This relatively new site appeared on my radar screen about 6 months ago. Turns out while also based in the town of Napa, it is unrelated to similar sounding sites, lastbottle.com and firstbottle.com.
I’ve been following it closely and it now deserves your attention.
Why I like http://www.lastcase.com
Professional and unpretentious format: no gimmicky taste profiles, no hype, no silly descriptions, no subscription box mentality.
Ratings are reliable: Chris Sawyer is a real sommelier with genuine credentials
Real wines from real wineries: No custom-made, private label rip-offs.
Serious searching is evident in the selection (curating) of many, small, hard to find wines: Good example is the “One” Cabernet Franc from Knight’s Valley, only 3 barrels made.
A few other points:
While the offerings are limited in number, the wines are not your usual suspects. In fact, some of my favorite CA brands are included such as Robert Craig, Madrigal, MacPhail, and Walt. Also, some wines from Biale, Clos du Val, Mira, and Miner Family have recently been highlighted.
Secondly, discounts are attractive, especially for the daily deals. You can pay close to full fare for the likes of Opus One and Jordan.
But most wines are discounted.
Thirdly, shipping costs are reasonable. Typically the fee is $6 for a flat shipping rate. Or, shipping is free on order of $120 or more.
Here are 4 stellar examples, all at 30%-50% below retail:
2016 Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, Artisan Collection, Paso Robles, $24.99
2016 Foris Winery Estate Pinot Noir, Rogue Valley, $13.99
2013 Madrigal Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, $29.99
2017 MacPhail, Pinot Noir, “The Flyer,” Sonoma Coast, $34.95