Sometimes, we have winery offers that are amazing, but there isn’t enough inventory to go around. Other times, we have a few remaining cases from our top performers. After renegotiating the best price available, we’ve put together this Mystery Case which includes numerous 90+ rated red, white and sparkling imported wines from well-regarded wineries in France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and beyond.
Case orders will receive at least 4 different wines and 6 packs will receive at least 2 different wines. Most case orders will receive random upgrades with wines that regularly sell for over $50 a bottle! Some of these gems have been on Casemates before and some have not.
Trust us on this one. Your friends will thank you for sharing.
6x Mixed Whites, Reds & Sparkling
12x Mixed Whites, Reds & Sparkling
AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
Is this the closest casemates will get to the old sites woot off? I really like this mystery BTW. Reminds me of when we did the Kickstarter and everyone posted what they received for the party! Very cool @winedavid49. In 4 2
Well, I hope I don’t get much white… but I suppose a couple bottles will be fine.
I hope there are tasting notes to help me understand regions or varietals I’m not familiar with.
What fun. I couldn’t resist.
Hardly dispositive, but in past random offers (which this appears to kind of be) it all comes down to the packing. Cases packed at the same time tend to have the same (or very similar) distributions of wines. It’s almost like they pull solid cases of the wines and then re-mix them into cases until that pile is gone. Repeat until all cases are packed.
Just a guess based on what I’ve seen happen in the past!
And if your two cases are going to the same place they will likely be packed in the same batch, so will likely be similar.
@klezman@sandbarhappy@Tassadar@Winedavid49 yeah, thats my experience in the past as well, but then i also remembered winedavid saying last feb they were changing their process so second cases were going to get different variations. I was thinking of ordering one case last night and then a second this morning to game the system, but im taking David’s word that its been changed.
@InVinoVeritas@Winedavid49 That’s what I did. It took a (short) while for them to respond, due at least in part I think to the number of people who bought 6’s when they thought cases were sold out and now want to switch. You might also try email@example.com, that’s where my cancellation confirmation came from. Good luck!
@klezman@sandbarhappy@StingingJ@Tassadar@Winedavid49 Me too! I ordered 2 cases, and would very much love variety. Either by each case having a lot of variety, or getting 2 cases packed far from each other. Any effort to do so would be appreciated. However, I realize the whole point of this these awesome-deal odd-lot mystery deal is for the convenience of the sellers.
@klezman@sandbarhappy@StingingJ@Tassadar@wardad one of the reasons we don’t do this more often is that it really taxes operations. it’s a hard pack. much more difficult than our tried and true “one sku repeated” approach that has allowed us to be a lean mean fulfillment machine over the years (can you say logistically beautiful??).
@jrbw3@kasandrae just checking back and not sold out yet?! Myself I just couldn’t do it this time, especially with just moving shelving and digging thru the pile (some know what I mean) to make room for company. It sure is exciting tho, when you find some “forgotten” treasures. But, some shipping labels on cases 3/4 full, dated to NOV2018…that’s just wrong!
Based on comments here and the relative popularity of previous offers, it seems like the majority of us would prefer most- or all-reds (myself included). But this is the kind of offer that seems designed specifically to clear inventory of less-popular offerings, so it’s really unlikely anybody will end up with a case that’s majority red.
I bit anyway, hoping that even if it has less red than I would prefer, it at least contains all dry choices. I don’t recall seeing any imported dessert wine offerings, though I don’t check in here every day… fingers crossed.
@wardad I don’t look at that as sad. I look for 5 seconds along with meh and I’m done. As an east cost guy sometimes I’m up until midnight and will look then. I have missed Friday sales in a short period of time
@jml326@tburritt@wardad Yeah I usually check Meh to get my clicky-face-icon (which serves no purpose whatsoever) and then come here. You can even get to Casemates from the logo on the bottom-left corner where all the related sites are linked. And it’s fun to see what is new even if I tell myself I have too much wine already (is there such a thing?)
@jkoz86@rjquillin@tburritt The automated mail goes out the SECOND day. That tricked me a few times when I missed out. Except on FRIDAY where it goes out same-day. Just check every day. You’ll buy more that way. (part of the evil plan?)
@rjquillin@tburritt Never knew it was on a set schedule like that. Been buying wine here for a while and just figured it was random or varied based on what was currently being offered. Just as well though, saved myself a little money
@sillyheathen I’m not. Perhaps this will be a real score for some people. But on the old site I fell for 8 of these, and only once did it include a truly premium bottle. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me 7 times, never again.
@sillyheathen I saw the offer the morning after it went live and was tempted to pick up a case but decided to wait. I felt some relief when the cases sold out a short time after. But when cases became available once again, I fell prey to the temptation… I hope @Winedavid49 doesn’t start using this as a ploy to snare the weak!
On the plus side of missing out on this offer, for the first time in nearly 3 1/2 years, I finally have evidence that I’m not the only casemater in my county. Not that I keep super close track, but this is the first time I’ve even seen a sale in my county on an offer I didn’t buy.
@winecaseaholic@xandersherry I’ve been using the map all along to help me gauge how good the wines are. It’s hard to say no when half the country already said yes. Dagnabit! They really got it figured out
@Rstoker That is always my concern here in Texas as well. I know they switched to 2 day mail which helps some. I wonder what it would cost to box it in an insulated container with a little ice? That would help my anxiety about it.
@mikepav@Rstoker I don’t think this qualifies for 2 day shipping. That started with the 5/31 offer, I believe. @winedavid49 correct me if I’m wrong. Just hope this ships soon before it gets any hotter.
Hilariously enough, my winesmith and Gard cases shipped this week via normal ground and only look like they’ll be in transit about 3-4 days. Sometimes they slip through the weekend which is really the only time I get worried.
@deadlyapp@mikepav@Rstoker@Winedavid49 I’m very happy to hear that this offer will be shipped via two day – temperatures here in mid-Missouri are running around 90 at this time. Hopefully the last leg will not come until this coming Wednesday when the high is supposed to in the lower 80s.
Thank you for the upgrade. Winesmith arrived today with 9 of 12 bottles leaking. Ty and Brunello didn’t appear to leak but we were 20 degrees above our norm this week and reached 100 today so every bottle was burning up when it arrived. I’m afraid all three may be goners, but definitely the Winesmith. Heartbreaking.
UPS seems to be indicating this will be delivered Monday, 6/14. I say appears, because they have “upgraded” their software so you can’t see the “Reference Number” anymore, the only thing that actually tells you what it is. Winesmith got here yesterday with no problems. Temps in the low 80s.
Just an FYI- I was talking with my driver on Friday when my wine arrived leaking (Doug has been my driver for 19 years-great guy) and he said the warehouse is not air conditioned. The customer pick-up area is cooled, but storage is not. I thought everything was temp controlled until it made its way into the final destination truck, but he said no. You may want to ask your driver about conditions in your neck of the woods.
@chefjess@rjquillin Yeah. I’ve had to go into the back to get a few cases and it’s not air conditioned, but the big empty warehouses around here tend to stay a little cool. Packages arrive middle of the night and i try to get it when they open at 10am. I just fear the un-A/Ced trip in a semi-trailer down California.
If they’re moving at night, I’m less concerned, especially for a 750 in styro as it will take a lot longer than a 375 to heat up. It’s that last leg that gives me the willies, again, especially for something that may cellar for any time (which for me is most things actually…)
I have to believe that the warehouse here is warm. With 90s/100+ and humidity in the mid 90s, it’s miserable in the summer. Doug said it was hot in the warehouse. I’m sure the ride to Stl through the heat of the country that we all experienced last week didn’t help. The winesmith, Ty, and Brunelllo rode around 6a-630p after the warehouse. I’m one of the last deliveries now that the routes have been extended with COVID. Lost every bottle of winesmith. I thought it was 9 of 12 since they had wine-soaked labels, but I ended up pulling the foil and it was all 12. The Ty and Brunello have no wine on the corks, but I have yet to try. That will be over the next few days. I really wish the summer shipping started with ship dates vs offer dates. I cellar as well but I don’t have hope for these.
@lehigh you might want to double check. I got an email saying mine was being delivered on the 17th instead of the 16th, but the latest tracking shows it arriving on the 16th. I guess I’ll find out which one is true.
@lehigh mine showed up today, despite UPS sending me another notification that it was coming tomorrow. At least it’s not FedEx. Then it would’ve been delivered in 7 weeks to a random house, and just be a wet box of broken glass.
2 Punte de Flechas 2015 Corte
2 Caliterra Cab Sauv2014
2 Crianza, Ribera del Duero 2015
2 Chateau Roubine, Cru Classic
2 finca Torrea, Rioja 2016
2 Aimery sparklers that are wedged so tightly in the styro that it’ll be awhile until I know those details.
Two identical cases with two of each of the following in each.
2015 Altue Merlot
2014 Caliterra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva
2019 Duca Carlo Guarini Burdi Negroamaro
2015 Punta de Flechas Corte
2017 Rosé all day Beaujolais Rosé
2013 Les Vins de Vienne Reméage Rouge
@sndg My wife decided to break open the Merlot and regretted it two sips later and it is now stewing as sangria. Sadly, the CS is similar grade. I hope I don’t regret the balance of the wines in my case as much as these two.
My half-case showed up today. More sparkling wine than I would want, but still not a bad selection.
Jean Babou Élégance Blanquette de Limoux Brut
Jean Babou Élégance Cremante de Limoux Brut
2014 Tommasone Per’e’Palummo Ischia Rosso
2015 Flechas de Los Andes ‘Punta De Flechas’ Corte Mendoza
2016 Mauvais Garcon Vin de Garage Bordeaux
2018 Bodega Polo Herencia Trabajo Chardonnay Valle de Uco Mendoza
I have two cases that were supposed to arrive today between 1145 and 1245. It is 130 now and going to get to 98 degrees. The delivery time has been changed to 630 now. I know that Casemates did their job and upgraded this to 2 day delivery. UPS not so much. I wonder if UPS will pay for the damage?
@mikepav I received 2 cases as mentioned above. Case 1 was not in styrofoam. Every bottle was over 90 degrees (most 92 degrees) according to my heat gun. The other case was this “mystery case”. It was in styrofoam and all every bottle was under 80 degrees. Is there any chance that my 92 degree wine is drinkable? I videoed opening it and taking the temps. Anyone know if any of these are decent?
@deadlyapp@ovad2 I don’t do math either. Even with basic rough math, I paid waaaaaay more per bottle than the $11ish dollars that was advertised. It’s my birthday today too and I was really looking forward to this delivery.
I’m not sure I even want to cook with some of the wine. The Corte has a 2.8 rating on Vivino and the average cost is $2 dollars. I didn’t even know ratings went that low.
@deadlyapp Another really bummed here. Street value of my haul is certainly less value than what I paid for here…took a roll of the dice and fell on my face for this one. Lesson learned I guess…at least when I am disappointed with an IRK, that disappointment only cost $5.
I’m glad that some folks came back to post results, and I like the idea of checking average case values against an index. That said I have no idea what to expect from any of these. If the promise for the higher tier offerings in some cases materialized, that would be good to know. I recieved:
2015 de Restia Crianza Ribera del Duero, Spain
2014 Caliterra Reserva Cab, Chile
(undated?) Aimery 1531, France
2017 Chateau Roubine Rose, France
2016 Maques de Riscal Rioja, Spain
2015 Puenta de Flechas Corte, Argentina
@danidani12 Thank you for the reassurance! I should clarify I received two of each, it was a case order. Apologies for typos and/or mixing up the nomenclature. Seems like the 2016 Rioja has some appreciation out there. Looks to be same as apathy0, above.
Disappointed as well. Got a couple ~$25 bottles and a couple $2 bottles. Roughly the same price as I would have in a local store. Probably didn’t overpay, but that’s not why I buy full cases here (especially for the ratings on the bottles I received). Won’t do this again.
I got two of the exact same cases. Gotta be honest that I’m a little disappointed in that I not only got the exact same things as most everyone else, but that most of it looks like stuff that wouldn’t have sold on here for under $10 a bottle. I’ll reserve final judgment until I try them, but I doubt I want 4 of most of them, and from my vantage point I was expecting more variety, better wines, and not a clearance sale at not quite clearance prices.
@Vince247 I brought a bottle of Victory to my wife’s extended family’s house for Thanksgiving one year. The guy I was trying to impress with it never opened or really looked at it. Probably in some corner of his cellar somewhere. I found out a few days later that Peter was done making wine.
Then a couple years later that same guy brought his own wine to drink at my wedding. It wasn’t even an expensive bottle. The rest of my guests were served a Casemates trifecta of Gruet Sparkling, Casino Mine Ranch Vermentino, and Wine Smith Pinot Noir. The next time I go to his house I’m bringing yellowtail.
Took a roll of the dice and came up empty - worth less than I paid - received a compilation of bits and pieces from what everyone else already posted. On the upside, 10 of my 12 bottles are reds, so YAY, silver lining. The other 2 are rose, which as much I as do not drink that, on a really hot day I can stomach that chilled more than a white wine. Victim of Casemates IRK here I guess. Hope someone out there gets a real Unicorn and shares so we can all live vicariously!
@sknight20 agreed. So far it appears the best bottle was actually given to someone that ordered a half case - that is great for them, but ultra disappointing to those of us that bought the case with the hopes of the random upgrade!
2 Aimery 1531 Crémant de Limoux Brut $39.98
2 Caliterra Reserva 2014 $28.00
2 Crianza Ribera del Duero 2015 $64.00
2 Finca Torrea Rioja 2016 $54.00
2 Punta De Flechas Corte 2015 $34.00
2 Rosé all Day Beaujolais 2017 $32.00
I paid $139.99
Fair enough, even though some of the pricing, which I looked up on-line may be wonky.
But, hey, it was a mystery case; a blind buy gamble. So I didn’t have high expectations. I’m surprised that so many others did. I sort of expected to get odd lots of wine from Argentina and Chile, that were older, but maybe not in sufficient quantity to sell as a Casemates offer.
I sometimes buy such wines from the Manager’s Shelf at my local Kroger, for much the same pricing as here. These are usually wines that have been sitting on the shelf for a while and are discounted for quick sale, which brings them to about the same price as this lot on average.
It was fun. I have no regrets, even if a bottle or two ends up not the best.
@Jackinga I picked one bottle at random from those I received yesterday. It was the Finca Torrea Rioja 2016. Damn! That’s a good wine. Very, very dark red, almost black. Good acidity, not too much tannin, some cherry notes, berry, good finish. I would gladly take a case of this one. I’ll see how it tastes again in about 12-18 hours.
@revmem@Vince247 mine was fully engaged, actually both of my cases of wine were so jammed in the package locker I had to break the boxes open and trash the whole boxes/styrofoam to get stuff out. Will check my WS delivery on Friday night. Looks like no more city deliveries till we go back to cardboard again…
In my case was,
2x 2015 Punta de Flechas Corte
2x 2014 Caliterra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
2x 2015 Altue Merlot
2x 2017 Rosé all day Beaujolais
2x 2013 Remeage Les Vins de Vienne Syrah
2x 2019 Burdi Negroamaro
I was almost out of daily drinkers which is why I ordered this so I’m not terribly disappointed.
2x 2015 Altue Chardonnay
2x 2015 Punta de flechas corte
2x 2013 Secco-Bertani vintage edition
2x 2013 Les Vins De Vienne Remeage Rouge
2x 2014 Caliterra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
2x NV Elegance blanquette de limoux brut
I was not able to pin a price on the Chardonnay, but Vivino says comparable (2.9 stars) Chilean chardonnays go for $5.24/bottle. The CS got a vicious review on Cellar Tracker. The range is $5.24 for the chard to $27 for the Secco-Bertani. Several new grapes for us, so there is an adventure aspect. No random upgrade, but approximately $160 value based on mid-range internet pricing, so maybe close to what I paid for? If the mystery case game comes up again, not sure we’ll play.
In my box:
2x 2015 Punta de Flechas Corte
2x 2015 Altue Merlot
2x 2013 Remeage Les Vins de Vienne Syrah
2x 2014 Caliterra Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
2x 2013 secco-bertani vintage edition
2x Jean Babou Blanquette de Limoux Elegance
Should be fun, biased on the estimated prices above, I’m fine, but no random upgrade
@halwarning Yup. While the value isn’t bad, and getting it delivered to the door is convenient, I was hoping to get 1-2 “interesting” items, but it seems most of us got the same thing, priced at pretty much exactly what we paid.
But this kind of defeats the “mystery box” aspect of the sale, because we take on the risk of getting stuff we’re not interested in just for the sake of the company being able to unload some stock. That should be rewarded, otherwise it’s a better idea to simply go for a 12-pack of something you’re truly interested in when it comes up for sale.
@halwarning@ShotgunX pretty similar here, thought maybe at least one interesting thing would be in the mix, alas more like the leftovers from a budget wedding reception. All quaffable I’m sure, but from what I’m seeing seems little reason to buy in on the mystery in the future.
@halwarning I’m willing to go along with maybe a mistake in packing, but not the typo idea. They said most and meant most, but someone in charge of putting bottles in boxes just grabbed two of whatever and jammed them in. I don’t think there was any active effort to include upgrades in case orders, and definitely not for “most” of them.
They could’ve made it a “one of each” thing with an occasional double of something thrown in if necessary. That way everyone could’ve had the opportunity to try many different new things, which increases the odds of finding new favorites for the future.
An interesting collection consisting of some likely plonk and some hopefully nice bottles. Couldn’t figure out a way to export CT values
1 2013 Altue Carménère Gran Reserva Altue Carménère
2 2013 Bertani Secco-Bertani Original Vintage Edition Bertani Corvina Blend
2 2014 Viña Caliterra Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Viña Caliterra Cabernet Sauvignon
2 1001 Les Caves du Sieur d’Arques Crémant de Limoux Aimery 1531 Cremant Brut Les Caves du Sieur d’Arques Chardonnay Blend
2 2015 Bodega Flechas de Los Andes Punta de Flechas Corte Bodega Flechas de Los Andes Malbec Blend
2 1001 Jean Babou Blanquette de Limoux …lÈgance Jean Babou Mauzac Blend
1 1001 Jean Babou Crémant de Limoux …lÈgance Jean Babou Mauzac Blend
2 2016 Marqués de Riscal Rioja Finca Torrea Marqués de Riscal Tempranillo Blend
1 2016 Mauvais Garçon (Bad Boy) Mauvais Garçon (Bad Boy) Red Bordeaux Blend
1 2011 Pago de Vallegarcía Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Petit Hipperia Pago de Vallegarcía Red Blend
1 2018 Polo Bodega y Viñedos Chardonnay Herencia Trabajo Polo Bodega y Viñedos Chardonnay
2 2015 Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Ribera del Duero Crianza Bodegas Resalte de Peñafiel Tempranillo
2 2017 Château Roubine Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Premium Château Roubine Rosé Blend
1 2016 Domaine Thunevin-Calvet Côtes du Roussillon Villages Cuvée Constance Domaine Thunevin-Calvet Grenache Blend
1 2014 Tommasone Ischia Per’e Palummo Tommasone Piedirosso
1 2018 Vinhas Altas Vinho Verde Vinhas Altas White Blend
@rjquillin thanks for the info! My first case had six pairs, so i hope my second is something like yours. I wish UPS wasn’t keeping me waiting like this!!! Also hoping for the barolo that one person got…
No upgrade case and only one pair of a real clunker, Caliterra Cab 2014. I hope it drinks better than the reviews. I had to destroy the styrofoam to get the 2 Aimery Brut out. LOL. I estimate the value to be at CS case prices and about what we paid. I’m looking forward to trying a couple of the selections!