Sunday, November 18, 2018

Rare Swiss wines

True Swiss wines are hard to find in the U.S.  
We landed a few at our Rock Hill location.  Check them out.

2016 Germanier Les Terrasses - Fendant...$26.99
From a terraced vineyard in Vétroz, the 2016 Fendant de Vétroz "Les Terrasses" opens with a pretty intense bouquet of ripe white, yellow and citrus fruits with discreet aromas of crushed stones, stirred yeast and lime blossom. Medium-bodied, fresh and very elegant with piquant but perfectly integrated acidity and lovely salinity on the finish, this is charming and characterful Fendant (aka Chasselas) with pretty good tension. This is a great drinking pleasure. Serve it as an aperitif or with white meat, fish or cheese.
Rated 89/100 Wine Advocate

2016 Germanier Petite Arvine....$39.99
From clayey schist and moraine soils, the 2016 Petite Arvine offers a lovely clear, precise, fresh and intense bouquet with ripe, flinty-mineral, rather tropical fruit along with floral aromas. Lean, pure, straight and very elegant the palate, the 2016 reveals a delicate mineral freshness and crystalline structure with some smoky notes and a long, salty-vital finish. This is a medium to full-bodied, pretty complex and persistent yet really delicate Petite Arvine with a stimulatingly piquant finish. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this is a delicious aperitif and a perfect wine with fish. Its elegant, crystalline and refreshingly grippy character reminds me of Riesling. Petite Arvine—the Riesling of the Valais?
Rated 92/100 Wine Advocate

Cayuse Syrah

We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher
Very limited - only 3-6 bottles of each available

2016 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin...$119.99

The 2016 Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard offers more tertiary notes of smoked plums, iron, shiitake mushrooms, forest floor, and peppery herbs. It’s concentrated, full-bodied, and balanced, with a big mid-palate, yet it glides across the palate with an almost Burgundian silkiness. This is a classic En Chamberlin that has all the Rocks funkiness and complexity, yet a beautiful elegance on the palate.
Rated 95-97/100 Points Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux...$119.99
Moving to the Syrahs and always the largest production release, the 2016 Syrah Cailloux Vineyard includes a small amount of co-fermented Viognier and is raised all in puncheons. Cold campfire/ash, plums, dried violets, and pepper all flow to a rich, full-bodied, incredibly opulent Syrah that has a stacked, thick mid-palate, bright acidity, and a great, great finish. It’s another killer vintage for this vineyard and it’s going to be one of the Syrahs of the vintage.
Rated 97-99/100 Points Jeb Dunnuck

2014 Cayuse Syrah En Cerise Walla Walla...$98.99
Just slightly more ruby colored than the Cailloux Vineyard, the 2014 Syrah en Cerise offers more elegance and finesse as well as lots of black cherry, plums, Asian spice and dried lavender aromatics. Full-bodied, elegant and very fine, it's a pretty, perfumed and seamless beauty.
Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate
Impeccably built and expressive, with vivid raspberry, smoky meat and crushed rock aromas and impressive, harmonious flavors of cherry, pepper and orange zest that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 406 cases made.–TF
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

2017 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc...$10.98

Compare to $11.97 at Total Wine and More in St. Louis
Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc aromas of lifted citrus, tropical fruit, and crushed herbs. A fresh, juicy wine with vibrant acidity and plenty of weight and length on the palate. Ripe, tropical fruit flavor with passion fruit, melon, and grapefruit.  All these factors have resulted in the plethora of fruit flavors, crisp acidity, and complexity of this stunning wine. Ready for immediate enjoyment, this wine will continue to develop from one to three years. - Winery
Rated 91/100 Tasting Panel

Domaine de Courcel 2015

2015 Domaine de Courcel Bourgogne Chardonnay...$37.99
The Bourgogne Chardonnay was planted in 2000. The red brown soil produces wines with aromas of honey, dried fruit and candied fruit. Its colour is golden while its softness confers a long finish.  Enjoy this excellent white Burgundy value today or cellar for 3-5 years.

2015 Domaine de Courcel Pommard Les Rugiens...$179.99
Good ruby-red. A distinctly different expression of Pommard from the Grand Clos des Epenots, with the nose dominated by darkest berries, minerals and chocolate. Densely packed and highly concentrated but less open to inspection than the Grand Clos des Epenots; very closed in on itself but already suggests outstanding complexity. Very broad, firm tannins saturate the entire palate and the very long, rising finish leaves the tongue glistening. Classic white-soil Rugiens: already complex on the nose but in need of cellaring to gain in pliancy and expand.
Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

96 Point Chablis

2016 Moreau Clos de Hopsices Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos...$133.99 
A small portion of the Les Clos vineyard once belonged to the charitable Hospices de Chablis. Today, this one acre is vinified apart from this producers other Le Clos cuvee. This is a rich wine, hinting at wood aging with intense fruit and acidity. It has a rich texture, a great balance between acidity and the ripe white and citrus fruits. Drink this wine from 2022.
Rated 96/100 Wine Enthusiast
A more perfumed stony nose with acacia and dried yellow flowers, as well as a flinty edge. The palate has deeper fruit presence such as long peach curd. Flavors of lime butter roll out really smoothly. Majestic style here. Drink or hold.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

98 Point Riesling!

Dry Riesling is perfect with Thanksgiving!

This is one of the best made - anywhere!

2017 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling...$51.99
This is a ravishing riesling of the highest order, X-factor multiplied. Throw up any part (flesh, juice, skin, pith) of lime or lemons of any kind, add ethereal acidity and marvel at the elegance and length of the palate. Jeffrey Grosset is the undisputed king of the Clare Valley.
Rated 98/100 James Halliday

97 Points!

A couple of 97 Point 2013 Brunello's

2013 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino....$75.98
Luminous red. High-pitched aromas of sour red cherry, raspberry, rose, stainless steel, white pepper and minerals. Dense and silky in texture but displays great juiciness, clarity and floral lift; the lively but harmonious acidity really lifts and frames the bright red and mineral flavors. Totally saturates the palate and yet comes off as virtually weightless. This hauntingly beautiful wine showcases everything Brunello can be when made from an ultra-competent producer farming Sangiovese vines that grow in what is a real grand cru section of the much too large Brunello di Montalcino denomination.
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous

2013 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino...$69.98
Delicately scented, this offers underbrush, pressed violet and wild berry aromas. It’s medium-bodied and loaded with elegance, delivering crushed raspberry, Morello cherry, licorice and a hint of pipe tobacco set against taut, refined tannins. Bright acidity provides balance. It’s a bit austere at this stage but will develop beautifully.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saugatuck Bourbon Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout

Limit 1 bottle per person
Saugatuck Bourbon Barrel Aged Neapolitan Milk Stout...$4.99 / 12oz

10.5% ABV
A perfect blend of classic dry stout character with brilliant flavors of Neapolitan Ice Cream. Experience the nostalgic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry all in one glass – because sometimes ice cream just isn’t enough.

A.D. Laws Hordeum Straight Malt

A.D. Laws Hordeum Straight Malt...$58.99
One of the world’s first cultivated grains, hordeum, or wild barley grass, grew from an agricultural staple to ultimately reach its pinnacle in whiskey making. Every bottle of A.D. Laws Hordeum Straight Barley Whiskey is a nod to this ancestral grain and its singularity. Our atypical on-grain, sour mash style, coupled with Colorado mountain barley, imparts a unique character to this whiskey. This grain forward, single malt whiskey showcases the native terroir of Colorado.
100% Colorado-grown malted barley
Aged 2+ years in full-sized 53 gallon new American white oak barrels
Classic open air, sour mash fermentation
Distilled twice through our Vendome 4-plate pot/column still
Bottled at 100 Proof
Tasting Notes: Opens with bright apple blossom and honey on the nose with notes of toasted hazelnuts. Black tea and green apple on the front of the palate, changing to cinnamon sugar cookies and malted nuts. Finishing with seagrass and sweet tobacco.

Game of Thrones Limited Scotches

Emails sent through the WRC - check your email.

We have been getting a ton of phone calls on these.  
Check your email to see if you were allocated any.

Game of Thrones Lagavulin 9 Year Old...$63.99
Game of Thrones Dalwhinnie....$39.99
Game of Thrones Talisker....$44.99
Game of Thrones Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old...$64.99
Game of Thrones The Singleton...$29.99
Game of Thrones Clynelish Reserve....$59.99
Game of Thrones Cardhu....$39.99

BRC - Rare Beer Raffle November 2018 Edition

November Edition!
Decided to do another one in November based on Beer Purchases only this time.

In our effort to keep mixing it up and giving more people a chance to get some rare beer....
We saved some exciting beers and will do a raffle at the end of August.

BRC release based on BEER ONLY purchases starting Nov 1st through November 30th, 2018.  
20 names will be picked via random number generator from the top 200 people in the BRC during that time period.  

For the November Raffle  - we have these bottles available to purchase for the names drawn...
  • Perennial TWCP Maman....$39.99   (8 bottles)
  • 2nd Shift BA Vanilla LSD...$15.99 / 375ml (4 bottles)
  • Tilquin Groseille Rouge...$15.99 / 375ml (5 bottles)
  • Tilquin Oude Quetsche...$15.99 / 375ml (3 bottle)
We will email the 20 winners and they will send back their list in order of preference and they will get their top choice that is still available.  We will confirm in order that their name was drawn.
Thank you!

2016 Zins with big scores

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel's
Winemakers Mike Officer and Jay Maddox have hit pay dirt with these latest 2016s and across the board, they’re the finest set of releases I’ve tasted from this estate.-Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Mancini Ranch...$46.99
Another awesome Zinfandel blend from Mike, the 2016 Zinfandel Mancini Ranch is 85% Zinfandel and the rest a mix of assorted varieties, from vines planted in 1922, all aged in 21% new French oak. Crème de cassis, plums, cedary spice, and crushed flowers notes, medium to full body, fine, elegant tannin, and an ethereal, seamless texture all make for a thrilling, awesome wine that can be drunk anytime over the coming decade or more.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch....$46.99

More blueberry, spice box, leather, and cigar emerge from the 2016 Zinfandel Papera Ranch, which is incredibly complex and layered aromatically. The palate doesn't lose a beat either and is full-bodied, deep, and layered, yet tight, fresh, and ethereal, with a great finish. It's a killer Zinfandel! This awesome wine is 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan, aged 16 months in 22% new French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s undeniably one of the greatest Zinfandels in the vintage!
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Some exciting new releases

2016 J Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet....$15.99
Black cherry, smoke and a hint of caramel make for a very familiar and satisfying nose on this well-priced bottling. There is a deep core of black currant fruit, with chalky tannins, a dense mouthfeel and abundant acidity that drives into the finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Wonderful White Blend from Tenshen Wines
2016 Tenshen White Blend....$16.99
The 2016 White Wine from Tenshen is made from a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay sourced from sites throughout the Central Coast. Brought up mostly in neutral barrels, with a small part in stainless, it offers rich, full-bodied aromas and flavors of buttered peach, tangerine, honeysuckle and flowers. Richly textured, balanced and with a clean, dry finish, it’s a terrific white Rhône blend readers should check out.
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Vinestral Rioja Crianza

Great Rioja - Great Price!
2015 Vinestral Rioja Crianza...$13.99
Viñestral is crafted by Bodegas Marqués de Reinosa, a quality-conscious cooperative founded in the town of Autol (Rioja Baja) in 1956. The wines are great values, offering plenty of classic Rioja character in a ripe and satisfying style that is sure to please.
Tasting Notes: Offers plenty of red and black cherry fruit, with complex spice notes. Well balanced, with soft supple tannins and a persistent finish.  Serve With: Soft and fruity enough to be enjoyed on its own, this versatile red is also excellent with tapas and a wide range of red meats.
2014 rated 90 points, the 2015 has not been scored, but it is at least as good!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Seven Fathom's Rum - back in stock

This is one fantastic rum aged 42 feet in the ocean.
Exclusively at The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis.

Seven Fathoms Cayman Island Rum...$44.99
Next lowest price online is $59.99

Cayman Island Premium Rum
Seven Fathoms Premium Rum is a handcrafted, artisanal premium rum that is distilled locally in small batches exclusively in the Cayman Islands. Unlike any other rum, Seven Fathoms is matured under water at a depth of seven fathoms (42 feet). This unique and innovative maturing technique creates superior characteristics and complexity. Seven Fathoms is a distinctive spirit made by meticulously aging the rum underwater in the pristine Caribbean seas giving Seven Fathoms a depth of flavor and smoothness that is incomparable. Seven Fathoms 80 proof rum, is a limited production premium rum, created in individually numbered batches. Experience the waves of flavors!

Cane & Copper: We start with the harvest of fresh organic cane at the farms of Grand Cayman’s East End. Traditional West Indian techniques and our Christian Carl copper pot still transform fresh cane juice into young rum, carefully guiding its every step by hand.

Cask & Currents: We escort the rum in American white oak bourbon casks to a secret location off the Cayman coast. Anchored at 42 feet, an exact seven fathoms deep, our hand-crafted rum enjoys underwater currents that rock the spirit gently and consistent temperatures like nowhere on land.

Logboat Cowboy Me

Logboat Cowboy Me...$8.49 / 6pk
This Schwarzbier style has piles of flavor with subtle notes of chocolate and roasted flavors and a hint of smokiness from the malt. Lager yeast cleans this Cowboy up nice!

Logboat Go Go Radio American Stout

Logboat Go Go Radio American Stout....$8.49 / 6pk cans
If you are just tuning in, this American Stout will likely impress you beyond your wildest dreams in a not so subtle way. And if you could hear these aliens sing, what do you imagine they would sound like? How powerful would they be? More powerful than every home stereo combined? We think maybe...enjoy the stout.

Allocated beer release

Happy Thanksgiving surprise - enjoy these for the holiday
Available now 

  • Forsyth
  • Ballwn
  • Rock Hill
  • New Ballas

  • First come
  • no reservations
  • when you arrive head to the register and you can choose 3 different bottles to purchase

Jim Beam Whiskies of the Season

Jim Beam Whiskies of the Season...$12.99
Includes 12-50ml bottles!

In stock now at Forsyth

Beer Tasting tonight ---

The Wine and Cheese Place
Forsyth Beer Tasting Tonight!
Friday 11/16/18

Taste these beers!
  • Fat Orange Cat Sweet Jane NE IPA
  • 2nd Shift Brut IPA
  • Urban Chestnut Escape! Tropical Ale
  • Decadent Coco Ecto IPA

Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Whiskey

Taste these tonight at Forsyth from 4pm-6pm
Taste these tonight at New Ballas from 4pm-6pm

Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey....$42.99
90 Proof

Aged a minimum of 6.5 years
A unique mash bill from Tennessee, our Bourbon utilizes 30% "small grains" to complement the character imparted spending nearly 7 years in American Oak barrels. The result is smooth and lasting with notes of vanilla and baked bread layered over a bed of toasted oak.
Rated 96/100 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Double Barrel Whiskey...$42.99
100 proof
Comprised of a unique blend of three different whiskeys, our double barrel finishing process utilizes hand toasted, new American oak barrels for a secondary aging worthy of another year's wait. Double Barrel's higher proof balances perfectly with the complexity of its flavor and notes of caramel, oak, citrus, and spice.

Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey...$68.99
92 proof
Breaking with tradition, we finish our Straight Rye Whiskey in toasted oak cigar barrels, air dried in the low-lying mountain region of Vosges, France. This proprietary finishing results in a smoother, more approachable rye with notes of orange peel, coriander, and spice.

Urban Chestnut Escape! Tropical Ale

Urban Chestnut Escape! Tropical Ale...$7.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Escape! Tropical Ale is a perfect break from the plethora of heavy winter beer options. Escape! the in-laws, the holidays, even the winter blahs — and feel the proverbial summer breeze with this Tropical Ale brewed with pineapple, mango and passion fruit.

Codigo George Strait Single Barrel Anejo Tequila

Codigo George Strait Single Barrel Anejo Tequila...$86.99
A limited edition 150 bottles coming in December.

Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes - perfect 100 points

2015 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes....$224.99 / 375ml
Following a very long harvest stretching nearly two months, the 2015 Château d'Yquem came in at 13.9% alcohol and 144 grams per liter of residual sugar, sporting a pH of 3.65 and six grams per liter of tartaric acid. None of these numbers, however, even remotely begin to tell you how profound this wine is. The nose opens with electric notes of ripe pineapples, green mango, orange blossoms and lemon tart with hints of fungi, lime zest, crushed rocks and jasmine. The freshness on the palate is just astonishing, permeating and lifting layer upon layer of tropical fruits and earthy notions, all encased in a sumptuous texture and culminating in a very, very long, mineral-tinged finish. Truly, this is a legendary vintage for d'Yquem. I've been conservative with my drinking window here, and I would not be at all surprised if our descendants are drinking this vintage well into the next century.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 99-100/100 James Suckling
Rated 98/100 Points Vinous
Rated 98/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 98/100 Wine Enthusiast

2015 Carmes de Rieussec Sauternes...$31.99 / 750ml
A wine of joy and pure pleasure, the 2015 Carmes de Rieussec is absolutely delicious. Rieussec's second wine is bright and lifted, yet shows plenty of depth in its pineapple, orange peel, mint, jasmine and lightly honeyed notes. Although the Grand Vin gets most of the attention at Rieussec, the Carmes is truly superb in 2015 and well worth taking a look at.
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

Nightmare Brewing Company Windlass of Erasmus

Limited - 2 cans per person
Nightmare Brewing Company Windlass of Erasmus....$4.99 / pint can
Gose Ale with Blackberries, Blackcurrants and black sea salt.