Saturday, November 16, 2013

Highly rated limited wines....

Rock Hill has about 5 cases of these in stock now ---

2008 Amavi Syrah...$25.99 
Firm in texture, but brimming with dark currant and boysenberry flavors under a layer of licorice and pepper, pushing through the fine tannins to glow brightly on the rich finish. Best from 2012 through 2016. 1,314 cases made. –HS

Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Bastide Blanche Bandol...$25.99 
Firm in texture, but brimming with dark currant and boysenberry flavors under a layer of licorice and pepper, pushing through the fine tannins to glow brightly on the rich finish. Best from 2012 through 2016. 1,314 cases made. –HS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2008 Ojai Syrah Presidio....$37.99
The most masculine and gamey of the lineup, the 2008 Syrah Presidio Vineyard is gorgeous. Meaty and peppery, with green herbs, bacon fat, smoke, mineral and loads of dark fruit, this medium to full-bodied Syrah has superb purity and definition on the palate. Still backwards and tight, it needs another 2-3 years of bottle age and will thrill through 2024. Drink 2016-2024. 
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Cargasacchi Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard...$43.99 
The 2010 Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard is absolutely striking in this vintage. An exotic melange of dark red fruit, pomegranate and wild and savory herbs all burst from the glass. The wilder, gamier notes that are typical of this site emerge over time, but they only add complexity. This rich, full-bodied Pinot is firing on all cylinders. There is no shortage of personality or character here.
Rated 94/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2013 Fuller's Vintage Ale

Keep your vertical going.....
2013 Vintage just arrived
(we still have some 2012 also)

2013 Fuller's Vintage Ale...$7.99
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!

Buck 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Buck 8 Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$23.99
Gold Medal
"Bright amber color. Aromas of buttery praline, honey, corn meal, and golden raisin compote follow through on a supple, gentle entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with very good balance and depth. Finishes with a nice, spicy butter roasted pecan and mineral accented fade. Very balanced, evenly flavored and approachable."
Rated 91/100 (Exceptional) Beverage Tasting Institute

Single Barrel Whiskey - only 24 bottles produced

Stop by Forsyth, we have a bottle open to taste..
We bought our own barrel - 5 gallon barrel that only yielded 24 bottles.

Barrel #348
Palm Ridge Reserve Micro Batch Florida Whiskey...$54.99
Florida Farm Distillers is a micro-distillery located on a small cattle farm near Umatilla, Florida. Owners Marti and Dick Waters believe that their personal and detailed attention makes Palm Ridge Reserve™ stand out from other mass produced liquors. The boutique operation produces a 90 proof, young Florida Bourbon-style whiskey. This limited quantity, select whiskey (only 500 cases per year), is non-chill filtered, mellowed with toasted orange and oak woods, and left to finish in small charred oak barrels.
Truly Distinctive!

Each bottle is hand written on the back...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Bell's Oberon 5 liter mini kegs are here!

Close out - we just got a great close out in stock!

get a 5 liter keg for the price of a 6 pack!

While supply lasts at Forsyth only

Bell's Oberon 5 liter mini kegs...$9.99

Released late in March each year. One of our favorite and most popular beers! When Oberon arrives, you know it is Spring and baseball season. "An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon." -- Brewery

Breckenridge Bitters

Breckenridge Bitters...$31.99
Hand-harvested alpine herbs mingle with ancient bitter roots and spicy dried fruits in a symphony of aromas and flavors that recall the mystery of old world alchemy. This exquisite aperitif bitters strikes a remarkable balance of alluring aromatics and bittersweet flavors that will inspire the adventurous imbiber to the last sip.
ABV: 36%
Carefully-selected spices, herbs, and roots are steeped by hand in small batches.
Wanna know a secret?
Our bitter was created for more than cocktails or as an apertif. Add a few ounces to your next pint of IPA and prepare to need an underwear change!

Fresh Brew Cocky is here!

BOTTLED November13!
A fresh batch arrived, in stock at Forsyth

2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$8.49 / 750ml
"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label

Wine Education : Nebbiolo

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Come taste 2010 Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco
November 16 from 11am-4pm.

(each store will also have other wines out to taste)
A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

On our blog, click on the  label "Education" and you can read all of the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Wine Education: Nebbiolo

Nebbiolo is found predominantly in the northwest Italian region of Piedmont where it forms the base of many of the regions most well known wines including both Barolo, and Barbaresco. Despite the prestige and acclaim of Nebbiolo based wine, it is far from being the most widely grown grape in Piedmont.

Like Pinot Noir Nebbiolo is one of the most fickle grape varieties to grow, in fact compared to the annual growth cycle of other Piedmontese grape varieties, Nebbiolo is one of the first varieties to bud and last variety to ripen with harvest taking place in mid to late October. In some vintages, producers are able to pick and complete fermentation of their Barbera and Dolcetto plantings before Nebbiolo is even harvested. Despite it’s difficult nature a great Nebbiolo it is well worth the effort to seek out as few wines can match this varietal for sheer depth of flavor and elegance. 

Bzart Lambiek

We are one of the first places in the U.S. according to Ratebeer to get this one.

Super limited....
1 bottle per person

Click here to reserve

Bzart Lambiek....$51.99 / 750ml
The Champagne of Gueuzes! Oude Beersel Lambic is bottle conditioned with Champagne yeast at Flanders’ leading Champagne producer. Incredibly elegant. For serious connoisseurs.

"bzart is a unique blend of two arts.  It starts with traditional Lambieck, matured at least 12 months in barrel.  This is then dosed with sugar and yeast, bottled and meticulously cellar conditioned for an additional 12 months.  During this period each bottle is continuously rotated or "riddled" to move the yeast toward the neck of the bottle.  The piece de resistance is the yeast, having done its work creating an intense but delicate effervescence, is disgorged leaving a crystal-clear, superbly dry Lambic of incredible sparkle and finess.  bz-ART indeed!

Prairie Artisan Ales

These are arriving today at 4pm right when our Tasting starts tonight at Forsyth
Prairie Artisans Ales Standard....2.99 / 12oz
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Prairie Standard is our everyday beer. Its a light, crisp saison with a hoppy finish. This beer is dry hopped 1lb per bbl with Motueka hops. A lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma.

Prairie Artisan Ale Prairie Ale....$8.99 / pint
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.ABV8.2%

These are just released and only have 1 and 4 reviews on RateBeer....

Prairie Artisan Ales The Beer that Saved Christmas.....$11.99 / pint
Old Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
"The Beer that Saved Christmas is an old ale aged in oak barrels with a mixture of wild bacteria and notes of chocolate, cherry, vanilla and caramel." - Prairie Artisan Ales

Prairie Artisan Ales Eliza5beth...$8.99 / pint
"Eliza5beth is a golden farmhouse ale that is aged on a small amount of apricots with brett cultures." - Prairie Artisan Ales

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holy Moly Aged in Whiskey Barrels

Cathedral Square Holy Moly Aged in Whiskey Barrels...$8.99
"Brewed in the Russian Imperial Stout style, this offering boasts plenty of malt character and an aggressive amount of hops.  A rich, flavorful ale with a finish you wont believe." 
- Cathedral Square

Double Espresso Vodka - Closeout $9.99

An amazing closeout we just got in stock!
The distributor want to move it fast and we bought it all...

In stock and online.  Yes, that is the price-bargain!
Van Gogh Vodka Double Espresso...$9.99 / 750ml
Compare to $24.99 Binny's in Chicago
Introduced in 2005, the artfully crafted Van Gogh Double Espresso® Vodka is a rich toasted shade of brown featuring a bold espresso flavor that has been intensified with a caffeinated punch to provide spirit and coffee lovers with a singular espresso experience.

Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka is hand-crafted in small batches through a unique double infusion method, using only natural ingredients and premium grain alcohol, insuring that Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka actually tastes and smells exactly as the name suggests: like a bold, rich cup of espresso.

Notes From Tim Vos, Master Distiller
“This is espresso with a bite, although the taste is very smooth due to the burned sugar used in creating the flavor. The Columbian coffee beans are significant and noticeable in the Double Espresso, which has a great roasted aroma with a touch of sweetness from the caramel. Less noticeable than in the Espresso, there is a hint of bitterness in the taste. The caffeine is not noticeable in the flavor, but you can feel it a bit in the aftertaste.”

Vanberg & DeWulf's Coast to Coast Beer Tasting

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forysth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
TONIGHT - November 14th from 4:30-6:00pm

Special Vanberg & Dewulf 
Beer Tasting

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the best specialty beer-centric bars, restaurants, and stores across the country will be raising a glass to celebrate Vanberg & DeWulf’s birthday and the great state of craft and specialty beer culture in the US of A. On this day the most progressive, idiosyncratic, and wonderful retailers and publicans across the USA join hands, and we salute them (i.e. you!). Italy, France, Iceland, the UK and Belgium – along with some 500 hosts joined us last year.
The Coast to Coast Toast™ is the single largest one-day celebration of Belgian beer culture in the United States in this millennium. 

We will taste....
Vicaris Tripel Gueuze...$14.99
One of the most delicious and innovative uses of Lambic in Belgium today. A richly sweet, almost honeyed Tripel made dry and crisp with a complex tannic character by perfectly balanced blending with Gueuze. It’s been a huge hit at the Zythos Festival in Belgium.
Lambickx Kriek Lambic....$19.99
Lambic with Cherries added
The first Kriek Lambic in our LAMBICKX line! Wonderful aroma of almonds, macaroon and cherry stones. Dry, elegant fruit palate. Lightly sparkling to still.
Lambickx de Troch Lambic....$19.99
Brewed: 2011
Bottled: 2013
Bottles produced: 2,479
Barrels: Oak and Chestnut
Tart, notes of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and wood. Lively palate, cleansing and refreshing.
Lambickx Private Domaine Lambic....$19.99
Bottles produced: 4,159
Barrels: Oak and Chestnut
Rich aroma of nut meats, leather and horse blanket. Exceptionally rounded palate , sherry like.
Lambickx™ is Vanberg &; Famille’s brand of hand-selected and blended lambics. Every Lambic with the Lambickx™ name is made from casks personally tasted and chosen by Don Feinberg, one of the first importers of Belgian beer to America and founder of the first Belgian-only brewery in the U.S. Don chooses his Lambics for their complexity, brilliance and drinking excellence both by themselves and as exquisite accompaniments to food.
Dubuisson Cuvee de Trolls...$10.99
Cuvée des Trolls was introduced in Belgium in 2000 and to the U.S. in 2010. Trolls is Dubuisson’s fastest growing beer. Troll weighs in at only 7% alcohol by volume. Made with
all blond malts and a hint of orange peel, Trolls is hazy blond. It has a lovely, fresh doughy aroma with a light but distinctly malty body, and bright orange notes. It finishes clean with a nice hop bite typical of this brewery’s distinctive beers. A quaffable delight! It has been very popular and, dare we say, helpful with customers seeking a true Belgian beer experience but prefer a less alcoholic and aggressively aromatic profile.

Stone Enjoy By 12.13.13


Stone Enjoy By 12.13.13 IPA...$6.49
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 9.4%
Shipped On: 11.08.13
Enjoy By Date: 12.13.13

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. While freshness is a key component of many beers - especially big, citrusy, floral IPAs - we've taken it further, a lot further, in this IPA. You see, we specifically brewed it NOT to last. We've not only gone to extensive lengths to ensure that you're getting this beer in your hands within an extraordinarily short window, we made sure that the Enjoy By date isn't randomly etched in tiny text somewhere on the label, to be overlooked by all but the most attentive of retailers and consumers. Instead, we've sent a clear message with the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right now to enjoy this IPA.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Holiday Ales - Elf and Lump of Coal

Bad Elf Winter Ale...$4.99 / pint
England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale. A generous amount of famous English malt is masterfully balanced with an astounding 45 ounces of fresh hops – including English Cascade – per barrel. Bad Elf is brewed by Peter Scholey, master brewer for the late and much-lamented Brakspear Brewery of Henley-on-Thames, England. Peter has bought up the entire crop from the single row of Cascades grown in the U.K. ELF WARNING: Consumption of too much Winter's Ale may be bad for your elf and may impair your ability to drive a sleigh or operate toy-making machinery." -- importer 

Very Bad Elf Special Ale...$5.99 / pint
It seems like every year these Elves just get worse and worse . . . This Very Bad Elf is stronger and darker than its predecessor. Anyone out there remember Brakspear’s Vintage Henley? That was one very special brew. This is Vintage Henley cranked up to 7.5%, for the sole purpose of making your holiday bright.
Based on an original recipe from 1795, Very Bad Elf has nutty and sweet-roasted flavors attributable to its use of an ancient pale malt, uniquely recreated for this delightful ale. A rare variety of Fuggles hops dating to the mid-1800’s gives the beer a soft, rounded bitterness and uncanny drinkability.
The illustration for the Very Bad Elf label was painted by Massachusetts artist Gary Lippincott." -- importer

Seriously Bad Elf English Double Ale...$5.99 / pint
Seriously Bad Elf is Peters's very English interpretation of a Belgian Tripel, brewed to warming 9% alcohol, especially for his rapidly-growing American following.
Seriously, you don't want to miss this beer.
BREAKING NEWSSeriously Bad Elf has been banned in Connecticut! That little red speck you see in the background of the label? Why, that's none other than Kris Kringle, Santa Claus, who, according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, cannot appear on a beer label. Sleep well, Connecticutians! Your government is working overtime to protect you. (By the way, you can buy Seriously Bad Elf in Massachusetts. And New York. And Rhode Island. But please do not carry the offending bottles across state lines.)" -- importer

Criminally Bad Elf Barleywine Style Ale...$6.29 / pint
It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity, of course - wrong place at the wrong time...but Claus was soon back on the the street with the polite apologies of the authorities - no questions asked. All's well that ends well, surely, but still, the reporters wanted to takes its toll, doesn't it? "Indeed," sighed Claus, "my elf is going crazy, and I fear that I shall soon go crazy as well." And with that he hoisted a great flagon of his favorite Barleywine-style ale, silently contemplating the future and straining to remember why he got into this particular line of work in the first place.

Insanely Bad Elf Imperial Red Ale...$3.49 / 11.2oz
My goodness", muttered Claus, recalling his visit to the Institute, "the restrictive outerwear, the padded room-even padded Christmas tree ornaments. Horrifying! Yet the little chap seems happier than he’s ever been" Claus took a thoughtful sip of a most warming red ale. "Perhaps sanity is over-rated...Ho,Ho,Ho!"

Lump of Coal Dark Stout...$5.99 / pint
Looking forward to a depressing holiday? Here is liquid consolation. This 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is the best you could hope for in these dark times. Actually, come to think of it, considering how bad you’ve been, this little coal-black gem is more than you deserve for Christmas this year.
The handiwork of vastly talented (but altogether too cheery) master brewer Peter Scholey, Lump of Coal is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beer lover or manic depressive in your family." -- brewery

New from Italy

Toccalmatto Skizoid...$12.99 / 750ml
Amber beer characterized by its crazy drinkability and "excessive" use of American Hops.  Balance is added by the use of specialty malts with intense aroma and tases of resin and citrus, leaving great aromatic persistance."
American IPA from the madding winter drinkability. Citrus and resinous.Ingredients Malt and Cereals: Malt Barley hopping: Columbus, Chinook, Centennial

Toccalmatto Re Hop....$12.99 / 750ml
"A dry and crisp, intensely hoppy blonde beer.  Perfect alone or paired with pizza, pies and soft starters."

Shelton Brothers Beer

Welcome back to The Wine and Cheese Place

Nice display at Forsyth of.....

(this is how it looked last night, I am sure it is much lower now)

order Shelton beers online now

De Cam Oude Lambiek

In stock now and online

We have a good supply, 60 bottles.
De Cam Oude Lambiek...$31.99 / 750ml
Bottled 2/2012

3 years old

"Aged in vats of more than 100 years old, De Cam's Oude Lambiek is a blend of unpasteurized 3 year old lambics specially selected by brewer/blender Karel Goddeau for their character and roundness. Still without a head, OUDE LAMBIEK should be chilled and enjoyed like a fine white wine but prized for the wondrful, rare, spontaneously fermented Belgian Ale that it is. Proost!" -- label

Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Anchorage Brewing is back!

Back at The Wine and Cheese Place - Anchorage Brewing

In stock now and online

Anchorage Brewing Bitter Monk DIPA....$12.99 / 750ml
9% ABV
100 IBUS
Deep within the tortured aberrations of a monk's mind there lay a concept of a Holy Grail of beer — a beer oft imagined but never tasted, strived for but never achieved. It's Belgian heritage manifested in its yeasty complexity, softened and rounded in its cooperage Français and made to sparkle like the stars first seen by his distant predecessor Dom Pérignon.

Bitter Monk Belgian Double IPA is such a beer. Redolent of citrusy hop bittering and massive malt infusion, this is a beer to ponder, to sip, and, even for a monk, to dream. Why then is the monk so bitter? What provokes that sly smile? What is he wearing under that flowing robe? A triple-fermented beer gives him three times the mystery. Remember, anything worth doing is worth over doing. Nothing exceeds like excess. Even for the cloistered.  And what rough monk, his hour come round at last, slinks slowly toward Brussels to be reborn.

Anchorage Brewing Galaxy IPA....$12.99 /  750ml
Exploration and innovation have always been hallmarks of mankind. The same spirit that sent pathfinders, like Captain Cook, sailing from Britain to the shores of Australia and the rocky coastlines of Alaska animates today's trailblazers. Wherever you find a frontier, be it the Final Frontier of our Milky Way, the Last Frontier of the Great Land, or the frontiers of scientific knowledge, there you will also find dedicated men and women, taking risks to break trail for the rest of us.
One of the new trails being blazed on the frontier of beer is the style known as White India Pale Ales. Galaxy White IPA represents a significant new landmark on that trail. With its use of fresh kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns, Galaxy pays homage to the early explorers, who sailed unknown seas in search of rare spices and exotic fruits. Captain Cook travelled from Australia to Alaska, and so have the Galaxy hops used to create this adventurous brew. Just as a true explorer never stands still, the presence of brettanomyces guarantees that Galaxy White IPA will keep evolving in the bottle for years to come.
So take a step from the known into the unknown. Cross the frontier from the commonplace into the extraordinary. Be the first to gaze upon an undiscovered country and return to tell the tale to those timid souls you left behind. After all, there's an entire Galaxy waiting to be explored…

Grassroots Brewing


Grassroots Brewing Collab with Anchorage Brewing
Arctic Saison...$12.99 / 750ml
Ale Fermented in Oak Tanks with Brettanomyces
"This ale embodies the spirit of perpetual creative collaboration in conjunction with disciplined brewing endeavor.  We trekked to Alaska and helped craft this rustic Saison, bringing with us the essence and imagination of our Vermont Farmstead family.  Share. Consider. Enjoy...
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Fantome and Hill Farmstead Collaboration

Fantôme / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer...$18.99 / 750ml
"The legendary and enigmatic Brasserie Fantome teams up with the innovative Hill Farmstead Brewery to bring you a new saison inspired by the mystery of collaboration and the beauty of friendship. Share. Consider. Enjoy..." - Label

Crooked Stave is now at The Wine and Cheese Place

Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal...$8.99 / 375ml
"Artisan Ale aged in oak barrels.  Vieille meaning "Old" is an artisan barrel-aged Saison, lightly dry hopped" -- label
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Crooked Stave HopSavant ...$8.99 / 375ml 
"100% Brettanomyces Pale Ale. Dry Hopped Artisian Ale Fermented in Oak Foeders.
36% Citra, 36% Mosaic, 28% Simcoe. All versions of Hop Savant fall under this listing. Small hop changes in the boil are considered a tweak and any further dry hopping differences don’t constitute a new listing. This is confirmed via the brewer." -- Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Schlafly Tulip Glass in stock!

Back in stock at Forsyth!

Schlafly Tulip Glass....$4.99 / stem
with the "big bottle" logo

Monday, November 11, 2013

Elio Altare is back in St. Louis

"Every time I visit Elio Altare and his daughter Silvia I think the same thing: I need to drink more Altare! Simply, put this is a majestic set of new releases"- Antonio Galloni Vinious Media

Well St. Louis, this is your chance to join Mr. Galloni in drinking more Altare. We have secured a limited supply of Elio Altare’s “majestic new releases” don’t wait these will not last long.  We are proud to bring these in to St. Louis.    Amazing producer, amazing wines and great scores.

Not online yet, but you can call 314.727.8788 to reserve or

2010 Elio Altare “ La Villa”...$75.99

Not surprisingly, the 2010 La Villa, a blend of 60% Barbera and 40% Nebbiolo, is gorgeous. Nebbiolo gives the aromatics and structure, while Barbera provides the mid-palate juiciness. Some years the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but in 2010 that isn't quite the case. Of course, the 2010 has just been bottled, so that might still happen. Today, the 2010 is a striking, beautiful wine, but in this tasting it suffers being placed after the Larigi and Arborina. Still, most producers would kill to have a wine like this in their cellars.
Rated 95+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media

2010 Elio Altare Langhe Larigi...$79.99 
Altare's 2010 Langhe Larigi (Barbera) stands out for its exceptional textural finesse and elegance. Small red berries, flowers and mint are all woven together beautifully in the glass. The 2010 was aged in 100% new barrels, but there is absolutely not a hint of oak, and the fruit is incredibly pure and vivid. The 2010 isn't one of the biggest Larigis to emerge from this cellar, but it is certainly one of the most polished. Altare elevates Barbera to an entirely new level with a fabulous Larigi that bears more than a passing resemblance to the Burgundies that are so adored at this small, family-run domaine.
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media

2010 Elio Altare Langhe Arborina...$89.99
The 2010 Langhe Arborina (Nebbiolo) is another extraordinary effort. Sweet red berries, crushed flowers, mint and licorice literally jump from the glass. Here, too, the wine's balance is exceptional. Expressive floral notes add lift to a finish framed by the most finessed, silky tannins imaginable. The pedigree of the vintage comes through in spades. All I can say is: Wow!
Rated 98/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media

2008 Elio Altare Barolo...$66.99
The 2008 Barolo is a striking wine. This is all finesse and grace. Dark red cherries, flowers, spices, mint and minerals are some of the nuances that flow from this beautifully delineated, gorgeous Barolo. Floral notes reappear to frame the sublime finish. Altare's straight Barolo doesn't get as much recognition as some of his other wines, but it is once again fabulous in 2008.
Rated 93/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2009 Elio Altare Barolo...$66.99 
The 2009 Barolo has serious depth and power. The aromatics and fruit have the radiance and openness of the warm year, but then the young Nebbiolo tannins kick in. As appealing as the 2009 is, readers are best served cellaring the wine for at least a few years. A sensual, floral-infused finish rounds things out nicely. The Barolo is made principally from vineyards in Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga.
Rated 92/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media

2009 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina....$91.99
The 2009 Barolo Arborina demonstrates a pretty floral quality with pressed rose and spots of lavender oil. Expressive and beautifully intense, the wine is crafted to show the delicate and more feminine side to the Altare portfolio. Silky and fine, the mouthfeel is streamlined and crisp. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Elio Altare Barolo Brunate...$129.99 
The 2009 Barolo Brunate is a true standout. Readers who want to understand why Brunate is one of Barolo's great vineyards need to taste the Arborina and Brunate side by side. Here, the wine's layered, vivid personality stands in stark contrast to the other 2009s. Sweet balsamic notes develop in the glass, but today the 2009 is of course quite primary and in need of serious cellaring. The prominent 2009 tannins are there, but the fruit is so deep and rich as to nearly bury them.
Rated 96/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinious Media

2006 Elio Altare Barolo "Cerretta Vigna Bricco"...$119.99
Fresh and aromatic, this red is packed with sweet cherry, leather, clove and iron flavors. Fused to a bed of stiff, mouthcoating tannins, with a long aftertaste of sweet spice and mineral. Still a baby, but well-balanced and beginning to develop. Best from 2015 through 2035.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Elio Altare Dolcetto D’Alba $17.99
2012 Elio Altare Barbera D’Alba $19.99

Colour: dark purple and intense
Taste: warm, full, soft, with acidity, long finish of red fruits
Bouquet: elegant hints of blackberry, sweet spices
Serving suggestion: antipasti, pasta, cheese and salami

Bourbon, Bourbon and more Bourbon...

We just got in a mixed batch of Bourbon 56 cases total....
In stock at all of our locations...
These Bourbons move fast and this is our last shipment for the year we are told....

Order Bourbon online

Old Bardstown Black Label 90

Old Bardstown Black Label 90...$15.99
90 proof
Believe it or not, this bourbon came close in taste, texture and smell to the more expensive, virtually impossible to find Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Old Kentucky Bourbon. Wonderful rich, honeyed, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, wood spice, smoke and vanilla notes are found in this full-bodied, broad, rich, medium amber/tawny-colored bourbon. 94 points
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Old Bardstown Kentucky Straight Bourbon Estate Bottled....$22.99
Color: Auburn
Nose: Intensity – 2.5; Golden copal incense, eucalyptus, with added water this noses like a single malt that’s been finished in sherry casks
Palate: Nutmeg, somewhat salty mouthfeel, herbal, malted barley showing its face, green tobacco
Finish: Length – Medium; Earthy, grass clippings, light leather notes

Johnny Drum Bourbon...$25.99
Color: Mahogany
Nose: Intensity – 2.5; Pine trees, campfire smoke, takes on a wonderful single malt nose when water is added
Palate: Smoke elements quite prevalent, deep forests & woods, candied pecans, musty, oranges
Finish: Length – Medium; Pepper, spice, mint, a blend of forests and cedarwood

Willett Pot Still Reserve
(due to bottle we cannot ship this one)
Willett Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Sour Mash Pot Still Reserve...$35.99
bottled in a distinctive Captain’s like bottle
There is little information available on this Willett bourbon, but it reveals plenty of spicy, smoky wood notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and an attractive delicacy and gracefulness with no hard edges. Although not the greatest bourbon I tasted, it is a very fine, competently made, impressive offering. 92 points
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate