rpm wrote:Very nice exposition - can you give the others an approximate total expense # for your 5-odd cases?
What do you think you no longer find interesting?
I wouldn't say all at Corison prices, but if we want to delve deeply at all into Napa Cabernet or even Sonoma Cabernet, one has to understand that they're not $20 wines.
Your comments about pricing are interesting, too. Discount policies varied. While we can make no promises, as it's really a decision each winery makes, this is something under discussion among the brain trust - our 'ask' is likely to be extending at least club pricing to Tourists. The problem there is if a winery does that, and people only buy a bottle or two, it's a bust. OTOH, if they do, and everyone buys 1/2 case or so, it's a win-win (except to our budgets....)
Well, I'm no longer so interested in Zinfandels now that I know some of thir various styles (hard to make them as interesting as nobler or darker grapes). Also never got into highly-processed ripe wines like Caton's, though others love it! I'm still interested in most of the rest, but some of the bigger wines I'll leave for those who like them better. I'm picky about PSs, so I can lose some of them too. Really I'll only drink ridiculously fruit-forward PSs like Turley or Quixote because they're just so fun and lush, and have no pretensions to being anything but outrageously sweet deep fruit. OTOH I have a lt to explore, but many are just fairly flat red-fruited wines, sometimes with harsh tannins.
I'm also not 100% sold on CA Pinots that have no funk, and are entirely red fruit. Nice, but I want funk and mineral. Burgundy has spoiled me! Yet I still really like them, and others love them. The 06 KR estate PN is really good atm for the CA red style.
Furthermore it takes a really good Chardonnay to keep me from my Chablis! I'm becoming a mineral hound.
I also have 18 of the 03 Corison Napa Cab. That's probably slight overkill, since I have a case of the 02, some in several other years, and some verticals in the Kronos too. So if someone's rather short on their Corison stash I might be able to help them!
Oh sublime wines at $25-50 are also worth it, if they start to compete with good claret in quality! I'd hope we'd mix great makers with good QPR as you did last time. And I presume that while we might be going back to one or two previous places there will be a lot of new spots to visit. Surely with 15-20 people buying some wine at club prices they make money? Surely even club prices are pretty damn profitable: IIRC Winery prices are a lot more than they get for selling bottles to restaurants, or to woot!
Oh yes, did I mention that I just met the CEO of Mouton-Rothschild, who happens to be dating a friend of mine in Bordeaux? I think they own Opus One and a few of the better expensive-end Napa wineries, assuming we'd not be flying to Pauillac.
- CORRECTION 20 bottles from Kent Rasmussen, @360/case
- a case from Wellington @average say $20=240/case
- half a case from Corison, 2x80Kr 3x60NC 1x20CR =
- a case from Buena Vista, about $360
- half a dozen Faux Chablis, 120
- four more Michigan Riesling from Scott H, 100
620 240 360 360 120 100+ = $1800 (+-$100,est.)
I also picked up a case or so of wines I'd pre-bought via the internets, and I've have bought something at Kunde had I not already a whole case of their reserve 05 Cab.