stevey posted:sunnylea57 posted:stevey posted:sunnylea57 posted:
$250 for l'Apparita?
I was at Castello di Ama and they were selling the 2014 L'Apparita for €185 at the cellar door. This translates to CDN$280, so LCBO price is not unreasonable.
$129 USD from Wine Cellarage in NY.
Wine Cellarage doesn't have inventory and $129 is a futures price requiring minimum order of 6 bottles, so not exactly the same thing. Nevertheless, I have no doubt that some US retailers will sell for less but merely pointing out that in this case LCBO is selling cheaper than if you were to get the same wine directly from source.
We also visited Castello di Ama 2 weeks ago and Lorenza did not charge us for any of the wines we drank. I guess we should be appreciative. But I saw 2015 L'Apparita at Bruno Dalmazio's enoteca in Montalcino priced at 155 Euros, and the two Chianti crus were priced at 160 Euros.. The small price difference reflects volumes bottled. Whatever price you use, it seems that the $250 Classics price is not horribly out of line with home-market pricing.
In any case, I did not think the 2015's were worth the price. You'd do much better sourcing older vintages in the US. And if you want the 2015, then wait for the launch blitz to subside and see what promotions you find because there was quite a large number of bottles produced.