Friday, July 18, 2008

Sassicaia - new release!

2005 Sassicaia...$193.99
The new vintage has just arrived. No press yet, but it is sure to score well. Very limited!

"The first Super Tuscan, this great Cabernet allies a dense core of pure, ripe black currant fruit flavors and aromas with smoky notes of cedar, tobacco and vanilla to a refined supporting acidity and a sleek, finely integrated tannic structure." -- importer

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New beers just arrived this week!

Just arrived to both Clayton and Rock Hill stores.
Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse
BrewDog Rip Tide Twisted Merciless Stout
BrewDog Paradox Stout Aged in Macallan 1987 Casks
Schlitz Beer (whopping $5.99 / 12pk cans)

Just arrived to Clayton only.
St. Louis Peche
St. Louis Framboise
Blue Moon -now in 22oz size
Stella Artois - now in 22oz size
Dundee Honey Brown
Portland MacTarnahans Black Watch
Portland MacTarnahans Amber
Warsteiner Radler

Great wines of Ramey!

Very Limited call 314-727-8788 for info.

2005 Ramey "Hyde" Chardonnay...$56.99
"A stunning effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard boasts great intensity along with huge tropical fruit notes interwoven with notions of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood. Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered, sumptuous finish, it should age nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Ramey Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon...$77.99

One of the best vineyard sites in Napa, and a personal favorite.

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard (1,360 cases produced from a blend of ($80) Dark red. Intensely perfumed scents of kirsch, blackcurrant, dried rose and tobacco. Round and pliant, with juicy dark fruit flavors, velvety texture and slow-mounting tannins. As big and weighty as this is, there's also excellent balance and clarity. Finishes with lightly chewy tannins and outstanding persistence."
Rated 93/100 Stephen Tanzer, The International Wine Cellar

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beer -- Rated 100/100

Draft Magazine just awarded its first ever perfect score.

Westmalle Tripel: Rated 100/100

by The Beer Enthusiast's Draft Magazine

"This beer is highly drinkable, effervescent and seemingly thin for its ABV, all while finishing clean. The lemony hop aftertaste seems an afterthought; it's present but quiet. The beer's balance is simply incredible, given the complexity of the palate experiences. To taste where the bar has been set for Belgian Tripels, look no further than Westmalle." -- Draft Magazine, May/June 2008

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

De Dolle Brouwers -- Belgium

De Dolle Brewery
"At their tiny Belgian village brewery with a capacity of only 900 barrels per year, the De Dolle Brouwers add spices to their four seasonals that catch the mood of the seasons." -- importer

Arabier -- Summer Seasonal -- Just arrived!!
"Arabier is a pure malt beer 7°vol/alc brewed with flower Nugget-hops from Poperinge. It has the special dry-hopping taste and aroma, so appreciated by beerlovers allover the world. It is one of the two main beers from De Dolle Brouwers throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness is declining with the time. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C, as the signs in arab language indicate. Cheers!" -- importer

Boskeun -- Spring Seasonal -- just a little left of this one!
"Boskeun is the nickname of Jo, one of the two brothers who preferred to brew blond beer at home. It is a special Easter beer, one of the first real Belgian Easter beers. (Slaghmuylder's paasbier being first). It has been brewed with pale malt, Golding hops, cane sugar and refermented with native honey. As it is a seasonal beer we suggest not to keep it eternally. The name Boskeun means rabbit of the wood (virgin wood, maybe?) and the label shows it, sampling the last brew." -- importer

De Dulle Teve "Mad Bitch" -- Belgian Tripel
"The label bears the drawing of an artist of Bruges who had designed the first label for the brewery. Originally it was a special brew blond, 6 % alc./vol. for a customer , called "Het Niew Museum" . Today, this pub still exists in Bruges and although linked to Maes Pils serves some other beers from independent breweries. The De Dolle Brouwers discovered these old labels glued manually to old 25cl bottles, a remainder of the former brewery Costenoble. The original De Dulle Teve, meaning 'Mad Bitch' was a one time brew and had been forgotten until a couple of years ago when the de Dolle Brewers thought that making a good triple would not be a bad idea." -- importer

We also have a few bottles left of their very limited oak aged bottling:
De Dolle Oerbier Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Oerbier. This version of De Dolle Oerbier is matured for 18 months in Bordeau wine casks.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Peche Mortel update

Another case of Peche Mortel just arrived at the Forsyth store today.

Get it while it is here!!

see post below

Bastille Day - July 14

Try something French....

2005 Col des Vents Corbières Rouge...$9.99
One of our favorite reds for BBQ and summer drinking!
"The "Col des Vents" refers to the hills of the Corbières region which are swept by night winds coming off the sea and cooling the vineyards. 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah.Ripe blueberry, cherry and garrigue flavors. " -- importer
"Medium-bodied, with plenty of red plum and pepper flavors. The spicy finish features some herbal notes. Drink now." - Wine Spectator (Nov. 30, 2007)

2007 Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé...$14.99
A great Rose for summer drinking!
" 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre20 year-old vines. Pink, slightly orange color (mordorée color). Aromas of crystallized oranges and cherries, hints of aniseed. Very round palate, fresh and a long finish.Food pairing: cold meats and delicatessen, fowl, white meats, grilled lamb with Provence herbs, fish soup, fried fish, pastas, pizzas and all Asian dishes." -- importer

"Very pale, bright red. Jammy strawberry, raspberry and candied rose aromas offer good straightforward appeal. Fleshy red berry preserve flavors are round and soft, with a touch of sweetness on the back end. Rich and powerfully fruity; I'd serve this with spicy foods as it may be a tad weighty to drink on its own."- International Wine Cellar (June 2008), 88 pts

Jenlain Blonde French Country Ale...$6.39 / 25oz

• At the beginning of 2005 there was a new addition to the Jenlain family, in the form of a special 7.5% blonde bière de garde. Sister of the majestic Jenlain Ambrée, this queen of beers, Jenlain Blonde is light in color, but full-flavored, like any self-respecting blond beer. Its arrival marks a happy event for all traditional blond beer enthusiasts!
• Aged for 40 days before bottling, it matures slowly to release its full aroma and develop a fine, long-lasting head. After filtration, it takes on a splendid golden hue and is best enjoyed when served chilled at between 6 and 8°C.
• Packaged in the same way as its illustrious forerunner, declared Taste of the Year 2006 and winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Paris Agricultural Show, Jenlain Blonde is yet another example of how the brewery remains faithful to its values of authenticity and modernity. -- importer