I have been a regular buyer of HSS (I love the wine), but last year was the first year I only bought one bottle (typical 3 with a mag in various years).
This may be and probably is the year I stop buying. I have these going back to 2001, so tough decision, but as others have said in other topics, so many really good wines out there and much lower costs.
What are others doing?
I guess I can be talked into another purchase . . .
I was going to say that this is the price increase that pushed me off the list, but looking at my records I apparently didn’t order last year either. I do really enjoy the wine, so it’s not a trivial decision for me, but it is starting to feel a little above my comfort zone as an annual buy.
The 2014 sold for $295 from the winery. If you have Wine Searcher Pro, do a search on the 2014 HSS. There are 4 pages of stores selling the wine around the country! Low price is $245, and there are 40 stores selling it below $290. I think this wine is over distributed as it appears to be very easy to procure it in the open market versus getting locked in to a mailing list. Now that Parker is not around to give it 105 points in ripe vintages like 2007, every vintage is going to have the same demand profile.
I skipped buying from the list last year and still received an offer this year. This one is generally readily available at retail for less than list price. Plus never been fond of Shafer’s shipping costs. It’s my wife’s favorite so will continue to purchase via retail.
That’s actually a great comparison. IMO they have similar styles, more classic and muscular. Based on 2013 Shafer which I tried about 6 months prior to us having the 2013 Odette Reserve, the Odette was clearly the better wine. However, if 2015 is similar to 2002 (as some have said), the Shafer might be a totally different wine; a more feminine style? Btw, has anyone tried the 2015 Shafer, no notes on CT.
$310 from the mailing list when it sells for substantially less in the seconady market? They have to know it’s too much! Léoville Las Cases 2016 for less as well, they need to know this, and they also need to know that as good as Hillside Select is, it’s not 2016 Las Cases!
The pro move for Shafer at this point would be to list the wine at $310 or whatever, but then offer a modest “deal” to their mailing list customers. Buy six, get 15% off and free shipping, or something like that. Now they’re paying $263 a bottle, getting in slightly under retail, but Shafer gets to list the official price as $310.