Monday, June 18, 2018

A.D. Laws Triticum Straight Wheat Whiskey

A.D. Laws Triticum Straight Wheat Whiskey...$59.99
A.D. Laws Straight Triticum (Trit-e-come) Whiskey is our homage to wheat, the “Grain of Civilization.” Skillfully crafted using a Soft White Centennial Wheat grown in the high altitude San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. This heirloom varietal of Spring wheat produces a soft and floral whiskey with a bright clean finish.
100% Colorado-grown wheat
Classic open air, sour mash fermentation
Distilled twice through our Vendome 4-plate pot/column still
Aged 3+ years in full-sized 53 gallon new American white oak barrels
Bottled at 100 proof
Tasting Notes: Aromas of apple orchard and orange blossoms on the nose with notes of honey and marmalade. Lilacs, apple and bergamot on the palate with hints of wild strawberry and honey suckle. Ends with a clean bittersweet finish.

Perennial 2 Barrel Batch of Maman for TWPC is bottled!

Perennial Maman - TWCP Edition
Maman an amazing Perennial 10.5% stout normally aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels (Rated 100 on RateBeer).   This is a small batch of two Bourbon Barrels supplied by The Wine and cheese Place -- Four Roses and Wild Turkey.   This beer was aged 31 months in these barrels before bottling. 

Emails sent out !  thank you everyone!

We are very excited about this one and very thankful to Perennial for making this beer for The Wine and Cheese Place!
Perennial Barrel Aged Maman Imperial Stout - TWCP Edition
10.5% Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
- A two barrel blend (Four Roses and Wild Turkey) that has been aging for an amazing 31 months!
"They took awhile to come around (31 months!), but I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait." - Phil Wymore, owner and headbrewer of Perennial.
This will go through the BRC - at least partially based on Perennial support.

Just a few pictures of the process....

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rare Whiskey WRC raffle

Day 1 emails went out - confirmations sent
Day 2 emails went out - confirmations sent
Day 3 emails - just sent out now
Whiskey Reward Club 
  Based on previous 6 months through Wednesday June 13 at 7pm.    We will be using our weighted raffle method.

Just in time for Father's Day!

WRC Rare Whiskey Raffle
A lot of great Whiskey available for this one....

  • Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year Old
  • Blood Oath Pact No. 4
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  • Rock Hill Farms
  • Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey
  • Isaac Bowman Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels
  • Angels Envy Rye Finished in Rum Barrels
  • Knob Creek Rye Cask Strength
  • High West Yippee Ki Yay
  • Willett Kentucky Bourbon Small Batch 750ml and 1.75ltr
  • Rieger Monogram 2018
  • Black Maple Hill Rye
  • Black Maple Hill Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr.
  • Pikesville Straight Rye
  • Blantons Bourbon
  • Rieger Monogram
  • Weller 12 Year Old 750ml, liters, and 1.75
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
  • Col E.H. Taylor Rye
  • Col E.H. Taylor Small Batch
  • Weller Special Reserve 750m and 1.75
  • Ardbeg Grooves Committee Edition Limited Release
  • Ardbeg Grooves Single Malt Scotch Limited Release
  • Nikka 17 Year Old
  • Nikka 21 Year Old

Father's Day Wine!

Fathers Day Weekend.
It's that time of year again, time to celebrate all the Dad's out there. So fire up the grill, season those steaks, and for goodness sake let Dad finish watching the US Open. Nothing says “We Love You Dad” like a great bottle of Wine. We have an amazing selection from around the world.

2015 Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium....$86.99
Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2015 Rostaing Cote Rotie La Landone....$175.99
Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff.
Rated 99+/100 The Wine Advocate

2 Beauties from Lucian Sandrone
2013 Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo...$139.99
Sandrone's 2013 Barolo Le Vigne is a real stunner. Powerful, ample and deep, the 2013 exudes class from start to finish. The addition of Serralunga fruit in the blend has added depth and structure in all of the wine's dimensions. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, rose petal, tar and licorice build into the huge, voluptuous finish. Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is outrageously beautiful and also one of the clear wines of the vintage. Vineyard sites are Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli.
Rated 98/100 Vinous Media

2013 Sandrone Aleste Barolo...$149.99
he 2013 Barolo Aleste is a wine of striking purity and nuance. It is also one of the most finessed, vivid young Barolos I have ever tasted from Sandrone. The translucence of Nebbiolo comes through loud and clear. Freshly cut flowers, mint and finely cut fruit are some of the signatures. This wine has developed beautifully in recent vintages as the oak influence is less than it was just a few years ago. Beams of tannin and bright, salivating acidity add finesse to this translucent, exceptional Barolo. Aleste is the new name Sandrone is using for the Barolo formerly known as Cannubi Boschis.
Rated 97+/100 Vinous Media

Friday, June 15, 2018

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Old Bourbon

One of the best values in Bourbon -
Bottled in Bond and and 10 Years Old!
Do not miss it!
Great for Father's Day!

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Old Bourbon...$29.99
Kentucky Straight Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon Whiskey
100 Proof
Henry McKenna's credentials are well known as "Kentucky's finest table whiskey." But now, Heaven Hill Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam have created Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Every bottle is filled entirely from a single barrel that has aged through 40 Kentucky seasons (10 years). This quality Bourbon is rich in tradition and heritage, and builds on the popularity of the Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons.
Henry McKenna Single Barrel is the only extra aged Bottled-in-Bond Single Barrel Bourbon, indicating it meets exacting U.S. government standards for age and proof. The label on each bottle of Henry McKenna Single Barrel contains handwritten authentication of the exact barrel number and the date it was barreled.

Rare Big Bottles of Dominus

Father's Day!
Rare Big Bottles of Dominus
Christian Moueix is at the top of his game. This is the third time in the last 5 years Dominus has been rated a perfect 100/100 by The Wine Advocate.

call 314.727.8788

2015 Dominus 1.5 Liter....$619.99 (2 Magnums Available)
2015 Dominus 3 Liter....$1,349.99 (1 Double Magnum Available)

Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate

Vermouth tasting!

A few years back we went Mezcal crazy with a bunch of tastings to help educate people about Mezcal. This year is the year of the Vermouth for The Wine and Cheese Place.  Why, because we want to!  We are excited about Vermouth and have an amazing selection and want to share it with you. 
Vermouth is not just an afterthought in a Martini.  Vermouth can be the STAR of your summer drink.   If you have a good bottle of Vermouth, just pour it on the rocks with some club soda and an orange slice and you will be surprised how refreshing this drink is!  

Huge selection at Forsyth - getting descriptions up on each one on the shelf for your reading pleasure!
 Forsyth location

Friday - June 15 Vermouth/Aperitif Tasting

Come try a few!
List subject to change, but this is what we are planning right now...

  • Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • Miro Rojo Vermut
  • Cocchi Dopo Teatro Vermouth Amaro
  • L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina Blanc
  • L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina Rouge
  • Cappelleti Aperitivo
  • Cardamaro Vino Amaro

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth

Since 1883, the Distillerie des Alpes has committed itself to perpetuating the purest vermouth recipe traditions of Chambray and the Alpes. The distillery’s subtle blend of plants, fruits, spices, and flowers are a perfect reflection of the authentic flavors of the locality.

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth Blanc...$16.99
Herbaceous aromas lead into a light-bodied palate marked by mild pear sweetness, finishing light and crisp with hints of fresh-snipped herbs and cinnamon. Versatile; sip or mix. Best Buy.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast
TASTING NOTES: Vermouth Routin Dry is made from 17 plants, flowers and spices and a subtle blend of French white wine of Sauvignon grape and regional wine of vineyard Jacquère. Its unique bouquet, its subtle dry taste, and its slightly golden color, give it its distinctive character. Rose petals, juniper, rosemary, wormwood, and bitter almond are the priciple flavor components, besides fine French wine, of course!

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth Dry...$16.99
Aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit are accented by a hint of vanilla. The bone-dry palate opens with tart green apple, though any hint of fruit sweetness disappears in a flash, winding up crisp and bracing overall. Martini material. Best Buy.
Rated 91/100 Wine Enthusiast
Vermouth Routin Blanc is made in Chambéry, from French white wine of Sauvignon grape variety, regional wine of vineyard Jacquère, and a skilful blend of 18 plants, flowers and spices. Its refined bouquet is characterized by aromatic thyme notes, as well as light spicy notes. Its very sweet taste, as well as its pale yellow color, give it its distinctive character.

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth Rouge...$16.99
This was the distillery’s first product, invented by the founder, Philibert Routin. Made with 24 plants and spices, this vermouth is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Jacquere, then aged in oak barrels to add complexity and depth of flavor.

De Muller Iris Vermouth

DeMuller Vermouths have been made using the same recipes since their founding, almost 70 years ago. Over 150 botanicals are used, many of which are native to the winery’s Mediterranean setting. Today, their winemaker is Gemma Martinez. The winery is located in Reus, near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Catalonia. Reus is considered the epicenter of Spanish vermouth and DeMuller is historically regarded as one of the top producers in the area. Their wines are made with a base of white wine, infused with 150 botanicals. The winery uses the actual plants for their infusions, rather than the concentrates used by many producers. Highly guarded, the recipes include] cinnamon, orange peel, chamomile, rosemary, ginger, oregano & vanilla. The wine is then fortified with Melazas, a liquor made from molasses, and lightly sweetened. Their Vermouth Reserva is produced in a manner similar to Sherry and was recently named “Best Vermouth in Catalonia.” The wine is aged for a year in used oak barrels, giving it more body and smoothness than traditional vermouth.

De Muller Iris Vermouth Blanco...$13.99
Product of Spain
Winemaker:  Gemma Martinez
VINIFICATION: Neutral white wine, aromatized with 150 botanicals, fortified with a Molasses liquor and lightly sweetened
TASTING NOTES: An anise nose, with notes of lemon and bitter almond and a hint of raspberry. A silky mouth with lightly bitter almond flavors and a long, honey finish.
SERVING: Neat, on the rocks or with soda, garnish with a lemon twist or an olive. Also delicious in cocktails.

De Muller Iris Vermouth Rojo...$13.99
Product of Spain
Winemaker:  Gemma Martinez
VINIFICATION: Neutral white wine, aromatized with 150 botanicals, fortified with a Molasses liquor and lightly sweetened
TASTING NOTES: A deep amber in the glass with smooth, elegant aromas of rosemary, sage, fennel and licorice. The elegant herbal notes continue in the mouth, with flavors of thyme, hazelnut and hints of peppermint. A long, smooth finish that closes with a pleasant bitterness.
SERVING: Neat, on the rocks or with soda, garnish with a twist or orange slice. Also delicious in cocktails.

Crooked Stave Wild Sage Brett Saison

New -- now in 6pks

Crooked Stave Wild Sage Brett Saison...$10.99 / 6pk cans
We at Crooked Stave find solace playing in the Colorado mountains and possess a great pride fro the place we call home. Paying homage to our great state, we brewed Colorado WildSage, a Brett Saison incorporating fresh herbs, including white sage and lemongrass. Brewed with all Colarado ingredients in order to deliver a little bit of the high country to everyone who decides to share in this beer with us. Unfiltered and naturally wild, we package each can with a small amount of yeast to maintain maximum freshness for wherever life's adventures take you.

Forsyth Growler Board

2nd Shift Entry Level Genius Dry-Hopped Blonde Ale
Sometimes you wants something as smooth and as cool as Goldie Hawn. This beer is Katy before it gets Katyfied. Light, spritzy and as awesome as Goldie Hawn.

Rogue Combat Wombat Sour NEIPA
Sour Northeast-style IPA brewed with blood orange and grapefruit.

Draft only release
Stone / Societe The Skedaddler IPA
ALC/VOL 7.0%
IBUs 70
Collaborating on a beer takes time. Just like making friends. Our like-minded compatriots over at Societe Brewing Co. paired with us to create an IPA like no other. This collaboration features Idaho 7 and New Zealand Southern Cross hops – showcasing citrus flavors and piney, dank aroma as solid as two full glasses clanking together. But this unique bond isn’t forged overnight. Skedaddle to your local spot and enjoy the good times had by all.

Special DRY HOPPED version that is draft only

Logboat Snapper DRY HOPPED India Pale Ale

7.2% ABV
68 IBU
This easy drinking IPA is loaded up with four varieties of American grown hops. Fruity flavors of pear and peach play off of resinous, piney notes. Crystal malt complements the bitterness for a well-balanced IPA.
Pairs well with spicy food of all sorts and sweet desserts. Drink a Snapper while munching on a nice ripe cheese.

4 Hands Brewing / Sun King Brewing Collaboration Botanical IPA
7.5% ABV Collaboration brew

Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne

We been blessed with a number of amazing Champagne releases over the last few years, few however has been more anticipated than the 2008 Roederer Cristal. This one is for the ages!

2008 Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne....$238.98*
The 2008 Cristal is a real head-turner. Powerful, ample and explosive in all of its dimensions, the 2008 takes hold of the sense and never lets up. There is a crystalline purity to the flavors that is simply remarkable. Although still a baby, the 2008 looks like it will soon take its place alongside the greatest Cristals. Today, it is breathtaking.
Rated 100/100 James Suckling
Rated 100/100 Wine Enthusiast
Rated 98+/100 Vinous
*This is a pre-sell, with the wine arriving the last week of June.  Subject to confirmation.  We will not charge your card until it arrives.

Jaboulet Wine Tasting

Tonight - 
Tuesday June 12th 5:00-6pm
The Wine and Cheese Place - Tasting Bar
7435 Forsyth Blvd - Clayton MO

Open house Tasting

Taste a Perfect 100 Point Wine!

Please Join us in welcoming Lauren Reches of Michael Skurnik Selections for a tasting of Paul Jaboulet Wines.

As soon as the Jaboulet wines were reintroduced to the market this past February we jumped on the opportunity to work with the line up featuring some of the Rhone Valley's most prestigious wines.
In 1834, a full 100 years before the introduction of the A.O.C. system, Antoine Jaboulet began to transform a sleepy region into one of the most important quality winegrowing terroirs in the world. Since that time, Paul Jaboulet Aîné has become the benchmark in the Northern Rhône, with the iconic Hermitage ‘La Chapelle’ being responsible for some of the greatest wines ever produced.

Wines to be tasted:
2015 Paul Jaboulet Parrell 45 Cotes du Rhone Rouge $12.99
Northern style Côtes du Rhône, with beautiful fresh Syrah character. Notes of wild berries, white pepper, lavender and cherries. This balanced red finishes with incredibly juicy Grenache.

2015 Paul Jaboulet Parrell 45 Cotes du Rhone Blanc $12.99
Light yellow. White peach, melon and a hint of honey on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Smooth and fleshy; a hint of lemon pith adds back-end lift and a refreshingly bitter edge. Finishes firm and nervy, showing good length and a lingering suggestion of ripe melon
Rated 88/100 Vinous

2015 Paul Jaboulet Syrah Secret de Famille $13.99
Bright and juicy Syrah from limestone laden terraces. Fresh blue and red fruit supported by lively acid and a hint of market spices.

2015 Paul Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage Domaine Thalabert $42.99
The finest vintage to date, better even than the stellar 2010, the 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Domaine De Thalabert is a gorgeous, deep, layered, and incredibly satisfying Crozes. Blackcurrants, olive tapenade, truffles and earthy notes all emerge from this full-bodied, gorgeously textured and seamless 2015. With fine tannin and no hard edges, it can be drunk today or cellaring for 15-20 years.
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Paul Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle $299.99
(only 1 bottle available to be poured)
Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, it’s a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. It’s the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Frey and Jacques Desvernois!
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 97/100 Vinous

2014 Paul Jaboulet Muscat Beaumes de Venise le Chant des Griolles $19.99 / 375ml
Clear golden color with attractive brightness. On the nose, white peach, quince and exotic fruit aromas. Final note of honey and candied fruit. The palate starts out full and fresh, with final warm, rich notes of candied fru

Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

We scored some more cases - still Batch #1

Old Ripy Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$39.99 / 375ml
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $42.94

Compare to Total Wine and More in St. Louis at $42.99

52% ABV
Batch #1

Hailing from county Tyrone, James Ripy left Ireland in 1830 and settled in Anderson County, Kentucky. In 1839, after renouncing his allegiance to Queen Victoria, Ripy became a naturalized American Citizen. He opened a distillery that produced Old Ripy Bourbon in 1868, Batch #1 is a tribute to the style and consistency of the original Old Ripy bourbon with a complex delivery of oak, toffee and spice.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal on super sale!

Another great sale just arrived!
I hope this means they are clearing it out to make room for more cans!
Batch 14 - 2014
Drinking beautifully!  
Taste it tonight at Forsyth!

Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal...$2.99 / 375ml
"Artisan Ale aged in oak barrels. Vieille meaning "Old" is an artisan barrel-aged Saison, lightly dry hopped" -- label
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Laphroaig Single Malt Cairdeas Fino Cask

Laphroaig Single Malt Cairdeas Fino Cask....$66.99

Limit 1 bottle per person at this time
You have 7 days to pick up or it goes back out for sale

With Cairdeas meaning friendship in Gaelic, we can't think of a better way to toast our Friends around the world. This year's release showcases a special double maturation, slowing maturing in first fill bourbon casks and then Fino Sherry casks that were laid to rest in Warehouse 8 and 10.

Barrier filtered and non chill filtered, you'll find this whisky has notes of toasted almonds, dried fruit and sea salt, all of which perfectly complement Laphroaig's signature peaty flavour.

Crown Royal Noble Collection 13 Year Old Blender's Mash

Crown Royal Noble Collection 13 Year Old Blender's Mash..$52.99
13 Year Old Canadian Whisky
The third expression in the Noble Collection is a rare stock of our Canadian Whisky made with a mash bill of 60% Corn, 36% Rye and 4% Barley Malt.

Moonight Mead tasting tonight!

Mead Tasting Tonight 
with Shelton Brothers

Moonight Mead tasting tonight!

We have a large selection of Moonlight Mead in stock - 
We we will be tasting 7-8 different ones tonight from 4-6pm

Vermouth Tastings!

A few years back we went Mezcal crazy with a bunch of tastings to help educate people about Mezcal. This year is the year of the Vermouth for The Wine and Cheese Place.  Why, because we want to!  We are excited about Vermouth and have an amazing selection and want to share it with you. 
Vermouth is not just an afterthought in a Martini.  Vermouth can be the STAR of your summer drink.   If you have a good bottle of Vermouth, just pour it on the rocks with some club soda and an orange slice and you will be surprised how refreshing this drink is!  

Huge selection at Forsyth - getting descriptions up on each one on the shelf for your reading pleasure!

We have two tastings set up at our Forsyth location already!Save the date!
TONIGHT --- Friday June 8th Vermouth Tasting from 4-5:30
Scheduled to taste - subject to change

  • Partner Vermouth - US
  • La Quintinyne Royal Rouge - France
  • La Quintinyne Royal Blanc - France
  • Lacuesta Edicion Vermut Blanco - Spain
  • Lacuesta Edicion Limitada - Spain
  • Mancino Secco - Italy
  • Mancino Rosso Amaranto - Italy
  • Giacomo Borgogno Chinato

Save the date!
Friday - June 15 Vermouth/Aperitif Tasting

Come try a few!
List subject to change, but this is what we are planning right now...

  • Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • Miro Rojo Vermut
  • Cocchi Dopo Teatro Vermouth Amaro
  • L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina Blanc
  • L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina Rouge
  • Cappelleti Aperitivo
  • Cardamaro Vino Amaro

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Against the Grain 70K BA Stout

Very limited - while it lasts -

Against the Grain 70K BA Stout...$22.99 / 750ml
Taking awesome and doubling it can only be double awesome. It’s math.

This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Double roasty, double chocolatey, double creamy, double delicious. Then we decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in Angel’s Envy barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout. You don’t swim in this beer, it swims in you!

ABV: 13.0%

Six Mile Bridge The Marauder

Back in stock - while it lasts - act fast
SOLD OUT 1 per person
Super limited
Six Mile Bridge The Marauder...$24.99 / 750ml
Imperial Stout aged in Woodford Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrels with Santa Elena Blueprint Coffee
1812 bottles produced

Espolon Tequila Extra Anejo

Great Price!

Espolon Tequila Extra Anejo...$39.99
Average price on Wine-Searcher is $93
  • Extra Aged - Extra Rare
  • 100% Blue Weber Agave
  • Aged 6 years in American Oak
Añejo X is secretly laid to rest for six long years. The extra aging creates a tequila of rich, complex flavors and uncommon character. There’s only one Añejo X, and once the limited quantity is gone, it’s gone forever. This is the one you’ll stash and bring out to enjoy straight on special occasions.
Each black glass bottle is handmade in Mexico and a proud tribute to the Mexican art form of the Barro Negro.

2nd Shift Brewing Little Big Hop Session IPA

Fresh load at Forsyth - canned 6/5/18
(should be hitting New Ballas today also)
2nd Shift Brewing Little Big Hop Session IPA...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
4.9% ABV
We like drinking, but big beers can be overwhelming. We made Little Big Hop to provide a punch of hop aroma and flavor without killing your taste buds. This beer is stupid good -- Steve Crider

Stone Enjoy By 07.04.18 UNFILTERED IPA

Stone Enjoy By 07.04.18 UNFILTERED IPA...$15.99 / 6pk cans
Independently brewed to be enjoyed fresh.
For this version of Stone Enjoy By IPA we thought: “We don’t always have a filter, so why should our beer?” By skipping a step and letting this devastatingly fresh, golden-hued double IPA go un filtered, the beer takes on a hazy appearance and its peach and tropical fruit hop aroma are intensified. So though it may sound like it, this missed step was no misstep.

Like the other IPAs in this series, this version is brewed specifically NOT to last.

2016 Cast Sauvignon Blanc North Coast

Great price!

2016 Cast Sauvignon Blanc North Coast....$14.99
The cheapest price on Wine-Searcher is $25
Our Sauvignon Blanc will be your go to wine for everything from a picnic in the park to served in crystal at your next dinner party. This crowd pleaser is great with spicy and high-acid foods. This is the driest SB we have made and is reminiscent of a New Zealand-style wine. Floral and pear notes hover on the nose. Orange zest, grapefruit and lime oil dance on the tongue.
Production notes: 100% Stainless Tank Fermentation.

Rudius Wines from Jeff Ames

"Rudius Wines is the brainchild of winemaker Jeff Ames, also known as the winemaking force behind the superb wines of Tor Kenward." 

             -- Robert Parker
“In just over a decade, Ames has become one of Napa's rising stars.” 
             - Wine Spectator

Very small production - very limited!

In stock at Rock Hill now
2014 Rudius Zinfandel Field Blend Bedrock Vineyard...$34.98
Only 90 cases made
A wonderful, historical wine with spice, mosswood, mushroom and bark. Medium body, polished tannins. This is amazing. Pure strawberry. Made from a field blend of 125 year-old vines, mostly Zin with other grapes like syrah and petit syrah. Ungrated vines. Drink now.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
A field blend of mostly Zinfandel, the 2014 Bedrock Vineyard is a seamless, opulent, incredibly sexy red from this vineyard that has classic red and black fruits, incense, cedary herbs, and spice. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, with a ripe, heady personality that just oozes charm, drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck

In stock at Rock Hill now
2014 Rudius Cabernet Franc Sugarloaf Vineyard...$58.98

Only 125 cases made
The 2014 Cabernet Franc Sugarloaf Vineyard comes from a single, higher elevation block in the Sugarloaf Vineyard, in the Coombsville appellation. It offers a ripe, opulent style as well as classic Cabernet Franc floral and violets characteristics in its black and blue fruit aromas and flavors. It takes plenty of air to show at its best and is a full-bodied, concentrated, nicely structured 2014 that has remarkable purity, building tannin, and a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 15+.
Rated 93/100 Jeb Dunnuck

In stock at Rock Hill now
2014 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard...$79.98

Only 180 cases made
I like the chocolate, stone and currant character here. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A beauty. Tension and focus here. Drink in 2019.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
From a site in Coombsville, in the cooler southern end of Napa Valley, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard offers a deep, more mineral-laced style with terrific notes of black (and some blue) fruits, scorched earth, spring flowers, dark chocolate, and graphite. With medium to full-bodied richness, building tannin, notable yet integrated acidity, and a big finish, it’s a beautifully pure Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years.
Rated 93+/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Arrives next week
2014 Rudius Cabernet Sauvignon Savory Estate Howell Mountain...$115.98 
Only 220 cases made
From a Howell Mountain estate vineyard located at 1,700 feet above sea level, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Savory Estate is a textbook example of this mountain terroir and offers terrific blue fruits, tobacco, cedar pencil, and crushed rocks. Possessing remarkable purity of fruit, full-bodied richness, integrated acidity, and ample tannin, this beauty has the purity and balance to drink nicely today yet needs a full 4-5 years of bottle age. It’s going to age for three decades. Hats off to winemaker Jeff Ames!
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Aromas of seaweed, oyster shell and iodine with subtle currants. Full to medium body and firm and chewy tannins, yet this remains reserved and polished. Shows wonderful complexity and length. Don't miss it. From only 1.3 acres. Try in 2020.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A couple of Gems from Santa Cruz Mountains

A couple of Gems from Santa Cruz Mountains

2013 Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon...$63.99
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is developing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with aromas of cassis, tobacco, bay laurel, dark chocolate and rich soil. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, multidimensional and concentrated, with wonderful savory depth, fine grained but firm tannins and a long, taut and tangy finish. While this is firmly shut down today, its potential for the future is fully evident: expect it to begin to come into its own around its tenth birthday.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2014 Ridge Monte Bello...$193.98
A worthy successor to the profound 2013 and the fruit of the earliest harvest on record at this address, the 2014 Monte Bello is still quite youthfully expressive, wafting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of minty dark berries, plums, black cherries, cigar box and a nicely integrated framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and intense, with a rich chassis of structuring tannins, which are currently largely concealed in a succulent core of fruit, and bright balancing acids. In profile, it's structurally more open-knit and giving than the massive 2013, and I suspect it will reach its plateau sooner, but it should enjoy over three decades of longevity. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, and it attained 13.5% natural alcohol. "
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

Plus a tiny allocation of 2016 Ridge Geyserville. Usually we get 5 cases of Ridge Geyserville every vintage plus a few cases of magnums, well 2016 was a very short vintage and our allocation is tiny. So don't hesitate on these
2016 Ridge Geyserville....$43.99 / 750ml

2016 Ridge Geyserville....$87.99 / 1.5 liter
The 2016 Geyserville Proprietary Red Wine is a real success this year, bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums, with subtle hints of the licorice and spice to come with age, and a subtle framing of sweet new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and layered, with a lovely core of ripe, succulent fruit and beautifully fine-grained structuring tannins. The finish is long and pure. There are 23 different grape varieties co-planted in the Geyserville vineyard, but in 2016, Zinfandel dominates at 73%, followed by 17% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Alicante Bouschet.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Pierre Gelin Burgundy

Over the past 5 years as the demand and prices of Grand Cru Cote de Nuits Burgundy have sky rocketed we have constantly been on the lookout for a below the radar producer that can deliver world class quality at below market value, enter Domaine Pierre Gelin. We scored just 12 bottles of their 2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze, produced from a single acre sight in the heart of Burgundy's most hallowed ground.

We have the lowest price on Wine-Searcher on both of these wines.
2015 Pierre Gelin Chambertin Clos de Beze....$199.99
Though packed with cherry and black currant fruit, this red is impenetrable and cloaked in spicy oak. With air, the mineral core emerges and builds to a long finish. In time, all the elements will come together.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2015 Pierre Gelin Fixin....$34.99
Cherry jam and spice flavors reign in this succulent red. Features a solid edge of tannins, and all the elements dissolve on the lingering finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator