Garagiste put this out about 90 minutes ago.
"...which brings us to today’s behemoth of a beverage.
I think the “hype” surrounding the Mystery Wine Series has been played over and over and we should just cut to the chase with this. I’ve listened to some of your complaints regarding previous Mystery offers and I went to the source to gain permission with this wine regarding exactly what I could and could not reveal. Without coming across as overzealous, the very fact that we have this wine at $19.99 is a complete and utter joke. To prove this to myself, I drove around this morning to a number of the Emerald City’s finest wine shops (cloaked in a trench coat and mask of course) and the exact same wine (previous, inferior vintage) sells for $64.99-$79.99..and it was almost sold out.
When I began to discuss the potential of offering this as a Mystery Wine (with the powers that be), the Mystery Wine price was going to be $39.99 – basically half, which was more than I thought we were going to see in discount, especially because it was 2007. Fast forward several months and we are down to a price that is, as noted above, a joke.
In addition, I'm not going to say this is a better deal than Mystery #1 or #2, etc (they are all good deals) but this wine is quite different than the rest. Where #1 has polish and obvious breed in the fruit department, today’s Mystery #4 takes no prisoners – it pushes you down and has an enjoyable time stomping on your desire for “no mas!”. In other words, this is a big wine that is going to wow the cognoscenti.
But that’s not all.
Despite its massive presence, I can reveal that this winery's body of work (and previous, recent incarnations of this exact wine) have been among the highest rated ever in Washington State by a world renown critic that favors classicism over exoticism. In fact, (if my research is correct), this winery has never received less than 92pts for any wine, from any vintage (from the same critic). I cannot reveal if this wine has a score or what the score is – that would make it far too easy to research. In other words, this is serious stock we’re talking about and it has the best of both worlds – old meshed with new, which is not easy to find domestically.
...and now to the fun part - our margin is razor thin on this and I’m not going to belabor the point any further, I'm just going to hit the “send” button and run for cover....
Oh yeah, this is 2007 – one of the best vintages in a long time. Side by side with the previous vintage mentioned above – this is like a Green Beret next to an ROTC candidate...and it’s bottled with cork (not a screw cap).
Best deal ever? (sorry, I couldn’t help myself)
2007 Mystery Wine #4 (Bordeaux Blend/Columbia Valley) - $19.99
(compare at $65-80+)
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 72/person until we run out (if it gets out of control, I will instruct Niki to allocate but get your requests in ASAP – we will invoice in the order the emails come to her “in” box)....GO!"
I've put in my order and have my fingers crossed. Any guesses? Missed out on the last 3.
So Jon mentions that Mystery Wine #1 was
2007 Sleight of Hand Renegade Wine Thieves Reserve. Pretty nice. Anyone get #2 and #3 yet?