Hello friends. The Eliminator is back!
Based on the name of the final American Gladiators challenge (see link for an excellent example of the original Eliminator, and also for an epic blond ‘80s mullet), this is where we eliminate extra bottles that have accumulated for one reason or another (some reasons purposeful; others accidental/stupid/I-don’t-wanna-talk-about-it).
A reminder: we handle this offer a little differently than most. These will be first-come first-served, and the upper order limits will be the number of extra bottles in the warehouse (with one exception). So, if we have 15 bottles left, and you want all 15, and you’re the first to jump in, they’re yours.
This gives slight advantage to longer-term list members. Our offers are throttled, and it takes about two hours to send offers to the entire list. So the old-heads will get a bit of a head-start (much like the Gladiators Eliminator, but with fewer tassels), but list newbies will be nipping at their heels!
All of these bottles are in the warehouse and available for immediate pickup.
From the Tuscan coast comes this hearty, seductive Sangiovese-driven beauty. Originally a $25 wine, we secured a sweet price drop if we took the entire parcel; hence some extra bottles. It’s earthy and savory, full of spicy tomato paste and raspberry, angostura bitters and brewed coffee. In a 90pt review, Antonio Galloni put the drinking window at 2013-2019 (so we’re entering the peak of the peak), saying “A Quo is fabulous. I expected to find a rich, powerful wine given the year, instead the 2011 A Quo is fresh, vibrant and beautifully delineated.” 55 bottles available.
I blame fatherhood’s atrophying effects on the cerebral cortex for my inability to recall how we ended up long on this wine. I literally have no idea how we wound up with 25 extra bottles. With so few extras, I needn’t say much. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this would be a glorious pink for the turkey table. It’s a concrete-raised Grenache-dominant delight, all minerally goodness to match the strawberry-cucumber fruit.
This one I remember perfectly. It took a sturdy volume commitment to secure our best pricing since the 2008 vintage (twenty bucks for Barbaresco is just unfair), and we wound up with 77 extra bottles. This was originally offered at an awkward time for Nebbiolo (July). October? Perfect Nebbiolo season. Fire up the polenta and mushrooms, crack a bottle of Tintero, and call it a day. The 2011 vintage is known for accessibility, so this is an immediate gratification play.
We went long on this lovely Gigondas back in March, taking the entire remaining parcel of 2010 in Seattle. At this point, we may well be the only folks in the country with the lovely 2010 in stock (69 bottles remaining). MdlG is a traditional, old-school producer, with all fermentation in concrete, and maturation done in a combo of concrete and old foudres. The blend is very true to this part of the world: dominated by Grenache (80%), with equal tenths of Mourvedre and Cinsault. The nose presents a wonderful combination of fruit (brambly raspberry, dried cherry) and flower, hot-rock minerality and spice. It’s a hearty, red-blooded, honest Gigondas, coming into prime drinking window and prime drinking season. This will be a killer autumn-into-winter red.
From the oldest Merlot blocks at Klipsun (1990-planted), this is structured, burly, adult Merlot. For what it’s worth, I’ve put away more bottles of this in my cellar than any other FP&F wine to date. I think its ageing curve will be absolutely fascinating to watch. After raiding our stash for my personal needs, we have 37 bottles remaining. Oh, and I love the 19/20 review from Rand Sealey, who noted “if you like a brawny Merlot rather than an effete, silky one, this is for you.”
Glorious Cab from Travis Scarborough, this comes entirely from Wallula Vineyard. If you’re racking your brain about where you’ve seen Wallula Vineyard Cab, that would be Den Hoed’s Andreas bottling, which we’ve offered many times over, at price points that have reached as high as $85. It’s also from arguably the finest vintage of the past fifteen in Washington. Look for a compelling, maturing nose: dried cherry, cherry blossom, bay leaf, cocoa powder, and smoked paprika. It’s in a beautiful drinking window, offering a mix of fresh and dried fruits, integrating/softening tannins, and a long, rich, luscious finish. 23 bottles available.
We received such a piddling allocation this year that it didn’t make sense to include this with our main Betz autumn release offer. This wine has huge fans on the list, so I’ll say no more, except that we have 24 bottles available, and that we’re going to limit to 1 bottle per list member.
All these wines are in the warehouse and available for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.