Saturday, March 3, 2018

Gerard Duplessis Chablis --- Classic Chablis

Domaine Gerard Duplessis Chablis:
A family domaine for five generations created in 1895, one of the very few organic estates in Chablis.

2014 Duplessis Chablis Montee de Tonnerre...$39.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $44.99
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a very strict and linear, almost tertiary bouquet at first with subtle undergrowth aromas, but it gains intensity with aeration and develops a light white chocolate scent. The palate is well balanced with a saline entry with hints of dried honey and spice, gentle and harmonious; the finish was a little sweeter than I was anticipating.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2014 Duplessis Chablis Montmains 1er Cru...$33.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $40.99
The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Montmains probably displays the best mineralité on the nose. It is tight and linear at first, but there are lovely flint and granite scents that surface with several swirls of the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and spicy on the entry, moderate depth and slightly pinched on the finish. Give this a year or two in bottle and I am certain that it will put on a little more weight. Still, a very fine Montmains with class.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

$20 cheaper than the next closest competitor!
2013 Duplessis Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru...$59.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $79.99
The 2013 Chablis Grand Cru les Clos, which comes from a single parcel of vines planted in 1964, has a fragrant bouquet: hints of dried honey intermingling with orange rind at first, segueing into more traditional mineral/granitic aromas. It's quite mercurial as I observed it over five minutes. The palate is well balanced, similar in style to the Fourchaume '13 in some ways with touches of orange rind and even dried mango toward the finish that then merges into quite a lively, spicy, ginger-tinged aftertaste that loiters for 45 seconds. Give this a couple of years in bottle then enjoy this Les Clos over the following decade.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

2012 Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques...$182.99
The 2012 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques from Louis Jadot, which has deepest in colour of the five growers, the has entrancing purity on the nose: dark cherries mixed with cranberry leaf, bergamot and minerals all beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, quite a firm grip in the mouth, the result of a firm backbone. I actually thought this might have been Sylvie Esmonin's Clos Saint Jacques.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Tasting note: A beautifully complex and airy nose features ripe aromas of exuberantly spicy plum, violet, sauvage and essence of red currant. There is a very round and velvety mouth feel to the delicious medium weight flavors that somehow manage to retain a good sense of delineation and energy on the overtly mineral-inflected and wonderfully long finish. I very much like the sense of harmony where the fine-grained tannins add to that impression. This should be excellent in time though note that it will require a minimum of 10 years of cellar time before this is approachable and another 5 to 7 before it arrives at its peak.
Rated 92-95/100 Burghound

Francois Lamarche Vosne Romanee Village

2012 Francois Lamarche Vosne Romanee Village...$85.99
Tasting note: There is a lovely spice element to the ripe and fresh nose of red currant and plum aromas that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The lush, even suave medium-bodied flavors possess good mid-palate concentration before terminating in a clean and dry in the best sense finish that delivers moderate persistence.

Recommended drinking starting now!  2018 on....
Rated 87-89/100 Burghound

Great 2015 Mongeard Mugneret Burgs

2015 Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne Romanee....$57.99
Tasting note: Reduction and wood toast dominate the nose at present. By contrast there is excellent richness to the full-bodied and suave medium-bodied flavors that tighten up quickly on the balanced, complex and impressively persistent finish. This appears to be the best wine in 2015 range among the Mongeard villages cuvées.
Rated 89-91/100 Burghound

2015 Mongeard-Mugneret Vougeot 1er Cru Las Cras...$85.99
Tasting note: Here too the wood is moderate but not dominant as it allows the earthy plum and floral-scented nose to be appreciated. There is a beguiling texture to the saline and detailed medium weight flavors that offer good length on the balanced finish but not quite the same overall complexity. Even so this is certainly attractive.
Rated 89-92/100 Burghound

Nebraska Brewing Vanilla Bean Fathead

Very limited - 1 per person
Nebraska Brewing Vanilla Bean Fathead...$9.49 / pint
Whiskey Barrel Aged Barleywine with Vanilla
A supremely aromatic & flavorful variation on Fathead, our rich & full bodied award-winning Barleywine. The vanilla bean plays on the dark brown sugar undertones highlighting aspects of fig, dates & natural sugars in subtle waves resulting in added depth & complexity. Crafted to please the palate.

Roche Audran Côtes du Rhône “Cuvée César”

Back in stock!  One of our favorite producers!
New 2015 Vintage - Great Vintage!

Roche Audran is Biodynamic
Demeter France--Biodynamic

2015 Domaine Roche Audran Côtes du Rhône Villages “Cuvée César” Rouge...$22.99
The vines for the César range from 55 to 100 years old and the grapes are hand-picked

The Cuvée Cesar is one of Vincent's top wines. His very old Grenache vines produce a wine packed with black raspberry, black pepper, with hints of cassis fruit, all supported by firm ripe tannins. In the nose plum, red and black cherry, and garrigue spices mingle together. While the “Cuvée César” is a relatively lush and generous wine, it is also a wine built for the long term. So drink it now with a nice steak au poivre, or wait a few years and try it with venison or duck breast. 

Aime Cabernet Franc --

It is hard to find a good Cabernet Franc that is not $40 or more, but we have done it....

2016 Domaine Aime Cabernet Franc....$12.99

Great price - was $14.99
This is one of the rare, pure Cabernet Francs from the vineyards around Minervois. After the grapes are harvested they are 100% destemmed, crushed, then fermented and aged in tank before bottling. The grapes are sustainably farmed, and vinified using indigenous yeasts. There is no oak aging for this wine. 
Tasting Notes: Rémi Bonnet produces a delightful Cabernet Franc. This wine avoids many of the pitfalls often associated with the grape, but remains a true expression of the varietal. It is a lush, silky wine, that has a great versatility that allows it to complement a wide variety of foods. In the nose blackberry, blueberry, and black cherry notes mix with just a hint of subtle white pepper spice. In the mouth the wine is simultaneously rich and soft, dominated by black fruit flavors. The satin textured finish is complimented by ripe round tannins. This wine is ideal for pork, turkey, hamburgers, or even pizza. 

Servans Cotes du Rhone

One of our top moving Cotes du Rhone has returned!!! 
Now it is even better as they continue to increase the percentage of Syrah in the blend

New 2016 vintage
2016 Domaine de Servans Cotes du Rhone....$13.99
Vines average 40 years in age. The grapes are harvested by hand with a hand triage to select only the best quality grapes. 
Again in 2016 the Graniers decided to continue to increase the percentage of Syrah in their blend. This increase has given the wine added depth and concentration, without sacrificing balance in the wine. In the mouth, rich blackberry notes give way to red cherry and black pepper spice. Even with the increased percentage of Syrah, the tannins are very supple and round in the finish. This is a classic example of a Côtes du Rhône, ideal for backyard barbeque, burgers on the grill, or even pizza

Mas des Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales”

We sampled this one a few weeks back as our Wine Of the Week and sold everything we had at all 4 stores -
another load arrived and still the great 2015 vintage!

This is a Chateauneuf du Pape lovers dream! 
$18 wine with amazing similarity to a CDP!
2015 Mas de Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales” – Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue...$17.99
Blend: 55% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 10% Carignan

Tasting Notes: “Cuvée des Cigales” is completely dominated by black fruit. The nose is full of deep blackberry and plum aromas. In the mouth black cherry and blackberry flavors mix with the exotic and complex spice flavors from the Carignan. This is a burly, muscular wine with a lot of character. While an ideal match for grilled meats and game, we also enjoy this wine with the more complex, spicier flavors of barbecue and chili.

"Claude and Isabelle Bertrand have utilized some of her brother Bruno Granier's ancient Carignan to supplement the 60% Syrah and 30% Grenache in their 2007 Cuvee des Cigales from the Cotes de Thongue. But even a "secret ingredient" that concentrated (as witness my reviews in this report of pure Carignan from Granier's La Font de l'Olivier) can at 10% level only go so far in explaining the striking personality of the Bertrand's wine, which gives me a "who turned out the lights?" feeling, followed by an enchanting romp in some very dark territory. Humus, peat, plum paste, dark chocolate, and game share billing with implosively intense, lightly-cooked blackberry and mulberry. The only drawback here is a hint of heat and rasp of tannin accentuating a bite of black pepper in the persistent finish. But this should prove fascinating and versatile over the next several years." - The Wine Advocate

2015 CDP from Prefert

The great 2015 is here - limited!
First load sold out fast - 
Only 5 more cases arrived!

2015 Domaine Saint Prefert Chateauneuf du Pape Rouge...$39.99
This energetic red offers a big ball of kirsch wound tightly with licorice, graphite and raspberry coulis notes. Shows lots of bright spice accents through the finish, which is carried by finely beaded acidity. Offers serious latent grip. Best from 2020 through 2035. 2,740 cases made.–JM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape is a great effort that should be reasonably available. Produced from vines under 30 years old, it's a blend of 85% Grenache, 5% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre and 5% Syrah. There's a tinge of chocolate to the raspberry and licorice flavors but also hints of orange zest, cinnamon and clove. It's full-bodied and lush, with a long finish. There's no need to defer gratification, but it should drink well for at least a decade.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Rosemary Lane Carignan

Back in stock now
2016 Rosemary Lane Carignan...$12.99

Carignan at one time was the most widely planted grape in France. Today however, it is rare to see it bottled as a single varietal wine. This Carignan is rich, with dark blackberry fruit flavors in the mouth, and exotic spices of white pepper, and sandalwood in the nose. This combination of flavors and aromas is ideal for barbecue, and grilled meats

For years the French government encouraged growers to dig up and replant their Carignan with other grape varieties. Sadly, this means it is very difficult to find good, old-vine Carignan. Most of it has already been ripped out to liberate the land for more popular grape varieties. However, when kept in check, old vine Carignan can produce wines of deep concentration and complexity. This wine is destemmed and crushed, before undergoing a temperature controlled fermentation in tank. After fermentation, it is allowed to rest on its lees in stainless steel tanks before a light filtration and bottling. 

Rosemary Lane Marselan

Back in stock now!

We have carried wine made from the Marselan grape before, but it has been awhile.   Marselan is still very hard to find.

2016 Rosemary Lane Marselan...$12.99
This wine is unusual, in that it is simultaneously dark and concentrated, while having soft tannins and lush fruit. In the glass the wine is deep purple in color, the nose is spicy with hints of black fruit. In the mouth, blackberry and plum notes mingle with hints of black pepper spice. The finish is soft and round, making this an extremely versatile food wine. This wine is ideal for everything from barbeque and burgers, to pizza and pork chops. Enjoy!
Many grape varieties have mysterious origins, Marselan however, does not. This grape variety was invented by Paul Truel in 1961, in the town of Marseillan, in the South of France. It is a hybrid of the two grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Still relatively unknown, this grape can produce delicious, juicy, easy drinking reds. The wine is destemmed and crushed, before undergoing a temperature controlled fermentation in tank. After fermentation, it is allowed to rest on its lees in stainless steel tanks before a light filtration and bottling. 

Perennial Prodigal Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Gone again
Perennial Prodigal Imperial Oatmeal Stout...$15.99
Must be picked up by Wednesday March 7th at 7pm

Prodigal is an imperial oatmeal milk stout with a massive fudge and roast malt character. It’s a foundation for some of our favorite stouts, now here to stand on its own adorned with only a handful of cacao nibs and Madagascar vanilla beans to round out the edges. 10.6%

Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Barossa Valley

2014 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz Barossa Valley....$41.98
We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher in the Country
Aromatic, with a touch of dried rose petal and white pepper up front, giving way to a smooth and supple blend of black tea, cherry and huckleberry flavors. Touches of vanilla and spice show on the finish, with the tannins developing a slight chew. Drink now through 2026. 4,820 cases made.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
Rated 90+/100 The Wine Advocate

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro "Gold Label"

2011 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro "Gold Label"...$37.99
Lots of dried berry, orange peel and ginger aromas follow through to a full body with chewy tannins. Tangy finish. Rich and delicious. Drink now.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

A complex red, evoking cherry, strawberry, tobacco, tar and underbrush aromas and flavors. Harmonious and detailed, this lingers with an aftertaste of fruit, earth and woodsy notes. Drink now through 2023. 40,000 cases made.
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator

Friday, March 2, 2018

Faiveley Corton Clos du Corton

2015 Domaine Faiveley Corton Clos du Corton Grand Cru....$242.99

Full medium red. Deep, soil-driven aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, redcurrant, coffee and underbrush; not quite as black as it was from barrel in late 2016 but still conveys a brooding menthol quality. Enters the mouth plush and utterly seamless, but terrific soil-driven saline minerality gives definition to the middle palate. A bit reticent today but the slowly mounting, extremely long finish saturates everything in its path. The tannins are huge but plush, saturating the front teeth and incisors. I recall technical director Jérôme Flous telling me last year that this wine has an IPT (indice polyphenols totaux) of 90, compared to a normal 50. This outsized grand cru shows the sweetness of the vintage's best examples and appears to possess the stuffing and structure to go on in bottle for 25 years; in fact, it shut down rather dramatically with time in the recorked bottle.
Rated 95+/100 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
Rated 93-96/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 94-96/100 Burghound

Griottines Original Kirsch

Griottines Original Kirsch...$18.99
15% ABV
The Original, Morello cherries in Kirsch. Great for gifts, these delicious ruby red gems can be used in desserts, savoury recipes and canapés, as a garnish for cocktails (try using the juice as well!) or in smoothies. For really simple yet impressive desserts add a spoonful of Griottines® to a scoop of ice cream or dip in melted chocolate. Bake in a muffin or cookie or use in gateaux.

Askinosie Chocolate from Missouri

We were the first to bring Askinosie to St. Louis back in 2008 - almost 10 years ago.  We are excited to have them back in the store.

Made in Springfield, Missouri.
Askinosie Chocolate -- some of the finest in the world!

In stock now at all 4 locations

Askinosie  72% Zamora, Amazonia Dark Chocolate Bar
Our newest chocolate bar, and our first new origin since 2010, and our second chocolate bar produced in partnership with a female-led farmer group (the first is Tanzania).  This classic dark chocolate bar is certified Kosher D.E., vegan, and gluten free

Askinosie 62% Dark Milk Chocolate + Fleur De Sel Sea Salt Bar
We handcraft this single origin 62% dark milk chocolate (54% cocoa liquor and 8% cocoa butter, pressed in our factory) with cocoa beans we source directly from farmers in Davao, Philippines plus goat’s milk powder, certified organic cane sugar and a touch of Fleur de Sel Sea Salt (from our friends at The Meadow).
This best-selling chocolate is Certified Kosher Dairy and gluten free.

Askinosi Tanzania Dark Chocolate + Peanut Butter Bar
We add real, natural crunchy peanut butter (from Big Spoon Roasters) to our smoothest dark chocolate for a creamy bar reminiscent of a sophisticated peanut butter cup.   This rich chocolate is Certified Kosher D.E., and gluten free.

Askinosie Dark Chocolate + Coconut Sugar & Toasted Coconut CollaBARatio Bar
Created in partnership with sisters, Elsie & Emma--authors and bloggers behind beloved lifestyle blog, A Beautiful Mess--we handcraft this 65% dark chocolate with cocoa beans we source directly from farmers in Mababu, Tanzania along with organic coconut sugar and toasted coconut.
This rich chocolate is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan and gluten free. 

Askinosie Dark Chocolate + Red Raspberry CollaBARatio Bar
An elevated take on a classic combo, we created this bright and fruity bar in partnership with award-winning jam makers, American Spoon.
This rich chocolate is Certified Kosher D.E., vegan and gluten free.

Tenshen White Blend - scores 92 points again

2016 Tenshen White Blend...$16.99
The 2016 White Wine from Tenshen is made from a blend of Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay sourced from sites throughout the Central Coast. Brought up mostly in neutral barrels, with a small part in stainless, it offers rich, full-bodied aromas and flavors of buttered peach, tangerine, honeysuckle and flowers. Richly textured, balanced and with a clean, dry finish, it’s a terrific white Rhône blend readers should check out.
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Restless Spirits Gully Town Double Barrel Aged Single Malt

Restless Spirits Gully Town Double Barrel Aged Single Malt...$49.99
Batch #1
From Kansas City, Missouri
This single malt whiskey is aged in two barrels....
Barrel #1
New Charred Oak
Barrel #2 
Oak Bourbon Casks

Beer Tasting - Forsyth location

Beer Tasting tonight 
(Friday) at Forsyth from 4-6pm

(Plus taste Snow Leopard Vodka and Wood Hat Whiskey)

Taste tonight
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Chili Hazelnut
  • Stone Brewing Scorpion Bowl Double IPA
  • Stone Brewing Inevitable Adventure Double IPA
  • Logboat / Public House Twirlwind Stout
  • Logboat / Public House Updraft Pale Ale

Left Hand Nitro Chai Milk Stout

Left Hand Nitro Chai Milk Stout...$7.99 / 4pk 16oz can

(sold as singles also at Forsyth)
Creamy, chocolate, tea, vanilla cream, and brown sugar flavors.

Stone Brewing Inevitable Adventure IPA

Now in 22oz bottles at Forsyth
Stone Brewing Inevitable Adventure IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
Loral hops were released in 2016 and quickly became one of our brewers’ favorite varieties. It was highlighted in our single hop IPA series, Stone Hop Revolver IPA, and was the featured hop in the hugely popular Stone Ghost Hammer IPA. Then there’s Dr. Rudi, which has been around since 1976. Originally known as Super Alpha, this hop brings classic piney and herbal notes, which pairs it perfectly with the oral, citrusy aroma of Loral. A pairing like this was bound to happen. Some might even call it inevitable.

Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA

Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA..$4.99 / 22oz
Double IPA
To create a recipe so tropical and fruity without the addition of fruit was no feat our team of brewers would leave up to the gods. They took floral and citrus notes from Mosaic, Loral and Mandarina Bavaria hops to dish up a mouthwatering fruit punch to the palate. Get deserted on your own island or share with others. One thing is for sure: there is no need to light this one. It is already on fire.

Wood Hat Bloody Butcher Red Corn Whiskey

Taste it tonight from 4-6pm at our Forsyth location along with a few other products from Wood Hat

TWCP Single Barrel - we picked our own barrel
Barrel #265
ABV 60.5%
Wood Hat Bloody Butcher Red Corn Whiskey...$73.99
Developed in Virginia in the mid-1840s, and grown in Missouri since at least 1894, "Bloody Butcher" is a true American heirloom corn with beautifully striped deep red kernels said to resemble the blood on a butchers apron.

A hands-on process from planting to labeling, this single-barrel batch corn whiskey is aged in one-of-a-kind Missouri-made toasted barrels, which are coopered from air-dried staves and washed by rain for years, mellowing the tannins, and producing a whiskey that is smooth up front, lively and peppery to the palate, with a clean finish.

Filley's Sweet N Heat Sauce - Made in Missouri

Taste Filley's Sauce 
This Saturday (3/3/17) at our Forsyth location with Todd Geisert from 1-3pm 
The Wine and Cheese Place

Made in Missouri

Filley's Sweet N Heat Sauce
The Wing -n- everything Sauce
Not everyone, especially kids, can handle the traditional hot wing sauce. Sweet -n- Heat was created with those individuals in mind. The concept started in our kitchen many years ago with taking traditional hot sauce and adding various ingredients to give it that sweetness flavor but yet have a "kick" of heat. Over the years, our friends have sampled the sauce on various foods and often said "you really need to manufacture that sauce". Well in April 2015, we finally took the big leap and with the help of our partners, created a LLC and sought out a manufacturer to take our recipe and officially bottle Sweet -n- Heat.

Sweet -n- Heat, as it says on the label, is more than a wing sauce. Some other foods, just to name a few, it is recommended to be used on are:

  • pulled pork
  • scrambled eggs
  • dipping sauce for fries
  • hamburgers
  • in place of your traditional pizza sauce
So here we are today, bottles manufactured and ready for you to purchase and enjoy in your own kitchens!! We would love to hear what foods you enjoy Sweet -n- Heat on.

We thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our products!!

The Filley's

Giofre Apiaries Honey Ice Cream - Missouri Made

Taste the Honey Ice Cream this 
This Saturday (3/3/17) at our Forsyth location with Todd Geisert from 1-3pm 
The Wine and Cheese Place

Made in Missouri!
Giofre Apiaries Honey Ice Cream
Flavors in stock now at Forsyth in our freezer (obviously)
  • Salted Caramel
  • Coffee Buzz
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

Who knew a story that started as a simple interest in honey bees would turn into what has become Giofre apiaries and honey ice cream.

Our goal is to produce a delicious ice cream, with good fresh Missouri products, such as Missouri grown peaches strawberries, elderberry, and blackberry!

We are excited to say that we are one of the most talked about local products in the Central Missouri area.

Domenic & Nancy Giofre