A chard in CA's top ranks for $19??!! A case or two to be snapped up in a heartbeat...
Ah, it's good to have connections. After 15 years of selling wine in the Napa Valley, I feel like I almost am 100% plugged in. I certainly wouldn't have gotten this superb parcel if I was "the new guy", for sure. This is an absolutely crushing deal on a wine drinking utterly superbly, at just a mind-boggling low price. OH YES. It's bullet point time! Why to buy this wine:
- Thomas Rivers Brown, winemaker (seems like his name is coming up a lot lately, but hey, he is everywhere)
- The legendary Durell Vineyard, in Sonoma, home to many a $50-$100 chardonnay...
- $228 a case! Yes! Originally $540 a case! 58% off!
- only 400 cases made
- Drinking perfect right now! Elegant, Burgundian character...hazelnuts and minerals...
- Did I mention $18.95 a bottle and $228 a case?
Sans Permis is a now defunct project that began with ambitious goals (starting with TRB as winemaker). "Sad news...new producer doing everything right...but caught in the perfect economic storm just as he started...assuming good provenance I would buy them in a heartbeat...." --Robert Parker (posting on his website last year)
A friend we know recently purchased all the back stock of the wine and is offering it to us at an incredible price. Summer is coming...you'll need it! While it lasts...will sell out today! Arrives in one week. --Stefan
2006 Sans Permis Mon Favori Nordique Chardonnay Durell Vineyard $18.95! (list $45.00!)
$228 a case! ship it for $9.00 a case!
My notes: like a fattish Meursault. Great acid, mineral, flashy crispness, lemon creme, gooseberry, sweet crisp apples, roasted Meursault-like hazelnuttiness, nice texture, and balance. No-brainer at this price. Drink now!
Winery notes: "Shows a pale yellow-gold color. In the mouth, stone fruits, citrus, minerality and crisp acidity marry with a rich creamy mouthfeel to create an exceptionally fresh, vibrant wine. This Chardonnay is made from grapes sourced from the Durell Vineyard, host to both Dijon and Wente clones. This wine pays tribute to everything great California chardonnay can deliver."
Another bankruptcy sale in Sonoma
- Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 14, 2011.
Happening down here too.
We just had a 25 tonne winery with a replacement cost of $25-30M sell for <$4M.
Vineyards without a brand for the fruit have reduced from S30-100k per hectare to $10-25k per hectare