Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jadot bargains

We got a couple of great Burgundies at great prices...(in stock at Forsyth)

2006 Jadot Pommard Epenots...$44.99
(Wine Advocate's suggested price is $58)
"Like the corresponding Clos de la Commaraine, Jadot's 2006 Pommard Grands Epenots displays unusual energy and brightness for a Pommard as well as a deep, smoky, ferrous pungency. But here there is deep, marrowy richness and a more overt sense of extract and tannic structure, even though it is allied to lift and dynamic. This is a wine that will offer you something to chew on in both senses of that word over the next 6-8 years."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Jadot Pommard Rugiens....$53.99
(Wine Advocate's suggested price $70)
Corton-like in its emphasis on chalky, stony and smoky mineral notes - even in the nose - Jadot's 2006 Pommard Rugiens acquires its striking richness and sweetness in large part from marrow-like meatiness rather than overt fruits and berries, but strawberry and quince seem to waft through this like ethereally sweet essences. The texture here is uncannily creamy, despite an overall effect that's vivacious and dynamic in its interplay of fruit distillates with myriad carnal and mineral nuances. I'm reminded a bit ("sacrilege!" some will cry) of certain great Wachau Gruner Veltliner by the tactile sense of ferrous and stony minerality as well as this Pommard's almost white-wine like balance and singular refreshment. Like me, you may well never have tasted a Pinot like this before, and will be itching to put it to work at table over the next 8-10 years. The 2005 is dramatically different, but the charm that I wrote about that wine lacking is what this 2006 has in spades; and compelled to rank them, I find them evenly matched.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Burgundy in stock now!

Also available online now

2005 Mischief and Mayhem Bourgogne Pinot Noir...$19.99
only 550 cases made.
A great 2005 Red Burgundy and a real bargain for the quality here. This wine could easily pass for a Nuits St. Georges.

"Bright ruby red in colour with a touch of pink at the rim. Extremely fine, warm nose of damsons, red cherry, clove, nutmeg and raspberry fruit. Excellent, soft mouth feel, nicely integrated supple tannins, smooth and full with cherry pie, plum and vanilla notes, all nicaly balanced with a subtle acidic structure. Lovely even grip and balance leads into a dry, well rounded and full finish. Very nice indeed." -- winery

Very, very limited Burgs...

2008 Lucien Le Moine Corton Renards....$109.99
Only 50 cases made
The twin barrels of Le Moine 2008 Corton Renardes are even more tender in texture than their Bressandes sibling, as well as sweeter in their still-tart fruit (here strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb). Brown spices, browned butter, and hints of caramel make for an appealing cookie dough-like aspect on this wine’s subtly creamy and palpably dense yet buoyant palate. Nor are herbal or floral nuances entirely neglected in the complex performance. A smoky, Latakia-like note graces this wine’s long finish. I suspect 12-15 years will prove a sufficiently conservative estimate of its potential.
Rated 92-93/100 Wine Advocate

2008 Lucien Le Moine Volnay Clos des Chenes....$89.99
Only 25 cases made
A single barrel of Le Moine 2008 Volnay Clos des Chenes smells of smoky-sweet machine oil, resin, fresh ginger, and cherry. Its abundant primary fruit juiciness has to negotiate slightly rough shoals of tannin that are doubtless a legacy of the hail that afflicted this site. But this displays impressive depth of flavor, including a clean, marrowy meatiness and saline savor that mingle with pungent spices and smokiness as well as with bitter notes of fruit pit in a long finish. I’d speculate on a decade or more of satisfaction here, with the proviso that one keep close tabs on its evolution. Rated 90-91/100 Wine Advocate

2008 Lucien Le Moine Nuits St.-Georges Les Vaucrains ....$99.99
Only 50 cases made
The two barrels of Le Moine 2008 Nuits St.-Georges Les Vaucrains are memorably scented with game, smoky-sweet machine oil, hibiscus, heliotrope, and black raspberry preserves, which then inform a rich yet brightly and beautifully focused palate, leading to a finish of cut and complexity, its animal and mineral dimensions as fascinating as they are hard to pin-down in words. Overall, this silken-textured cru is more forward and winsome than its Les St.-Georges counterpart, and while I would not be surprised if it rewards two decades of cellaring, I suspect it will not insist on bottle aging.
Rated 93-94/100 Wine Advocate

2008 Le Moine Pommard Grands Epenots....$99.99
Only 50 cases made
The two barrels of Le Moine 2008 Pommard Grands Epenots is unremittingly brightly-fruited, with blond tobacco and peat joining red raspberry preserves and fresh berries on the nose and on a palate boasting tenderized tannins, and aspects of fruit preserves folded into a butter-pastry envelope. The finish here is refined, long, vibratory (for all of the wine’s textural richness) and transparent to mysterious mineral nuances. Saouma comments on the extreme (dark-light) contrast in personality of this and the Epenots as a classic instance of Burgundy terroir difference, noting that the latter was picked two full weeks ahead of this Grands Epenots. This Pinot became more hauntingly complex as it opened to the air, and I suspect it will be worth following for at least a decade.
Rated 92-93/100 Wine Advocate

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lips of Faith Terroir

First time bottled ---
In stock now at Forsyth

One of the more sought after award winning beers of New Belgium -- previously draft only.
New Belgium Lips of Faith Le Terroir....$11.99 / 22oz
Rated 99 on
"Le Terroir is a french term meaning “of the earth”. Used to reference the environmental conditions that affect the brew, we like to think about the terroir of our foeders. These wooden barrels age our sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity, and vibrations. The terroir of New Belgium, so to speak. Add in another variable by dry-hopping with peachy, mango-like Amarillo hops, and we created a beer that changes every time we brew it."

Pyramid Imperial IPA

New Spring Seasonal....
Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA....$8.29 / 6pk
With big beer taste and massive hop flavor, Outburst lights spring's fuse. Dry-hopped for an extra rejuvenating rush, this imperial IPA causes a thirst-quenching commotion wherever it's poured. Ignite the season with a bang.

Original Gravity:
Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
IBU: 80
2-Row, Munich, Caramel, Carared
Nugget, Chinook, Centennial, and Simcoe

Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA

Order it online now.

This is their "Hopslam style" with honey and hops!!
Laughing Dog Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA...$10.99 /4pk

Sneaky Pete is a blend of five hop types: Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial, Vanguard and Hallertauer, with Simcoe playing the dominate role at 30%. In addition, three separate malts were used: Honey Malt, Rye Malt, and Munich Malt. The brew has a copious aroma of white grapefruit, citrus overtones, a complex rich middle and long flavors in the finish; a real beauty. Finished with wild clover honey. 89 IBU’s, 10% ABV.

Wine/Beer and Cheese Pairing #7

Week #7

New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.

Saturday, March 12 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:
Forsyth: von Trapp Oma Raw Milk Cheese
Ballwin: von Trapp Oma Raw Milk Cheese
Rock Hill: von Trapp Oma Raw Milk Cheese

Extra info about von Trapp Oma
von Trapp Oma Raw Milk Cheese -- Oma has a soft, golden interior that, depending on age, ranges from thick and creamy to pudding-like, though never runny. This indulgent mouth-feel, coupled with its tender, palatable rind and balanced character remind us of the French Reblochon. It's flavor, too, is buttery and round with a reserved earthy aroma. Beverage friendly, especially with craft beers, and a suitable match for dried fruit or fig more

Wine: To match with this great new cheese we are going to pair a great Pinot Noir.
Forsyth: Mark West Pinot Noir
Ballwin: Mark West Pinot Noir
Rock Hill: Mark West Pinot Noir

Extra info about the wine
Mark West Pinot Noir

Mark West calls their Pinot == "Pinot for the People". It is a well made Pinot Noir for a bargain price and it actually tastes like Pinot Noir which does not happen much at this price.

Beer: To match von Trapp Oma we are going with a nice Barleywine..
Forsyth: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
Ballwin: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale
Rock Hill: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Ale

Extra info about the beer
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is an award winning example of the English Barley Wine style. It boasts a dense, fruity bouquet; an extremely rich, intense, bittersweet palate; and a deep, reddish-brown color. This ale is superbly balanced between an almost overpowering maltiness and a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

American Astisan Cheese

Come in for a taste!!!

von Trapp Oma Raw Milk Cheese
(in stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth)
Hand crafted from organic raw milk in the Mad River Valley, in Waitsfield, Vermont by the von Trapp brothers Sebastian and Dan.

Brothers Sebastian and Dan vonTrapp are the third generation involved with their family's hillside farm in Waitsfield, VT. Each generation has called for a fresh strategy to keep the business viable; their parents turned to Organic production from their predominately Jersey herd, while the boys have gone a step further; a cheese-house has been built in order to transform this exceptional raw material into a value-added product.

Oma is named for grandmother Erika vonTrapp, who settled the farm with her husband Werner. It is a pudgy, washed rind tomme with balanced pungency. Though not based on any other specific recipe, the decadent style is immediately familiar. Sebastian learned to make cheese by working at Jasper Hill Farm and both brothers spent time with Neal's Yard Dairy in preparation for their new pursuit.

Oma has a soft, golden interior that, depending on age, ranges from thick and creamy to pudding-like, though never runny. This indulgent mouth-feel, coupled with its tender, palatable rind and balanced character remind us of the French Reblochon. It's flavor, too, is buttery and round with a reserved earthy aroma. Beverage friendly, especially with craft beers, and a suitable match for dried fruit or fig jam.

More great Pinot Noirs

In stock now! I will update the post when they arrive.

You can reserve them online to pick up at any of our stores - click here
(allow a few days for pickup at our other locations)

2009 Loring Pinot Noir Russell Family Vineyard.....$37.99

"Full-bodied, dense and concentrated, featuring a rich, pure mix of dark berry fruit built around blackberry and wild berry jam, cherry and plum flavors. This is a jam-packed, extracted Pinot, but also one of measurable finesse. Drink now through 2020. 250 cases made. –JL"
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Loring Pinot Noir Gary's Vineyard.....$37.99
Serves up a rich, layered array of spicy wild berry, black cherry, wilted rose and raspberry flavors that are fresh and vibrant. Full-bodied, gaining depth and richness on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 450 cases made. –JL
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Loring Pinot Noir Clos Pepe...$37.99
Firmly tannic, well-structured and deeply concentrated, with a complex mix of dark berry, spice, plum and blackberry. Full-bodied and well-balanced, this is one of the most backward and promising of the young new Lorings. Best from 2011 through 2020. 1,000 cases made. –JL
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Prices are net, no additional discount. compare to $45 on The Wine Spectator

Monday, March 7, 2011

More beer news...

Back available now in St. Louis
Mendocino Blue Heron Pale Ale
Mendocino Eye of the Hawk Ale
Mendocino Red Tail Ale
Mendocino White Hawk IPA

Plus some other stuff we ran out of over the weekend is back in stock at Forsyth...
(yes, we sold out of a ton this weekend)

Back in stock now!!!
Bear Republic Racer 5
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Founders Centennial
Founders Double Trouble (new batch)
Founders Reds Rye
Founders Dirty Bastard
Founders Imperial Stout
Hitachino XH
Hitachino White
Left Hand Wake up Dead Oak Imperial Stout
New Holland Night Tripper Imperial Stout
Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout
Palma Louca
Arcadia London Porter
Arcadia Shipwreck Porter

Specials are back..

Wine/Liquor Specials!!
prices good in store only

Duckhorn Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon...$15.99
Duckhorn Decoy Merlot....$15.99
San Elias Cabernet Sauvignon....$ 5.99
San Elias Carmenere...$ 5.99
San Elias Merlot...$ 5.99
San Elias Chardonnay...$ 5.99
San Elias Sauvignon Blanc.....$ 5.99
no case discounts (prices good through 3/5/11)
Beer Specials!!!

Odell 90 Shilling...6pk....$6.99
Goose Island Sofie...4pk....$8.99
Bells Kalamazoo Stout...6pk....$8.99
Founders Centennial IPA...6pk....$7.99

Prices good through Mar 19, 2011
beer specials good for in store pick up only

Scaldis Prestige 2009

Available online

2009 Scaldis (Bush) Prestige Cuvee Speciale...$39.99 / 750ml

Rated 100/100 RateBeer

"Bush Prestige starts out as Bush Ambrée, which instead of being stored as traditionally in stainless steel vats is matured in oak barrels for a period of six months. During bottling, a small quantity of sugar and yeast is added to the beer, which, placed in a hot room, causes refermentation in the bottle that gives it a natural cloudiness and a particularly high alcohol content of 13%.The old-style maturation, in oak barrels, enables the drinker to fine aromas and tannins absent in beers for decades that will delight the most demanding palates. Aromas are found in it that are close to whiskies and brandies matured in oak barrels but in a package of exceptional roundness.The powerful flavour, the rich aromas, the exclusive bottle and a limited distribution make Bush Prestige an exceptional beer." -- brewery