Stand back, please, everyone stand back. We’ve crossed the bargain-hunting streams of Wine.Woot and C&T Cellars, and there’s no telling what might happen.
You know us and what we do: track down ridiculous deals on great wines. Well, that’s what Trent Moffett of C&T Cellars does, only a little further upstream. As a négociant winemaker, he’s kind of a one-man Wine.Woot. He strikes deals with winemakers and wineries to purchase their grapes and wines at steep price breaks. Trent’s a native Napa-ite, so he knows people. He works the grapes or wines over as needed and bottles the results under his C&T Cellars label. The result is high-grade fruit from high-demand appellations turned into high-quality wines… at low, low prices. It’s either extremely savvy business or some kind of paranormal phenomenon.
Take, f’rinstance, this C&T Cellars 2006 Backyard Chard. You will be forgiven for assuming the price above is a typo, or that we’re selling three glasses instead of three bottles. It’s nigh-unto unheard-of for a Russian River Chardonnay to sell for this river-bottom price. We are talking about an appellation that’s widely celebrated for producing perfect Chardonnay, with a fine balance between acidity and fruit. And we’re talking about a stellar example of said Chardonnay, opening with apricot, peach, melon, and toasted oak aromas before a palate of citrus, melon, and oak, followed by a lingering, vibrant tropical finish. And Trent put it all together.
Then we, in turn, drove our usual hard bargain with Trent. That’s how we created this hybrid double-deal, with discounts coming and going. C&T does their thing before the bottle, we do ours after, and you do yours to finish the job. Of course, now that you know all this, there’s no reason your guests have to…
C & T Cellars Chardonnay
VINEYARD: The Russian River Appellation
VINEYARD: The Russian River AppellationHARVEST DATE: September 28th
BLEND: 100% Chardonnay, 96% Russian River, 4% Napa Valley
PRODUCTION: 728 cases
Barrel aged in neutral oak for 12 month, then put back into stainless
Rules and restrictions:
- Wine sold by winery (or a retailer in your state where necessary)
- You must be 21 or older to order
- Whoever receives the package must be 21 or older
- If you're drunk when the package shows up, you will not be allowed to receive it
- Wine cannot be delivered to a P.O. Box
- We highly recommend you use a business address as your shipping address
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- District Of Columbia
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
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