Excess wine vs. “Declassified” wine
Excess wine and declassified wine are not the same thing. Say you’re a Napa Valley winery with 500 cases’ worth of $150 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ready to go to the bottling tank, but you’re also looking at an inventory report from your warehouse showing five back vintages with 250 to 400 cases remaining of the same SKU. Sometimes the most prudent thing to do is pick up the phone and thin the herd. Maayan and David receive many such calls, and many of these wines find their way into Royal Prince. Contrast this with “declassified” barrels, which winemakers determine do not meet the standard for a particular bottling, and decide to “bulk out.” The differential in quality is stark.