Saturday, June 21, 2014

Antinori Solaia

2009 Antinori Solaia Toscana...$244.99
The 2009 Solaia is one of the clear standouts of the vintage. Freshly cut flowers, raspberries, spices, mint and licorice burst from the glass as this fabulous, viscerally thrilling wine shows off its pure class. Today the oak is a bit prominent, but that won’t be an issue by the time the wine is ready to drink. In one of my blind tastings, the 2009 Solaia was flat-out great. There is no shortage of pedigree here. The 2009 has calmed down a little from its youth, when it was a much more exuberant wine, and has now begun to close down in bottle. Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc from a single parcel within the Antinori family’s Tignanello vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Clos Apalta

2010 Lapostolle Clos Apalta...$83.99
Big and rich, this red is filled with powerful flavors of blackberry, dark currant, black olive and dark chocolate that are built on an ironclad frame. Notes of cocoa powder and cream chime in as well, and the muscular finish lingers with hints of savory herb. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Best from 2014 through 2022. 2,000 cases imported. –KM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Donnhoff

More great news from the 2012 Vintage
We have told you about Burgundy, Oregon and even Chateauneuf du Pape having superb vintages in 2012, well lets add Germany to the list. The 2012 Vintage in Germany has been rated 96 Points by the Wine Spectator, the wines have a great deal of acidity and will last for ages but have the fruit concentration to be enjoyed in their youth. We just received an amazing set of wines from Donnhoff.

2012 Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese...$56.99
Tantalizing aromas of papaya, cherry, sweet herbs and tobacco. A discreet but intense cherry flavor rises on the palate, brightened by understated acidity. Subtly spicy and long on the finish. I may be underrating this.90 points
Rated 90/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese...$39.99

Lush and fruity, with apple compote, pear tart and lemon curd flavors that show fine balance and a lilting structure. Offers jasmine and honeysuckle notes midpalate, with a light, creamy finish. Suave and elegant. Drink now through 2035. 168 cases imported. –KM
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spatlese "Felsenturmchen" 750ml...$39.99

2012 Donnhoff Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett 750ml...$24.99
Again almost Feinherb styling, and the usual brown-butter chocolatey cardamom thing is clear, and the wine is deft and classy. It’s in the Dellchen family of savory “dark” flavors. The warm löss loam of the Kröthenpfuhl is rich in small quartzite pebbles and these, along with the fact that this is south-facing site, causes the soiil to warm up very quickly. The grapes ripen early and retain a feisty acidity.

2012 Leitz Germans are in stock

More great news from the 2012 Vintage
We have told you about Burgundy, Oregon and even Chateauneuf du Pape having superb vintages in 2012, well lets add Germany to the list. The 2012 Vintage in Germany has been rated 96 Points by the Wine Spectator, the wines have a great deal of acidity and will last for ages but have the fruit concentration to be enjoyed in their youth. 

2012 Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck Riesling "Katerloch"...$39.99
Shows fine extraction and intensity to the pure-tasting grapefruit, white currant and gooseberry flavors. Light and smoky midpalate, with an ironclad structure and a long finish filled with mineral, spice and savory herb details. A powerful and refined dry-style Riesling. Drink now through 2018. 56 cases imported. –KM
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Leitz Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck Spatlese....$41.99
Seductive aromas of mango, banana, sweet herbs and honey. Rich, spicy tropical fruit flavors show a vague hint of botrytis and creamy depth. Certainly a touch on the sweet side, but nicely balanced and intriguingly long, this is one of the best spätleses of the vintage. 94 points
Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Hyde de Villaine "HDV" Chardonnay

2009 Hyde de Villaine "HDV" Chardonnay Carneros Hyde Vineyard...$51.99
Sleek and focused on a trim mix of nectarine, tangerine and white peach. Pure, elegant and vibrant, ending with a burst of citrus. Drink now through 2019. 1,916 cases made. –JL
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Great buy on Zind Humbrecht

In stock at Rock Hill only right now
2012 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris....$19.99
Compare to Wine Spectator price....$27
Fresh-cut apple, quince and pear fruit flavors mix with ground white pepper, ginger, crunchy white peach and stone notes in this dry, focused version. Zesty finish. Drink now through 2018. 550 cases imported. –AN
Rated 89/100 Wine Spectator

Special RateBeer St. Louis Summer Gathering



RateBeer Summer Gathering

in 2014 will be in Saint Louis, MO. 

In honor of RateBeer picking St. Louis as their summer gathering.
We have increased our weekend beer tasting with some rare and hard to get beers
at The Wine and Cheese Place

It was recommended that we stick with opening everything at 1pm since there are other events later that day.   So we are back to the origina plan, everything will be open at 1pm.
Special Saturday Tasting - open house
Saturday June 21 from 1pm-4pm

Boulevard Entwined
Boulevard Grainstorm Black IPA
Prairie Artisan Ales Spaghetti Western

Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee
Rock Bridge Saison

2nd Shift Green Bird Gose  (until 3 bottles are gone) **
Perennial Barrel Aged Sump Colombian (until bottle is gone) **
Perennial Barrel Aged Sump Rwandan Bean Kyoto Method (until bottle is gone) **
Schlafly / TWCP Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad (until 2 bottles are gone) **

** Tasting only, not for sale

Friday, June 20, 2014

4 Hands Resurrection IPA

In stock now and online

4 Hands Brewing Resurrection IPA....$6.99 / 22oz
"Rise up and tantalize your taste buds with this Mosaic hopped IPA!  Resurrection pours amber in color with a firm off white head.   Look for loads of tropical flavors in this medium bodied IPA.  Aromas of passion fruit, pineapple, and candied fruit dominate." - label

Blantons Single Barrel - our own Barrel

This is our third barrel of Blantons!
Limited edition Single Barrel!

Supply has been short on Blanton's Bourbon, we are lucky to get our own barrel!

TWCP Blanton's Single Barrel Volume III...$47.99 / 750ml
Bottled 5/19/14
Barrel #25
Warehouse H
Rick No. 26
Bottled at 93 proof

"The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon."

Grapefruit Radlers

Schofferhofer is now in CANS also

Schofferhofer Grapefruit Wheat Beer...$8.49 / 4pk 16oz CANS

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler...$8.99/ 4pk 16oz CANS

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler....$10.99 / 6pk bottles
Stiegl Goldbrau is blended with soda made with real grapefruit juice giving it a distinct tart aroma and natural cloudiness. Low in calories and with a low alcohol content makes it an ideal thirst quencher.

Founders Rübæus


Rubaeus Bottle
Founders Rubaeus...$10.99 / 4pk
Not another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.

Claude Dugat Gevrey at a great price...

The rare and amazing Burgundy of Claude Dugat from Bobby Kacher
In stock now at a great price 

2011 Claude Dugat Gevrey Chambertin AC....$79.99
Next closest price online is $93.21
Tangy, pure aromas of redcurrant, red cherry and minerals. Dark fruit flavors are complicated by notes of herbs, licorice and spices. In a moderately ripe style and a bit lean for this cuvee in the early going. Just a tad dried by reduction on the back end.
Rated 87-89/ Stephen Tanzer

Dancing Hares Mad Hatter

2010 Dancing Hares Mad Hatter...$59.99
BLEND: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
AGING: Aged for 21 months in 65% new French Oak barrels

Mother Nature provided a small but concentrated crop in 2010, thanks to challenging spring conditions, and a few waves of intense heat during the growing season. The results are the darkest, most concentrated wines produced yet from Dancing Hares, including the Mad Hatter. The wine’s first noticeable attribute is its dark, nearly opaque, black color. The first aromas are of India ink, gunpowder, and frankincense, then rolling into more fruit-driven aromas as the wine reveals itself, showing intense structure and weight on the palate. Our hard work during the growing season and vintage paid off, as our wines really do represent our best efforts. There is no doubt that the 2010 Mad Hatter will age for many years, and even in its youth the wine is immensely pleasurable.

The best Bourgogne Blanc in the world?

Back in stock!

Until 1975, this wine was Meursault Perrieres!!
(now it is just "next to" Meursault Perrieres)
No matter what you call it, the wine is delicious, only 24 more bottles available

2010 Dupont-Fahn Bourgogne Blanc...$35.99

"Chaumes des Perrieres"
"Bourgogne Chaume des Perrieres comes from a parcel of vines in the Dos d’Ane vineyard, between the hamlet of Blagny and Meursault Perrieres. It was classified as Meursault when Dupont’s grandfather purchased it in 1975, but after he received permission from the authorities to ameliorate its stony soil with a layer of top soil, a dispute arose with neighbors and his property declassified. But the kinship with neighboring stony vineyards – the roots, as Dupont points out, having long since deeply penetrated the mother chalk." 
 - The Wine Advocate
Son of Michel, Raymond has in just a short career as winemaker, produced some stunningly great wines from humble appellations - Auxey and Bourgogne. His most unique cuvee is the Bourgogne Chaumes des Perrieres, from a vineyard adjoining Meursault Premier Cru Les Perrieres, but only classified as appellation Bourgogne. 40 year-old vines, low yields and barrel fermentation, in the hands of Raymond, yield perhaps the greatest "Bourgogne" blanc in the world.

Martell Cordon Bleu

On sale for a limited time.  Subject to stock on hand

Martell Cordon Bleu....
"Here, we have a unique cognac in the XO category. With eaux-de-vie aged for between 10 and 25 years, well beyond the regulatory six, Martell Cordon Bleu is endowed with beautiful complexity and rich aromas, making it a legendary cognac. Its high proportion of Borderies marks this blend, expanding on its caramelised character with the smoothness of sweet spices, gingerbread and roasted cocoa beans."
Benoît Fil, Cellar master

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2012 Great wines of Domaine Weinbach

2012 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Grand Cru...$37.99
Origins: the high part of the "grand cru" Schlossberg's hill. In a tense and very pure style, the Riesling Schlossberg tastes perfect with fish on the grill, oysters and other kinds of seafood, as well as with the traditional alsacian choucroute.

Features seamlessly integrated acidity and a fine mesh to the texture, allowing the smoke- and stone-tinged minerality to shine through. This elegant, mouthwatering Riesling is layered with green melon, apricot, salted almond, apple blossom and lemon wax flavors. Drink now through 2025. 180 cases imported. –AN
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Cuvee Theo...$33.99
The Domaine's Riesling wines have a fine and delicate fruitiness, they are racy, nervy, dry but at the same time they are mature and long on the palate. Riesling is such a prestigious grape variety that it is considered as the king of Alsace wines. It holds a special place in our vineyards and in our hearts.
"Lithe and lively, featuring bright tangerine, passion fruit, stone and melon flavors. Delivers a mouthwatering finish, with floral and spice notes. Drink now. 250 cases imported" -- The Wine Spectator

2012 Domaine Weinbach Gewurztraminer Cuvee Theo...$36.99
Overtly aromatic, with Gewürztraminer's textbook rose petal, lychee and ground spice notes. The refined acidity and texture impart a sense of overall finesse, while the palate delivers flavors of poached quince, smoky mineral and crystallized honey. Drink now through 2020. 180 cases imported. –AN
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

96 Point Brunello Riserva

2007 Caparzo Brunell di Montalcino Riserva...$77.99
There's a delicacy to this version, showing a latent structure and a distinctive spiciness surrounding the core flavors of cherry, raspberry, licorice and mineral. Harmonious and persistent, featuring a long finish. A compelling Brunello riserva. Best from 2015 through 2032. 150 cases imported. –BS

Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Chateauneuf du Papes

2012 Chateauneuf du Pape
Another amazing vintage is upon us check out these new releases:

2012 Olivier Hillaire Cuvee Classique...$49.99
Looking at his traditional cuvee, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape (a blend of mostly Grenache) is a thick, massive effort that got a big “wow!” in the notes. Showing spectacular aromas and flavors of raspberry, spice, licorice and Provencal herbs, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, layers of sweet tannin and fantastic mid-palate depth. Fruit loaded and a hedonistic dream, it should dish out tons of pleasure over the coming decade. Drink 2014-2023.
Rated 93-95/100  The Wine Advocate

2012 Olivier Hillaire Les Petits Pieds d'Armand...$99.99
Even better, and possibly the wine of the vintage, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Petits d’Armand is about as fabulous an expression of old vine Grenache as you’re likely to find. Massive and decadent, yet lively and fresh, it offers up a sweet bouquet of berry fruits, licorice, incense, flowers, garrigue to go with full-bodied richness and depth, thrilling purity, good freshness and blockbuster length. Gorgeous all around, it should drink well on release, yet last for 15+ years. Don’t miss it! Drink 2014-2027.
Rated 95-98/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Pierre Usseglio Cuvee Mon Aieul...$109.99
Easily one of the top wines in the vintage, the superstar 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee De Mon Aieul is 100% Grenache that was aged 90% in concrete tank and 10% in demi-muid. Gorgeous all around, with incredible polish and purity, it offers up copious kirsch, licorice, toasted spice and crushed flowers with a seamless, full-bodied profile. Elegant, remarkably fresh and with fine tannin, it’s hard to resist even now. Nevertheless, it should benefit from a year or three in the cellar and have 15 years of longevity. Drink 2016-2027.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate

Orin Swift Palermo is here!

2012 Orin Swift Palermo...$38.99
A voluminous complexion of deep garnet and cardinal can be seen in the glass profile. Profoundly aromatic, the nose is treated to a decadent perfume of currant, roasted espresso, spring flowers, and toasty oak. Supple and rich in the mouth, intense flavors of wild berry fruit, plum, roasted fig, and cacao are in perfect alignment. The length is fleshy and bright with a polished tannin sequence that will last for years.
BLEND : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc
MATURATION : Aged for 10 months in French Oak, 35% new
Alc/Vol : 15.5%

Big Muddy Pale Ale


Big Muddy Pale Ale...$4.29 / 22oz
Generous additions of American Cascade hops give a hoppy spicy flavor. We balanced this just a hint of caramel malt sweetness. A delicious American Pale Ale full of fragrant and flavorful hops.

6% Alcohol by Volume

New Alpha Beer with coffee added

Alpha Brewing in stock now - order online

Alpha Kofe Karmel...$3.99 / 22oz
Kofe Karmel - This summertime coffee beer is light in color and body but has a bold coffee flavor. Brewed with coffee from Stringbean Coffee.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Summit new IPA and Summer Ale

Now in CANS!

Summit Summer Ale...$7.99 / 6pk CANS 
This highly drinkable session beer is made for sunny days and long nights. With a crisp, clean bitterness appealing to casual and serious beer drinkers alike. The refreshing fruity and floral hop aroma is a pleasant reminder to savor the season while you can.

Summit Saga IPA 
...$7.99 / 6pk CANS 
Named after the Norse goddess Sága, drinking companion of the God Odin. With a divine tropical fruit hop aroma and clean, assertive bitterness. Hops Utilized: Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, Rakau (dry-hopped: Amarillo, Citra, Rakau)
Yeast: American Ale