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. 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!
We haven’t done a proper Eliminator since last October, so we have a full eight wines available today. All of these are in the warehouse and available for immediate pickup.
2011 Full Pull & Friends Chardonnay (FPF-13)
We do physical inventory about once quarterly, and our most recent one unearthed four extra cases of what we thought was a sold out wine. Oops! The wine comes from two vineyards, one of which is a prominent Columbia Gorge vineyard, the other an excellent Chardonnay site in the greater Columbia Valley. The nose is immediately appealing: apple and lemon fruit, leesy brioche, chalky minerality, and lovely maturing hazelnut notes. Loads of complexity; suggestions of maturity. It will be a joy to watch its savory tertiary notes (hazelnut and corncob) evolve from subtleties and gain prominence. 48 bottles available.
2010 Veglio Barbaresco
Well-priced Barbaresco from a producer exported regularly to northern Europe, but very rarely to the US. Wine Enthusiast (Kerin O’Keefe): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.” 63 bottles available.
2012 Manni Nossing Kerner
Outrageous, maturing Kerner from the Alto Adige. I’ve stashed away my bottles, and that leaves 43 bottles remaining. Vinous (Antonio Galloni): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHLED]. 94pts.”
2012 Maison Bleue Metis Rouge
We’re down to our final 86 bottles of Jon Meuret’s GSM blend (heavy on the ‘S’, at a full 70% Syrah; the remainder 25% Grenache and 5% Mourvedre) from head-turning vineyards: Boushey, Boushey-McPherson, Upland, and Ciel du Cheval. Look for notes of plum, star anise, and a plate full of smoked meats and sausages (thank you Boushey fruit!). The texture is positively brimming with verve and energy, especially impressive considering the rich (14.5% listed alc) fruit involved.
2014 Neyers Mourvedre Evangelho Vineyard
We never offered this one previously. I was recently afforded the opportunity to taste with Bruce Neyers, who, in addition to doing national sales for Kermit Lynch, also produces incredible wines from some of California’s oldest vineyards under the Neyers Vineyards label. This Mourvedre, from 125-year-old vines, was a total showstopper, full of palate-staining old-vine purity, and real wildness and intensity. It’s small-production to begin with (137 cases), and then a mere 4 cases (48 bottles) were allocated for the entire state of Washington. As soon as I tasted the wine, I asked to buy out whatever remained. We have 44 bottles available today of what I consider to be a singular American wine.
2013 Crowley Chardonnay Four Winds Vineyard
Just 21 bottles remaining of this tiny-production (75 cases), rarely-seen-in-Washington single-vineyard Chard from Tyson Crowley. If Tyson’s Willamette Valley bottling is like a good White Burg, perhaps this is his homage to Chablis. The nose is an expressive mix of lemon oil and green papaya, wood spice and flinty minerality. In the mouth, you sense right away that this is palate-coating Chardonnay, getting to every nook and cranny with its mouthwatering flavors. Juicy, nervy, and intense, this hums across the palate and rolls into a long, lip-smacking finish. What a live wire!
2008 Scarborough Cabernet Sauvignon “Stand Alone”
Before our former neighbor moved to a new location, Travis Scarborough let us raid his library stash. One of the best wines we tasted was this 2008 Cabernet, from Boushey and Alder Ridge vineyards. The maturing aromatic profile is earthy and funky, with mushroom and savory beef stock notes to go with a core of black fruits. The palate mix of rich (14.2% listed alc), zesty, brambly fruit and earthy savory notes is balanced and compelling. An immediate gratification play, right near peak drinking. 12 bottles remaining.
2012 Figgins Estate Red Wine
Little needs to be said here. Just look at the producer involved, the vintage, and the piddling number of bottles available, which totals (gulp) 9.
All these wines are in the warehouse and available for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.
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