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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Viettie Barolo Riserva 2007



Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $344.99
Only 3 bottles left
2007 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva...our price....$309.99
As of today, it is likely Vietti will bottle their 2007 Barolo Villero as a Riserva, which is hardly surprising given the quality of what is in the glass. This is perhaps Vietti’s most layered and intensely mineral-driven Barolo in 2007, with an expansive texture that blossoms on the palate with tons of aromatic complexity and virtually endless fruit. It, too, is shaping up to be a beauty
Rated 94-97/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 James Suckling (former Wine Spectator)

Nino Negri “Quadrio”




2010 Nino Negri “Quadrio” Valtellina....$19.99

Want a great 2010 Nebbiolo without the Piedmont price tag? Look no further, the 2010 Nino Negri Rosso is from Valtellina an alpine valley in the far north of Lombardy, has been producing wine for over 2000 years. The classic Rosso di Valtellina wine is bright crimson in color, with an aromatic bouquet of dried cherries, tar and rose water. As might be expected for a mountain-grown wine made from Nebbiolo, the body is relatively light, and laced with grippy tannins.
Rich, with a base note of tarry smoke, remaining elegant and medium-bodied overall, showing mouthwatering acidity and fine integration. Dried mint and thyme aromatics lace the dried strawberry and cherry fruit, offset with star anise and beef bouillon details
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Bargain Chianti and PInot Grigio




2013 Folonari Pinot Grigio..$6.49
There’s no need to stress over enjoying wine. Great wine pairs just as easily with fancy dinners out as it does with takeout at home. Folonari Pinot Grigio is a perfect complement to casual, comfortable nights in, or, out!
This wine is vinified entirely in stainless steel tanks and released when young to accentuate the vibrant, fresh characters of its crisp fruit. The wine shows floral and clover aromas, with notes of grass and hay. On the palate, the wine is juicy, with bright acidity and spicy notes of white pepper. This is a clean, “easy-quaffing” Pinot Grigio.
Pale yellow color. Fragrant and fresh bouquet. Dry and crisp with an elegant background of green apples and a clean finish.
Pair with: Shellfish, salads and antipasto.

2012 Folonari Chianti...$6.49
This 100% Sangiovese is a wine vinified in stainless steel to emphasize fresh, crisp flavors of these grapes. A Tuscan treasure and 100% Italian, this DOCG wine is made using grapes sourced from Italy’s most well-known wine producing area, the Chianti region. With juicy flavors and fragrant aromas, this wine is fresh, fruity, full and harmonious, with blackberry and raspberry notes and toasted almond notes on the finish.
Pair with: Veal, pork, pizza, pasta with meat sauce, chicken

Bonny Doon Claret

Great wines, great winemaker!


2012 Bonny Doon Proper Claret...$14.99
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 
8% Tannat, 7% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah
We are not quite sure how but Bonny Doon Vineyard seems to have just released (or maybe unleashed?) a new wine called “A Proper Claret.” (You might well already suspect this, but things are pretty mad-cap around here these days).

The circumstances of its “release” are a bit mysterious. Randall has made himself scarce of late and there's been a somewhat suspicious character, calling himself Reginald ffrench-Postalthwaite, or some such fantastic name, who has been camping out in Randall's office.

Reginald, (if that's really his name) seems to be the prime instigator of this new project, “A Proper Claret,” (soi-disant). We are not quite sure how Bonny Doon Vineyard has come to be roped into this since Bonny Doon Vineyard is, or at least has been a strictly cabernet-free zone, at least for the last twenty-eight years. Randall has nothing but opprobrium, bordering on vaguely amused disdain for this very popular grape variety.

Tasting Notes
So, with these caveats, the sentiment at Bonny Doon Vineyard is that if we ever were to drink a cabernet-based blend, this would be one that would serve quite well. It is lean, neither overly alcoholic (weighing in at 13%), nor overly extracted; it is precisely as one would imagine A Proper Claret to be. The wine contains a substantial dollop of petit verdot (22%), which adds a silky note of violets and textural elegance, in precision counterpoint to the lead-in-the-pencil firmness offered by the inclusion of the manly tannat (8%). There is a lovely suggestion of cedar and mint, in the nose. The wine has medium tannins, nice acidity, and finishes cleanly.

Dierberg Estate Grown Pinot Noir





2011 Dierberg Pinot Noir Estate Grown Santa Maria Valley...$38.99
These wines are regionally unique because they represent a blend of nine different Pinot Noir clones, including heritage varieties that can be traced back to Burgundy area of France. The result is a silky wine, but one that is lushly complex, featuring acidity, earthiness, spice, and intriguing aromatics. In any given vintage, you may find scents of cinnamon, cedar, and cumin meeting flavors of mushroom, leather, black tea, and dark black cherry, all swirling together in perfect harmony, much like the rainbow of clones in the vineyard.

Limited - 2012 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


Start stocking up on the amazing 2012 Cabernets!


2012 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley...$87.99
The 2012 ranks among our best bottlings of Napa Cabernet. Enticing, deep-fruited aromas of black currant, berry and chocolate are stippled with cedar, clove and cinnamon oak spices. The palate centers on opulent core fruit that swirls around a defined structure of supple tannins. With complex undertones of truffle, black pepper and briar, this interplay finally winds down to a long chocolaty finish. 1,800 cases produced

Limited Chasseur Pinot Noir


2011 Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River...$38.99
This Pinot Noir is textbook “Russian River” in character, with red raspberry, boysenberry, black cherry, rose petal, black tea, wood smoke, bouillon and forest earth scents all clearly present. On the pallet, the wine shows a similar profile, which combine with a lovely textural suppleness and those drier savory undercurrents to buoy the fruit into greater prominence at the finish. The zesty finish is lingering and precise, highlighted by cherry-raspberry, rose, grain and mineral flavors. This already flavor-packed wine, a study in vitality and grace, will grow ever more elegant over the next three years.

94 Point limited Pinot Noir




2011 Talley Rincon Pinot Noir...$53.99
Showing the darker, more masculine side to the variety, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard dishes out deep, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of black raspberry, licorice, vanilla and tinges of leather. Pure, rich and textured, with ripe tannin and a fantastic sense of tension and verve, it will have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2026.
Rated 94/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Limited : St. George Single Malt Whiskey Lot 14

St. George Single Malt Whiskey Lot 14...$77.99
St. George Single Malt Whiskey is an American original: distilled, aged, blended, and bottled by us out of love for what a handcrafted single malt can be.

If you've tried any other St. George distillate, you owe it to yourself to taste the spirit that compelled master distiller Lance Winters to start distilling in the first place. (If you can get your hands on a bottle, that is.)

1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die says our whiskey "might just be the best U.S. single malt available today"—and by George, we agree.

Format: 750ml
ABV: 43%
Availability: Lot 14 rolling out nationally as of September 2014. Very limited release!

Stonestreet Chardonnay Bear Point

Just in - only 8 cases available at this price!


Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $36.91

2010 Stonestreet Chardonnay Bear Point....$24.99
The 2010 Chardonnay Bear Point comes across as implosive and tightly wound. The Bear Point is made from the same Chardonnay clone as the Gravel Bench, but here the terrain yields a decidedly austere, taut style of Chardonnay. If the Bear Point opens up it will merit a higher score. Still, it is impossible not to admire the wine’s energy and big, broad-shouldered frame. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
Rated 91+/100 The Wine Advocate

90 point Bordeaux




2010 Chateau des Laurets St. Emilion...$25.99
Bold, ripe and almost flashy, showing good drive and vivacity, with fresh acidity pumping the boysenberry, steeped plum and raspberry fruit along while a roasted apple wood note fills in the finish. Drink now through 2018. 18,300 cases made. –JM
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Journeyman O.C.G. Old Country Goodness Apple Cider Liqueur

This is like apple pie in a bottle!!

In stock now!
Journeyman O.C.G. Old Country Goodness Apple Cider Liqueur...$21.99 / liter
Back Label: The taste is in the secret. Let your imagination run wild with this apple cider liqueur to excite your taste buds from a recipe passed down generations ago.


2009 Larose Trintaudon


The 2009 from one of our favorite Bordeaux wines is getting some great press. This is a steal for Bordeaux.....
2009 Chateau Larose Trintaudon Haut Medoc...$21.99
"Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois 2009 tasting in London. The Larose-Trintaudon 2009 has a very refined, « classic » bouquet with sous-bois, tobacco and broody dark fruits. The delineation is terrific. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, great tension with crisp black, mineral-laden fruits on the finish. Bon vin ! Tasted September 2011.
Rated 91/100 Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
  • DECANTER 2010 : FOUR STARS "Highly recommended"
  • DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS 2013 : commended
  • 91/100 DE NEIL MARTIN (Wine Advocate)
  • JANCIS ROBINSON 16/20
  • WINE SPECTATOR 89-92/100

White Bordeaux from the makers of Château Carbonnieux







From one of our favorite white Bordeaux producers Chateau Carbonnieux comes a spectacular value.

Chateau Lafont Menaut Pessac Leognan White Bordeaux....$19.99
Château Lafont Menaut is located at the heart of the Pessac-Léognan appellation, in the town of Martillac, 15 km south of Bordeaux. The vineyard is located near the Crus Classés of Latour-Martillac and Smith-Haut-Lafitte. In the 18th century, les terres de Lafont Menaut, déjà plantées en vignes, the lands of Lafont Menaut, already planted with vines, belonged to Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu a famous writer and winemaker. Since 1990, Philibert Perrin, alongside his work on the family estate of Château Carbonnieux, has undertaken a replanting programme in order to breathe new life into the ancestral vineyard. The terroir consists of two Garonne gravel outcrops, naturally drained by the Menaut stream, where a fountain that was used as a washhouse in Montesquieu's time can still be found.
The vineyard, covering 14 hectaresplanted with red vines and3 hectares planted with white vines, benefits from a good geographical location and exceptional orientation. the red and white wines aged in oak barrels, lending finesse and complexity. The white wines are dry and bold, very fruity. They can be enjoyed young, but barrel-ageing on the lees lends them fleshiness and good cellaring potential.





Friday, October 24, 2014

2010 Goulee from Cos d'Estournel





2010 Goulee Cos d'Estournel Medoc...$41.99
A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, this wine displays an opaque ruby/purple color and notes of damp earth, forest floor, white chocolate, sweet black currants and spice box. The wine is round, full-bodied and luscious, with 14.7% natural alcohol. Although meant for early consumption, it should easily last up to a decade or more.
Goulee’s 2010 is another sleeper of the vintage from Michel Reybier, the proprietor of Cos d’Estournel.

Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Very limited Amador Whiskey






Only 10 Barrels made
Batch #1
Amador Hop Whiskey...$89.99 / 750ml
"At Amador Whiskey Company, we partner with the finest craft distillers to create limited edition luxury whiskeys.  Our first release was crafted by the Charbay Distillery Master Distillers Miles and Marko Karakasevic.  A blend of 60% straight malt whiskey and 40% hop-flavored whiskey distilled from a craft IPA beer, the components were aged separately for over two years in French oak wine barrels and then married in our family chardonnay barrels for another year before being bottled.  We only made ten barrels of this superb spirit and hope you find it as special as we do.

Glencadam Single Malt Scotch



Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Aged 10 Years...$54.99
Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and since then little has changed.  Multi-award winning Glencadam Highland Single Scotch Malt Whisky Aged 10 Years is a fine example of centuries of craftsmanship and tradition. “The rather delicate” malt with a beautifully balanced, pure flavour.

Awards and Reviews
Jim Murray is recognised internationally as the leading commentator on the world's whiskies and Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, published yearly, is the world's biggest selling whisky book.
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 score: 94.5
Silver, Asian Spirits Masters - 2013
Silver, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition - 2013
Silver (With Outstanding), International Wine & Spirits Competition - 2012
Silver Medal, International Spirits Challenge - 2010
Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition - 2010
Best Highland Single Malt, World Whiskies Awards - 2009
Gold Medal, Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb - 2009
Silver Medal, The International Wine & Spirits Competition - 2009
Bronze Medal, International Spirits Challenge - 2009

Glencadam Single Malt Scotch Aged 15 Years...$84.99
Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and, since then, little has changed and our award-winning whisky. Multi-award winning Glencadam Highland Single Scotch Malt Whisky Aged 15 Years is a fine example of centuries of craftsmanship and tradition. “The rather dignified” malt with a beautifully mouth-watering, true flavour.

Awards and Reviews
Jim Murray is recognised internationally as the leading commentator on the world's whiskies and Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, published yearly, is the world's biggest selling whisky book.
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 score: 90.5
Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition - 2010
Gold Medal, Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb – 2009
Silver Medal, Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb - 2007
Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition - 2007
Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition - 2006
“Best whisky”, International Malt Whisky Festival - 2005
Gold Medal Winner, International Spirit Challenge - 2005
Silver Medal, Best in Class– International Wine and Spirit Competition - 2005
Gold Medal, Internationaler Spirituosen Wettbewerb - 2005
Highly Recommended – USA Beverage Tasting Institute - 2004



GlencadamSingle Malt Scotch Aged 21 Years...$189.99

Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and since then little has changed.  Multi-award winning Glencadam Highland Single Scotch Malt Whisky Aged 21 Years is a fine example of centuries of craftsmanship and tradition. “The exceptional” malt with a beautifully lingering, true flavour.
Awards and Reviews
Jim Murray is recognised internationally as the leading commentator on the world's whiskies and Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, published yearly, is the world's biggest selling whisky book.
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 score: 94
Gold, The Scotch Whisky Masters - 2013


Schmaltz Terrapin Reunion

Schmaltz Terrapin Reunion Ale 2014....$7.49 / 22oz
Ale brewed with Toasted coconut, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate and cocoa nibs.

Ungava Canadian Gin





Ungava Canadian Premium Gin....$26.99
Ungava Canadian Premium Gin originates on the northern frontier where the vast Canadian tundra meets icy seas.

Its particular aroma can be traced back to six rare botanicals, native to the Arctic region, that enter its composition. Handpicked in the wild during the fleeting summer season, then infused the traditional way, they are handcrafted into an authentic gin with a unique taste to the delight of adventurous amateurs and connoisseurs alike.

A Unique Journey of the Senses
As subtle as it is intriguing, Ungava Canadian Premium Gin reveals a style that is all at once lively and smooth, fresh, floral and spicy. The precious plants and berries of the tundra release their natural colour and aromas to yield a gin that is exquisitely well-balanced.

Right from the first sip of Ungava gin, you embark upon a unique journey of the senses. On the nose, the Nordic Juniper supplies ample notes of zesty citrus; on the palate Ungava reveals progressively the fullness of its flavours and the richness of its bouquet. The refreshingly fruity and sweet-tart notes of Crowberry and Wild Rose Hips are expressed over a rich and spicy underlying botanical base that combines Cloudberry and Arctic Blend. The Nordic Juniper brings a finishing touch of mentholated citrus that cuts through the Labrador Tea's mild herbal flavour and lengthens the mix with velvety smoothness.

New Sonoma Ciders






THE HATCHET APPLE

Sonoma Cider The Hatchet Apple...$8.49 / 4pk
AH, A PARADOXICAL CASE of small = large. After decades of tinker, tweak, improvise and analyze, David honed in on a surprising insight: size matters. Smaller organic apples simply yield bigger, more intense flavors. And so, The Hatchet was born. Intensity behind us, the subtle work of balance and nuance began.

Using a unique blend of native organic apples, we handcraft each batch to bring out fresh, ripe apple aromas, carefully pairing sweet and tart varietals to ideal effect. The result is a clean, refreshing hard cider with noticeable complexity and a lively finish. All hail the little things. To our tastes, there’s simply more going on in here. Cheers.





THE PITCHFORK PEAR

Sonoma Cider The Pitchfork Pear Cider....$8.49 / 4pk
EVER THE PURIST, David approached pear cider cautiously. Often cloyingly sweet, he deemed few worthy of the Sonoma Cider name. So the bar was set at: balance, nuance, intensity or not at all. Contrasting crisp and creamy, aromatic and tart, he added all-natural pear flavors to Sonoma’s distinct small-apple blend until he found something genuine, with real cider integrity.

Pitchfork is our happy ending. It’s an apple connoisseur’s pear cider, hand-crafted with organic apples and a measured infusion of pear essence. It’s both intense and balanced, greeting you with the distinct aromas of both fruits. We’re convinced its fresh play of flavors, crisp start and creamy pear finish will inspire a fan club all its own. With David, the skeptic, presiding. Bottom’s up.







THE ANVIL BOURBON
Sonoma Cider The Anvil Bourbon Cider...$8.49 / 4pk
DAVID AND ROBERT BOTH LOVE BOURBON. We mean love bourbon. Maybe that’s why they didn’t beat around the bush here. Sure, you can age subtly in bourbon barrels. And subtlety is sometimes enough. But, with the Anvil, the real spark ignited when we tossed nuance aside and added a healthy measure of our proprietary barrel-proof bourbon flavor. Suddenly, something intense, alive and memorable happened. To our palates, it offers a clean, lively, aromatic presence with a layered smoky finish. It’s truly integrated and rounded, yet vitally distinct. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Crown Royal new Regal Apple




Crown Royal Regal Apple....$21.99
An extraordinary addition to the Crown Royal® portfolio, Crown Royal® Regal Apple™ is a blend of our hand-selected smooth whiskies infused with natural apple flavors.

The blend opens with a nose of bright apples balanced with our signature Crown Royal whisky and hints of spice. Crown Royal® Regal Apple™ offers a flavorful palate of slightly tart, crisp apple with notes of caramel and light spice that culminates in a full-bodied smooth finish of refined apple notes and balanced sweetness.

Enjoy as a shot, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail.

New NON-Alcoholic beer




Malt Star Non Alcoholic Beer....$8.49 / 6pk
Naturally fermented from the finest barley.
Product of Israel.
Ingredients: water, barley malt (contains gluten), sugar, carbon dioxide, hops.

Wild Turkey Rye 101 proof



Wild Turkey Rye 101 proof...$31.99 / liters
A few years back because supply took such a huge spike, Wild Turkey switched from 101 proof to 81 proof on their rye. The 81 proof was 4-5 years old to help fill demand. Well, the 101 proof is back and even though there is no age statement, it is about 6-7 years old. It is only in liters.

Free State Iron Man Imperial Stout




Free State Iron Man Imperial Stout...$9.99 / 4pk
A beer fit for a blacksmith.
Honoring our favorite local blacksmith, this flavorful Stout is a selected mix of ten malts and five hop varieties. Imperial Stout was a key British export in the Baltic trade that elevated art and industry in Russia and England during the 18th Century. Celebrate craftsmanship and raise a glass to broader flavor horizons.

Grand Teton Sheep Eater









Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
Sheep Eater Scotch Ale was first brewed in 2009 and has become our Cellar Reserve most-requested for a comeback. Scotland's cold, blustery climate lends itself to the growing of barley and oats but not to the production of hops, which are almost always added sparingly. In order to create depth and diversity in the beers brewed in Scotland, malts were roasted and kilned to help bring out hidden flavors.

Scotch Ales are some of the world's most flavorful beers. The specially roasted and kilned malts used in the mash impart roasted, caramel, and raisin sweetness to the flavor profile. Our ale is brewed with black roasted barley and peat-smoked malt, adding even more complexity to the palate. It is gently hopped, fermented cool and aged cold for exceptional smoothness. The result is a copper-brown color and a pleasant mouthfeel and body.We ferment this beer colder than most ales ferment so that we do not risk producing any flavors driven by yeast-produced esters. Instead, we want the malt to shine through and provide all the wonderful flavors Sheep Eater has to offer.

Drink this beer at cellar temperatures between 47-57 degrees Fahrenheit. The strong dark malts and high levels of alcohol will make this beer an ideal candidate for prolonged cellaring. Enjoy this beer with flavorful meats such as honey ham, well-marinated and grilled steaks, and roasted root vegetables lightly seasoned with salt. With dessert, try crème brûlée and a side of berries; the light and airy texture of the crème brûlée and tartness of the berries will balance nicely with the thick, sweet mouthfeel of Grand Teton Brewing’s Sheep Eater Scotch Ale.
Alcohol by Volume 7.5%.