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Saturday, December 15, 2012

New, great value...


2011 Les Darons Languedoc Rouge....$13.99
"This cuvee is made by Jeff Carrel, about whom Dan Kravitz is extremely excited. Composed of 60% Grenache and the rest Carignan and Syrah, it is a dense, fresh, lively red revealing notes of damp earth, black currants, kirsch and lavender. Medium-bodied and richly fruity, it is best consumed in its first 1-2 years of life." -- Rated 87/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Friday, December 14, 2012

Great Malbec...

One of our favorites....

" It’s a steal at this price point." -- Robert Parker 



In stock and online
2011 Alfredo Roca Malbec...$12.99

The 2011 Malbec (100% Malbec) was aged nine months in French and American oak barrels. It reveals more vanillin than the other cuvees along with deep cassis and plum notes intermixed with hints of espresso bean and licorice. Enjoy this lively, ripe, medium to full-bodied 2011 over the next 2-4 years. It’s a steal at this price point. 
Rated 88/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Stunning White Burgundy value...



Michel Goubard's family has grown wine in the village of Saint-Désert since the 17th century, and his sons, Pierre-François and Vincent, proudly continue the tradition of quality at this venerated Côte Chalonnaise domaine situated on Mont-Avril.



Make sure you grab some of this one....
Michel Goubard Bourgogne Blanc Mont Avril...$19.99 / 750ml
     "The old oak-aged 2009 Bourgogne Blanc Mont Avril is a pure, medium-bodied white revealing notes of quince, ripe melons and lemon zest. With good acidity and medium body, it is a natural tasting white Burgundy made from Chardonnay that offers excellent value. 
Finding Burgundy for under $20 a bottle is virtually impossible, but Michel Goubard’s offerings have long been staples of the Hand Picked Selection portfolio." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Balvenie Double Wood 17 Year Old

In stock now at Forsyth, Rock Hill and online




Back in stock , this is our second allocation - the first one sold fast --

Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood Whiskey and Sherry Oak...$114.99
"During maturation, the Balvenie Double Wood is transferred from a tarditional whiskey oak cask to a European sherry oak cask thereby acquiring character from each.   This second cask ageing is at the heart of The Balvenie Double Wood and at Seventeen Years of Age  it has an elegant nose, complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple." -- label

Thursday, December 13, 2012

2012 White Wine Sampler


Order online now


White Wine Sampler Pack
Our $120 white wine case of 12 bottles! 

Get 1 bottle each of some of our favorite white wines for $120 + tax. The savings is huge, check the store, (MO state law does not allow us to post the savings). We reserve the right substitute wines of equal or greater value in case of an out of stock. Great gift — delivery available order online now


Receive 1 bottle each of these great wines...

Penya Viognier Cotes Catalanes
"The 2011 Viognier reveals surprising finesse and elegance for a southern French Viognier. Notes of white peaches and apricots backed up by crisp acids are found in this medium-bodied, refreshing Viognier. Drink it over the next year." --  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc
One of the best values in Sauvignon Blanc from California.

"This is a fabulous set of wines from Chateau St. Jean, winemaker Margo Van Staaveren and her team. From top to bottom, these wines deliver tons of value and character." - The Wine Advocate

Alfredo Roca Chardonnay
"No oak, no ML; plenty of savory apple and white peach aromas and flavors, good balance." - Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate

La Noble Chardonnay
"revealing fresh pear, honeysuckle and lemon oil notes as well as crisp underlying acidity. It is naked and virginal in terms of having no outside influences." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Las Valles Viura/Chardonnay
Offers aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple and wild flowers. Dry and extremely refreshing on the palate.

Riebeek Cellars Chardonnay
This unoaked Chardonnay displays a brilliant green-gold color. The style is dry but fruity.

Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Blanc
Blend: Marsanne 40%, Roussanne 40%, and Viognier 20%
Château Virgile’s white is truly a classic Rhône blend. The Roussanne, with peach and apricot flavors, gives the wine weight, texture, and body. Next, the Marsanne adds lively acidity, a hint of minerality, and citrus fruit flavors. Finally, the Viognier adds tropical fruit flavors to the wine, as well as beautiful, floral aromatics. This is a great wine for just about any type of shellfish, especially seared scallops

Domaine La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet
For a grape variety that can sometimes be aggressive, this is an beautifully balanced Picpoul. The nose is perfumed with floral, and tropical fruit notes. In the mouth the wine is full of stone fruit, melon, and fruit cocktail notes. The soft fruit is tempered with an intense minerality, and citrus notes. Picpoul de Pinet has always been a textbook match for oysters, mussels, and just about any other type of shellfish you can imagine. Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker

Le Cirque Grenache Gris
"The 2011 Le Cirque Grenache Gris Vin de Pays, from an underrated varietal that can achieve wonderful things in southern France, exhibits a beautiful perfume of flowers, honeysuckle and quince. The wine possesses good ripeness, medium body and a dry, crisp finish." - Robert Parker


Pierre Boniface Roussette de Savoie
The excellent 2011 Les Rocailles Roussette de Savoie comes from an indigenous grape varietal called Altesse. It offers up notes of fresh wheat thins, honeyed citrus and spring flowers that are followed by a well-textured, lush, succulent, dry white that is bigger and richer than the Apremont. Drink it over the next 1-2 years." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Michel Goubard Bourgogne Blanc Mont Avril
"Bourgogne Blanc Mont Avril is a pure, medium-bodied white revealing notes of quince, ripe melons and lemon zest. With good acidity and medium body, it is a natural tasting white Burgundy made from Chardonnay that offers excellent value" - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate. 


Foxglove Chardonnay
The 2010 Chardonnay is one of the top values in California wine. It possesses tons of ripe, varietal fruit in a style that is quite rich but not heavy. Clean citrus and floral notes add freshness on the long finish. Lees stirring gives the wine much of its richness, while aging in steel helps maintain freshness. There is remarkable depth and textural finesse here, never mind a price that is mind-boggling for this level of quality. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. " -  Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Perfect gift for Whiskey lovers...

Large cube does not melt as fast and will not water down your whiskey
Colossal Ice Cube Tray...$9.99 
It's cool to be square when you use the fun and functional Colossal Ice Cube Tray. With two cubic inches of ice in your glass, your drink will stay cold longer so you can chill out too!

Salmon just arrived at Forsyth

Fresh batch landed at Forsyth a few minutes ago.  



Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Usually the best things we find for our store are products that don't come looking for us, they are products that we go looking for them.  Durham's Tracklements Custom Smoked Provisions is one of those products.  I






Durham's Tracklements

OUR ORIGINAL HIGHLAND SMOKED SALMON - half pound packages

Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 



Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

"unanimous...no comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times



Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press



More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 

We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!



 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.




4 Hands Cast Iron --



In stockn now --
4 Hands Brewing CAST IRON OATMEAL BROWN...$4.99 / 22pz
This is one monster of a Brown Ale! We use an obnoxious amount of chocolate malt and roasted barley to give this beer a cask iron backbone. Our oatmeal brown pours a dark mahogany with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee.



Taste it this Friday....

Meet Kevin Lemp, owner of 4 Hands Brewing Co. at The Wine and Cheese Place







Meet Kevin Lemp of 
4 Hands Brewing Company this Friday
December 14th from 4-6pm
The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth location

Taste some newly bottled 4 Hands beers!!  
From St. Louis, Missouri







4 Hands Brewing Single Speed Session...$4.99 / 22oz
Our American blonde ale is brewed with elderflower, red wheat, and three different varieties of hops. Elderflower adds a soft floral element that accentuates the red wheat. Single speed pours straw in color with floral undertones.


4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus...$6.99 / 22oz
A smoked rye maple porter. A collaboration with Pappy's Smoke House.
Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup. the maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt. Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel. A big thank to Pappy's Smokehouse!" -- label


4 Hands Morning Glory...$6.99 / 22oz
A fall seasonal brewed with 300 pounds of sweet potatoes, allspice, nutmeg, whole vanilla beans, and aged on whiskey infused pecan wood chips.


4 Hands Brewing Reprise Centennial Red....$4.99 / 22oz
The centennial hop is the centerpiece of our American Red Ale. Reprise pushes the limits of a single hop with an amazing bouquet and stunning bitterness all the way through. The citrus character provides an experience you will want to repeat. Reprise is crimson in color with aromas of citrus fruit and biscuit malt.

4 Hands Brewing Divided Sky Rye IPA...$4.99 / 22oz

"This beer brings together tow of our favorite ingredients; hops and rye - serious hops up front provide a pungent, floral, and citrus character. We use centennial, Columbus, and Cascades in this hop lovers dream. The rye provides a slightly spicy flavor and a full mouth-feel. Divided Sky pours straw in color with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine. Drink fresh!" - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

Knappogue Limited Release Twin Oak

Very limited - one time release

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood...$54.99



Single hop "Galaxy" is here...

Bottled November 19th...
Hermitage Brewing Single Hop Galaxy....$5.99 22oz
Galaxy: Our brewing team is very excited about this hop. All the way from Australia, Galaxy is known for its high alpha acid, but it’s not just another bittering hop. Lovely passionfruit and citrus flavors coat your mouth and nose. The finish is quite bitter, crisp; the perfect combination for a true hop head.


Hermitage is a very new brewery from San Jose California. They opened in 2009 and it looks like Missouri is only the fourth state that they will be distributing in the U.S.....



Plus a fresh batch of these two arrived!

Hermitage Hoptopia Double IPA....$9.99 / 6pk
Tropical nose, full citrus and floral flavors, good malt balance 8.0 ABV/IBU 65



Hermitage Maltopia Wee Heavy Scotch Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Also known as a Wee Heavy, blankets your palate with malty, roasted caramel flavors 9.0 ABV/IBU 25 




ABOUT HERMITAGE
Established in 2009 Hermitage Brewing Company is located in San Jose. Along with producing its own label of small batch beers, Hermitage contracts with beer and soda clients to produce their products. Hermitage is regarded as a professional and reliable go-to contract brewer for many regional and state brewers.

Hermitage is also the bottling source for all Tied House beers. When Tied House closed down its iconic downtown San Jose location in mid-2009, they transferred all their brewing equipment down the road, to South 7th Street, where Hermitage is today. Hermitage soon added a bottling line, complete with disco ball and audio of ABBA’s greatest hits, which automatically starts when the bottling line is turned on.

Hermitage Brewery is becoming widely recognized for its Hoptopia, Maltopia, Ale of the Imp, Single Hop “H” Series IPAs, and craft soda brands. In 2011, Hermitage took four Gold Medals at the California State Commercial Craft Brewers Competition. Celebrator Beer News awarded One Door Quadrupel with four out of five stars in 2011, and Hoptopia DIPA four out of five stars in 2012.

As the new branch of Tied House Brewing, Hermitage is happy to be a part of such a long legacy of great brewers and their award-winning beers. Our current team is Brewmaster Ron Manabe, Brewmaster Peter Licht, Brewer Greg Filippi, and our newest team member, four-time consecutive GABF winner: Brewer Steve Donohue.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

4 Hands Beer Tastng - TWCP Forsyth


Meet Kevin Lemp, owner of 4 Hands Brewing Co. at The Wine and Cheese Place






Meet Kevin Lemp of 
4 Hands Brewing Company this Friday
December 14th from 4-6pm
The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth location

Taste some newly bottled 4 Hands beers!!  
From St. Louis, Missouri






4 Hands Brewing Single Speed Session...$4.99 / 22oz
Our American blonde ale is brewed with elderflower, red wheat, and three different varieties of hops. Elderflower adds a soft floral element that accentuates the red wheat. Single speed pours straw in color with floral undertones.


4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus...$6.99 / 22oz
A smoked rye maple porter. A collaboration with Pappy's Smoke House.
Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup. the maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt. Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel. A big thank to Pappy's Smokehouse!" -- label


4 Hands Morning Glory...$6.99 / 22oz
A fall seasonal brewed with 300 pounds of sweet potatoes, allspice, nutmeg, whole vanilla beans, and aged on whiskey infused pecan wood chips.


4 Hands Brewing Reprise Centennial Red....$4.99 / 22oz
The centennial hop is the centerpiece of our American Red Ale. Reprise pushes the limits of a single hop with an amazing bouquet and stunning bitterness all the way through. The citrus character provides an experience you will want to repeat. Reprise is crimson in color with aromas of citrus fruit and biscuit malt.

4 Hands Brewing Divided Sky Rye IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
"This beer brings together tow of our favorite ingredients; hops and rye - serious hops up front provide a pungent, floral, and citrus character. We use centennial, Columbus, and Cascades in this hop lovers dream. The rye provides a slightly spicy flavor and a full mouth-feel. Divided Sky pours straw in color with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and pine. Drink fresh!" - 4 Hands Brewing Co.



I am stold this one might arrive in time also....


CAST IRON OATMEAL BROWN
This is one monster of a Brown Ale! We use an obnoxious amount of chocolate malt and roasted barley to give this beer a cask iron backbone. Our oatmeal brown pours a dark mahogany with aromas of dark chocolate and coffee.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Missouri Fail on 12/12/12

We have been getting a  number of questions about two big releases on 12.12.12




Two big releases planned for 12/12/12  around the beer country

                                              -------- Missouri failed on both!

Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 - registration did not come through for Missouri yet. It is coming, but it will probably be a few weeks late.

Westvleteren 12 - released around the country 12/12/12.    Shelton Brothers, the importer pulled out of Missouri months ago pledging to come back.  But it looks they are not ready in time for the release of Westvleteren 12 tomorrow.  Will Missouri eventually get some? up in the air?  Chances look slim as no registration has come through yet.

Great white wine value...



2011 Penya Viognier Cotes Catalanes....$9.99 

"The 2011 Viognier reveals surprising finesse and elegance for a southern French Viognier. Notes of white peaches and apricots backed up by crisp acids are found in this medium-bodied, refreshing Viognier. Drink it over the next year." -- Rated 87/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Tasting Notes:
Offers an exotic nose of citrus, pineapple, mango and peach, with light floral notes. Light, lively and very refreshing on the palate.
Serve With:
Excellent on its own, with seafood (turbot, sole, or scallops) or spicy Asian cuisine.

Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Rye

Update on Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Rye


Brewer's Notes:At Goose Island our brewers love experimenting with their beer almost as much as they love drinking it. This unique blend of Bourbon County Brand Stout was aged in rye whiskey barrels with loads of whole Michigan cherries. This is one massive beer the brewers are proud to finally let you share with your friends at home - or not. After your first sip, you'll agree, this beer has some real stones.

How to get this beer:
It is getting harder and harder with these allocated and rare beers and bourbons.   We have tried a number of methods from lottery, fastest finger on the internet, to fastest people to get to the store.   Even using the lottery method, I had a couple of people say they would not shop at the store again because they did not get any Pappy Van Winkle.   None of the systems are perfect and we always get complaints no matter which way we try.    We don't have a way to track sales of regular customers and we want to find a way to reward those that frequent the store.  These are the people that help us increase our allocations of these rare beers because it is based on our sales of Goose Island "regular beers" and Founders "regular beers" to get their allocated beers like the Bolt Cutter.    One thing I have noticed with the previous methods is that I see a lot of people come in to get their allocated beer only and do not purchase any other beer.   And then I see regular customers that are in a few times a week buying the "regular" beers and not getting the rare beers.  So we are going to try something different on the Cherry Bourbon County.  I am told that there is even less of it coming than the Coffee (which crashed our website).  And the demand for the Cherry seems to be much higher.

Here is what we are going to try...when it arrives.
  • I am not going to announce when it arrives.
  • At Forsyth, I will put one bottle on the shelf each day until it is gone.
  • Each morning, we will draw a random time to put it on the shelf during that day.  Could be early in the day or near closing time.
  • Depending on our allocation, there will be some random bottles put out at our other locations as well.  Again, no info on time or which day it might appear.
  • It will go on the shelf and the first person to see it will be able to purchase it.
  • We will not give any info out on the time it will hit the shelf or if it has already been sold each day.
  • This way, hopefully regular shoppers will find it on the shelf when they are in for their regular beer purchases.
  • Please, still one bottle per person.  We will take down names at the register when they are purchased to keep it at one per person.
  • Again we are just trying to mix it up and be as fair as possible to try to spread the rare beers out as best as possible.  When there are so many people looking for these beers and so little to be had there are going to be more disappointed people than happy ones.

New Spanish red...

Veridien is produced by the La Bodega de Pinoso cooperative in Alicante. This pioneering winery was established in 1932 and made the transition to organic farming in 1997. Offering nearly 2,000 acres of certified organic vineyards and an impeccable track record of quality, it is on of the most important producers of the Valencia region.




2010 Veridien Tinto....$13.99
Tasting Notes: 
60% Syrah, 20% Monastrell, and 20% Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet).
The spiciness of Syrah is augmented by the minerality of the Monastrell and the bold fruit and color of the red-juiced Garnacha Tintorera.

Serve With: 
Enjoy with a wide range of everyday meals... or for a real treat pair with meat, seafood, or vegetable paella.

Monday, December 10, 2012

December is flying by....gifts time!

Less than 14 days to shop before Christmas.....



The perfect gift --- let them choose from thousands of wines, beers, spirits....



Time to start placing orders...



The Wine and Cheese Place makes thousands and thousands of baskets each holiday season.    We have been doing it for 30 years now!   Whether it is just one basket or hundreds of corporate baskets.   Give us a call 314.962.8150

Check out this year's amazing selection -- click here to see it all

We also have our very popular nut and candy rounds.  
Perfect for everyone and price is right.  

Plus free gift wrapping



Don't go empty handed to somebody's house -- perfect gift...


In stock now and available online



Sweet Sophie Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup...$13.99 / 250ml 
Aged in a Jefferson 18 Year Old Bourbon Barrel
Serving suggestions: as a glaze for salmon, pork or bacon, as a sweetener for coffee, oatmeal, granola or yogurt, pour over ice cream and bananas, make exotic cocktails and of course on pancakes and waffles.  
The possibilities are endless.



New vintage from Fuller's






Fuller's Vintage Ale 2012....$8.99
Vintage Ale is a truly distinguished bottle-conditioned ale, crafted by Fuller’s Head Brewer, John Keeling. Each vintage is a blend of that year’s finest malt and hops, and of course our unique yeast, creating a unique limited edition brew.

Bottle conditioning means that a little yeast is left in the bottle after bottling, which will mature slowly over time like a fine wine or whisky - well beyond the 'best before' date that we are obliged to state (we think it should read "best after!").

Here at Fuller's, we recently opened (in the interests of research, of course) a few bottles of old Vintages: they tasted better than ever so stock up now and you'll be glad you did in years to come!

Val Auclair Les Barras

Val Auclair is situated some 1,200 feet above sea level in the Vallée du Paradis, southeast of the ancient city of Carcassonne, in Corbières. Nestled among Cypress trees, pines, and the native garrigue, it is home to century-old Carignan and 50+ year-old Grenache and Macabeo vines that are among the highest vineyard plantings in the area.


2010 Val Auclair Les Barras Vallee du Paradis...$19.99
The Auclairs' 2010 Les Barras delivers a more pungent and complex if marginally less winsome performance than its 2009 counterpart. Bitter hints of huckleberry and a tart, seedy intensity accent the blackberry fruit here, and along with pronounced rosemary oil there is a suggestion of overtly alkaline and chalky mineral undertow. Firm in feel; fresh and bright in its tangy, invigorating finish, this ought I suspect to merit 3-5 years of attention. Indeed, once it recovers from bottling - and allowing for the sample having reached me transatlantic at the last possible moment - it will probably gain in short order. 

Denis Auclair is centrally located in the Corbieres appellation, which is to say nowhere familiar to very many wine lovers. This biodynamic grower eschews use of that appellation on his labels, though. And, after all, legal technicalities aside, the vin de Pays "Vallee du Paradis" has an obvious ring to it - in fact the Auclairs' official business name is "Ermitage Val Paradis." Gypsum-, calcite- and silica-rich chalk clay soils dominate here and those (including the many growers) who associate such soils with the potential for levity and elegance in red wine will find the Auclairs' first two vintages to ship to the U.S. - in a cuvee dominated by Carignan from 80-year-old vines, with an admixture of young Syrah - grist for their stone and rumor mills. I can't wait to taste this domaine's other wines, which include two additional cuvees featuring old vines Carignan and three of Macabeu.
Rated 89+/100 The Wine Advocate

Pierre Boniface - Savoie

Amazing wines....


NV Pierre Boniface Brut de Savoie Les Rocailles....$19.99

The non-vintage Les Rocailles Brut de Savoie is a low alcohol (7-9%) blend of 60% Jacquere, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Altesse. (Put it in a blind tasting and see if anyone can guess its composition.) Aromas of apple skins, spring flowers, lemon zest and a delicate hint of pear emerge from this wonderfully effervescent, dry, crisp, light-bodied, featherweight style of wine. "
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2011 Pierre Boniface Roussette de Savoie....$19.99

The excellent 2011 Les Rocailles Roussette de Savoie comes from an indigenous grape varietal called Altesse. It offers up notes of fresh wheat thins, honeyed citrus and spring flowers that are followed by a well-textured, lush, succulent, dry white that is bigger and richer than the Apremont. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.   

Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2010 Pierre Boniface Apremont....$14.99
A Bartlett pear skin edge, fresh lemon, and savory salinity render the Les Rocailles 2010 Apremont invigorating, lip smacking, and refreshing, its chalk-like undertone rather typical for this estate and appellation, as are clover-like floral top notes. This should remain enjoyable (as it is versatile) over the coming year.  
Boniface is one of the largest and most significant producers of Apremont from the high altitude vineyards in the French Alps. Boniface also makes a Mondeuse and a Pinot Noir, neither of which is terribly exciting.
Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2011 Meiomi scores 92/100 WS



2011 Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir....$18.99
"Dark and rich, showing toasty mocha oak flavors, with a beam of wild berry, raspberry, cola, vanilla and spice. Long on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 92,000 cases made. —J.L."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
"Outstanding Wines from Santa Barbara" -- The Wine Spectator