see a link to click. Occasionally, WTSO sent me a "private" list of offerings but I don't remember seeing any real deals. I use to have a connection at WTSO but she left;once in a while she would send me gratis wine [winner.gif]
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#50 Post by Edward H. Earles » November 8th, 2014, 10:35 am

Jay Winton wrote: I use to have a connection at WTSO but she left;once in a while she would send me gratis wine [winner.gif]
Has happened to me too, and I don't even know who my angel is! [wow.gif]

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