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Following Wines Til Sold Out – Gift and Magnum Marathons, December 2013

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

WTSO logo 2012As a self-appointed chronicler of WTSO (Wine Til Sold Out) deals, I want to bring to your attention the details of not one, but two of the events WTSO conducted in December. The first event was done as part of the CyberMonday on December 2nd – it was a Gift Marathon. The event was different from the typical WTSO Marathon – all the wines were offered as gift sets consisting of one bottle of wine and two Riedel varietally correct glasses. There were no minimums, and you could specify multiple shipping addresses, which greatly simplifies wine gift giving. New sets were offered 36 times, from 8 AM Eastern until midnight – there was a lesser number of wines offered, as some of the gift sets were repeated. I was not able, unfortunately, capture all the prices – from the few that I did, I can say that some of the gift sets were great deals, like Sassicaia at $149 – this is much better than the regular price of that wine alone, forget the gift set packaging. Overall, there were quite a few great deals offered.

The second event was Magnum Marathon on Thursday, December 12th, from 8 AM Eastern until the midnight. There were 57 offers, with most of the wines coming as 1.5 liter bottles (magnum), and few of the 3 liter bottles (double magnums). Prices per bottle ranged from $24.99 to $499, and the minimum quantities (to get free shipping) were from 1 to 3. What was interesting is that for the first time that I remember, both marathons featured a 100-point wines. And both events were “no holds barred” type, with some of the best known names being present, such as Cristal, Heitz, Caymus, Joseph Phelps and others.

Without further ado, I will leave you on with the data. Yes, my collection was somewhat lacking this time, so you will see some missing data as to pricing and source of ratings – oh well, I hope you will still find it interesting.

As usual, before I will leave you with the data, here is the guide to the rating abbreviations: WS – Wine Spectator, WA – Wine Advocate, ST – Steven Tanzer, WE – Wine Enthusiast, WRO –  Wine Review Online, W&S – Wine and Spirits, JS – James Suckling, RP – Robert Parker, JHN – Jonathan H. Newman, D – Decanter Magazine, rating goes in stars ( 5 stars is max), JH – James Halliday, TRR – The Rhone Report, BH – Burghound, IWR – International Wine Report, TLC – The Library Collection, PR – Pinot Report.

Gift Marathon:

Time Wine Rating Price
11:30p Sojourn Cellars Rodger’s Creek Vineyard Sonoma Pinot Noir 2011 Gift Set PR94 $59.99
10:51p Brunello Conti Costanti 2007 Gift Set WA96 $74.99
10:30p Silver Oak Cabernet Alexander Valley 2009 Gift Set $79.99
10:00p Merryvale Merlot Napa Valley Oak Knoll 2007 Gift Set 92
9:33p Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 95
8:42p Veuve Clicquot Brut Rose Champagne N/V Gift Set 90
8:30p Donna Olga Brunello di Montalcino 2007 Gift Set JS93 $49.99
8:00p Clarendon Hills Cabernet Hickinbotham 2006 Clarendon, Aus. Gift Set WA96 $74.99
7:30p White Burgundy 1er Cru Meursault Perrieres 2007 Gift Set 94
6:57p Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet 2009 Gift Set WA93 $99.99
6:29p Champagne Veuve Ponsardin Clicquot Brut NV ‘Yellow Label’ Gift Set 90
5:48p Champagne Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon 2003 Gift Set 94
 5:21p Merryvale Cabernet 2009 Napa Valley Gift Set 91
 4:56p Champagne G.H. Mumm Cuvee R Lalou Prestige 1998 Gift Set 93
 4:37p Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Gift Set 91
4:10p Ribera del Duero Gran Reserva 2001 Bodegas Balbas Gift Set 96
3:34p Magie Rouge Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Gift Set WA94+ $79.99
3:15p Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 Gift Set 92
2:46p Caymus Vineyards Cabernet 2011 Napa Valley Gift Set $84.99
2:30p Clos du Marquis 2010 Saint-Julien Gift Set 96
2:00p Silver Oak Cabernet Alexander Valley 2009 Gift Set $79.99
1:30p Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut N/VGift Set WS93 $74.99
1:08p Joseph Phelps ‘Insignia’ Proprietary Red 2009 Gift Set 96
12:55p Sojourn Cellars Rodger’s Creek Vineyard Sonoma Pinot Noir 2011 Gift Set PR94 $59.99
12:38p Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Reserve 2010 Gift Set 95
12:10p Champagne Philippe Prie Brut Tradition N/V Gift Set 91
11:50a Sassicaia Super Tuscan Tenuta San Guido 2010 Gift Set WA96 $149.99
11:28a Brunello Conti Costanti 2007 Gift Set WA96 $74.99
10:54a Corton Charlemagne 2006 Grand Cru Chardonnay Domaine Louis Latour Gift WE95 $84.99
10:32a The Prisoner By Orin Swift 2012 Gift Set WA90 $59.99
10:10a Bouchard Pere & Fils Le Corton Grand Cru Rouge 2008 Gift Set WA94 $74.99
9:40a Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet 2009 Gift Set WA93 $99.99
9:19a Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne Brut Cuvee Belle Epoque 2004 Gift Set WS92 $119.00
9:00a Chiappini Guado de Gemoli 2009 Super Tuscan By Emiliano Falsini Gift Set 100
8:30a Cristal Champagne Brut 2005 Louis Roederer Gift Set 97
8:00a BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Set 94

Magnum  Marathon:

Time Wine Rating MSRP Price M.Btls %off
12:00a Our 2013 Magnum Marathon is officially over (sad) but what an awesome day! Hoping all of you had a chance to score some “BIG” wine deals!
12:00a Brunello DOCG MastroJanni Estate 2007 JS95 $95.00 $39.99 3 58%
11:46p Eagles Trace 2006 ‘Latitude 38’ Magnum (1.50L) Conn Valley $300.00 $199.99 1 33%
11:11p Brut Champagne N/V Piper HeidsieckcMagnum (1.50L) WS93 $100.00 $64.99 2 35%
 10:33p Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2005 1.50L Magnum WE97 $750.00 $499.99 1 33%
10:00p Domaine Du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvee Vieilles Vignes IWR91 $150.00 $54.99 2 63%
9:38p Ribera del Duero Clave de Tabula 2008 Bodegas Tabula Magnum (1.50L) WA95+ $300.00 $129.99 1 57%
9:07p Chateau de Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2010 Magnum (1.50L) IWR90 $55.00 $28.99 2 47%
8:36p Fontanafredda Barolo Reserva ‘Tilson’ 1997 Limited Edition (1.50L) $450.00 $119.00 1 73%
8:06p Mont-Redon Rouge 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Magnum (1.50L) ST92 $150.00 $54.99 1 56%
8:01p Eagle Trace Conn Valley Cabernet 2006 Double Magnum (3.0L) $300.00 $199.00 1 33%
7:30p Red Bordeaux Castillon Cote de Bordeaux Chateau Hyot 2010 Magnum (1.50L) WS90 $45.00 $24.99 2 44%
7:00p I Giusti & Zanza Dulcamara Super Tuscan 2009 Magnum (1.50L) $175.00 $54.99 2 69%
6:45p Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2008 Magnum (1.50L) WE93 $225.00 $99.99 1 56%
6:15p Brunello Magnum (1.50L) La Mannella 2007 WE95 $160.00 $99.99 1 38%
5:47p Champagne Philippe Prie Brut Tradition N/V Magnum (1.50L) WS91 $125.00 $49.99 2 60%
5:27p Super Tuscan Magnum (1.50L) Cabreo Il Borgo 2010 Tenute del Cabreo JS91 $135.00 $79.99 1 41%
5:20p Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet 2005 Magnum (1.50L) WS93 $400.00 $249.99 1 38%
5:02p Ribera Del Duero Reserva Miros De Ribera 2004 Bodegas Penafiel Magnum (1.50L) WS92 $120.00 $39.99 2 67%
4:37p Domus Vitae Brunello DOCG 2007 By Attilio Pagli Magnum (1.50L) WA93 $160.00 $69.99 2 56%
4:23p Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne ‘La Cigalette’ 2011 Domaine de Dionysos Magnum IWR91 $80.00 $29.99 3 63%
4:19p Heitz Cellar Trailside Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (1.50L) 93 $189.99 $129.99 1 32%
4:07p Paulo Scavino Barolo Bric Fiasc 2006 Magnum (1.50L) WA95 $325.00 $199.99 1 38%
3:48p Veuve Clicquot Magnum ‘Yellow Label’ Brut Champagne NV WS92 $150.00 $82.09 1 45%
3:36p I Balzini White Label I.G.T. Rosso 2006 Magnum (1.50L) WS93 $130.00 $49.99 2 62%
3:24p Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2007 Magnum (1.50L) WS93 $250.00 $99.99 1 60%
2:54p Maroon Cabernet Signature Reserve Napa Valley 2010 Magnum (1.50L) $90.00 $44.99 2 50%
2:43p Podere Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione I.G.T. Alta Valle Della Greve 2009 Magnum WA94+ $200.00 $119.00 1 40%
2:36p Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV Magnum (1.50L) WS93 $225.00 $99.00 1 56%
2:27p Domaine Chene Macon Milly-Lamartine 2012 Magnum (1.50L) JHN91 $55.00 $24.99 2 55%
2:20p Burgess Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet 2009 (1.50L) Magnum $128.00 $59.99 1 53%
1:53p Chateau Haut Gravet St. Emilion Grand Cru 2010 Magnum (1.50L) JS92 $105.00 $54.99 2 48%
1:32p Amarone 2007 Magnum Tenuta Lena di Mezzo Monte del Fra (1.50L) WS93 $119.00 $59.99 1 50%
1:25p Jarvis Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2004 1.50L Magnum WE96 $350.00 $319.00 1 9%
12:57p Mont-Redon Rouge 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Magnum (1.50L) ST92 $125.00 $54.99 1 56%
12:49p Jean-Luc Colombo Cornas La Louvee 2006 Magnum (1.50L) WS93 $250.00 $99.99 1 60%
12:23p I Giusti & Zanza Perbruno Syrah Toscana 2010 Magnum (1.50L) WE95 $110.00 $59.99 1 45%
12:16p Burgess Cabernet 2002 Vintage Selection Napa Valley Magnum (1.50L) WRO90 $116.00 $44.99 2 61%
11:54a Champagne Charles de Cazanove Brut NV Magnum (1.5L) WS92 $125.00 $59.99 1 52%
11:38a Eagles Trace Conn Valley Napa Cabernet 2006 Magnums (1.50L) $150.00 $99.99 1 33%
11:30a I Balzini Black Label 2006 Tuscan Red Wine Dai Colli Della Toscana Magnum (1.5L) WS92 $130.00 $49.99 1 62%
11:20a Grand Cru Blanc 2009 Louis Latour Magnum (1.50L) Corton-Charlemagne IWR98 $225.00 $159.99 1 29%
11:08a Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (1.50L) Magnum WS88 $400.00 $249.99 1 38%
11:00a Brunello Magnum (1.50L) Vertical 3-Pack Scopone 06/07/08 94 51%
10:38a Chateau de Macard Bordeaux Superieur 2010 Magnum (1.50 L) IWR90 $55.00 $28.99 2 47%
10:32a Joseph Phelps Insignia 2010 Magnum (1.50L) ST94 $600.00 $369.99 38%
10:12a Sette Ponti Oreno 2010 Magnum (1.50L) JS96 $225.00 $134.99 1 40%
10:04a St. Supery Napa Valley Cabernet 2005 (1.50L) Magnum WE90 $80.00 $49.99 2 38%
9:47a Domaine Du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Cuvee Vieilles Vignes IWR91 $150.00 $54.99 2 63%
9:35a Franco Martinetti Barolo Marasco 2008 Magnum (1.50L) 93 40%
9:31a Jordan Cabernet Alexander Valley 2003 Magnums (1.50L) 34%
9:22a Champagne Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2005 1.50L Magnum WE97 $750.00 $499.99 1 33%
9:19a Howell Mountain Cabernet 2007 Ladera Vineyards Magnum (1.5L) 93 20%
9:00a Cotes du Rhone 2011 Domaine de Dionysos ‘La Deveze’ Magnum (1.50L) 90 62%
8:41a Guado De Gemoli 2009 Super Tuscan Magnum (1.50L) WE100 38%
8:19a Corton Grand Cru 2007 Domaine Louis Latour (1.50L) Magnum 92 65%
8:16a Burgess Cellars Napa Cabernet Vintage Selection 2001 Magnum (1.50L) 89 60%
8:00a Super Tuscan (1.50L) La Torre “Esse” 2010 95 58%
before Brut Champagne N/V Piper Heidsieck Magnum (1.50L) WS93 $100.00 $64.99 2 35%

That’s all I have for you for today, folks. Did you get anything during either one of the marathons? What do you think of the deals?
Cheers!

  1. December 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    That is quite the impressive list. Wow. Didn’t seem that impressive as I was following it. And the Sassicaia deal is really amazing! Did you buy any?

    • talkavino
      December 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      no, I didn’t buy any. Those which I saw, were either not interesting or outside of my budget. And those which I would love to get, like 2002 Burgess magnum, I didn’t even see…

      • December 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

        Yeah, I had the same feeling…nothing REALLY tickled my fancy.

      • December 19, 2013 at 6:03 am

        I was flying that day and missed most of the deals, would have loved some ’02 Burgess. I did snag some of the gift sets and am dying to try the Clarendon Hills. Thanks for the recap, cheers….

        • talkavino
          December 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

          Yes, I would love to get the 2002 as well, but it was available for such a short time, I’m sure it was very difficult.
          Clarendon Hills makes some of the consistently best wines in Australia – this should be a treat!

  2. December 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Great list, thank you for posting.

  3. December 19, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I bit on a magnum of, wait for it, … Champagne.

    • talkavino
      December 19, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Cristal, I presume? 🙂

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