Friday, February 25, 2011

98 Point Bordeaux

2005 Chateau Pape Clement Pessac-Léognan Rouge...$219.99
"Probably the greatest Pape-Clement ever made, the dense purple-colored 2005 (a blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) exhibits sumptuous notes of smoky scorched earth, graphite, melted licorice, and blackberries. Once past the exquisite perfume, the wine reveals full body, extraordinary concentration, plenty of chocolate, smoke, cassis, and blackberry flavors, and that unmistakable volcanic ash-like earthiness that comes from this appellation. The tannins are slightly sweeter than those found in most northern Medocs, but this is still a backward, large-scaled effort that requires 7-8 years of cellaring. It should last for 30-35 years."
Rated 98/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"Dark in color, offering wonderful aromas of licorice, berry, fresh tobacco and currant, with Indian spices. Complex and full-bodied, with supersilky tannins that caress every inch of the palate. Long and satisfying. A joy to taste this young wine. Best after 2015. 7,500 cases made. –JS"
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Siduri

The Amazing 2009s of Siduri.....don't miss them.

2009 Siduri Pinot Noir Pisoni....$53.99
Tightly bound, firm and structured, with a rich beam of lively wild berry, raspberry, spice, mineral and subtle smoky, toasty oak notes. Full-bodied and dense, yet elegant, this is an impressive youngster that's built for aging. Drink now through 2020. 364 cases made. –JL
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Siduri Pinot Noir Gary's...$45.99
Firm, dense and concentrated, with a lively array of vivid wild berry, raspberry, mineral, sage, cedar and anise flavors that are full-bodied and deceptively muscular—a very positive sign for a wine of this age. There's a long, gripping finish, with tiers of flavor. Drink now through 2020. 298 cases made. –JL
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Siduri Pinot Noir Santa Lucia...$26.99
(In stock at Forsyth, Ballwin, and Rock Hill)
"Firm and well-structured, with a complex band of wild berry and blackberry, spice and floral notes. Full-bodied, gaining depth, richness and nuance, this ends with a return to the berry medley on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,855 cases made. –JL"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Siduri Pinot Noir Sierra Mar....$44.99
"Firm, rich, deep and concentrated, this combines power with finesse, with tiers of ripe berry flavors that echo plum, blackberry, raspberry and spice. Full-bodied, intense and persistent, with a long aftertaste. Best from 2011 through 2019. 170 cases made. –JL"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Goose Island release

5 more cases just arrived! Also available online

2011 Goose Island Pepe Nero....$9.99 / 4pk

"A black rye saison that combines a roasted/smoky malt character in balance with a pepper spice from the yeast. Finishes dry with a refreshing level of carbonation."
Rated 93/100 RateBeer
Brewmasters Notes:
With an aroma of roasted chestnuts and a mysteriously dark, mahogany hue, Pepe Nero is a farmhouse ale brewed with black peppercorns. His roasty sweetness melds into a lingering, earthy, black pepper finish that is ideal for pairing with grilled meats and roasted vegetables.
Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.0%
International Bitterness Units: 30
Color: Mahogany
Malt: Pilsner, Rye, Crystal Rye, Black Malt
Hops: Pilgrim, Saaz

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Goose Island Night Stalker is here!!

In stock at Forsyth!

order online
Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout...$8.99 / 22oz

Rated 100/100 on RateBeer

Info from Goose Island's Website:
A heavily-hopped imperial stout, Night Stalker is a heavyweight of a beer. It delivers a formidable punch of hops and rich roasted malt notes to the nose in a silky body that's as dark as night.

Recipe Information:
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11.2%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black

Great 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm

In stock at Forsyth now....
2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett...$29.99
"Shows plenty of power, but remains light and crisp, offering focused flavors of mineral, peach, and ruby grapefruit. Finishes with white pepper and hints of savory herb. Very pure. Drink now through 2024. –KM"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Auslese....$41.99
"Vivid and pure-tasting, with a well-structured array of mineral, peach, citrus and savory spice notes that are tightly wound. Still, this is quite airy, especially on the impeccable finish of lime and nectarine. Best from 2015 through 2038.—K.M."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett...$23.99
"Focused and pure-tasting, this displays a concentrated minerality up front, with well-spiced tangerine and mango flavors. White chocolate notes fill the long finish. Drink now through 2024. –KM"
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Coming soon....
2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Berkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese....$37.99
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Risling Auslese...$46.99
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator

Lagunitas Gnarly Wine

Another 5 cases just arrived -- went fast last time
2011 Lagunitas GnarlyWine....$3.59 / 22oz

Limited Release

The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors. ABV 10-12%

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

More fresh Two-Hearted....

We just keep getting it FRESH --
Bells Two Hearted Ale bottled February 15, 2011 -- 1 week old!

Bells Hopslam!

We are told that we should see another load of Bell's HOPSLAM 6pks today.

SOLD OUT again

The rare and limited Samichlaus

New package just arrived....

2009 Samichlaus Limited Edition Classic....$12.99 / 750ml
2009 Samichlaus Limited Edition Classic....$18.99 / 4pk
Brewed once a year on December 6th and aged for 10 months before bottled.
"To breathe in the scent of this vigorous crimson-colored brew is to be par to a sensory preview of its incredibly nuanced flavors, its strength and its warmth. A cloying sweetness of this potent bier (14% abv, to be exact) reveals a spectrum of complex and satisfying tastes --- perfect if savored now or stored for a period of time while its forceful flavor grows in nuance and subtlety. It's an extraordinary synergy of scent and taste, with light malty notes of vanilla, apple cider, toffee, chocolate, oak, and a spirited suggestion of matured brandy, sherry and port in its character. This intense flavor is lightened at the finish by a pronounced glow of peppery liquor, for a flavor that lingers long after each sip of this exceptionally thick and glossy satin body." - importer

Samichlaus Helles....$12.99 / 750ml
2010 Samichlaus Helles....$18.99 / 4pk

Brewed once a year on December 6th and lagered for 18 months.
"This Helles is pure intensity in beer form. From its forceful aroma of the fruity essences of pears apples and grapes to a character hinting at anise, pepper, vanilla and fruits gilded in a powdered sugary glaze, it seems only natural that this hard hitter's alcohol by volume is a hearty 14%. Its taste is slightly hoppy, lightly fizzy with a luxuriant and velvety texture – a beer for your cellar, if you can manage to resist its cognac-like dry finish and welcoming zest for long enough to allow it to age. Not that you have to - brewed only once a year on December 6, Helles is aged for a full 10 months before bottling. It may be hard to imagine doing much better than this golden, robustly toothsome brew, with few more years under its belt, it grows in complexity and nuance – proving that not only wine can age magnificently gracefully." -- importer

also online

Monday, February 21, 2011

Week #5 Pairing....

Week #5

New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.

Saturday, February 26 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:

Forsyth: Old Chatham Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert
Ballwin: Old Chatham Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert
Rock Hill: Old Chatham Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert

Old Chatham Nancy's Hudson Valley Camembert
An American Artisan cheese producer from New York that specializes in Sheep's milk cheeses. The Nancy's is actually a blend of Sheep and Cow milk.
"Sheep’s milk cheese has been made in other parts of the world for centuries, perhaps as long as 12,000 years, but it is relatively new in the United States. Old Chatham Sheepherding Company was in the forefront of producing some of the first sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt in the US." -- Old Chatham

Wine: To match with the Camembert we are going to use a a good crisp Sauvignon Blanc with some acid to cleanse the palate from this rich cheese. The flavors of the Sauvignon blanc should really enhance the cheese.
Forsyth: Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc
Ballwin: Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc
Rock Hill: Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc

Extra info about the wine
2009 Coussergues Sauvignon Blanc
One of our best selling Sauvignon Blancs with crisp acid and fresh fruit. The flavors revolve around citrus including some grapefruit, but there is also some great melon characteristics to round it out.

Beer: To match with Nancy's Camembert we are going to use a great Belgian Ale with high carbonation and some hops to cleanse the palate and take the cheese to the next dimension..
Forsyth: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Ballwin: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
Rock Hill: Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel

Extra info about the beer
Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel
"A unique marriage between the English tradition of IPAs, the new American revolution of Imperial IPAs and the classic Belgian way of brewing. Houblon Chouffe, although very much hopped as it is, showcases the unique balance between a very strong IPA and a very special Belgian Tripel exclusively created for this ale (Big malty body, distinct dryness, expressive estery fruitiness). - IBU: 59, Original Gravity: 1092 ."
Rated 99 on RateBeer

*This will be in addition to our normal wine tastings at the stores.