Saturday, October 3, 2020

Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

2017 Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir Russian River Valley...$27.99
Very attractive, brambly blueberries and cherries with spicy, earthy and floral aromas, making for a complex, young impression. The palate has a gently smoky thread with smooth-honed, fleshy tannins and a succulent, juicy build on the finish. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Ale Aged in 18 Year Old Highland Park Casks

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Ale Aged in 18 Year Old Highland Park Casks...$9.99 / 11.2oz bottle
Old Engine Oil Barleywine matured in Highland Park Whisky barrels.
Ola Dubh (or 'Black Oil') is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun's award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rst with genuine provenance.

Retaining the appearance of used motor oil from which the beer gets its name, it is deep dark brown, dense and oily. On the nose there are notes of true oil and cocoa as well as faint smoke and heathery peat from the whisky casks. Although lighter in body that its appearance suggests, Ola Dubh is pithy, oily, salty and bitter on the palate. The nish is exceptional; burnt and bitter notes with an interplay of late hop characters, orange oil, fruity tartness and then delicate, fragrant smoke.

Old Engine Oil:
Old Engine Oil is a near-black brew with a silky-smooth rummy aroma, a coffee-ish palate, and a suggestion of the darkest chocolate. It is made from pale malt, roasted barley and malted oats. Old Engine Oil is well-hopped with the sweetish variety Galena from Washington State, Worchester Fuggles and East Kent Golgings.

La Luna Mezcal

La Luna Mezcal Bruto...$92.99
20-25 year agave
Only 75 cases produced
 These wild and huge agave are of the inaequidens family, harvested in the hills just past Etucuaro. These massive agaves have low brix and yield, and due to those complexities in working with Bruto we had to inoculate the fermentation from Pulque made from this same maguey. For each vat of 1000 liters we fill it to about 800 liters of bagazo and water and use 20 liters of pulque for the inoculation. Some expressions of this have been brought up as Alto from Michoacan, but both in Cotija, where my family is from and where we have one of our new vinatas, and in the area of Querendaro they refer to it as Bruto.
Aroma- leather, tobacco, blueberries, soil
Flavor- sweet agave, bitter roots
Mezcalero - Adan Perez & Edgar "Jigy" Perez

Hoppin' Frog Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA V2


Hoppin' Frog Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA V2...$6.99 / 16oz can

Behold the wild combination of flavor and aroma of our Vanilla IPA. These are two great tastes that taste great together, and will open your eyes to the inventive side of brewing! Welcome to our world, where we apply our engiBEERing knowledge to create new beers the likes of which are seldom experienced. Open your eyes to Hoppin' Frog and your eyes to the world of beer!
7.5% ABV

Hoppin' Frog Q.O.R.IS. the Quasher Quadruple Imperial Stout


Hoppin' Frog Q.O.R.IS. the Quasher Quadruple Imperial Stout...$5.99 / 8.45oz can
Dry-hopped and first-wart hopped with aromatic American hops to create one great and memorable imperial stout.
15.7% ABV

Hoppin' Frog Smashing Berry Blonde


Hoppin' Frog Smashing Berry Blonde....$10.99 4pk cans
Crisp and refreshing, with a splash of bery to add some awesome flavor and some fun. It's simply smashing.

Hoppin' Frog The Frog Abides Stout

Hoppin' Frog The Frog Abides Stout....$6.99 / 16oz can
White Stout with coffee
An inventive, new white version of Hoppin' Frog's favorite beer style, made to taste like the Dude's favorite drink. As The Dude says, "careful man, there's a beverage here!"

The Frog, that's what you call me . You know, that or, uh, his frogness, or uh, frogger, or el Frogererino if you not into the whole brevity thing.

The beer really ties the room together.


Stone IPA Enjoy By 10.31.20

Stone IPA Enjoy By 10.31.20 ...$15.99 / 6pk cans
Consistently delivered faster than any bottled IPA on the planet, Stone Enjoy By IPA facilitated a paradigm shift in respect for and enjoyment of hoppy beers by ensuring craft beer fans the ultimate level of freshness. We brew this intense double IPA with more than 10 different hops, employing hop-bursting and dry-hopping techniques to amp up the peach and tropical fruit notes and overall hop factor. Brewed specifically NOT to last, this devastatingly fresh, golden beauty should be enjoyed within 37 days.

  • Nugget
  • Super Galena
  • Simcoe
  • Delta
  • Target
  • Amarillo
  • Cascade
  • Galaxy
  • Citra®
  • Nelson Sauvin
  • Motueka & Helga

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome 2020/2021

Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome 2020/2021....$9.99 / 4pk bottles
The History of Winter Welcome
Throughout history, beer of somewhat higher alcohol and richness has been enjoyed for the winter holidays, when old friends get together to enjoy the season. Wassail, a festival to celebrate winter and the beer that goes with it, predates the Christian era. Winter Welcome is vintage-dated with a special label each year, and was first shipped to the US in 1990 - it was the first imported winter seasonal beer. Serve in a traditional Sam Smith tulip or nonik glass for the holidays.
Taste: Honey-amber colored, creamy head of small bubbles, floral aroma and delicious caramel malt flavor with great finesse. Fine hop aroma finish and a fruity note from fermentation in open-topped stone "Yorkshire Squares."

4 Hands Absence of Light Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout

4 Hands Absence of Light Peanut Butter Chocolate Milk Stout...$9.99 / 4pk cans
Absence of Light is a milk stout brewed with peanut butter. Chocolate malt dominates the grain bill, backed up by a combination of caramel malts and roasted barley. This provides a very rich, complex flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee, peanut butter and a slightly sweet finish. |

Brooklyn Handcrafted Gin

Brooklyn Handcrafted Gin...$32.99
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Brooklyn Gin is a craft spirit made in New York with fresh citrus peels and hand-cracked juniper. Our gin is fresh, complex, and flavorful. It’s good enough to drink on its own and we’re proud of that.

Other folks are noticing, too. We won a double gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a double gold medal at the 2015 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, a gold medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, a gold medal at the 2015 Craft Competition, and 91 points and a rating of “Excellent, Highly Recommended” at the 2015 Ultimate Spirits Challenge.

We use 100% fresh citrus peels and hand-cracked juniper. By hand-cutting the citrus fruit, and releasing the essential oils in the juniper berries, we make a more vibrant gin than the distillers who use frozen or dried citrus peels.

Unlike mass-produced factory gins, we do everything by hand. It takes more time and effort, but we believe you can taste it in your very first sip. We use one Christian Carl copper pot still. Each batch yields 300 bottles of gin and our process takes three days. We distill Brooklyn Gin using locally purchased fruit and a base spirit made from 100% American corn that is sourced from small farms.

Our small company got its start in the wake of the financial crisis. At that time, due to our available resources, we were unable to build our own distillery. We were lucky to find a remarkable partner just outside the city in the Hudson Valley to help bring our vision of a handmade, small-batch American gin to life. We craft and bottle Brooklyn Gin at the Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery in Warwick, New York.

It is our greatest dream to build our own distillery in Brooklyn, and the realization of that dream is closer than ever.

2017 Patz and Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

Patz and Hall does it again. Not surprisingly when you pair up two of the most iconic brands in California Chardonnay the results are amazing. Few Wineries or Vineyards are as synonymous with great Chardonnay as Patz and Hall and Dutton Ranch, put them together and you have 96 point Chardonnay for under $40, Win Win!!

2017 Patz and Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay...$39.99
From the Russian River, the 2017 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch is a step up and has more intensity and depth, with a rocking bouquet of honey stone fruits, brioche, toasted hazelnuts, and crushed stone. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, with bright acidity, it has a kiss of background oak but is a seriously good, layered effort that will cruise for 5-7 years, probably longer.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2017 Foxglove Chardonnay

Great Value in California Chardonnay

2017 Foxglove Chardonnay...$14.99
The 2017 Chardonnay is soft, supple and absolutely delicious. Light tropical notes, lemon confit, white flowers and bright acids give the 2017 striking nuance as well as character. The Foxglove Chardonnay is built on a core of fruit from Los Alamos, with a touch of fruit from Paso Robles, vinified and aged in steel, with no malolactic fermentation. Best of all, it is a stunning value. drink 2019-2024
Rated 90/100 Vinous Media Antonio Galloni

Landmark Chardonnay Overlook


2018 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook...$11.99 / 375ml
The 2018 Chardonnay Overlook is largely in the same style as the 2017, but in a softer, more flattering, easygoing style. It has plenty of richer honeyed orchard and pineapple fruit, a rounded, forward texture, and good balance. Drink it over the coming year or three.
Rated 89/100 Jeb Dunnuck


Half bottles!

2017 Ruffino Modus Toscana...$13.99 / 375ml
A rich, layered red with lots of plum, chocolate and walnut character. It’s full-bodied with chewy yet soft tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
A full-bodied and muscular Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet red wine blend from the Tuscany wine region. Wine grapes are vinified and aged separately in small French and American oak casks for up to one year prior to blending and bottling. Silky with structured tannins, look for concentrated black cherry, plum, savoury herb, a flinty, spicy flavours finishing vibrant and supple on the palate.
Food pairings: pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, autumn hodge-podge.
Rated 91/100 Natalie MacLean

Caymus Cabernet in HALF BOTTLES


2018 Caymus Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$42.99 / 375ml
Aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through “hang time” – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to “hang” on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes. The wines are abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Crop thinning, allowing measured sunlight to reach the vine’s fruit zone, and waiting for increased ripeness are all part of our viticultural practices. Caymus Cabernets offer a wide array of aromas and flavors including cocoa, cassis and vanilla

Chateau D'Esclans Whispering Angel ROSE

 Half bottle!

2019 Chateau D'Esclans Whispering Angel ROSE..$11.99 / 375ml
As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d’esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from château d’esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé. As our objective is to obtain the best quality grapes and wines, we have created relationships with the local grape growers, committed beside Caves d’esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as are the vineyards of Château d’esclans.

Sonoma Cutrer HALF BOTTLES

2014 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Pinot Noir...$14.99 / 375ml
A bright, lovely layering of cherry and strawberry strikes first, before a jolt of rose perfume finds its complement in an earthy lilt of salt and forest. Sandalwood enhances the intrigue and complexity of this medium-bodied wine.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Floral, blue fruit and spice aromas follow through to a full body, dense and tight. Long and flavorful finish. Shows intensity and beauty. Nice fruit at the end. Drink or hold.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

2017 Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay...$9.99 / 375ml
Russian River Ranches is beautifully focused on the palate with flavors of crisp, zesty lemon, green apple, lime and barrel spice. The wine rounds out with our signature citrus acidity and a nicely balanced long, flavorful finish.

George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish

Super Sale!!

George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish...$9.99 / 750ml
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For over a century, the legacy of two Southern brands, George Dickel and McIlhenny Company’s TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce, have left their mark on the world and their distinct tastes in the memories of people everywhere. These two iconic brands have come together in one bottle to create George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish, or Hot Dickel for short.

George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish stands out by bringing a deliciously spicy kick, made by hand and finished in barrels used to age tabasco peppers for three years.

Best enjoyed as a shot with celery salt on the rim, pickle juice, or an ice chaser. Damn straight, it’s Hot Dickel!

Game of Thrones Lagavulin 9 Year Old "House of Lannister"

Check out this price!
Lagavulin 9 year old under $30!!
This is not a typo!
2 per person for now

Game of Thrones Lagavulin 9 Year Old "House of Lannister"...$27.99
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Lagavulin is one of the most legendary single malt brands and has been crafted on the shores of Islay for more than 200 years – mirroring the meticulous calculation and tenacity employed by the Lannisters in their rise to conquer the Iron Throne. This single malt whisky is a roaring single malt that recalls the Lannister's riches.

Friday, October 2, 2020

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch #6

Great price!  
The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch #6....$339.99
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Lowest price wine searcher is $429.99

Batch 6 showcases Malt Master David Stewart MBE’s expertise and stock management skills to marry 21 rare and precious casks from The Balvenie’s aged whisky stocks

Following in the footsteps of batches 1-5 of The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 6 – a non-chill filtered whisky, bottled at 50.4% ABV – brings to life David Stewart MBE’s 57-years’ worth of experience and art of whisky stock management through an expression of exemplary quality and character.

NOSE Rich with soft brown sugar, toffee, blossom honey and ginger oak spices.

TASTE Beautiful depth on the palette with a touch of maple syrup, candied orange and runny honey.

FINISH Sweet and malty alongside swathes of oak vanilla and a spicy layer.

Great Napa Cabernet for under $40

Great Napa Cabernet for under $40

It seems to be getting harder and harder to find that great easy drinking Napa Cabernet these days. As prices have climbed on wines from Napa Valley we often turn towards areas like Paso Robles, Washington State, Argentina and even Australia for value when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon. But there is nothing quite like a classic Napa Cab on these cool Fall evenings we have been having.

2016 Salvestrin Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $34.99

Compare to $67.99 at Total Wine
From a gem of a vineyard in St. Helena and a mix of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Syrah, and 1% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Dr. Crane Vineyard Estate offers a fresh, complex bouquet of plums, blueberries, gravelly minerality, and incense. It's more focused and streamlined compared to the Three D release (which is a 2015), has terrific purity of fruit, medium body, and good length. Drink it over the coming 10-15 years.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

2018 Xanthos Oakville Napa Cabernet Sauvignon...$32.99
Oakville is Napa Valley’s most exclusive terroir, normally it is hard to find one less than $100, some famous Oakville producers include Far Niente, Groth, Screaming Eagle and Opus One. Those are some impressive neighbors.
Aged in 60% new French Oak for 15 months. Featuring opulent layers of blackberry, bing cherry and juicy red fruit character that unfold with complex nuances of violet and mocha. Ample, mature tannins provide firm structure and rich texture for the mouth filling flavors. is rich, generous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is approachable and delicious now.

2017 Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley $29.98
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Distinctive, with blueberry and açaí berry fruit flavors, infused liberally with sassafras, bay leaf and sweet spice notes. A beautiful rendition of mountain fruit, laced with racy acidity and carried by smoldering tannins. Shows impressive detail and energy for a 2017. Best from 2021 through 2035.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2017 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon $28.99
Balanced and juicy with chocolate, spice, walnut and currant character. Medium to full body. Lightly austere and toned. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2017 Rubus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$26.99
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price. Its long finish displays full mature flavors of blackberry, currant and chocolate with just a hint of toasty oak and black cherry. The tannins are refined and polished, allowing the fruit to be the focus.
Serve this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with a variety of bold preparations ranging from Osso Bucco, grilled steak, other grilled red meats and cheeses.

Perfect 100 Point Barolo !!

Sandrone's Perfect 2016 Le Vigne
We scored 24 bottles but  only have 12 bottles left already

2016 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne...$169.99
I absolutely adore this wine on every emotional and intellectual level. I can still taste it today, weeks after my first sampling. The Luciano Sandrone 2016 Barolo Le Vigne is a stirring and profound expression that pulls on your heartstrings. I found it to be unforgettable, quite literally, inspiring one of those celebrated "wow" moments that we wine lovers so desperately seek in bottle after bottle. Le Vigne is a clever blend of fruit from Baudana in Serralunga d'Alba (offering the power), Villero in Castiglione Falletto (shaping the precision), Vignane in Barolo (adding to the purity of the aromas) and Merli in Novello (that helps to flesh out the fruit). This intersection of various vineyards spanning the appellation creates a pyramid of perfection and beauty. The wine shows large construction, but that fruit weight is balanced against the vivid cherry, spice, aniseed and campfire ash that gently lift from the bouquet.
Rated a PERFECT 100/100 The Wine Advocate