Saturday, August 16, 2014

Great wines at our BALLWIN Location

Some hidden gems at our BALLWIN location.
Limited supply in stock now.

Call 1-636-527-1144 to reserve or email
(you can also have him transfer the wine to another location)

2009 Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon Estate...$75.99
Lancaster Estate's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, dark wine endowed with serious power and richness throughout. Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco and incense all wrap around a serious, intense core of black fruit. A muscular, virile Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 needs another year or two in bottle to fully come together. Hints of graphite, menthol and road tar add further complexity. The 2009 is brooding and even a bit somber, but beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
I continue to be deeply impressed with Lancaster Estate. The winemaking team, headed by Jesse Katz and consulting winemaker David Ramey, is hitting all the right notes.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon...$39.99
2009 Efeste Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa Old Block Columbia Valley
(85% new French oak; malo in barrel; from vines averaging 36 years of age, according to winemaker Brennan Leighton): Dark ruby-red. Rich aromas of cassis, fresh herbs and chocolate. A large-scaled fruit bomb on the palate, with a a complicating saline character to its boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors. Shows a more successful integration of tannins than the Final-Final. Finishes chocolatey but not particularly sweet.
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2010 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon....$49.99
At the top of heap, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa - Old Block is all Cabernet and spent 20 months in 80% new French oak. Incredibly rich, layered and pure, it boasts first-rate aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, toasted bread, coffee bean and mint as well as a full-bodied, elegant and thrillingly textured mouthfeel. The quality of tannin here is superb and while already approachable, this beauty will continue to shine for another 10-12 years. Drink now-2025.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Casa Jus Ribera Del Duero Antiguos Vinedos...$53.99
The 2009 Antiguos Vinedos comes from four small plots cropped at 3,500 kilogram per hectare, a selection of old vines then raised in new and used oak for 14 months. It has a startlingly fresh bouquet with wild strawberry, raspberry leaf and crushed stone, straight out of the mid-slope of Burgundy (in a warm vintage!) The palate is medium-bodied and very tightly wound – you can feel the tension in this wine. The finish is actually curt and abrupt, but you can sense it unfurling with time and there is a lovely spicy touch on the aftertaste that keeps you coming back. Sublime. Drink now-2020.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Champ De Reves Pinot Noir...$35.99
A deeply scented, perfumed wine, the 2011 Pinot Noir impresses for its nuanced personality and sheer detail. Dark cherry notes lead to plums, cloves, menthol and crushed rocks. The 2011 is all about delineation, nuance and freshness, all qualities that are very much present in the glass. This is a terrific first effort from Champs de Reves. These vines were only planted in 2006. It will be fascinating to see what develops here in the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2010 Buty Beast Wildebeest...$23.99
On the reds, the 2010 Wildebeest is a solid value and a blend of 77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. Aged mostly in older barrels, it has a decidedly up-front, perfumed and supple profile that’s hard to resist. Notions of black cherry, exotic spice, pepper, violets and leather all emerge from the glass and the wine is medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and sweetly fruit on the palate. It won’t make old bones but delivers classy aromatics and a delicious, easy drinking mouthfeel. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2017.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

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