I wanted the Reine Lirac and the Clemens Busch Riesling, but neither are available now.  Tempted to grab the Villard Cote Rotie.  Haven't bought anything, so far.  Who took the plunge on the July release?

I got the Fuligni, Elvio Cogno Vigna Elena, and the Tornatore Etna Bianco Pietrarizzo.

I think the base Tornatore Etna Bianco is really solid, so at $33 I figured the Cru Pietrarizzo was a sure bet.

Bunches of 2015 Fuligni BdM and Cogno Barolo Vigna Elena.

I was surprised at how many bottles of Fuligni they made available in today's release - I think there were something like 780 bottles available.  They would have gone like hotcakes if they had used Suckling's rating.  But they didn't and tonight there are still 565 bottles sitting unsold.  Just demonstrates the extent to which these wine sales are score-dependent.   We're a good little band of followers!

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For anyone interested in Etna rosso, I can recommend the Santa Maria La Nave Calmarossa. This was one of my "discoveries" two years ago, a beautiful example of what Etna / Nerello Mascalese does best....red-fruited, elegant, fresh, good structure. I buy it every year now, and think it will also age quite nicely. $89 is not cheap, but given the price I get it for here (EUR 49) it's actually not too far off the mark. I'm actually pretty surprised to see the LCBO offering this wine...

The price on the Cogno Vigna Elena is also fairly reasonable...I can't believe I'm saying that about something in an LCBO release!

Also, I noticed the Grosset Polish Hill. This is probably - no, definitely - the best new world riesling out there, and better than a great deal of well-known German rieslings too. At $55/bottle, a good buy IMO. 

@shavez posted:

For anyone interested in Etna rosso, I can recommend the Santa Maria La Nave Calmarossa. This was one of my "discoveries" two years ago, a beautiful example of what Etna / Nerello Mascalese does best....red-fruited, elegant, fresh, good structure. I buy it every year now, and think it will also age quite nicely. $89 is not cheap, but given the price I get it for here (EUR 49) it's actually not too far off the mark. I'm actually pretty surprised to see the LCBO offering this wine...

It didn't arrive. Hopefully it'll show up in the Aug or Sept release.

@sunnylea57 posted:

It didn't arrive. Hopefully it'll show up in the Aug or Sept release.

Sheesh...I shouldn't be surprised by things like this from the LCBO. In any case, it's worth giving this wine a shot when it arrives IMO.

20-30 SKUs were postponed for this release. It's been a constant issue in stores as well, as thing are being processed much more slowly in the warehouse, lab, and office due to the Covid-19 situation. Not terribly surprised in that respect.

As for the Cogno, there was very little available - 80-something bottles only, if I recall. Good on otw and sunnylea for getting some!

Good to see you here shavez - I hope you and the family are doing well!

@sunnylea57 posted:

I got the Fuligni, Elvio Cogno Vigna Elena, and the Tornatore Etna Bianco Pietrarizzo.

I think the base Tornatore Etna Bianco is really solid, so at $33 I figured the Cru Pietrarizzo was a sure bet.

Just got an offer from Acker for the Pietrarizzo at $32 USD plus NY state tax, which makes the $33 CAD price look even better.

@sunnylea57 posted:

Just got an offer from Acker for the Pietrarizzo at $32 USD plus NY state tax, which makes the $33 CAD price look even better.

It's really going to be difficult for me to revert to saying anything nice about the LCBO, so to forestall such a possibility, could it be that the price you got from Acker is inflated by the US import tax on European wine?

@otw posted:

It's really going to be difficult for me to revert to saying anything nice about the LCBO, so to forestall such a possibility, could it be that the price you got from Acker is inflated by the US import tax on European wine?

I don't think so in this case. Lowest worldwide price on Wine Searcher is $30 CAD, and that's only from one retailer in Italy. The next lowest is $35 CAD in France.

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