Big Top & 3 Day Wine Review Closeout Deals are Here!!!

Mark this date Monday, February 18, 2019 as the first of many great closeout wine deals in the Twin Cities. 3 Day Wine Review has teamed up with Billy Condon at Big Top Liquors to offer you advanced opportunities to buy wine closeout wines prior to them hitting the shelves. While some of us have gotten the great deals over the years now those on the email blast will receive the offers in advance. To order any of these wines please contact Billy Condon at Big Top:

To order these wines please call Billy Condon at Big Top Liquors at 612-578-1421 or email him at:

You can pick these wines up this Saturday at any of their 4 locations


Here are the wine offerings for the first email:

Please forward this to any other wine drinker in town you know!  The goal is to go local on these emails however we are looking at sending these out to a national buying audience which means with will sell out extremely quickly.  While there are no $7 Joh. Jos. Prum’s on the list but there are some very good deals.


2015 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro (Italy, Campania, Campania IGT) (36 bottles)

Wine Advocate 95 points  Vinous 92 points  James Suckling 96 points 

Cellar Tracker Average:  91.5 points

Wine Searcher Low:  $50

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $40 (36 bottles)


2012 Sterling Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Platinum (USA, California, Napa Valley) (22 bottles)

91 Points, Wine Spectator 

Cellar Tracker Average:  91 points

Wine Searcher Lowest $50 

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $30 (22 bottles)


2012 Montes Syrah Folly La Finca de Apalta (Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley) (21 bottles)
97 Points – James Suckling:
93 Points – Wine Spectator Magazine:

Cellar Tracker Average:  92 points

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $75

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $40 (21 bottles)


2011 Montes Syrah Folly La Finca de Apalta (Chile, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley) 13 bottles
97 Points & Rank #4 Top 100 Wine of 2015 – James Suckling:

94 Points – Wine Spectator Magazine:

93 Points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Cellar Tracker Average:  92 points

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $70

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $40 (13 bottles available)


2016 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay White Bones Adrianna Vineyard Mendoza (Argentina, Mendoza) 

3 pack sealed in wooden boxRated 98 by James SucklingA dense and bright chardonnay that shows incredible depth and freshness with dried pineapple, licorice, aniseed and lemongrass. Full-bodied, layered and very, very long. Linear and exciting. Goes on for minutes. Release in October 2018. Drink or hold.Rated 97 by Wine AdvocateThe slow ripening provided the 2016 White Bones Chardonnay with a little more structure while retaining very high acidity. The vines, at 1,500 meters in altitude, are planted on limestone-rich soils and didn’t need watering in 2016, as it rained a lot more than usual and allowed for a more natural balanced crop. This has 13.1% alcohol and an amazing eight grams of acidity measured in tartaric acid. It’s a lot more serious, like an austere version of the 2015, with the balsamic and floral aromas more in the background. It has a sharper palate, with pungent flavors and superb delineation and purity. This is precise like a laser cut, mineral, salty and veeeery serious and compact. Superb! 4,800 bottles were filled in July 2017.Rated 95 by Vinous MediaFull, bright yellow-gold with a green tinge. Very sexy mineral accents enliven complex scents of white peach, apple and citrus zest. Wonderfully dense and palate-saturating, with superb mineral-driven acidity giving the wine superb inner-mouth tension and lift, not to mention sharp definition to its flavors of lemon and orange peel, quince and vanillin oak. Like the 2015 White Stones, this is a bit Chablis-like but in a grand cru way. Very long and alive on the aftertaste. Truly exciting Argentine Chardonnay. 

Cellar Tracker Average:  No Ratings

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $100

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $60 per bottle x 3 $180 

WINE 6:2016 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay White Stones Adrianna Vineyard Mendoza (Argentina, Mendoza)

3 pack sealed in wooden box
98 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): “[$120 list] My favorite of the Adrianna whites, the 2016 White Stones Chardonnay was cropped from a low-yielding, cool and wet year, very unusual weather in Mendoza. It’s sharp, austere, mineral and long. No matter how impressed I was with the 2015 or the two vintages of the White Bones I tasted next to it, this stole the show. It has a combination of mineral notes that transmit a serious sensation with hints of flowers, spices and herbs that show in a very subtle way. The palate is liquid chalk, with sharp and pungent flavors, nicely textured. It’s precise, linear, long and sharp, with great length and persistence. It will be fascinating to see how this wine evolves in bottle, because I think we can have a big surprise in ten years from now. 6,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2017. Drink: 2018-2030. (Jun 2018)”

98 points James Suckling: “This is super focused and powerful with precision and energy. It’s full yet so tightly-wound and gorgeous. It just races down the palate. Dried apples, pineapple and salt. Drink or hold. Wonderful future. (12/20/18)”

Producer notes: “The White Stones Chardonnay has a bright lemon yellow color with gold highlights. Aromas of pears and apples are underscored by notes of vanilla and white flowers and a stony minerality. On the palate, the wine has flavors of baked red apples, Bosc pears, and quince along with notes of creamy vanilla and baking spices. The finish is crisp and bright with a stony minerality that lingers on the palate. Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with a variety of more full-flavored fish dishes especially shellfish like shrimp, crab, and lobster. For a special meal try this elegant Chardonnay with Grilled Langoustines with Beurre Blanc.”

Cellar Tracker Average:  No Ratings

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $90

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $60 per bottle x 3 $180 
WINE 7:2012 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Cinema – USA, California, Sonoma County 
3 Day Wine ReviewDay 1: Pleasant nose raspberries, dust and spices. On the palate nice overall with spices, red currants, floral notes and black pepper. This is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45 Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah and 2% Syrah. Drinkiing well on the pop and pour and we shall see where this is on day 2. 87 points
Day 2: A bit more mellow on day 2 with spices, red currants, dust and a touch of chocolate. Medium finish and smooth drinker. This is at a solid spot right now and I would consumer these over the next few years. 88 points (88 points)

Cellar Tracker Average:  90.2

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $36.99 (Cellar Tracker Average price is $31.24)

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $10 Yes that is correct!!!

Wine 8: 2015 Bodegas Breca Garnacha Breca – Spain, Aragón, Calatayud (Great QPR!)3 Day Wine Review
Day 1: Grabbed a bottle out of the closeout bins at Sid’s. Nice nose of earth, raspberries and dust. On the palate a touch of sweetness along with spice, crushed rock, dust and a floral note. The finish is a little harsh and is the only thing detracting from the experience. This represents a good value for the quality. If you just drink this and don’t think too much it is even better than 86. 86 points
Day 2: Better and for the price point means new everyday wine selection. Spices, floral, raspberries, flint and crushed rock. While a touch of sweet fruits on this wine it is balanced and extremely enjoyable. For $12.99 a bottle more please! 88 points 

Cellar Tracker Average:  89

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $11.75

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $11.99

WINE 9:  

2016 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

Up and coming major wine from Paso!

Cellar Tracker Average:  90.7

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $39

Big Top Pricing:  $38

WINE 10: 

This wine will be available by Saturday!!!

2010 Woodward Canyon Merlot (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley) (42 bottles)

91 points Wine Advocate-Columbia Valley, WA- “Loaded with beautiful red and black fruit, chocolate, wild herbs and floral tones, it is medium to full-bodied on the palate and possesses striking purity of fruit as well as a seamless, elegant texture.”

The low 90 point wines usually means they are good from the Wine Advocate!!!

Cellar Tracker Average:   90.9

Wine Searcher Lowest:  $37.99

Big Top Closeout Pricing:  $21 (42 bottles)

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