Offer available through Monday, 3/6/2023, or as inventory lasts.
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Hi everyone –
There are rare wines and then there are RARE WINES.
First growth Bordeaux is not rare. Hundreds of thousands of bottles are produced. I can go to my local Total Wine and buy any of them today, choosing from multiple vintages.
Grand Cru Burgundy is not rare. Any decent wine shop might have some in stock, or at the very least I can order it online and have bottles shipped to me. Domaine Romanee Conti? Yes, that’s harder to find, but by no means impossible.
Even the hardest to find cult wines of Napa Valley are available for a price. If I’m willing to drop five thousand bucks on a bottle, there are plenty of wineries and wine shops that will overnight a bottle of Chateau Ego Trip to me. (And believe me, I’d pop that sucker of 15.8% hedonism right away and convince myself that it’s good to the last drop. You don’t spend that kind of money on wine without talking yourself into why you purchased it in the first place … just my humble opinion.)
But today we offer you what may be the rarest wines in America today, at well under $100 a bottle.
It’s a single vineyard, single parcel, 100% Garnacha Rioja covering the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015 vintages.
And only 30 bottles of each vintage came to America.
And Solo Vino bought them all.
You read that right.
Chuck and I both purchased a vertical set for ourselves. I might buy one more for a future wine class. That leaves 27 sets left.
What is this?
To begin with, it’s a rarity in the world of Rioja: a 100% Garnacha (Grenache) wine.
Huh? Wasn’t Rioja all about Tempranillo?
Yes, Tempranillo is the dominant grape in the region and the one that is most discussed. But here’s the interesting part: there are five grapes allowed to be used for red wines from Rioja, and they can be used in ANY QUANTITY. As a result, you can find Riojas with zero Tempranillo in them. It’s rare, but they are out there.
Secondly, it’s made by Miguel Angel de Grigorio, one of the leading proponents of terroir in Rioja and as well as being the legendary head of Finca Allende. This dude is the top of the top when it comes to Rioja winemakers. Read an interview with him at Grape Collective and you’ll understand.
Third, and arguably most importantly, it’s simply DAMN INCREDIBLE JUICE, as you’ll gather in the video below.
Let’s learn from the expert
Because there is so little info out there on these gems, we brought in Bryan Hinschberger of Bon Vivant imports to explain these wines, the winemaker, the philosophy, and some details on the five vintages. Bryan is great, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable fountain of information.
Verticals are offered first, then single vintages (if available)
We’re doing this offer in two parts.
The first part is an offering of a full five pack of the wines, one bottle each of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015, at a significant discount.
If after the weekend any wines are left, we will then offer single vintages at a slightly discounted price. Look for the email.
This offer is not for everyone. These are not cheap wines, but they are not super expensive. And considering the rarities that they are, in some ways they are a bargain.
If you’re into Rioja, if you’re into verticals, and if you’re into something super rare, grab ’em while you can. Also think ahead about upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, and gifts for the special people in your life. This could easily be the gift of the year for them.
No limit on the number of vertical packs you and purchase. First come, first served. If there is any wine left over next week we will offer single vintages with a small discount.
Sommelier and founder/owner of Twin Cities Wine Education
Offer is open Friday at 3:00pm central until Monday at 6:00pm central, or as inventory lasts.