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Saturday, October 20, 2018

BRC releases

BRC Emails sent out on these three.

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Firestone Walker Peach Bones....$11.99 / 375ml
Another offering from our “Bones” series, featuring the fermentation of fresh fruit. In this instance California white peaches from Sanger, CA are fermented with a brett’d saison that has been maturing four months in French oak barrels. The synergy between fresh peach, wild microflora and oak components create a bright white peach flavor mingling with spicy yeast and oak aromas. Soft acidity and a firm carbonation lend “pop” to the overall sensory experience. It took four separate fermentations to create this concoction. Santé!
Barrel // Ratio // Maturation time
French Oak // 100% // 4 months


Saugatuck Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Chai...$4.99 / 12oz
Some of you may be familiar with one of our past seasonal releases – Pumpkin Chai. While we loved this beer, we decided it was time to kick it up a few notches. We increased the ABV to 9.5% and then aged this delicious concoction in Bourbon Barrels for 8 months. The sweet, strong bourbon flavors are prominent in this beer. The delicate body of this lighter beer is more susceptible to the bourbon flavors and aromas. But don’t worry, we didn’t lose the pumpkin or chai tea flavors here. You will still be hit with strong chai tea up front, followed by a smooth pumpkin finish.


Mother's Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Three Blind Mice..$9.99 / 22oz
Harnessing the artistry of distilleries from Colorado to Kentucky, we impart the unique character of American bourbon whiskey into our imperial brown ale. The not insubstantial alcohol kick or ITBM is mellowed by the subtly sweet, woody, and spicy barrel quality.
PROFILE: sweet caramel bourbon, baking spice, dry mellow tannin


Ardbeg Twenty Something 22 Year Old Islay Scotch


Limit 1 per person while it lasts!
Ardbeg Twenty Something 22 Year Old Islay Scotch...$529.99
The latest release in the Ardbeg Twenty Something series, this superb 22 Year Old pays tribute to the whisky enthusiasts of yesteryear.

This whisky was born during a time when the iconic Ardbeg Distillery name was almost consigned to the history books. During a period of uncertainty for Ardbeg in the 1980s and 1990s, when the stills were near empty and the filling store silent, a handful of young whisky enthusiasts dared to dream. Together, with hope in their hearts, they laid down a handful of casks and kept the Ardbeg spirit alive.

On the nose, luscious tropical fruits fade into sweet smoke, soot and tar. Take a sip and discover fresh green apples with a crumble topping. Notes of peppermint tea and vanilla guide you towards a long smoky finish.

Elysian Dark Knife Pumpkin Schwarzbier



On sale while it lasts!
Elysian Dark Knife Pumpkin Schwarzbier...$5.99 / 22oz
This season we took a stab at a pumpkin Schwarzbier - brewed with pale, munich, roasted barley, and a smattering of dark malts.  German Northern brewer and Saaz hops give it a little edge.  Pumpkin entrails, cinnamon and ginger smooth over the crime scene.


Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale..$5.99 / 22oz
Coffee Pumpkin Ale
A pumpkin ale with the attitude of a world-weary barista, Punkuccino packs a short shot of Stumptown coffee toddy in your pint with just a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg.


Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale...$5.99 / 22oz

Our Original Pumpkin Ale
A very drinkable pumpkin ale—brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

2016 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape


2016 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape
Always one of our favorites the 2016's from Clos St Jean represent some of the finest wines from one of the Southern Rhone's greatest vintages
2016 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape V.V....$49.99 / 750ml 
2016 Clos St Jean Chateauneuf du Pape V.V....$99.99 / magnum
The same Grenache-dominated blend as the base cuvée, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes comes from older vines and is released solely for the US market. It’s a step up and is reminiscent of the 2010 with its depth, concentration, and purity. Black cherries, kirsch, licorice, and crushed rock notes all emerge from this ultra-fine, beautifully polished 2016 that does everything right. Don’t miss it.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator


2016 Clos St Jean Combe Fous Chateauneuf du Pape...$105.99 / 750ml 
2016 Clos St Jean Combe Fous Chateauneuf du Pape...$219.99 / Magnum
The 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Combe des Fous is the classic blend of mostly Grenache mixed with a small amount of Syrah and Vaccarèse. It’s a huge, unctuous effort that packs an incredible amount of blackcurrants, garrigue, pepper and dried flowers into its balanced, elegant, layered personality. It picks up a charcuterie meatiness with time in the glass, as well as the telltale melted licorice characteristic of perfectly ripe Grenache. Count me as a fan and this heavenly juice shouldn’t be missed by any Rhône lover.
Rated 97-99/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator


2016 Clos St Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf du Pape...$105.99 /  750ml 
2016 Clos St Jean Deus Ex Machina Chateauneuf du Pape...$219.99 Magnum 
(extremely limited please call Aaron at 314.727.8788)
More cured meats, spice, loamy soil notes, and an incredible core of kirsch and currant fruits emerge from the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Deus Ex Machina. Deep, incredibly concentrated, multi-dimensional and long, it reminds me of the 2007 at this same point in time. This cuvée is always a 60/40 split of Grenache and Mourvèdre, brought up in tank and new demi-muids, and in top vintages, needs 2-5 years of bottle age to really shine, yet I always also fine a certain accessibility given its balance and purity. It’s capable of lasting for two decades.
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator


Finally 1 extremely Rare Magnum, this wine is only bottled in Magnum and only in spectacular vintages
2016 Clos St Jean Sanctum Sanctorum...$599.99 / Magnum
(extremely limited please call Aaron at 314.727.8788)
One of the greatest young wines I’ve ever tasted is the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sanctus Sanctorum which is 100% old vine Grenache sourced from a single parcel in the La Crau lieu-dit. Lighter in color than both the Combes des Fous and Ex Machina, it offers a heavenly perfume of kirsch liqueur, crushed rocks, exotic spices, and graphite. This beauty hits the palate with an incredible display of opulent, decent fruit paired with an elegance and seamlessness that needs to be tasted to be believed. With building richness, no weight, ultra-fine tannins, and a finish that won’t quit, it’s released only in magnum, so it will take upward of a decade to hit maturity and will keep for 20+ years. Hats off to the Maurel family and their consultant Philippe Cambie!
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, October 19, 2018

Old Dominick -


Old Dominick Memphis Toddy....$29.99 / 750ml
In a nod to rollicking pre-Prohibition Memphis, we give you Domenico Canale's long-lost Memphis Toddy. Reborn from our family recipe, the Memphis Toddy blends high-rye bourbon with a curated array of natural ingredients. Subtle notes of citrus, botanicals, and honey coalesce into what can be described as "southern infused". Whether enjoyed neat, poured through cracked ice or as the highlight in an imaginative cocktail, it's the Memphis spirit that's made to be shared.



Old Dominick Huling Station Bourbon Whiskey....$31.99 / 750ml
100 proof
In 1866, Domenico Canale's spirits business was booming. Rail cars bearing oak-aged whiskeys rolled out of the D. Canale & Co. warehouse at Huling station, and any bottle featuring the Old Dominick brand was known to be irrefutably fine, setting the bar for whiskey drinkers far and wide.
Today, with the revival of Old Dominick, Domenico's great great grandsons Chris and Alex Canale are continuing the tradition. Old Dominick Huling Station is an homage to the whiskeys of 1866 Memphis, with a high-rye mash bill reminiscent of those offered by Domenico Canale in his heyday. We're sure you'll agree that this very small batch bourbon whiskey will set the bar today just like the barrels that rolled into Huling Station did over 150 years ago.




Old Dominick Memphis Vodka...$19.99 / 750ml
Our ambitious pursuit of vodka possessing uncompromising character originates from Domenico Canale's passion for sharing fine spirits made from the choices ingredients. Whether classically unadorned or infused with southern inspired botanicals and fruits, our Memphis vodka can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or as the illuminating base of a mixed drink. No matter how you enjoy, our Memphis Vodka is 80 proof Pure Memphis.







Old Dominick Honeybell Vodka...$19.99 / 750ml
Our Honeybell Citrus flavored Vodka captures the fragrant sweetness of the Honeybell's luscious juice, as well as the distinctive bitters of its deep orange zest. Our exquisite Honeyball Citrus flavored Vodka is 80 proof and one hundred percent Pure Memphis.







Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Whiskey








Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon Whiskey....$42.99
90 Proof
Aged a minimum of 6.5 years
A unique mash bill from Tennessee, our Bourbon utilizes 30% "small grains" to complement the character imparted spending nearly 7 years in American Oak barrels. The result is smooth and lasting with notes of vanilla and baked bread layered over a bed of toasted oak.
Rated 96/100 Ultimate Spirits Challenge


Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Double Barrel Whiskey...$42.99
100 proof
Comprised of a unique blend of three different whiskeys, our double barrel finishing process utilizes hand toasted, new American oak barrels for a secondary aging worthy of another year's wait. Double Barrel's higher proof balances perfectly with the complexity of its flavor and notes of caramel, oak, citrus, and spice.


Bob Dylan's Heaven's Door Straight Rye Whiskey...$68.99
92 proof
Breaking with tradition, we finish our Straight Rye Whiskey in toasted oak cigar barrels, air dried in the low-lying mountain region of Vosges, France. This proprietary finishing results in a smoother, more approachable rye with notes of orange peel, coriander, and spice.

Redbreast Family Collection


Redbreast Family Collection...$16.99 for 3/50ml bottles
Includes a 50ml bottle of each
  • 12 Year Old
  • 15 Year Old
  • Lustau Sherry Edition

2nd Shift Brewing El Gato Grande IPA



Fresh batch!
2nd Shift Brewing El Gato Grande IPA....$11.99 / 4pk 16oz CANS
7.6%

Here's a big hoppy IPA that is done the way they shold be done and has about four truck loads of hops in it, although it's not very bitter at 62 IBUs. LOTS of Amarillo with a good bit of Citra and Columbus just for a good time.

Decadent Ales Pacific Punch

Decadent Ales Pacific Punch...$4.99 / pint
Double IPA ---- a blend of South Pacific hops and brewed with pineapple, mango, peach and strawberry

Evil Twin Key Lime Pie




Evil Twin Key Lime Pie...$16.99 / 4pk cans 16oz
also sold as singles
India Pale Ale with graham crackers and key lime added

2nd Shift Brewing Katy American Brett Saison


We have not seen Katy in over 7 months!  

Excited to have it back!

2nd Shift Brewing Katy American Brett Saison...$13.99 / 4pk cans
Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.

Omnipollo Maz Oat Pale Ale



Omnipollo Maz Oat Pale Ale...$12.99 / 4pk cans
also sold as singles
Oat Pale Ale 
5.6% ABV 

Stillwater Please Take a Number NE Style IPA



Stillwater Please Take a Number NE Style IPA...$18.99 / 4pk 16oz can
New England Style IPA

Stillwater Artisanal Dank Dank IPA



Stillwater Artisanal Dank Dank IPA...$14.99 / 4pk

also sold as singles
Double Dank Dank IPA
Double IPA

Sparkling Rose Ale brewed with Cabernet Franc grapes



Stillwater THISSSONLY AATEST 004...$17.99 / 4pk
also sold as singles
Sparkling Rose Ale brewed with Cabernet Franc grapes
5.5% ABV

Fat Orange Cat

One new one and two fresh restocks


Fat Orange Cat All Cats are Gray in the Dark White Stout...$3.99 / pint
White Stout

7.4% ABV
A light colored stout with a hint of coffee and strong notes of both chocolate and vanilla.


Fat Orange Cat The Raven...$3.99 pint can
Chocolate Raspberry Porter

This porter is not sweet. The dark specialty grains lend a chocolate flavor, complemented by the subtle raspberry notes


Fat Orange Cat FOC LESS MONSTER...$3.99 / pint can
New England Style IPA
8% Citra and Ahtanum hop combination creates a juicy NE IPA with just a slight bitter finish.

Last call on 2015 K-Vintners


VERY LIMITED!!

The last call - only 1-5 bottles left of each of these.
In stock now at our Rock Hill location.
To reserve or transfer to another location - call Kole at 314.962.8150
or email kole@wineandcheeseplace.com


2015 K Vintners Syrah "The Deal"...$34.98
All from the Sundance Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope, the 2015 Syrah The Deal (100% Syrah, not destemmed and aged in 30% new puncheons) offers smoking notes of red and black fruits, black olive, smoked earth and a huge meatiness. Full-bodied, silky and seamless, with a rock, mineral, backward style.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck  

2015 K Vintners Syrah "Powerline"....$44.98
Made from 100% Syrah, the 2015 Syrah Powerline Vineyard is much more backward, brooding, and mineral-laced, with sensational notes of blackcurrants, cassis, crushed rock, and tapenade. A true powerhouse on the palate, with terrific concentration, building tannin, and a great, great finish, it's a singular, incredible wine that does everything right. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following decade.
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Wines of Substance Cabernet "Powerline"....$44.98
Wafting from the glass with notes of rich red and black fruits, cigar tobacco, petroleum jelly and spice, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Powerline Vineyard is the richest, most lavish and velvety bottling in the Wines of Substance portfolio, cutting a broad swath across the palate. Full-bodied, ample and generous, it boasts plenty of savory complexity and concludes with a dry, saline finish. Dramatic and characterful, it's immensely appealing. Sadly, at 239 cases, it's the smallest of all these cuvées too.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 K Vintners Syrah "Beautiful"...$54.98
Co-fermented with 3% Viognier, the 2015 Syrah The Beautiful is fabulous, bursting from the glass with exotic aromas of violets, blackberries, panforte, black olives and lychee nuts (fanciful though that mélange sounds). On the palate, it's full-bodied, velvety and lavishly textural, cutting a broad swath across the palate, with a deep core of dark fruit and pungent savory nuance, concluding with a fine-grained, mouthwateringly sapid finish. It's a compelling Syrah that brooks no argument.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 K Vintners Syrah "Cattle King"....$68.98
Another off the charts effort is the 2015 Syrah Cattle King Upland Vineyard, which is also saturated purple/black in color. Possessing a more backward, yet insanely pure bouquet of crème de cassis, black fruits, smoked earth, graphite, and violets, it’s beautifully concentrated, has no hard edges, thrilling purity, and a gorgeous, layered, awesome, multi-dimensional style. It needs short-term cellaring but is a monumental wine from Washington.
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 K Vintners Cab/Syrah "King Coal"....$97.98
One of winemaker Brenna's favorite wines, the 2015 Cabernet / Syrah King Coal Stoneridge Vineyard is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah from a site on the Royal Slope and was co-fermented and aged in 60% new French oak. Lead pencil, graphite, currants, and tobacco notes all emerge from this pure, seamless, silky beauty that has serious power and depth as well as purity and focus. It's a beautiful, terrific, awesome wine that will keep for 15+ years.
Rated 98/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2015 K Vintners Syrah "Motor City Kitty"...$34.98
The 2015 Syrah Motor City Kitty Old Field Boushey Vineyard comes all from this site (planted by Brennon and Dick Boushey in 2007) in 2015 and will come from this site going forward. The site is 8 acres consisting of Phelps, 383, 174 clones that are all co-fermented in concrete uprights. It offers crazy notes of smoke tobacco, charcoal, ripe black cherries, currants, and pepper. With medium to full-bodied richness, a lively, pure, pretty style on the palate, and fine tannin, it should put on weight with 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for a decade.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

One library release
2012 K Vintners Syrah "The Hustler"...$114.98
Still in barrel at the time of this tasting, the 2012 Syrah The Hustler is a blockbuster-styled Syrah that's overflowing with notions of sweet red and black fruits, toasted bread, cured meats and cedar. Only made in special vintages (it was previously made in '03, '07 and '09) and aged 38 months in French oak, it's full-bodied, decadent and layered, with a weightless, elegant, seamless feel. Coming all from the Morrison Lane Vineyard (it's actually the Morrison Lane Syrah with extended barrel aging), it should be ready to go on release and dish out tons of pleasure over the following decade or more. The extended elevage has given this a more upfront feel, yet I suspect it will also allow it age more slowly as well.
Rated 95-97/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Croft Vintage Port





2016 Croft Vintage Port...$86.99
Extremely perfumed with dark-berry and currant aromas. Hints of earth and spices. Full-bodied, round and medium sweet. Hints of resin. Opulent yet restrained. Shows ripe and beautiful fruit with clarity. Try in 2025.
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit, clove, white pepper and curry powder (almost like a Balti!) I love the personality imbued into this Croft, a Vintage Port that seems to be wearing its heart on its sleeve. Excellent. Production is 3,050 cases.
Rated 94/100 Neal Martin, Vinous Media
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend that was set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend, aged for 20 months in wood. It comes in with 104 grams of residual sugar. Tight, powerful and very intense, this is a big boy with the firmness you expect from fine Vintage Port, although the Fonseca is even more powerful. Showing good concentration and a fresh, lifted finish too, this is impressive at the outset. Initially, I was wowed by this. A few more tastes with more air made me think I'd like to see it prove some things in the cellar. It's not hot, but it seems a bit more alcoholic than its Fonseca and Taylor siblings. Still, there's a long way to go before making a final call.
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port



2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port...$55.99 / 375ml
Ripe, structured while also fruity, this intense, perfumed Port is opulent while also elegant. Its tannins and great fruit are finely integrated and are rich with potential. Black fruits, berries and a juicy aftertaste add freshness to the wine. Drink from 2028.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Enthusiast
In 2016 Taylor's began picking in Vargellas on 17 September, followed by Pinhão Valley estate on 23 and 26 September. The 2016 Vintage Port has an aristocratic bouquet with tight wound aromas of blackberry, bilberry, crushed stone, black olive and a light, marine-tinged element, perhaps almost peat-like. The palate is just beautiful with fine, chiseled tannins and a perfect line of acidity. There is that almost "arching" structure one always seeks in a great Taylor’s with a gentle but insistent grip towards the finish. It is everything you really want from a Vintage Port. Production is 6,200 cases.
Rated 97/100 Neal Martin, Vinous Media
The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend set to be bottled about a week after this tasting. It was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 102 grams of residual sugar. The Croft might be as rich—although I don't think so; we'll see as they age—but this is more expressive right now. The most delicious of the three Fladgate Group offerings, this has the sexiest fruit, although the Fonseca seems to have more pure power. Even allowing that it had a fair bit of air, this was showing surprisingly well for young Taylor's. That is speaking relatively, of course, because this still has power and energy. Personally, this year I'd definitely pick Fonseca, though. Fonseca just seems to have a little more upside potential. With Port, of course, things change over the decades. This is a first look, not a final word.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate

Fonseca Vintage Port 2016 scores big -



2016 Fonseca Vintage Port...$55.99 / 375ml
2016 Fonseca Vintage Port...$106.99 / 750ml

The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend that was not quite bottled when seen (set for a week later), but it was the final blend. It was aged for 20 months in wood and comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This Fonseca is remarkably expressive, lifted and gloriously fresh. It has good concentration but some years have had more and seemed sexier. However, the most notable feature is the structure. It is very impressive in structure, that classic Port power and firmness coming to the fore and overshadowing the rest at the moment. This is very tight and very unevolved. Don't even think of buying it if you aren't prepared to cellar it. The 2030 start date that I have will not be even close to late enough if you want harmony and complexity. To me, this is the best of the three 2016s from the Fladgate Group this issue (Croft and Taylor being the other two), thanks to its pure intensity, but time will tell if it becomes as sexy as I'm sure Taylor's will be. In the meanwhile, Fonseca looks like one of the greats of this vintage.
Rated 96-98/100 The Wine Advocate
Lots of ripe fruit here with raisins and wet earth that turn to violets and hot stones. Full-bodied, tannic and powerful with fantastic grip and intensity. Grabs you. Impressive. Drink in 2025.
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
This bottling brings together a fine structure with great fruit to give a luscious wine that is also destined for long-term aging. With its ripe berry flavors sustained by some acidity, this is already balanced. Drink from 2028
Rated 97/100 Wine Enthusiast
The 2016 Fonseca Vintage Port began to be picked on 21 September at their Panascal vineyard, their Quinta do Cruzeira vineyard not picked until 6 October. It is deep, almost inky in colour. The bouquet is very intense with luscious black fruit laced with embers, clove and hints of bay leaf. There is wonderful purity here and a broodiness that suggests you'd better be patient. The palate is sweet and lively on the entry with some gorgeous ginger and curry leaf notes littered over the compact black fruit. There is wonderful density to this Fonseca. It is like a coiled spring with so much energy towards the finish that you just know this will be a long-term prospect. Superb. Production is 4,900 cases.
Rated 96/100 Neal Martin, Vinous Media

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Avery Brewing Raspberry Truffale Stout


This one sold fast last week -

Avery Brewing Raspberry Truffale...$11.99 / 12oz

Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels with Chocolate and Raspberries
14.0% ABV
With this 50th installment to our Barrel-Aged Series, we figured there's always room for dessert. We are proud to serve you this homage to Dad's favorite dessert, a riff on our first ever seasonal brew from '96, magnified in Bourbon barrels for a bigger, bolder bite of indulgence.