As of earlier this afternoon, the Laird & Eglinton Vintages still had a bunch of 07 Lamaione marked down to $48, and 04 Luciani Brunello @ $31. There's also a white Rully (don't remember producer) that I thought was a good value.

They also had a case of 07 Grilli Testamatta @$24 and 05 Illatraia @$48 until I got there. The Illatraia was delicious with steak frites, BTW.
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Yeah I noticed that too. Not much of great interest, though

Yeah, I posted that before I'd gone through the list. I grabbed some Baumard QdC and Rocca di Montegrossi CC San Marcellino (huge gap between JS and AG on this one). Outside of those two, I agree with you. Also, the prices were only reduced from outrageous to normal. Razz

Actually Darcy, the list was quite short as of a couple weeks ago. Max 3-5 wines on the list, certainly less than one page, so there were a lot of additions. The Spanish white was one of the old ones.
I had high hopes for this VSO sale, quite disappointed though. I thought they might throw the Leoville Poyferre 2006 on this and knock it down a little. I agree the Rocca di Montegrossi is tempting and I was also scouting the Reinhold Haart Riesling Spatlese. Nothing purchased yet. I might hold off entirely due to other recent purchases and a few upcoming BDX 2010 purchases.
I dipped in for 4 of the wines:

√ątim L' Esparver 2005
Clarendon Hills Brookman Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Domaine Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume 2006
St. Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Auslese 2007 (couldn't say no to a $22 Auslese)
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Originally posted by on the wine:
As of earlier this afternoon, the Laird & Eglinton Vintages still had a bunch of 07 Lamaione marked down to $48, and 04 Luciani Brunello @ $31. There's also a white Rully (don't remember producer) that I thought was a good value.

They also had a case of 07 Grilli Testamatta @$24 and 05 Illatraia @$48 until I got there. The Illatraia was delicious with steak frites, BTW.

It's probably too late, but I meant to mention that they had Penfolds St Henri reduced by 25%. My mind's not on shiraz these days, but St Henri is a bit of an exception.
Not quite a price reduction - but confused as this wine shows NO RELEASE DATE - but shows up now ...

http://www.vintages.com/lcbo-e...EN&itemNumber=181693

The best Burgundy ( stinky Pinot ) I have seen from Calif in a while ... a touch excess alcohol but blows off nicely with some decant time . And the price is $5.00 less than the street price in USA .... all the ones in the Round House (WIndsor) are gone ....sorry ....

http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=583646

Greg
Stumbled across the 2008 Beaucastel at about $18 off it's price point of $89 at the London Wonderland store (thanks to WS member aml for the heads up) Smile

Not sure if this is a local sale or available everywhere, but the timing was good as I hadn't bought any 08's yet
Judging from the website (where province-wide discounts are usually noted) it looks like your LOW-castel was a one-store promotion to clear out remaining inventory.

Now, can someone convince my local store to do the same? Or perhaps theweb or aml could grab 4 bottles for me and we'll settle at the upcoming TWC offline?? If not - no biggie.

p.s. theweb I have some Ricochet for you...let me know if you want syrah, cab or both...
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
p.s. theweb I have some Ricochet for you...let me know if you want syrah, cab or both...


Have you tried any yet? How much per bottle? Regardless, I'll take a couple of each. I love to support (and drink) wine made from WS Forumites.
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Originally posted by theweb:
Unfortunatley (or fortunately for us) we cleaned the Wonderland store out. Too bad they didn't have a deeper inventory. But....I'd keep my eyes open for other stores to follow suit.


An LCBO Product Consultant once told me they have authority to reduce a price by 20% as long as it's been a certain length of time since the product release (6 mos I think) and the store had less that 24 bottles left in inventory. True or not, I have never been able to convince any other PC to pull off this magic reduction on a wine I wanted.

Maybe Nicos can confirm or deny that policy??
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Originally posted by theweb:

Have you tried any yet? How much per bottle? Regardless, I'll take a couple of each. I love to support (and drink) wine made from WS Forumites.


I have not tried any yet.
Ricochet charged me $12.50 per bottle and then there were some border-crossing shenanigans...so call it $15 per bottle. See you at the offline.
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Originally posted by theweb:
Unfortunatley (or fortunately for us) we cleaned the Wonderland store out. Too bad they didn't have a deeper inventory. But....I'd keep my eyes open for other stores to follow suit.


I agree -- They had an official hang tag for the sale, but still had to manually enter it in to the cash register. It is possible that they just posted it early.
Here's the deal on one-off discounts at LCBO stores:

With the store manager's approval, the PC is able to discount up to 20%, providing it has been at least three months since the product was released and the store has 12 bottles or less in stock. If the product is still there after three weeks, they can discount a further 10%.

The PC I spoke to today had not received any information about a chainwide discount on Beau.
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Originally posted by Greg H:
Not quite a price reduction - but confused as this wine shows NO RELEASE DATE - but shows up now ...

http://www.vintages.com/lcbo-e...EN&itemNumber=181693

The best Burgundy ( stinky Pinot ) I have seen from Calif in a while ... a touch excess alcohol but blows off nicely with some decant time . And the price is $5.00 less than the street price in USA .... all the ones in the Round House (WIndsor) are gone ....sorry ....

http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=583646

Greg


Wow! Great call, Greg. Tried this tonight and it does indeed have a healthy dose of schtank. IMO, this could easily hold its own against many Burgs twice the price. I can see why you snagged two cases.
The Tandem Van der Kamp all gone per web inventory. Tried the Sangiakomo instead, BYO to a Chinese restaurant. OK, fruit forward on the sweet side, won't be mistaken for Burgundy by any stretch. Not bad for $26 but would've like to try the Van der Kamp.
That's odd because when I got my Van Der Kamp yesterday from the Woodchester store in Mississauga, they had plenty left on the shelf. I suspect other stores still have it, too. Hmmm...incorrect web inventory, no release date listed...sounds like someone messed up when loading this product into the database. I suspect if you keep checking the website, province-wide inventory will magically reappear in a day or two.

If you really want some, it might be worthwhile to call a couple of nearby stores and have someone do a physical stock check. Or let me know and I'll get some from Woodchester. In fact I will probably be there today or tomorrow stocking up because it was so darn good.
Into bottle #3 of 26 on Tandem - quite a colour variation - first bottle was very bright red and took some time for the alcohol to blow off --the others are pop & pour and more aged (this is a 2006 vintage anyways - think they sold the 'clearout' to LCBO as this is $5 less than average USA cellartrack price --anyways if you like smelly pinot - see if you can find some ... as mentioned in first post --I don;t think it had an official release or at least no release date shown on the web page back then.

Greg
Thanks VinToronto, maybe I'll pop into a couple of more stores to see if they have the VDK.

Greg H, your suspicion of a clearout seems right. When I got the Sangiakomo from the Leaside store, I asked the PC about it and he said that Tandem was sold earlier this year and LCBO bought their remaining inventory at a discount. I checked and, indeed, Tandem was sold in Jan to Pete Kight (who owns Quivira Vineyards & Winery), and Tandem ceased and became La Follette Winery, named after Greg La Follette, the former owner of Tandem who is now the winemaker of this new venture.
Not a price alert but there's a new batch on VSO and the Gigondas looks like a screamer of a wine. The 2007 is going for $50+ on wine searcher and a CT avg of $41. 2005 to 2007 vintages have received on avg 92 points from IWC and almost identical scores from JM/WS. Given the apparent successful 2009 vintage in Rhone, I grabbed a bunch.
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Originally posted by mangiare:
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
Welcome to the boards, jackwilly.




What's wrong with welcoming jackwilly to the boards? I enjoyed his thoughtful, well-reasoned and penetrating insight into the current state of beverage alcohol pricing in Ontario.
Big Grin
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Originally posted by Stevey:
Found the Tandem Van Der Kamp at Bayview Village store in the 20% off bin. Grabbed a few for $24. I think there may be 2-3 bottles left in the bin.


A good example of a one-store delist. I'd help empty that bin but Bayview Village is too far to save $6 on a bottle. There are 10 bottles left at the Woodchester store, but they're still full price. I was unable to convince Nicos to discount them. Yet.
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.


One less in the province after yesterday. Smile
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.

Good one!
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.


I picked up a couple of bottles of this when it was released, and popped one open this past weekend after I noticed that it would be going on sale. I don't have detailed reflections on it as company was over at the time, but wouldn't say it was quite at the 93-point level. My impression was that it couldn't decide whether to be powerful or whether to be truly elegant/delicate. That said, it is nice bubbly: I'd put it at 91 points, and I've bought 2 more bottles at the new price.
Thanks Wine Canuck, this is a very helpful heads up.

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.

Looking at the Bordeaux, the '06 Pichon Longueville Lalande on sale from $189 to $149. You can get this right now at PJ Wines for $115 US! Same with the '05 Lynsolence where the "sale" price of $89 (from $115) is still $30 above what you can get in the US. Just shows how ridiculously overpriced these wines were to begin with.

Also like how the Hagafen Zin is only $2 off from $30 to $28. Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by Horton:
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Something I thought a few of you might be interested in. Yesterday the NV Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Brut, Grand Cru went on sale for $42.55 LCBO wide, down about $10. If you follow David Lawrason or John Szabo they each gave it a 93, stating great value at it's original $53 price tag. I thought I'd pass along the word now that I've stocked up myself. 368 left in the province, happy hunting.


I picked up a couple of bottles of this when it was released, and popped one open this past weekend after I noticed that it would be going on sale. I don't have detailed reflections on it as company was over at the time, but wouldn't say it was quite at the 93-point level. My impression was that it couldn't decide whether to be powerful or whether to be truly elegant/delicate. That said, it is nice bubbly: I'd put it at 91 points, and I've bought 2 more bottles at the new price.


Thanks........I grabbed three as well.
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
The LCBO will be running a chain wide sale starting July 14th.


Thanks for the heads up on the Tandem.

The Sadie Family Columella 2007 looks interesting. Anybody ever tried it or know anything about it?
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Originally posted by Stevey:

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.


I've had several vintages and think this is one of the most unique, in a good way, cabs I've ever had. I defy you to try it blind and guess that it's a South American cab. Frankly I've bought it at a higher price and thought it a good QPR.
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Stevey:

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.


I've had several vintages and think this is one of the most unique, in a good way, cabs I've ever had. I defy you to try it blind and guess that it's a South American cab. Frankly I've bought it at a higher price and thought it a good QPR.


I agree 100%. The Domus Aurea is the only thing I'll chase down from this otherwise snoozeworthy list.
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Originally posted by Horton:
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Originally posted by bman:
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Originally posted by Stevey:

Can anyone comment on the Quebrada Cab from Chile? Looks like an interesting buy at $30.


I've had several vintages and think this is one of the most unique, in a good way, cabs I've ever had. I defy you to try it blind and guess that it's a South American cab. Frankly I've bought it at a higher price and thought it a good QPR.


I agree 100%. The Domus Aurea is the only thing I'll chase down from this otherwise snoozeworthy list.


Well, that was quick...all gone already?
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
The Sadie Family Columella 2007 looks interesting. Anybody ever tried it or know anything about it?


I've tried a couple of previous vintages of the Columella and it was outstanding. Best red wine I've ever had from South Africa. Worth $70 imo.
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Originally posted by bman:
Website seems have deleted all references to the Domus Aurea. Too bad, it is one of mrs. bman's all-time favourites Frown


LCBO inventory system is as trustworthy as a Hyundai Pony (and probably as just as old). There were few to begin with accessible to GTA folks. I took the last bottles at Ave Rd/Lawrence and Summerhill.
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Originally posted by steve8:
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
The Sadie Family Columella 2007 looks interesting. Anybody ever tried it or know anything about it?


I've tried a couple of previous vintages of the Columella and it was outstanding. Best red wine I've ever had from South Africa. Worth $70 imo.


Thanks for the feedback, steve8.
Trying hard not to be a sco ho here but this wine received IWC94, WS95, ST94, and Tim Atkin from Decanter magazine gave it 19/20 and called it the best red coming out of South Africa in a 2009 article.
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Originally posted by VinToronto:
Thanks for the feedback, steve8.
Trying hard not to be a sco ho here but this wine received IWC94, WS95, ST94, and Tim Atkin from Decanter magazine gave it 19/20 and called it the best red coming out of South Africa in a 2009 article.


Just ignore all of that and take my word for it. Wink

I looked at Vintages Online last night and could not find the Columella, even though it was clearly on their sale list. Has it already sold out?
The scores just prove how right you were... Smile

Yes, the Columella seems to have joined the Domus Aurea in the netherworld of LCBO cyberspace. But I'll bet there are stores that still have it. I think the PC's have access to a more reliable inventory snapshot at the store. I'll check with Nicos over lunch. He's now at the Woodchester store in Mississauga. Smile
The Domus is still available at the Bloor and Royal York location. They had 20 bottles. I scooped 4 and there was another order packaged up of three at the cash. Call first.

The Columella is available at the Promenade location. Supposedly 12 bottles left.

There may be other stores that still have stock. Your best bet is to call vintages because they can give you the stock info that is not showing up on the website.
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Originally posted by futronic:
Generally speaking, the LCBO removes references to bin-end sale inventory on the website. Apparently people have the time and/or ability to visit 40 different stores on the off chance there's stock.


It boggles my mind that they remove this information. If it is a sale and you are looking to clear out your inventory, why would you take away the easiest way for your customer to find the product?
If anyone's near the main Queens Quay store, I noticed some 2007 Diadema D'Amare on the shelves for $22.50. This is an excellent price for this wine and I left 2 bottles on the shelf. Apparently they "found" a box out in the back just sitting there and decided to put it out.

Also on the shelf at QQ is about 8 bottles of Diadema Bianco in a beautiful golden bottle. It's on sale for about $44 down from $58.

None of these are in LCBO's inventory system so don't bother checking.
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional 2008 in todays VSO for $32
https://www.vintagesshoponline...?lang=en&item=137018
US release for this was $50+. Currently on "sale" at Wine Library for $50.


Big wine. Opened with sawdust and black bitter fruit balanced by some richness. Wood and tannin seemed to calm down after maybe 15 minutes in the glass to leave a big wine, with a little port-like medicinal quality on the finish that could have been better balanced with a bit more flesh in the middle (maybe just closed, and the nose was fairly faint after the initial pour). A few unexpected hints of red fruits (i.e. raspberries) here and there on the nose and palate. Will give the rest of the bottle another go tonight. I like wines like this, but might not be everyone's cup of tea.
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Originally posted by Machine:
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
Quinta do Vallado Touriga Nacional 2008 in todays VSO for $32
https://www.vintagesshoponline...?lang=en&item=137018
US release for this was $50+. Currently on "sale" at Wine Library for $50.


Big wine. Opened with sawdust and black bitter fruit balanced by some richness. Wood and tannin seemed to calm down after maybe 15 minutes in the glass to leave a big wine, with a little port-like medicinal quality on the finish that could have been better balanced with a bit more flesh in the middle (maybe just closed, and the nose was fairly faint after the initial pour). A few unexpected hints of red fruits (i.e. raspberries) here and there on the nose and palate. Will give the rest of the bottle another go tonight. I like wines like this, but might not be everyone's cup of tea.


As per usual Machine...thanks for taking one for the team....I am still on the fence on this one and will wait to see your final impressions tonight. Thanks again
More of the same tonight. Drank from burgundy glass over probably 6 hours. Muted nose of maraschino cherry. Black and tannic, black cherry and plum, and some red fruits on the nose and palate. Yesterday's port-like medicinal qualities are nowhere to be found (they were reminiscent of tawny port that had been opened for several days I think...all gone now, which is fine with me). If tasted blind i would swear this was CDP with maybe 40% or less grenache, maybe a mix between 2005 and 2007 CDP. As I near the bottom of the glass I am getting a little more candied cherry. I like tannin and bitter plus fruit in the mix, and although I don't find anything I dislike here, it just seems closed to me. Enjoyable for what it is now, but closed. Balance was fine except maybe the bitterness, and did not get any of the mocha, spice, or iron that WS got, but I'm fine with this one.
Took a chance and grabbed 3 of the 2009 Dauvergne-Ranvier Vacqueyras Vin Rare - $25.95

A candidate for wine of the vintage, the 2009 Vacqueyras Vin Rare, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah aged in both tank and small oak, is one of the most spectacular, concentrated and ageworthy wines I tasted from the 2009 vintage. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by full-bodied, massive flavor concentration. This highly textured, layered wine has plenty of blackberry and kirsch fruit intermixed with licorice, camphor, graphite and forest floor. Complex as well as youthful and primary, this sensational Vacqueyras should drink well for 10-12+ years. 93 Points (Robert Parker)
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
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Originally posted by aml:
Took a chance and grabbed 3 of the 2009 Dauvergne-Ranvier Vacqueyras Vin Rare - $25.95

+1

I assume you got the RP review on eRP. I'm not a subscriber and I don't see that posted anywhere else on the net, must be pretty new...


Had this on Thursday night...not overly impressive at this point. No formal notes, but I would rate it about an 88. Heavy kirsch and licorice notes, but I wasn't getting a lot of graphite or forest floor. I found this to be a bit hot on the finish. I'll hold my other two and see where it goes, but I'm not expecting much.
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Originally posted by Bigprovolone:
It must be leftovers from a special order or something because Summerhill also had the 06 Dominus too, seems like someone dug out a stash!


As you are probably aware, the older bottles we find here and there have a high probability of being returns. With the unusually old items that aren't easily associated with classics program, I check with the PC. LCBO policy on returns (even with bottles accompanied by a product complaint - dump it down the drain brown) is to stick it right back on the shelf for the next unsuspecting customer.
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Originally posted by VinCentric:
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Originally posted by Bigprovolone:
It must be leftovers from a special order or something because Summerhill also had the 06 Dominus too, seems like someone dug out a stash!


As you are probably aware, the older bottles we find here and there have a high probability of being returns. With the unusually old items that aren't easily associated with classics program, I check with the PC. LCBO policy on returns (even with bottles accompanied by a product complaint - dump it down the drain brown) is to stick it right back on the shelf for the next unsuspecting customer.


I wouldn't be concerned with the products mentioned. The 2006 Dominus is available via VSO right now, so it's not like it is something that has been out of the supply chain for a number of years. The older Beaucastel are leftovers from the Vintages Beaucastel Dinner last year, that were initially offered via Direct Sales, but then shipped out to Queens Quay.

With other older products, I can certainly agree with you. I've returned product that I believe to be defective, and as long as it is unopened, I'll see it back on the shelf the next day.

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