Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sam Adams Utopia coming to The Wine and Cheese Place


Info from Sam Adams website:
Sweet fire, with a rich malt and wood complexity.

Truly the epitome of brewing's two thousand year evolution, Samuel Adams Utopias® offers a flavor not just unlike any other beer but unlike any other beverage in the world. The 2009 release is a blend of batches, some having been aged up to 16 years in the barrel room of our Boston Brewery, in a variety of woods. We aged a portion of the beer in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. The latest batch also spent time in Portuguese muscatel finishing casks, as well as sherry, brandy and Cognac casks. This flavorful, slightly fruity brew has a sweet, malty flavor that is reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage port, fine cognac or aged sherry.

The history of Samuel Adams Utopias comes from the extreme beers of Triple Bock and Millenium that came before it. With those brews we began the exploration of aging beer in barrels for a different flavor contribution. With Utopias, we took that process to another level by introducing a variety of casks that the beer was aged in, each offering their own unique flavor. We also experimented with blending different vintages of beer to create its final character. The idea of aging in casks and blending was inspired by the techniques of whiskey makers in how they were able to craft the taste of their liquid from several of these elements. We expanded that notion to include casks of different origins. Applying these techniques to beer not only led to a completely unique beer, but also to a new taste experience.

The latest in our strong brews, Samuel Adams Utopias has been brewed in three small limited batches to date, growing stronger with each batch. The first batch which was released in 2001 topped out at 24%ABV, for the fourth batch in 2009 we reached 27%ABV. Each batch was only released once in limited quantities.

Samuel Adams Utopias was brewed at a very high gravity using a wide variety of malted barley and a touch of maple syrup. It was then aged in a blend of scotch, bourbon, port and cognac casks for up to 10 years.

Flavor: A unique flavor of vintage port, old sherry and fine cognac. Layers of dark fruit, wood and vanilla.
Color: Ruby black
Original Gravity: 40° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 27% ABV - 21.31%ABW
Calories per recommended 2 oz serving: 107
Malt Varieties: Two-row pale Harrington and Metcalfe, Caramel 60, Munich
Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt and Tettnager
Yeast Strain: Two Samuel Adams yeasts
Availability: Limited release
First Brewed: 2002

The 2009 Sotorrondero is here

2009 Jimenez Landi Sotorrondero....$19.99
The 2009 Sotorrondero was produced from some of Bodegas Jimenez Landi’s younger vines. It is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Garnacha aged for 10 months in 300 and 500-liter French oak. Smoked meat, game, and wild black and blue fruit aromas jump from the glass of this Cote-Rotie look-alike. Plush bordering on opulent, this sensual beauty can be enjoyed now and should continue to drink well for another 6-8 years. 
Daniel Jimenez Landi is one of Spain’s new star vignerons.

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Blood Orange Liqueur

In stock now at Forsyth....

Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
"In Sicily, the temperature drops at dusk and the blood orange fruit flames red, a pigment highly uncommon to citrus. Every blood orange thus contains a secret — the red segments belying its blushed orange rind.  The Solerno brand is built around this element of surprise and seduction. In a person, these qualities would be a woman who is at once appropriate, confident, sophisticated and savvy. Her allure is in being perfectly imperfect.  Wherever she is, she sets the tone.  Likewise, Solerno cocktails possess a radiance that aligns with the woman who alights a room and the fruit with a bright secret.  Solerno is for those who prefer one or two distinctive cocktails as opposed to several glasses of a faceless wine. The proposition of Solerno is to embody the savvy and positivity that is, in this climate, becoming the new sophistication." -- website

click here for some drink ideas

Salvador Dali....

Salvador Dali labels.....

2004 Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Rioja Reserva Miro...$61.99 / bottle
3 different labels
"The 2004 Lealtanza Reserva Spanish Artist Collection features a gorgeous Salvador Dali painting on the label attached to the heavy, custom-made bottle. As with last year’s Miro label, the wine stands up to the quality of the art work. The Tempranillo grapes were sourced from 75+-year-old estate vineyards and aged for 18 months in new Allier French oak. Opaque purple-colored, the wine features a splendid perfume of wood smoke, vanilla, fresh road tar, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate the wine is obviously youthful yet elegant. There are layers of spicy black fruits, ripe tannin, excellent balance, and a long finish. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Torre Galatea Perelada Rose Cava "Salvadar Dali"...$28.99
"Visitors to Salvador Dalí’s visitors house in Port Lligat were always greeted with a glass of Castilla Perelada Rosado cava. Castillo Perelada has joined forces with the Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí to create a cava to commemorate this fact. The Torre Galatea that gives its name to this cava is one of the most identifiable images in Dali’s universe. Dalí and Miguel Mateu, founder of our bodega, were prolific correspondents over the years, and the Dali-style typography used on the label originates in these letters." -- importer

"After it had been baptised and decorated by Salvador Dali, Torre Galatea was to become the painter's last residence and, later, part of the museum and the foundation that bear his name.  The enigmatic ants which run over so many of the surrealist genius masterpieces now also surround the bottle of Cava Brut Rosado Torre Galatea" -- bottle.

to order or reserve some call 314.727.8788

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hot new Italian wines in stock at Forsyth

2007 Moccagatta Barbaresco Basarin....$52.99
"With a touch of oak adding sweetness and spice, this red is totally seductive, from the floral, cherry and licorice aromas and flavors to the supple texture and harmony to the lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and spice. Ripe and charming, with a soft feel to the dense tannins. Best from 2013 through 2032. 833 cases made. –BS"
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin....$52.99
Superfresh and focused, delivering pure flavors of blackberry, black currant, violet and mineral, with a hint of tar. It's all backed by refined tannins and bright acidity, providing structure that should allow this to develop over the next 20 years. Best from 2014 through 2030. 1,916 cases made. –BS"
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Luigia Pira Barolo....$35.99
"A tightly wound red, this is firm yet elegant, offering cherry, tobacco, licorice and mineral aromas and flavors. Boasting intensity and length, this needs time to unwind. Best from 2013 through 2032. 416 cases made. –BS"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d Aragona Brunello di Montalcino...$61.99
A seductive style, featuring fragrant floral, raspberry, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Firm tannins sweep in on the finish, which is tight and unyielding now. It's all there, just needs time. Best from 2013 through 2025. 3,750 cases made. –BS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Fernet Branca Minta

Both Brancas in stock now

Many of you know Fernet Branca
"In 1845 Bernardino Branca created Fernet-Branca, soon to become the world-famous bitter.  The rich sensations are thanks to the dozens of herbs and spices picked in 4 continents. The secret of a recipe Branca wisely cherished for over five generations.
The fragrance of oak barrels, perfectly balanced blend of flavors matured for twelve months.
The superbly bitter taste of Fernet-Branca begins here. Take your time – relish its qualities." - website

But what about the Branca Menta.....
Fernet Branca Menta

Brrrrrrrrrr……Brancamenta. An intense thrill of freshness.

Brancamenta was created in the mid- ‘60s, when the trendiest youngsters began asking for a glass of Fernet- Branca with a hint of mint syrup, thus unconsciously giving birth to a tonic and refreshing drink.
Thanks to its distinguishing and special instinct, Branca looks at the new trend as the starting point of  the production of the liquor, perfect in all seasons. An overnight success.
The freshness of mint is what strikes at first in Brancamenta.
Its unique flavor, which makes every sip a new experience, derives from its secret formula, cherishing the best qualities of the true piedmontese peppermint leaves.
It has light-brown color, balanced but intense flavor, a refined accent.
The unique blend of mint scents  with over 30 herbs and spices gives the distinctive and pleasant aroma.
Perfect in every season for its refreshing, thirst-quenching qualities. Perfect when served on the rocks.


  • Brancamenta dream

    Brancamenta dream

    1/3 of Brancamenta
    1/3 of Red Bull
    1/3 of light blonde beer
    3 ice cubes
    Slowly pour all icy ingredients into a large glass filled with ice.
    Garnish with a lemon rind.
    Serve with a short straw.
  • Brancamenta e Sprite

    Brancamenta and Sprite

    1/5 of Brancamenta
    4/5 of Sprite
    Pour Brancamenta into a tall tumbler. Fill up with icy Sprite. Add a slice of lemon.
  • Brividissimo


    1/3 of Brancamenta
    2/3 of vodka
    Ginger Ale
    Pour Brancamenta and vodka into a large glass and finish up with Ginger Ale. Garnish with twig of mint. Serve with a straw.
  • Caraibbean


    1/5 of Brancamenta
    2/5 of grapefruit juice
    2/5 of pineapple juice
    Fill a tall tumbler with ice cubes, pour Brancamenta and add fruit juices.
    Mix and garnish with twig of mint.
  • Caraibbean


    1/5 of Brancamenta
    4/5 of Tonic
    ½ squeezed lime
    Lots of ice and fresh mint leaves as a garnish.

    info from their website

Devil Dancer coming today

In stock now.  bottled June 17

Since I left the store, I turned it "off online".
There is still a few left -- call if you would like them to hold one for you.
Forsyth -- 314.727.8788
Rock Hill -- 314.962.8150
New Ballas -- 314.989.0020

Very limited --
Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA...$18.99
"When you dance with the Devil the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBU’s it’s dry-hopped with a combination of ten hop varieties. This one can age with the best of them."
-- Founders
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer Rated A- or Beer Advocate

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bells Two Hearted Ale fresh and back

Bells Two Hearted just arrived back in stock today -- fresh again -- bottled 6/26/11

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fleur 4 packs arrived last week....

2011 Goose Island Fleur....$9.99 / 4 pack
Rated 96/100

Brewmasters Notes:
A Belgian style pale ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, Fleur is a beautiful, rose-colored ale with an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Her flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.

Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
International Bitterness Units: 32
Color: Rose
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Sugar

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Boulevard Nommo Dubbel

Boulevard next Smokestack Series beer is coming in September.
If you made it to The Wine and Cheese Place Beerfest 2011 back on May 14th, you got a chance to preview this beer.   Boulevard brought a keg of this beer for your tasting pleasure.  The label just got approved and The Wine and Cheese Place should have it sometime in September.  You can order other Boulevard beers online now while you wait (including Saison Brett - we only have about 3 cases left) - click here

"Our Nommo Dubbel has a brilliant deep amber color and a sweet caramel malt profile. This beer showcases the coriander, cinnamon, and star anise used in the kettle, complementing them with clove and banana notes contributed by the Belgian yeast. The rich complexity of Nommo’s flavor makes it a worthy partner to a variety of meats and game, as well as aged or aromatic cheeses. The name “Nommo” is derived from a Dogon word meaning “to make one drink.” No, really. Nommo, usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures, were created by the sky god Amma, who caused them to multiply by splitting them into doubled sets of twins. Maybe it’s farfetched, but we think the story of the Nommo makes this whole enterprise a little more fun and interesting." -- Boulevard

Click on picture to read the full sheet.

A new 2009 from Cabirau

This is the estate is owned by importer and our friend Dan Kravitz
He has hit a home run with this one.... Dan brought us a sample when he was in town last month and our staff loved it.  The new issue of the Wine Advocate that just came out a few days ago also apparently like it.

2009 Domaine Cabirau Grenache Serge & Nicolas...$19.99
"Dominated three-quarters by old vines - some of which informed in 2007 a memorable separate bottling known as "Le Bonte des Amis" that he no longer plans to produce - Kravitz's 2009 Grenache Serge & Nicolas is redolent of black raspberry preserves and grenadine, along with overtones of kirsch, herbal distillate, peat and smoked meats. Sappy concentration of dark berries and grenadine syrup are mingled with herbal liqueur in a palate performance that for all of its sheer ripeness preserves startling verve and invigoration, bitterness of cherry pit and schiste-licking mineral notes - along with an exposed seam of tannin - serving for robust counterpoint in a sustained finish. This terrific value ought to be even more expressive - and possibly more refined in finish - in another year or two, and be worth following for at least half a dozen.....Dan Kravitz has scored renewed success with his latest Domaine Cabirau releases"
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Paul Hobbs - tremendous wines.

In stock at Forsyth now...

The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100
2008 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ulises Valdez....$69.99 
The outrageously tasty 2008 Chardonnay Ulises Valdez reveals caramelized tropical fruits such as oranges and pineapples intermixed with brioche, creme brulee and hazelnuts. Deep, rich and full-bodied, this authoritative Chardonnay is classically Californian with a nod to French structure and minerality. Consume it over the next 4-5 years. 

The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100
2008 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez.....$69.99 
Even better is the 2008 Pinot Noir Ulises Valdez, which is made from a suitcase clone smuggled in from Vosne-Romanee and the Calera clone, which is believed to have come from the most famous vineyard of that appellation. Forest floor/mossy notes intermixed with fresh porcini mushrooms, black raspberries and black cherries emerge from this medium to full-bodied, luscious Pinot Noir. It is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years. 

The Wine Advocate
Rated 94-96/100
2009 Paul Hobbs Chard Richard Dinner....$65.99
The 2009 Chardonnay Richard Dinner Vineyard has more nectarine, apricot and white peach notes, crisp acids and a hint of wet rocks that gives the wine a steely backbone. Medium to full-bodied, more restrained and more dominated by its minerality than the Ulises Valdez, it should be consumed over the next 4-5 years. 

The Wine Advocate
Rated 92/100
2008 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Russian River....$45.99
One of the great buys in California Chardonnay is Hobbs’s 2008 Chardonnay Russian River, which offers abundant notes of orange blossoms, tropical fruits, white peaches and a hint of smoky oak. This fleshy, full-bodied Chardonnay exhibits a steely backbone because of good acidity. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years. 

Great tequila...

Premium Mexican tequilas Clase Azul Reposado Tequila in a fine ceramic bottle, and Clase Azul Plata, produced by Tequilas Premium, Jalisco, Mexico.

Clase Azul Plata Tequila....$69.99
Clase Azul Reposado Tequila....$79.99
in a Fine Ceramic Bottle
"The perfect marriage between the finest tequila and a beautiful hand-crafted, hand-painted Mexican fine ceramic bottle. Produced and bottled in Jalisco, from 100% agave (weber blue agave) and twice distilled.

Aging in fine oak barrels gives Clase Azul distinct, smooth flavors and aromas, as well as an excellent balance over the palate." -- The Tequila 

On a tip from a customer, Jim Edmonds, formely of the St. Louis Cardinals---
Jim Edmonds is also stocking it at his St. Louis Restaurant -- Fifteen
Fifteen Steakhouse
1900 South Locust
St. Louis, MO 63106
"15 Steakhouse is an urban American steakhouse combining the finest in seasonal driven cuisine with eclectic charm. Our gorgeous dining room, and 6,000 square foot patio has played host to corporate events, celebrity chef cook- offs, meat roasts and family gatherings. We offer private dining facilities for groups of 10 to 350 from corporate events to weddings, or just an evening with close friends. For reservations please call 314.588.8899"

Amazing new Pinot Noir...

A must try in a new Pinot Noir -- first time in Missouri....

We were all excited about this wine when we tasted it a few months back....finally arrived.....

2010 Calathus Pinot Noir...$21.99

"Named after the ceramic vases that were used to serve wine in Roman times, Calathus is produced by Finca Don Carlos in Tupungato, in the heart of Mendoza's Uco Valley, at 3,200 ft above sea level. With its wealth of old vines and a new, state-of-the-art winery, Calathus represents a perfect union of terroir, tradition and technology.
Tasting Notes: A complex, well-balanced wine with aromas of black cherries on the nose. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it offers dark-berry fruit and round tannins with a delicate touch of oak, ending with a long, lingering finish.
Serve With: Enjoy with a wide range of cheeses, stewed meats, and hearty pasta dishes." -- importer

Some of the best Gigondas

2009 Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades....$31.99
"The top cuvee is the 2009 Gigondas Les Souteyrades, which also comes from 60+-year-old vines and is a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Again, it is all aged in old wood foudres and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This wine plays it closer to the vest, and one can see that there is a level of density and richness that might eclipse the other two wines, but there is also more tannin and a striking near-liqueur of minerals in this wine. It is very reserved and restrained, but super-concentrated, full-bodied, and incredibly impressive, with much of the character of the La Louisiane but tighter. It may have more up-side potential that any of these wines, but will probably need 1-3 years of bottle-age and then drink well for at least 15 years."
Rated 91-93+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 

2009 Domaine St. Damien Gigondas Les Souteyrades....$29.99
The 2009 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes (a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre from 40-year-old vines) is a rich, full-bodied Gigondas with notes of crushed rock, boysenberry, black raspberry, camphor, and a hint of pen ink. The wine displays terrific fruit on the attack, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel with good acid, superb purity, texture, and length. This deep ruby/purple-colored wine should drink well for at least 10-15 years. 
Rated 91-93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fresh Schlafly

Fresh batches have arrived at Forsyth

Schlafly AIPA -- now 6/20/11
Schlafly Pale Ale -- now 6/24/11
Schlafly Pilsner -- now 6/23/11

Ardbeg Alligator - limited scotch release

The next limited release from Ardbeg has arrived at Forsyth --
Sold out now
Sorry, if you did not get a confirmation email, you were not one of the first 6.  It lasted just a few minutes.

Ardbeg Alligator Islay Single Malt Scotch....$79.99

"Welcome to what is now becoming an annual occurrence: a new Ardbeg release. Last year it was Rollercoaster. This year, it’s Ardbeg Alligator. Why the name Alligator? Well, a portion of the whisky was aged in heavily charred barrels (that Bill refers to as an “Alligator” char).

As he describes it: “It’s similar to Ardbeg 10 year old, but with bells and whistles.” (I was waiting for him to say it’s  like the 10 year old, but a bit more hard-skinned and with a bite. :) )
The age of the whisky is also very similar to Ardbeg 10. It’s a combination of some “regular” Ardbeg with some of the Alligator char-aged Ardbeg which was then aged an additional year in refill casks to marry and integrate. (I promised Bill I wouldn’t go into any more detail than this, so please don’t ask.)
My thoughts?: It’s an aggressive Ardbeg (and will be bottled at 51.7%) with a good dose of smoked fish in the flavor profile. The nice thing about it is that there’s a good creamy vanilla underbelly to balance the aggressiveness and (at least partially) muzzle the Alligator. Alligator should be available here in the U.S. in June as an “Ardbeg Committee” release." -- What does John know? Malt Advocate