Hello friends. This is the third ever offer of what I like to call Sauron wines: wines requiring the full attention of Full Pull’s great lidless eye. Basically, these are wines with long delays between a strong review and the release date for the wine. The previous two Sauron wines, in case you’ve forgotten, were 2010 Maison Bleue Graviere in 2012 and 2008 Bunnell Horse Heaven Syrah in 2013.
Since then, the lidless eye has been taking it easy, keeping an eye on things via Palantir and just hanging out in Mordor with the Witch-King of Angmar. You know how it goes. But then earlier this year, the lidless eye stirred:
First, a word on logistics, because I know this is going to be a very popular wine. We’re going to place our order on Tuesday morning, so please submit requests by end of day Monday. You’ll see that we’re keeping the upper allocation limit relatively high (12 bottles). Apologies in advance if we have to under-allocate, but I suspect we’re going to snag a decent parcel of this wine, both because of our list’s long-term support for Evening Land, and because I’m not sure anyone else knows this wine is about to hit the market.
How do we know it’s about to hit the market?
The lidless eye of Full Pull, of course! It has been trained on the Willamette Valley for months now, awaiting word of this wine’s imminent transit. Our network of spies is vast and talented, and reliable sources tell me that this wine is about to land in the Emerald City. We might be jumping the gun a little, but I’d rather be too early than too late.
The great eye first turned towards this wine on January 22, when Wine Spectator Insider hit my inbox with the following review: Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 96pts.”
Given the combination of price, rating, and production (3000+ cases), I’d say this has a strong shot to land on Spectator’s year end Top 100 list. Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in the next week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.