The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is compelling. Where to start? An expressive bouquet redolent of sweet herbs, tobacco and incense leads to a gorgeous tapestry of dark red fruit. The Estate is drop-dead gorgeous, with the silkiest of tannins that frame an extraordinary finish. This has to be one of the most compelling values in California Cabernet. In 2008 the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Draper describes 2008 as the driest of the three drought years spanning 2006-2008. The 2008 is the first vintage for the Cabernet Sauvignon, which used to be called Santa Cruz Mountains. In 2008 a spring harvest frost damaged much of the Merlot crop, so there was no natural outlet for the Merlot that had previously been used in the Santa Cruz Mountains bottling, but in 2009 there will be a new Merlot bottling. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028. Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Twig Farm Washed Rind Wheel
Wheel is a washed rind cheese made with raw goat milk and sometimes raw cow milk, aged about 80 days. As the cheese ages, the rinds are washed with a whey brine. The texture of the cheese is semi-soft and the flavor is full. This cheese is made from goat milk from our farm and sometimes with cow milk from Joe Severy's organic dairy (48 cows) in Cornwall, Vermont. Joe Severy's cows are mostly Jersey. We mix in the Jersey milk when the cows are on pasture.
Michael makes our cheese by hand using traditional techniques and equipment for farmstead cheese production. Our cheeses age in a temperature and humidity controlled environment in our cellar. Twig Farm is owned by Michael Lee and Emily Sunderman. We have been in business since 2005. Our twenty-acre farm is located in West Cornwall, Vermont, about 10 miles south of Middlebury. Michael manages our herd of goats and makes and ages our cheese. Emily manages the business and marketing for Twig Farm and works as an analyst for a publishing company.
Our Red and White FLASQ™ wines are made using 100% American-made products. Supporting US manufacturers and growers is something that is top-of-mind when procuring our materials and selecting our wines. FLASQ™ wines utilize an earth-friendly package made of the highest quality raw materials and are 100% recyclable.
Aluminum is recycled at a rate of over 50%, compared with 20% for glass, thereby making it a greener product. The bottle is made of 99.7% pure aluminum, which makes it ideal for recycling.
Aluminum weighs significantly less than glass, thus resulting in a 35% reduction to the carbon footprint.
It doesn’t seem like it’s been a month since the open house of St. Louis Craft Beer Week, but that was the last time the general public visited Perennial Artisan Ales. Well, it’s time for you to visit once again.
Beginning this Thursday, September 8th at 4PM, Perennial Artisan Ales will open its doors for a soft opening.
Why a “soft” opening? Well, their doors will be open for everyone, but they want to stress that there is still work to be done in the tasting room. But, beer is ready to flow and all of the bureaucracy has been figured out, so they’re opening their doors now.
Two beers will be available on Thursday for purchase, the Hommel Bier and the Southside Blonde. They’ll also have a few samples of the soon to be released Mexican Chocolate Stout available as well. If you can wait to until this weekend to visit (or, have an awesome weekend and visit multiple times!), they’ll also have the Strawberry Rhubarb Wit available by the end of the week.
For the grand opening on Thursday, Perennial has invited the Entree Mobile food truck out to whip up some awesome food to eat along with some awesome beer. One last thing to note about this grand opening, it will be CASH ONLY to start, this is still a soft grand opening after all.
2009 Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve...$29.99
"The 2009 Chardonnay Private Reserve, which comes primarily from Napa’s Gamble Ranch site, is a bigger, richer, more nutty-styled Chardonnay revealing tropical fruit, butter, brioche and hazelnut characteristics. They backed off the oak in this cuvee, which results in more fruit, interest and personality." Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"A very classy wine that combines rich, layered, complex fruit with a sense of delicacy and finesse. Full-bodied, but not heavy, offering detailed fig, melon, apple and spice. What's most impressive is the texture and length, with the flavors continuing to develop. Drink now through 2015. 12,500 cases made. –JL" Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
"(14.9% alcohol; 95% from Gamble Ranch fruit; aged in 76% new oak for nine months): Bright, pale, green-tinged yellow. Precise aromas of stone fruits and wild herbs lifted by floral and rocky naunces. Broad, rich and nicely dry, with a hint of leesy complexity to the stone fruit flavors. Captivating minerality gives finesse to this attractive, plump wine. 91 points" Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
"Paso Creek’s bold, juicy, full-bodied and densely flavored wines provide a glimpse into the heartland of America through the stubborn patience of the winemaking and vineyard teams, who wrest the true expression of Paso out of this uniquely challenging environment.
Located off the Central Coast, between Santa Barbara and San Francisco, the Paso Robles appellation is noted for the most dramatic temperature swings of any California appellation. This climate variation causes the vines to produce small clusters and tiny berries resulting in high quality, deeply concentrated wines. Small-lot winemaking and patient barrel aging complete the winemaking picture and enhance the robust and bold character that is Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon." - winery