Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hot deal of the day on wine

Hot Deal Alert: 2008 Carl Roy Cabernet Sauvignon "East Side Cuvee"-$24.99/bottle Shipped

Having scrapped plans to build a new winery, Carl Roy was back in business in 2007 with another brilliant, deep purple Cabernet drawn from some handpicked vineyards on the east side of the valley. But with the market still in a nosedive, they offered most of that luscious release to WineAccess members for just $25. Why? Better to get paid fast, make a couple of bucks, than fight an impossible market at the suggested $60 price tag.

That wine disappeared in a few hours, then the rave reviews cascaded in. 243 members rated the 2007 East Side Cuvee, of which 201 gave it 4 or 5 stars -- one of the highest aggregate ratings for a single wine in WineAccess history.

So when we barrel-tasted the chiseled 2008 Carl Roy "East Side Cuvee," this time drawn off some precious Oakville spots on Napa's Rodeo Drive, we expected a 5-star follow-up. And that's exactly what we got. Deep purple in color, packed with a dark, beautifully honed ripe cassis core, the 2008 has superb structure to counterbalance all that Oakville opulence. Drink it now if you must (give it 2 hours in a carafe!) -- or lay this one down for a half decade.

Deal: 2008 Carl Roy Cabernet Sauvignon East Side Cuvee. Normally $60 a bottle. Buy now for as little as $24.99/bottle shipped! Shipping included on orders of 4 bottles or more!



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