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The Best Flash Sales Deals: Week of May 2

Pinot Noir is on offer, from Santa Rita Hills to the Willamette Valley

Pix Editors By May 2, 2022
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Each Monday, we publish a round-up of the most compelling flash sales offers for the coming week. Given the diversity of our audience across all ages, preferences, and budgets, know that some of these bottles might not quite float your boat, or might not be the right price. But all of our choices represent genuine value and hard-to-match opportunities in their own categories.

As we head into May, this is a great week for lovers of Pinot Noir, particularly from the West Coast, including the Eyrie Vineyards Sisters Pinot Noir on Thursday from SommSelect. If you want to try something similar, you could also check out the ARPEPE Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica, from SommSelect on Tuesday.

Keep an eye out each week for our top picks.

Monday, May 2

bottle of The Hilt 2018 Pinot Noir Estate, Sta. Rita Hills

2018 The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir, $44.95

Who’s it for: If you want to get in on the ground floor on a project with a very strong pedigree, here’s a Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills in California that’s owned by the same folks as the ultra-culty Screaming Eagle, full of bright red fruit notes as well as red flowers and spice. 

Where to get it: Wine Express, available May 2, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET until sold out

Note: This link will stay live until the offer is sold out.

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bottle of First Drop Mother's Milk Shiraz

2020 First Drop Mother’s Milk Shiraz, $16.99

Who’s it for: If you’re looking for a powerful, fruit-forward Shiraz that still delivers a bit of complexity and nuance, here’s a bottle for you from Australia’s Barossa Valley. Despite the everyday price point this bottle snagged 94 points from both James Suckling and James Halliday.

Where to get it: Wine Access, available May 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. Click here to see if a previous day’s offer is still available. 

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Tuesday, May 3

bottle of ARPEPE Sassella Stella Retica

2015 ARPEPE Valtellina Superiore Sassella Stella Retica, $60

Who’s it for: Lovers of aromatic red wines. Nebbiolo is most famously associated with the neighboring province of Piedmont, but here in Lombardy it thrives on the incredibly steep and rugged slopes of Valtellina (seriously, Google it, the photos are wild), producing even more ethereal and elegant expressions that can truly captivate.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 3, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. To see if a previous day’s offer is still available, scroll down the page linked above. 

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Thursday, May 5

2018 Eyrie Vineyards Sisters Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, $50

Who’s it for: When you’re talking about the history of wine in the Willamette Valley, in many ways the story starts with the Lett family and Eyrie. Even now, almost 60 years after first putting vines in the ground, they’re still crafting some of the best and most expressive bottles from not just the Dundee Hills, but the entire valley.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 5, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. To see if a previous day’s offer is still available, scroll down the page linked above.

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Friday, May 6

bottle of Larkmead Firebelle

2018 Larkmead Vineyards Firebelle Red, $100

Who’s it for: Those who enjoy the softer side of Napa Valley. This Merlot-dominant blend from the Calistoga sub-AVA offers plush, generous notes of cherry, plum, and cola, with ample yet gentle tannins. It could certainly stand up to a bit of aging but is definitely ready to drink right now if you’re not the aging type.

Where to get it: Wine Access, available May 6, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. Click here to see if a previous day’s offer is still available.  

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bottle of 2015 Bodegas Olarra Reciente Gran Reserva Rioja

2015 Bodegas Olarra Reciente Gran Reserva Rioja, $29

Who’s it for: Those who are already aware of Rioja’s many charms might not need much convincing, but for those of you who might be a bit skeptical, here you’ll find an expression of Tempranillo that offers a mix of red and black fruits, dusty tannins, ample acid, and notes of baking spices and tobacco. They’re great wines, and at hard-to-beat prices no less.

Where to get it: Wine Access, available May 6, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. Click here to see if a previous day’s offer is still available.  

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bottle of La Tour Vieilles Vignes Muscadet-Sevre et Maine 2018

2018 Château Guipière La Tour Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, $22

Who’s it for: Shellfish lovers. Muscadet, made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape in the far western edges of France’s Loire Valley near the Atlantic, is prized as a fantastic wine for shellfish, and frankly most seafood, given its bright citrus notes and pronounced limestone minerality. Pair it with raw oysters, seared scallops, or even a halibut ceviche.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 6, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. To see if a previous day’s offer is still available, scroll down the page linked above.

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Sunday, May 8

bottle of 2004 Château Tour Saint-Pierre Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

2004 Château Tour Saint-Pierre, Saint-Émilion, $29

Who’s it for: Anyone who wants to experience fine aged wine at basically everyday prices. Hailing from one of the most iconic appellations for Merlot in all of Bordeaux, and thus the world, this is a great chance to explore why these wines are so beloved and prized at a very reasonable price.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 8, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

Note: The link for this offer goes live on the day and time specified. To see if a previous day’s offer is still available, scroll down the page linked above.

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Editor’s note: The Drop’s Flash Sales Deals series is open to all wine sellers who offer flash sales. Please send your pitch to The Drop editors for consideration at TheDrop@pix.wine. Pitches are due two weeks before an offer goes live. This series is published each Monday morning.