Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amazing 20 Year Rye

An impressive Rye and a bargain for a 20 Year Old!!

Hirsch Selection Canadian Rye Whisky 20 Year Old...$43.99
HIRSCH SELECTION™ is a supreme hand picked series representing the finest spirits available; each chosen with connoisseurs of small batch fine spirits in mind. This spectacular Canadian Rye Whisky, bottled in Nova Scotia, is truly worthy of the Hirsch Selection name. Aromatic and smooth, the limited 8 and 20 year old selections will thrill any whiskey enthusiast. Enjoy every drop! Aromatic and smooth, these whiskies were produced using column stills, aged to perfection in oak casks and bottled by Glenora Distillers in Nova Scotia, Canada.

A masterful Sassicaia

In stock now and online

2008 Sassicaia...$187.99
Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia
"This is the best young Sassicaia in years. It's the new 1988, which was great, and sometimes better than the legendary 1985. What incredible aromas here with blueberries, spices, licorice, plums. Graphite too. Subtle and complex. Full and silky with a beautiful texture of fine tannins and an ultra-fine finish. So beautiful now but will be much better in 2015. Owner Niccolo Incisa della Rocchetta says that Sassicaia is always great in years that end with eight: 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008. 97 points "
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
(Formerly of the Wine Spectator)

2006 Bruenllo has arrived...

In stock now at Forsyth.

2006 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino...$67.99
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a dazzling wine. The aromatics alone are haunting. Sweet red cherries, rosemary, sage, tobacco and cedar are woven into a fabric of nearly indescribable elegance. Costanti’s straight Brunello can sometimes lack a little depth in its fruit, but not in 2006. This totally complete, harmonious Brunello is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. It is a stunner. As delicious as the wine is now, it really needs at least a handful of years for the firm tannins to start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator 

2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino....$67.99
"Fuligni’s 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the stars of the vintage. Sweet floral notes weave through a core of expressive red fruit as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2006 shows incredible purity and finesse, most notably in its silky, polished tannins. This isn’t a blockbuster, but rather a wine that conquers through its sheer finesse. The wine spent 27 days on the skins. The volume and weight are influenced by the modern school, everything else is traditional all the way. The 2006 is the first vintage in which the percentage of French oak has been dropped to 25%, which has allowed the purity of the fruit to shine through to a degree that I have seldom, if ever, seen here. Rain during June naturally lowered yields and may partly explain why Fuligni’s 2006 is so phenomenal. Simply put, readers won’t want to miss this superb Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031." 
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino...$62.99
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is surprisingly dark and heavy in this vintage. Black fruit, leather, licorice and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. As delicious as this is, the typical Lisini pedigree and elegance doesn’t come through to the extent it usually does. Ultimately the 2006 Brunello is a rather ponderous wine from this historic property. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino...$72.99
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is another superb Brunello from Il Poggione. The ripeness of the vintage meets a classic sense of structure as this bold, full-bodied wine takes shape in the glass. The 2006 doesn’t have the elegance or finesse of the 2004, instead it offers a decidedly more virile, masculine expression of Sangiovese. Dark cherries, tobacco, smoke and underbrush wrap around a wall of tannin as the finish builds to a majestic close. Il Poggione’s Brunello remains one of the best values in fine, cellar-worthy wine. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino....$61.99
This is a very rich Sangiovese on the nose with dried black cherries and strawberries. Lots of dark chocolate too. Loads of black chocolate cake and dried coffee cake character. Full and very powerful. Lots of ripe tannins. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2014. 
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

On sale now....

2004 Sbragia Rancho del Oso....$49.99 
Compare to Brown Derby at $74.99
Those mountain tannins are here in spades, and even though they’re ripe and sweet, they give the wine a powerful astringency that demands cellaring. But age will certainly reward, for the wine is huge in currant, black cherry and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Open after 2010 and the fruit will shine through in all its ripe, succulent glory. — S.H. (3/1/2008)
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tommyknocker is back

A new one from Tommyknocker

Tommyknocker HOP STRIKE BLACK IPA....$10.99 / 6pk
"This beer is characterized by an intermingling of spicy citrus hops and chocolate malt creating an interesting complexity and great first impression on the nose. Hop Strike’s substantial 78 IBUs are balanced by Chocolate Rye resulting in a nice depth of malt character and deep color."
Rated 94/100 on RateBeer

New package on the Brown Maple

Tommyknocker Maple Brown....$9.49 / 6pk
A delicate amount of maple syrup is added to each barrel of our award winning Maple Nut Brown Ale to impart roasted sweetness. This addition balances the nut flavor produced by chocolate malts used in the brewhouse, producing a drinkable dark amber ale with a relatively low alcohol content.

1996 Great American Beer Festival Bronze Medal. 1999 NABA Silver Medal. 2000 World Beer Cup Gold Medal. 2002 GABF Bronze Medal. 2002 NABA Silver Medal. 2003 GABF Bronze Medal. 2006 GABF Bronze Medal

Original Sin Cider from New York

Original Sin Hard Cider....$11.99 / 6pk

Featured as “One of America’s Great Ciders”
- Food & Wine Magazine, Nov ’09

Gold Medal Winner
- Great International Beer & Cider Competition, Nov ’09

“Our top American cider.” (Blind taste test of 21 ciders)
- The New York Times, Dec ’03

“A favorite of the ciders we tried”
- Chicago Tribune, Aug ‘10

Delicious cheese...

In stock now at Forsyth
Chalet du Jura -- amazing French cheese
Modeled after one of the most famous cheeses -- Vacherin Mont d'Or.  Vacherin Mont d'Or is not available in the United States because it is not pasteurized and aged under 60 days.  Chalet du Jura is basically a pasteurized version of Vacherin Mont d'Or.     Vacherin is a name give to the smaller wheels of cheese made at the end of summer when the cow's milk production declines.    The outside of the cheese is wrapped with red pine that actually adds even more character to the cheese.

Steve Jenkins, The Cheese Primer calls Vacherin Mont d'Or "one of the highest achievements of human civilization."

Stone -- St. Louis Edition

Stone IPA with the special St. Louis back label is in stock now at Forsyth.  
Also online

Stone IPA "St. Louis Edition"....$3.79 / 22oz

Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot "Yellow Label" --- $42.99
Comes with this great insulated wine bag.  Great for bringing bottles of wine (or Champagne) to a restaurant to protect them from this heat!  We have sold bags similar to these for $10 each

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Great Summer White....

This wine is another one of our popular whites, but we have been having trouble getting it as it sells very fast.  Finally back in stock and a new package finished in a screw cap now.
2010 Domaine de la Salette Côtes de Gascogne Blanc...$11.99 
Made from 80% Colombard, 10% Ugni Blanc and 10% Gros Manseng.
Fresh, clean and lively with intense exotic fruit aromas. Crisp, clean and zesty in the mouth, it offers delicate flavors of citrus fruit and grapefruit, and a long lingering finish. Enjoy as an aperitif or with grilled fish, shellfish and appetizers.
"As most shrewd readers know, Cotes de Gascogne whites can offer excellent value. Most of them are made from a combination of grapes, in this case, 80% Colombard and the rest equal parts Ugni Blanc and Gros Manseng. Crisp, elegant, honeyed grapefruit notes intermixed with some lemon zest and orange rind offer up loads of fruit in this medium-bodied, naked wine, which is completely unoaked and exuberant. Drink it over the next year." 
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 

Another great Rose

From the maker of our now famous Picpoul de Pinet....
2010 Hugues de Beauvignac Syrah Rosé...$11.99
100% Syrah, bled off after 8 hours of maceration.   This is one of the fuller bodied Rose wines you will taste from this year.  Pink colored, firm in the style of a Tavel rosé, the wine shows strawberry aromas, candy notes on the nose and cherry and pomegranate flavors on the palate. The wine is silky, elegant, crisp and refreshing.

"Fruity, with strawberry and plum flavors that remain fresh through the spicy finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. –KM"
- The Wine Spectator

2010 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone ROSE

"Great bargains continue to emerge from Domaine Grand Veneur as well as from their negociant arm of the business, labeled Alain Jaume." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2010 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Rose...$15.99
This beautiful Rose is mostly Grenache with the rest being composed of Syrah and Cinsault.   The first batch of 2010 sold out quickly, we just received another load from the importer.   July in St. Louis is ideal for a great Rose like Grand Veneur Rose.   Pronounced Strawberry nose that comes through on the palate.  The wine is round and fresh, with a nice dry finish.  Chill it down and enjoy.

Real Beaujolais....

2010 Manoir du Carra Beaujolais-Villages Unfiltered...$13.99This 100% Gamay wine is produced from a selection of old vines (70 to 100 years old) with much smaller yields than most Beaujolais.    This "real" unfiltered Beaujolais is much better than the negociant producers.  In fact, Manoir du Carra sell off at least 25% of their juice that they feel is not good enough for their wine.   Ruby red color, black berry and cherry aromas. Ample in the mouth, very elegant and long lingering finish.   This is a perfect red to chill during these hot summer months.  Fresh and delicious.

Great White Burgundy....

Great Value -- something that is not said very often about White Burgundy.  Forget that this is a 
Macon-Villages -- this is just GREAT WHITE BURGUNDY

2008 Guillemot-Michel Macon Villages "Quintaine"....$29.99
"Even better (than the 2009), no doubt because it’s had an extra year of bottle age to give it some complexity, is the 2008 Macon-Villages Quintaine. Coming from 45-year-old vines, this wine has an expressive nose of green apples, sweet, exotic melons, white peach and buttered citrus. Medium to full-bodied, with great acidity, loads of minerality, and a hint of tropical fruit in the mouth.  Two beautiful wines from this 17.3-acre estate in the Maconnais, owned by Marc and Pierre Guillemot, this estate has been biodynamically farmed for 20 years, which is impressive."
92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

We only got in 8 cases - reserve some online

Monday, July 18, 2011

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection

We have 3 winners....

Blake S.
Nick P.
Brad B.

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection....$49.99 / 375ml

What to do with only 3 bottles and so many people wanting them?

We decided to try a raffle.  We have tickets to fill out at all four of our stores.  Just stop by during stores hours starting now until 7pm on July 16th and fill out your name, phone# and email.   On Monday, July 18th, we will gather up the tickets from all four stores and have a drawing.   The 3 names we draw will get a bottle of Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection reserved for them to purchase ($49.99 / 375ml).

More info.
  • No purchase necessary, but you must fill out the tickets in person at the stores
  • No email or phone call sign ups.
  • Must 21 years of age to enter
  • Only 1 entry per person 
  • (for additional entries,  each bottle of Buffalo Trace you purchase you can enter again)
  • You do not need to be present for the drawing, we will contact the winners via phone or email

We have 1 bottle of the 1989 Barrels - Rediscovered
and 2 bottles fo the 1991 Barrels - Rediscovered

Amazing Muscadet....

The Best Muscadet made....2008 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet "Expression de Gneiss"...$19.99
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: gneiss
Small Production: only 555 cases madeA perfect match to fish, seafood and white meats.

"The Melon de Bourgogne grape often produces Muscadet wines that are delicious but relatively simple. Not true of those made by famed winemaker Guy Bossard, who creates some of the best and most complex Muscadets you can find. This one has a layered palate of citrus, lees, and toast with prominent mineral notes. A superb wine at an incredible price!"
Rated 91/100 International Wine Review