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Friday, August 24, 2012

91 Point Rose....

This one just scored 90 points in The Wine Spectator and 91 from Robert Parker!
Château/Domaine de Lancyre 2011 Rosé
2011 Chateau Lancyre Coteaux du Languedoc 
Rosé Pic St.-Loup...$15.99
"One of the finest roses I tasted in 2012 is Domaine de Lancyre’s 2011 Pic St. Loup Rose. Super-ripe notes of raspberries, garrigue and spice jump from the glass of this solidly constructed blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault. One does not usually find roses of this quality from the Coteaux du Languedoc, but this 135-acre estate has fashioned a true beauty."
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate This rosé is plush and rich, filled with flavors of ripe apple, pear and peach that are accented by smoky notes. A spiced melon note lingers on the creamy finish. Drink now. 7,080 cases made.–KM
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Everyday red value....

You will not believe the bang for the buck in this wine.  Great price, great wine -- you will want to buy it by the case.  
From the famous - Domaine Pegau
2009 Plume Bleue 
Grenache/Syrah...$9.99
Like Plan Pegau, and Sélection Laurence Féraud, Plume Bleue is a negociant wine created by Laurence Féraud of Domaine du Pegau. An uncomplicated, unoaked 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah, this is her (delicious!) take on a classic Vin de Pays d'Oc.
Tasting Notes: This charming, medium-bodied wine offers vibrant red fruit
character, with hints of pepper and toasted herbs.
Serve With: Perfect with hearty salads, pizza, pasta, grilled meats or
vegetables, or charcuterie or other cold meats.

$13 - 91 points and 11 years old!


In stock at all stores.  We went through over 100 cases last fall and now we just received more from the importer and at an even better price!!!

Now online also



A 11 year old wine for only $13 (with a suggested retail of $30).  
A "Gran Reserva" - the top Spanish designation!
2001 Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva....$12.99
Compare to a $30 on The Wine Advocate

We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher
"The 2001 Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva is the same blend as the Crianza. It was aged in barrel for 24 months and 36 months in bottle prior to release. It offers a fragrant bouquet of Asian spices, incense, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. leading to a mouth-filling, sweetly-fruited, pleasure-bent offering that will drink well for another 6-8 years." 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate




More facts...
This wine is a "Gran Reserva" which is the top designation for Spanish Wines.   It must be aged for at least 5 years at the winery and 2 of those years in wood
.
60% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Comes from Cariñena in North East Spain

Great 2007 Southern France Reds

2007 was an amazing vintage in the Rhone and Southern France -- here are two amazing values from Provence..


Great buy!
Compare to The Wine Advocate suggested price of $21
2007 Bargemone Bargemone Cuvee Elisabeth Rouge....$11.99 
Coteaux d'Aix En Provence
"The star of this line-up is Bargemone’s blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Grenache, the 2007 Cuvee Elisabeth. This outstanding, dark ruby/purple-tinged 2007 offers plenty of black cherry and cassis fruit, beautiful purity, medium body, attractive depth and suppleness, and no hard edges. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Bargemone Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix En Provence Rouge....$9.99 
Lowest price on Wine Searcher is $12.44
"As for the red wines, the 2007 red reveals beautifully sweet tannins as well as a sexy, sensual style. Its pure, kirsch and black fruit notes are offered in a medium-bodied, supple format. The 2007 Cuvee Marina red is a bigger, denser, more tannic and oaky effort, but it does not appear to be any better than the less expensive offering. It is built for a longer life of 3-4 years." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate  




Bols Genever Gin

In stock at all locations
I checked our system, last bottle we sold was in 2004 (it was only $12.99 / 750ml back then - 8 years ago)

Bols Genever in the old brown crock was a standard on the shelves of The Wine and Cheese Place for years until it disappeared.  Now it is back with a new look and same old recipe.


Bols Genever Gin...$39.99 liter
Genever is a product category on its own, protected since 2008, meaning it has the equivalent of a French AOC, putting it on par with categories such as Champagne, Cognac, and Scottish malt-whisky. Genever can be made only in Holland and a few nearby areas, from high-quality ingredients.

The heart of Bols Genever is a precious whisky-like triple grain distillate made of corn, wheat, and rye, which the Dutch call maltwine. This flavor-rich distillate is carefully blended with a juniper-berry distillate and brought to 42% alcohol, a percentage carefully chosen by our master distiller for the perfect combination of aroma and mouth feel. The attention to detail in the distilling process is comparable to a fine single malt Scotch.


In the early 19th century, the import of genever was six times bigger than gin and many cocktails that are now made with gin, originally mixed with genever.

Bols Genever is produced by world's oldest distlled spirits company Lucas Bols, that was founded in Amsterdam in 1575. The company began distilling genevers in 1664, a proud tradition that continues to this day. Master distillers perfected the art of distilling genever over centuries in Amsterdam and in 1820 a revolutionary new genever was created. This new recipe is the authentic taste of genever as it should be: complex, powerful, and delicious." - website

Now you can make...
The Original Collins

Ingredients
2 shots Bols Genever
1 shot freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
½ shot sugar syrup
Soda Water
(1 shot = 30ml)


Shake all ingredients and pour in a Collins glass top with the soda water and throw in a lemon wedge (do not squeeze)


Grog

Ye Old Grog Dutch Harbor Breeze Grog....$25.99
Ye Old Grog Good Morning Glory...$21.99
Ye Old Grog Dog Watch Vodka...$18.99





Click on these pictures to enlarge...

The Idea of Grog
Most people do not have a libation based on how a spirit is or is not made. They drink on the taste, the party in the bottle, and the attitude, fun, adventure, and camaraderie that goes with it!  Ours is not a rum, whisky, vodka, or liqueur, but rather a specialty spirit.  The use of grain based alcohol, the distillation steps and processing parameters used to achieve a high quality spirit, the over saturation of the flavored vodka market, and the overall lack of desire for another liqueur on the store shelves and bar backs, drove us to come up with something new.  Grog refers to many different alcoholic beverages throughout the world.
Australia – Grog is any alcoholic beverage Sweden – Common description of drinks not made to a recipe, typically just one kind of spirit, commonly vodka, cognac, or eau de vie, and one kind of non-alcoholic  beverage.    Fiji – Drink made by pounding sun-dried kava root into fine powder and mixing it with water.  Origin according to Wikipedia: Rum and water mixed with limes and given to sailors of the Royal Navy.

Practical translation of the origin: Alcohol of poor quality from various sources (after all, a bunch of drunken sailors didn’t care if their alcohol was derived from sugarcane, grain, or potatoes) then diluted with stagnant water so they had to add citrus to make it palatable.  One would think that with the history and allure of grog, we would find bottles from the domestic market washed up on beaches everywhere.  You cannot find one because there are none!  With the ships of Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and even Captain Jack Sparrow, grog has sailed the world keeping crews together and a wench within arms reach.  A drink for the ages that spans the equator from end to end.  Grog has been made many ways by many a barkeep, but we have stumbled upon a unique recipe from pirates of the Northwest.  We distill to a high quality spirit, dropping out the impurities for a clean, unrivaled taste; we age with charred oak; and we sweeten with blue agave, nectar from the gods themselves.  Ours is an original Grog for Pirates, Playboys, and Partiers alike!  We are the
Party In A Bottle…. With attitude!

Production Notes
Production starts with a high quality neutral grain spirit feed stock. All spirits are treated with a weathered, time-proven, natural process learned while sharing libations with Russian sailors, one of which was the skipper of a nuclear submarine, in the Bering Sea. We’d give you more details, but it’s classified. (Yes, that’s all true. Well at least everything but the information being classified, but we’re still not going to tell you the processing details.)  After initial treatment, the spirits are distilled in a not-so-traditional pot still.  The recovered distillate is then used as the feed for the 3 different products.  Primary distillate is treated with an additional processes learned over the course of 15 years experience in beverage and industrial alcohol production and redistilled for production of Dog Watch Vodka

Beer Tasting Tonight


The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth 314.727.8788

Tonight!



Tonight!   Friday -  August 24 from 4-6pm

  • Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
  • Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat (new fresher batch)
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
  • O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale
  • Goose Island Harvest Ale



Blade Gin in stock now



Blade Gin...$26.99

Award winning California Gin inspired by California culture, surfing, citrus groves, light and refreshing lifestyle. 
88% Wheat Vodka
12% California Grape Eau De Vie. 
47% ABV

BTI Tasting Notes:  Aromas of candied orange peel, chili pepper, and cardamom follow through on a round, silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with sharp waves of buttercream, cayenne pepper, candied ginger, and piney juniper on the fiery, wintergreen and lemon verbena accented finish. Lots of gusto here that will make bold, flavorful
cocktails especially with tonic.

Although rich flavored and full bodied, BLADE GIN is a NOT a heavy Juniper-forward London Dry Gin. Makes terrific Martinis with a tangerine twist, lemon zest and a cilantro twig. Great mixed with premium tonic and citrus mixers. Signature cocktail : any citrus forward cocktail will come alive with Blade Gin including Blade Corpse Reviver #3, Aviation and Martinez

Red Hoptober in stock now!



New Belgium Red Hoptober...$7.79 / 6pk
Fall is here and with it our seasonal ale, Red Hoptober. Shining like autumn leaves in a globe glass this beer pours a dark and lovely garnet as it builds a bright, inviting head. The Eldorado hops are bold and present with a distinct, piney flavor while the caramel malt and roasted barley provide a backbone to stand Red Hoptober upright. Centennial and Cascade hops offer hints of citrus, tickling the nose, while the tongue carries a subtle, roasty tone that pairs pleasantly with the warming bite of bitter. Red Hoptober is perfect for shortening days and campfire nights.
Just the facts Ma'am...


ABV - 6.0%
IBU - 60
Hops - Target, Nugget, Cascade, El Dorado, Centennial
Malts - Pale, C-80

Body - Medium

Aroma - A bouquet of lush floral, bright citrus and undertones of herbal and spice and airs of caramel kissed coffee.

Mouthfeel - Heavier start, hop bitter middle and definite crisp finish.

Flavor - A cupful of sweet fig, tropical fruit, toffee, roasted nuts and hoppy bitterness. None of which overwhelm, they simply meet in the middle to attempt balance.

Visual - Brilliant glowing flickering red hue.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Edinburgh Gin



New from Scotland
Edinburgh Gin....$28.99
"Our Gin starts life in a revered 200 year old Scottish copper pot still, where the finest Scottish grain spirit is distilled in the traditional way, together with the classic gin botanicals, such as juniper, coriander, citrus peel, angelica and orris root. What makes Edinburgh Gin so unique and distinctive, are the carefully selected, notoriously soft Scottish botanicals, which are mixed with heather and milk thistle, and added at the final production stage. The gin is finally bottled in Edinburgh at 43% ABV.

"When gin became the fashionable spirit in the nineteenth century, Edinburgh distillers, like their London counterparts, produced a gin which was a direct copy of Dutch jenever to cater for demand. Like the London distillers they had everything they needed arriving in the bustling Port of Leith — sugar, spices, fruit and grain. We hope in a small way to revive Edinburgh's fantastic distilling and liqueur manufacturing legacy and build upon it..."

Alex Nicol, Spencerfield Spirit Company

Fall releases...



A few new brews just in....


Goose Island Harvest Ale...$7.19 / 6pk
"As Summertime fades, the sun shines less bright, and evening comes a little sooner. Harvest time arrives - it's a time to reap the benefits of a great summer, when all your work pays off. Fresh-picked Cascade hops from Washington and the richest Midwestern malts make Goose Island Harvest Ale an Extra Special Beer worthy of your devotion." -- Brewery




Becks Oktoberfest has also arrived

Abraxas Batch


Forsyth just got in Perennial Abraxas

Limit 1 bottle per person.
Not able to do online reservations today on this one -- just come and get it.




Charcoal is back in stock

Back in stock now, one of the best Lump Charcoals
"Highly Recommended" - Dragon Breath - $16.99 / 20 lbs - read review
compare to:
"Recommended" -- Big Green Egg Lump Charcoal - $23.99 / 20 lbs at Straubs - read review








Dragon's Breath Lump Charcoal....$16.99 / 20lbs
From Missouri
Made from Hickory and Oak
This is one of the top rated and one of the few "Highly Recommended" Lump Charcoals by the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database




"The charcoal is quite easy light, taking 3 sheets in our chimney starter test. This is low compared to other charcoals. There was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal burned in the chimney starter. The smoke had the classic smell of American hardwood charcoal.


In our maximum temperature test, the charcoal burned at 980 degrees which ranks very high compared to other charcoals. The fire spreads quickly and there was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal was burning full tilt. When using a MAPP torch to start the charcoal, we did observer moderate sparking AND popping, so you should exercise care in using a torch to start this charcoal.


Finally, in our burn time test, Dragon Breath burned a very long time ranking Very High compared to other charcoals. In fact, it is one of the longest burning charcoals we've encountered. The ash production was Low compared to other charcoals.


In conclusion, we were very impressed with this charcoal. It is easy to light, has that great American hardwood smell, burns hot, burns long, and produces a low amount of ash. 
Review from the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database

Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer

Back in stock - a new batch already -- about 3 weeks fresher than the last one.
"Best by Nov 12" 

Boulevard's newest year round brew....in stock now at Forsyth

Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer....$6.99 / 6 pack

"With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer." -- Boulevard Brewing

Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary Double IPA

In stock at Ballwin, Forsyth and Rock Hill.







Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary Double IPA....$5.59 / 22oz

From Greg Koch, CEO & Co-Founder…
This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, it's a Double IPA (can you really say you're surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let's-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we've brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn't quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

Brewmaster Mitch Steel’s Tasting Notes
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
ABV: 10%
IBUs: 85
Appearance:
Beautiful light amber with a thick creamy tan head of foam.
Aroma:
An incredible blend of fruits: citrus, lemon, and peaches, with hints of mint and dry-roasted nutty malt flavors.
Taste:
A very clean maltiness, intense peachy/mango Amarillo hops, hints of apples and berries, finishing in a burst of fresh lemon, hop bitterness, and herbal spiciness.
Palate:
Smooth and complex malt flavors, medium body, the very slightest hint of alcohol heat, with a refreshingly bitter and citrusy finish.
Overall:
From the first time I smelled a broken leaf from a lemon verbena bush at Stone Farms, I thought its intense lemony character would be a great addition to an IPA. It truly is "more lemon than lemon." The lemon flavors combine wonderfully with the peach and tropical mango flavors from the Amarillo, and the apple and berry notes from the Calypso hops. The result is an intense, bitter and very refreshing take on a double IPA. Perfect for a Southern California summer.

Dry Dock Farms

Tomatoes arrived!!!
Plus this week, we also have some cherry tomatoes
-- sweet and delicious


Eggs arrived on Tuesday - laid 08/21/12


Cage Free, Free Range, hand gathered, Antibiotic and Hormone Free, Small Flock Eggs

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Larceny Bourbon


Larceny Bourbon...$22.99 / 750ml
Larceny Bourbon...$37.99 / 1.75  
92 Proof
In stock now --

1.75ml in stock at Forsyth only
750ml in stock at all four locations.


HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERIES ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF LARCENY KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY
New Wheated Super Premium Bourbon Celebrates the "Taste Made Famous By An Infamous Act"
BARDSTOWN, KY—Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc., the country's largest independent family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer, announces the initial launch of Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey into 12 markets in September 2012. A super-premium 92 proof Bourbon, Larceny is the heir to the wheated Bourbons that make up the historic Old Fitzgerald franchise that Heaven Hill acquired in 1999. In fact, it is the somewhat controversial history of John E. Fitzgerald and his eponymous Bourbon brand that provides the story, and name, to Larceny Bourbon, the latest new label from the venerated distillery that produces Evan Williams and Elijah Craig Bourbons and Rittenhouse Rye.
Larceny Bourbon continues the Old Fitzgerald tradition of using wheat in place of rye as the third or "small" grain in the whiskey's grain recipe, or mashbill as it is commonly known. The use of winter wheat replaces the spicier, fruitier flavor notes that rye provides with a softer, rounder character that is the hallmark of Old Fitzgerald and other "wheated" Bourbons such as Maker's Mark and the Van Winkle line.
It is actually the story of the Old Fitzgerald brand, made famous by the late Julian "Pappy" Van Winkle Sr., that forms the historical basis for Larceny Bourbon. According to industry lore, John E. Fitzgerald had founded his distillery in Frankfort , KY shortly after the Civil War ended, making his Bourbon available only to steamship lines, rail lines and private clubs. This story was furthered by S.C Herbst, who owned the "Old Fitz" brand from the 1880's through Prohibition, and "Pappy" Van Winkle, who purchased the brand during Prohibition and made it his signature label. However, it was revealed by Pappy's granddaughter, Sally Van Winkle Campbell, in her 1999 book But Always Fine Bourbon—Pappy Van Winkle and the Story of Old Fitzgerald, that in fact John E. Fitzgerald was not a famous distiller at all. He was in reality a treasury agent who used his keys to the warehouses to pilfer Bourbon from the finest barrels. His discerning palate led those barrels to which he chose to help himself being referred to as "Fitzgerald barrels".
Now Heaven Hill has launched Larceny, whose tagline—"A taste made famous by an infamous act"—sets history straight.
For 2012, Larceny will be available in the 1.75 liter, 1 liter, 750ml and 50ml sizes in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. At an average national retail price of $24.99 for the 750ml size, Larceny is a true small batch Bourbon produced from dumps of 100 or fewer barrels that have been selected from the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of Heaven Hill's open rick warehouses in Nelson County, Kentucky. Larceny is drawn from barrels that have aged from 6 to 12 years at this high storage, and is bottled at a full-bodied 92 proof, or 46% alcohol by volume.
All barrels of Larceny, just like all other barrels of Bourbon, rye, wheat and corn whiskey from Heaven Hill, are produced under the skilled hand and watchful eye of 6th and 7th generation father and son Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam. The last special release of wheated Bourbon from Heaven Hill, the sold out 2010 edition of the ultra-premium Parker's Heritage Collection, is one of the most highly regarded and sought out bottlings in Heaven Hill's 75 years of distilling.

Beer news...


Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin - more in stock

Fresh Lagunitas -- we and the distributor have been out of Hop Stoopid, Little Sumpin Sumpin and Maximus for weeks now.  
According to the date code it looks they were all bottled around August 7th and 8th


Robiola....

A yummy cow and sheep milk blend from Italy.



Robiola Bosina -- in stock at Forsyth
"Robiola Bosina is a bloomy rind, square shaped Italian cheese that is made from a blend of sheep and cows milk. Produced by the Caseificio dell'Alta Langa dairy in Piedmont, this cheese has a creamy, elastic and supple pate with a rind that is velvety and pillowy. Its appearance has a straw colored pate and a bright white rind. The cheese has full rich flavors that are earthy and mushroomy with undertones of sweetness and tanginess attributed to the sheep milk." -- Cheese Library 




Under $50 Bordeaux 2009

The $50 and under Bordeaux is that perfect price for great buys in Bordeaux from a phenomenal vintage.   From what we have tried so far, they are drinking well young, but you can cellar them also.    Plan you holiday gift giving now: $25-$50 Bordeaux is one of the most requested wines for gift giving.

All four locations have many of these in stock, but please call for exact selection at each location.
Under $50 Bordeaux 2009 in stock


2009 Fontenil Fronsac  
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
" The basic Fontenil (95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon) has a deep bluish purple color and relatively hefty alcohol at 14.5%, but it is not noticeable in this full-bodied, layered, opulent wine, with lots of black raspberry fruit intermixed with some blueberries and crushed rock. Both of these wines have a good 10-15 years of potential in a fine cellar. Two of the best wines from Dany and Michel Rolland are these vintages of Fontenil in Fronsac. " -- The Wine Advocate
2009 Grand Corbin Despagne St. Emilion
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator
"This is rock-solid, with cocoa, fig and blackberry notes rolled together, framed by dense but polished structure and all weaving nicely through the lightly grippy finish. Best from 2013 through 2022. –JM" - The Wine Spectator

2009 La Croix Ducasse Pomerol
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
"This broad-shouldered red is thick and dense, with mouthfilling tannins supporting rich flavors of chocolate, coffee, plum, raisin and earth. Shows impressive girth. Best from 2014 through 2022. 4,000 cases made. –TM" - The Wine Spectator

2009 Lyonnat "Emotion" Lussac St. Emilion
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
"Still quite youthfully toasty, with cocoa powder and espresso holding sway over dark plum and macerated currant fruit. The rich finish has the cocoa edge still in control, but the depth is there for this to come together. Drink now through 2017. 2,500 cases made. –JM" - The Wine Spectator

2009 Terte Daugay St. Emilion
Rated 92-95/100 The Wine Spectator
Blackberry, black licorice and spices. What a nose. Full-bodied, with supervelvety tannins and a long, long finish. Wonderful texture. Score range: 92-95 –JS" -- The Wine Spectator

2009 Ch Lunelles (formerly Clos Les Lunelles)
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator
"This is a gorgeous effort, made from a blend of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Cropped at 22 hectoliters per hectare from their clay over limestone soils, the wine displays oodles of new oak, crushed chalk, and blueberry and blackberry fruit with hints of raspberries and pen ink. It is full-bodied and layered, with a fleshy, even succulent mid-palate and a long, long finish. This is terrific Castillon to drink over the next 10-15+ years." -- The Wine Advocate


2009 Chateau Connetable Talbot
Rated 88/100 The Wine Spectator
" Solid, with briar, blackberry and cassis fruit framed by modest, supple toast. Ends with a sleek, open-knit finish. Drink now through 2015. –JM " - The Wine Spectator

2009 Chateau Cote Montpezat
Rated 89/100 The Wine Spectator

"This sports a ripe, direct beam of plum cake and fig sauce backed by lively tobacco and toasty spice notes that linger easily through the finish. Drink now through 2013. 3,750 cases made. –JM" - The Wine Spectator

2009 Chateau Lanessan
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

"Ripe black currant fruit with some cedar wood, licorice and wood spice are all present in this generously endowed, concentrated, low-acid Lanessan. The tannins are silky, and the overall impression is one of elegance, plumpness and beautiful intensity. This is a sleeper of the vintage and one that should only improve over the next several years and merit an outstanding rating. It should keep for up to two decades." - The Wine Advocate

2009 Chateau La Rousselle
Rated 89+/100 The Wine Advocate

Ripe black currant fruit with some cedar wood, licorice and wood spice are all present in this generously endowed, concentrated, low-acid Lanessan. The tannins are silky, and the overall impression is one of elegance, plumpness and beautiful intensity. This is a sleeper of the vintage and one that should only improve over the next several years and merit an outstanding rating. It should keep for up to two decades."- The Wine Advocate

Chateau La Croix Figeac St. Emilion
Rated 92-95/100 The Wine Spectator

" Blackberry with licorice and black olive on the nose. Full-bodied, with lots of richness. Very concentrated, but I think it will come around just right. 80 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet. This is really full throttle. Rock and roll. Score range: 92-95 –JS " The Wine Spectator
Chateau Poujeaux
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

The final blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot was cropped very low at 35 hectoliters per hectare. Deep purple, with a nose of subtle smoke, graphite, blueberry and black raspberry fruit as well as some spring flowers, in the mouth a touch of oak makes an appearance, but the wine is full-bodied, rich, inky and unctuously textured due to the high glycerin and alcohol that hits 14% plus. This beauty should drink well for up to two decades. The finest wine I have tasted from Poujeaux over the last 33 years...." -- The Wine Advocate

Chateau Vieux Maillet Pomerol
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

This has suave toast, mulled spice, roasted fig and crushed plum and blackberry flavors, all gliding along with silky structure through the finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,000 cases made. –JM" - The Wine Spectator

Chateau Lilian Ladouys St. Estephe
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator 

"On the toasty, more modern side of the spectrum, with ambitious roasted fig, apple wood and blueberry confiture notes followed by racy graphite, espresso and blackberry pâte de fruit. Not shy, but has the density for balance. Best from 2013 through 2024. 18,080 cases made. –JM " - The Wine Spectator

Monday, August 20, 2012

Barrel update

The Wine and Cheese Place
Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration Update


A barrel of Elijah Craig 12 year Bourbon just filled at 2nd Shift Brewing on August 9, 2012.

Summary of the numbers:
So far, 16 barrels of bourbon to be used for Bourbon Barrel Aged beer.  
4 - Barrel Aged Beers Released already
6 - Beers in barrel right now (plus 1 barrel of maple syrup)
6 more barrels soon to be filled with beer.

Barrels used from each distillery so far -- 
Buffalo Trace - 5 barrels
Knob Creek - 3 barrels
Elijah Craig - 2 barrels
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey - 2 barrels
Jefferson 18 Year Old - 2 barrels
Blantons Bourbon - 1 barrel
Willett Family 9 Year Old - 1 barrel

6 Breweries have collaborated with this program so far...
Schlafly, Perennial Artisan Ales, 4 Hands Brewing, 2nd Shift Brewing, Six Row Brewing, and Charleville 



Barrel Update - August 20, 2012


Beers Released and Sold out!
Barrel -  Buffalo Trace (#1) Bourbon
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel

Date filled: August 5 , 2011
Date bottled: February 7, 2012
Cases produced:  17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see the release pictures

Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#2) Bourbon
2nd Shift Brewing Liquid Spiritual Delight Stout Barrel Aged
Date filled: Decmeber 29, 2011
Date bottled: March 5, 2012
Cases produced:  17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see pictures of the release

Barrel -  Knob Creek 9yr (#1) Bourbon 
(first full barrel ever sold in St. Louis) 
Perennial Devil's Heart of Gold Barrel Aged Wheat Wine
Date filled: October 6, 2011
Date bottled: May 8, 2012
Cases produced: 17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles)
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see some pictures


Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#3) Bourbon
Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy

Date filled: February 13, 2012
Date bottled:  June 7, 2012 
Cases produced: 420 / 750ml bottles
Beer released and sold out



Beers still in barrel
Barrel - Elijah Craig 12yr Old (#1) Bourbon  
(1st full barrel sold in STL)
Barrel - Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey (#1)
4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean
Date filled: Both barrels filled on February 13, 2012
Date bottled: Elijah Craig barrel bottled October 1, 2012
Cases produced: 228
Beer released and sold out
click here to see the barrels get filled and read more


Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#4) Bourbon
Six Row Brewing Barrel Aged Killer Whale
Date filled: June 11, 2012
Date bottled: November 12, 2012
Cases produced:  300
Beer released - sold out


Barrel -  Knob Creek 9yr (#2) Bourbon
Barrel - Blanton's (#1) Bourbon 
Perennial Fantastic Voyage (both barrels filled)
Date filled: July 2, 2012 
Date bottled: not yet determined
Cases produced: not sure yet?
Beer released date: ???


Barrel - Jefferson Reserve 18 Year (#1)
Barrel - Jefferson Reserve 18 Year (#2)
One Barrel filled with 100% Organic Vermont Maple Syrup.  After ageing the syrup, 4 Hands Brewing will fill the barrel with beer.  The plan is to put the same beer in both barrels, one that was used to age maple syrup and one that only aged the bourbon. -- stay tuned to this one.
Date filled with Maple Syrup: August 8, 2012 
Date bottled: October 10, 2012
Bottles produced:  708
Maple Syrup released and available


Barrel - Elijah Craig 12yr Old (#2) Bourbon 
2nd Shift Brewing Cat Spit Stout
Date filled: August 9, 2012 
Date bottled: November 13, 2012
Cases produced: not sure yet?
Beer released date: ???






What's next!
Barrel - Willett Family Bourbon 10 year old
Tasted the samples and ordered the bourbon and barrel - eta?
Barrel - Knob Creek 9yr (#3) Bourbon
samples tasted and Bourbon ordered
Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#5) Bourbon
new barrel samples ordered
Barrel - Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey (#2)
barrel waiting to be filled with beer