Saturday, April 26, 2014

2009 Chimney Rock

This one is starting to drink well now....

2009 Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District...$65.99
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with enticing scents of raspberry jam, sweet herbs and spices. There is a centeredness and a poise to the 2009 that give the wine its sense of harmony and total balance. Sweet, floral notes reappear on the engaging finish. As good as this is today, it will only be better in another 2-3 years. This is another fabulous effort from Chimney Rock. The blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Rose Wines are arriving!

2013 Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé...$19.99
Picked as the top Rose of the 2012 Vintage by both The New York Times wine writer Eric Asimov and Decanter Magazine. We are very excited to kick of Rose season with the Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé, why save the best for last?
For us, this wine is the classic representation of the pink-tinted wines of this region and is the workhorse wine of the estate. It carries a pale rose color, a lovely fruit blossom nose and finishes crisply dry with a stony touch that gives it class and elegance. The grape blend is usually Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah in varying percentages. The average age of the vines is 25 years or more. The Rosés of Peyrassol are made from the direct press method. The grapes undergo cold maceration before being pressed. This gives them their beautiful watermelon pink color. The fermentation takes place under controlled temperatures and is exceptionally long, resulting in rosés that are both lively, fresh and full-bodied. As production has increased at Peyrassol with the additional plantings, we too have increased our purchases.

2013 Chateau de Manissy Tavel Rosé...$14.99
Assembling a majority Grenache, Clairette , Cinsault Bourboulenc , Picpoul and Carignan, from a vineyard with an average age of forty.   This powerful wine with aromas of red fruits, prolongs its freshness tracking elegant and harmonious mouth.  Here is a young and modern Tavel to invite as an aperitif !   Alcohol : 13.5 % vol .  Mainly vintage hand with the freshness of the morning. Maceration for 6 to 12 hours extract primary aromas of the grapes. Fermentation at 16 ° C allows the yeast to express their perfume of red fruits.

2013 Domaine Les Aphillanthes Cotes du Rhone Rose...$12.99
This is a bio-dynamically farmed, well run estate owned by Daniel Boulle.  Mostly Cinsault (about 60%) and the rest is Grenache in this Cotes du Rhone Rose. Light bodied, pleasant and a nice floral nose. Perfect for St. Louis Spring and Summer weather.

2013 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Rose...$27.99
2013 Domaine Faillenc Saint Marie Rose des Glacieres...$14.99
2013 Chateau Guiot Costieres de Nimes Rose...$10.99

Friday, April 25, 2014

Unbelievable price on Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir

It has become more and more rare to find a great Pinot Noir under $20, much less one from Carneros. We recently had the chance to taste with Rich Arnold, head winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery and were incredibly impressed with the quality and price of the 2012 Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir.

2012 Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir...$14.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $18.09
Deliciously true to the variety and terroir the wine is lavishly perfumed and captivating in its elegance. A lovely cascade of aromas: sweet plums and juicy berries, infused with brown sugar, turned earth and warm, exotic spices translates gracefully to the palate. The rich flavors and plush texture are balanced by freshness and cool minerality. Lovely, silken texture with a long, berry and spice finish.
“...the tart cherry fruit and clay-like tannins of Carneros, but the brightness of the fruit breaks out of the structure, feeling light and effortless.
Rated 92/100 Wine and Spirits Magazine

Wine Education : Rose

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste 2013 Manissy Tavel Rose at all four of our locations 
this Saturday, April 26 from 11am-4pm. 
(each store will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape, a wine region, or something educational about wine each week at our stores. We will give you some background information and feature a wine(s) that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails
I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Making Rose Wine
A Rosé (from French: rosé also known as rosado in Portugal and Spanish-speaking countries or rosato in Italy) is a type of wine that incorporates some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify it as a red wine. There are 4 main methods for making a rose wine, rather than delve into the history of Rose we are going to focus on the methods of making Rose.

1.  Limited Maceration Method: Rosés can be produced in a variety of ways with the most common method being early pressing of red grape varieties after a very short period, usually 12-24 hours, of skin-contact (maceration). During maceration, phenolics such as the anthocyanins and tannins that contribute to color as well as many flavor components are leached from the skins, seeds and any stems left in contact with the must. In addition to adding color and flavor, these phenolics also serve as antioxidants, protecting the wine from degradation of oxygen exposure. While red wines will often have maceration last several days to even several weeks, the very limited maceration of rosés means that these wines will have less stable color, potential flavor components and oxygen protection. 

2. Vin Gris Method: Unlike the maceration method which gives some, albeit very brief, time for the juice to be in contact with the skins vin gris are wines made from the immediate pressing of red skin grapes without any maceration time. Despite the name vin gris, the resulting juice is actually not grey but rather a very pale pink that is usually much lighter than traditionally made rosés using the limited maceration and saignee methods. Under French wine laws, wines labeled gris de gris must only be made from lightly tinted grape varieties such as Cinsault, Gamay and Grenache gris.

3. Saignee Method:. The saignee (French for "bleed") method is the practice of removing ("bleeding off") some of the juice from the must in order to more deeply concentrate the phenolics, color and flavor the red wine. The Saignee method is used most often in regions famous for their red wine production, i.e. Burgundy, The Rhone Valley and Bordeaux.

4. Blending Method: This method is used almost exclusively in the production of Rose Champagne. In this method a small amount of still Red Wine is blended back in to the finished Champagne in order to achieve the Rose color. Many producers of Rose Champagne believe this method adds richness and enhances the ageability of their Rose Champagnes. 

Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms

2011 Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot Three Palms...$91.99

"It’s hard to remember, but as recently as 1978, just two years after Dan and Margaret Duckhorn founded their eponymous winery, Merlot was rarely bottled in California as a varietal wine. The grape was used primarily for blending -- to “soften” Cabernet Sauvignon. Duckhorn changed that. Their single vineyard bottling from northern Napa Valley’s Three Palms Vineyard showed the heights that this grape, in the right hands, could achieve. The vineyard takes its name from the three palm trees that arise in the middle of this rather warm part of Napa Valley. The 2011 vintage was unusually cool for Napa, which resulted in a spectacular Three Palms Merlot. Wonderfully aromatic, it’s a firm, young wine, with a riveting tension between fruitiness and herbal qualities. The tannins are fine, not aggressive, and provide perfect structure and balance. It expands it the glass, with layers of herbal earthy nuances, not just fruit flavors. Indeed, it’s the non-fruit elements that set this wine apart. This tightly wound wine, which stops you in your tracts now, should evolve beautifully over the next decade, so there’s no rush to pull the cork.
Rated 97/100 Michael Apstein, Wine Review Online

94 Point Syrah at a great price!

2010 Gorman Winery Pixie Red Mountain Syrah...$39.99
Supple, polished and expressive, offering mint and other fresh herb notes around a focused core of black cherry and dried fig. Intense without being weighty. Drink now through 2017. 350 cases made. –HS
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek

Lips of Faith Transatlantique Kriek....$11.99
In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Brewerij Boon of Belgium have partnered together again to create Transatlantique Kriek - a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with Polish cherries.

This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Frank Boon's brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Boon's offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium's Brewmaster Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek.

The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.

ABV: 8%
IBU: 8
Hops: Willamette
Malts: Pale, Red Wheat, Carapils, Roasted Barley
Body: Light
Aroma: Wise cherries with the musty linger of oaken barrels.
Mouthfeel: Exciting bursts of champagne-like carbonation, clean refreshing finish.
Flavor: This has all the sours: malic (green apple), lactic (sharp), acetic (vinegar), butyric (biley). Real cherry taste up front and a nice complex sourness.
Visual: Gorgeous ruby red with pink foam

Jack Daniels new RYE

Jack Daniels Rested Tennessee Rye...$44.99
Our Tennessee Rye has been “resting” quietly in our barrelhouses these past few years and we invite you to watch it mature along with us with this limited release. The spice character from the rye grain remains from the original Unaged Rye, but the barrels have begun to assert their toasted oak and vanilla notes into the rye whiskey.
Charcoal mellowed, matured in a new white oak barrel and offered only in this small batch. We think you will appreciate how our Tennessee Rye is maturing.

Jack Daniels Unaged Tennessee Rye...$44.99
Jack Daniel’s Unaged Tennessee Rye is Jeff Arnett’s exploration into the intriguing flavor drawn from premium rye. It's the first time since before Prohibition the Jack Daniel Distillery has used a new grain recipe. Rye has always been part of the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 grain bill but it has never been the lead grain until now.
When our tasters sampled it after distillation, they said this should not wait to be released. Jack Daniel’s Unaged TN Rye is offered only in a small batch and in limited supply so the majority of the new rye whiskey can mature in Jack Daniel’s barrelhouses for future release.
Although this unaged rye is not a mature whiskey, it offers a spicy, surprisingly sweet flavor. Whiskey enthusiasts and those who aspire to be “master tasters” are sure to appreciate its raw nature. It’s a chance to taste the unaged spirit as our master tasters do, appreciating what the grain adds to the whiskey before the spirit draws its flavor from the barrel.

Rogue Whiskey

Growing Spirits from ground to glass * table quality * hand-made revolution
Rogue Dead Guy Whiskey....$34.99 / 750ml
Rogue’s Dead Guy family has a whole new spirit—Dead Guy Whiskey is distilled from the same three malts as Rogue's Platinum medal-winning Dead Guy Ale. Dead Guy Whiskey, ocean-aged by both the Pacific Ocean and nearby Yaquina Bay.
Dead Guy Whiskey has a fresh orange citrus aroma with a delicately sweet, rich malt complex. Medium-bodied, flavors of oak and honey give way to a clean vanilla finish.

Growing Spirits from ground to glass * table quality * hand-made revolution
Rogue Farms Oregon Single Malt Whiskey...$44.99 / 750ml
Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is plowed, disced, harrowed, seeded, fed, watered, threshed, winnowed, malted, milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, smithed, barrel-aged and bottled by hand. When you grow it, you know it.
Rogue Farms Oregon Single Malt Whiskey opens with an attractive aroma of floral honey, peach and mango. Medium-to-full bodied, the aromas slowly transition to lush, ripe fruit and brown spice.
Rogue Farms Risk™ Malt; Distillers Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

Rogue Spirits Pink Spruce Gin

Growing Spirits from ground to glass * table quality * hand-made revolution
Rogue Pink Spruce Gin...$29.99
Pink Spruce Gin is Rogue’s Platinum award-winning Spruce Gin aged in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels for 4 – 6 months.
Pink Spruce Gin, with a slightly more robust body and mouth-feel, highlights the best of Spruce Gin’s already fruity esters and adds smooth, yet restrained flavors of vanilla, oak and tannins.
Spruce, Juniper Berries, Ginger, Fresh Cucumber, Orris Root, Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Tangerine, Grains of Paradise, Angelica Root & Coriander & Free Range Coastal Water.
Proof: 90

Spring Clearance at Forsyth!

Big sale on wine and beer!

I went to all of our stores and grabbed some beer and wine
that we are ready to move. 

Stop by Forsyth now - we have a Spring Clearance on wine and beer!
Missouri State law does not allow us to post how much you will save.

But you will not want to miss these savings!
Come early for best selection!

Check out the wine at the front table when you walk into the store.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Limited Pride Mountain Merlot

2011 Pride Mountain Merlot...$55.99
A sumptuous nose of bright plum, cherry, rose petal, mulberry and walnut introduces an enticing wine that sets the taste buds firing. The palate is layered and lush, expressing undulating waves of red fruit woven together by a rich mid-palate and vibrant acidity. 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from our volcanic Rim Rock block and our rocky Quartz Hill block were blended in to add depth and structure to the wine. While we often describe our Merlot as a "Cab lover's Merlot," the 2011 demonstrates what makes Merlot so lovely and special as a varietal wine – concentration, smooth but full texture, finesse and that elusive X factor that we think of as "lusciousness." Enjoy!

Egelhoff limited Riesling

2010 Egelhoff Napa Valley Riesling....$23.99
Light straw color, aromas of apple blossoms, citrus and peaches. On the palate flavors of nectarine, apricot, citrus and a touch of minerality allow this wine to be enjoyed by the glass or with a variety of multi-national cuisine.  The wine is made in a dry style with subtle nuances of flowery Riesling character that highlight the multiple fruit flavors. 

94 Point Riesling

Chateau St. Michelle and Dr. Loosen bring you...
2012 Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling...$15.99
"The best Eroicas glide across the palate with a drive informed by lime zest and apple, all held by a mineral tether. This 2012 by contrast, while not lacking for energy, lingers beautifully, its scents going more the route of grapefruit and apple, the flavors weightier, the hint of petrol giving the wine intensity, length, even gravitas."
Rated 94/100 Wine and Spirits Magazine

Ramey Chardonnay from the famous Hyde Vineyard

2009 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard....$57.99
The 2009 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is another of the wines that emphasizes textural depth and body. This is a relatively plush, rich Chardonnay endowed with considerable volume in its apricot and tangerine fruit. The aromas and flavors move towards the more tropical end of the spectrum, but without fully reaching that level of exoticness. Readers who appreciate a more full-bodied style of Chardonnay will love the Hyde. I especially like the way the wine turns delicate with time in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Herman Story Larner

2011 Herman Story Larner Syrah / Grenache...$46.99

70% Syrah /  30% grenache
Very tannic, extracted and concentrated, offering layers of rich flavors, with a tight mix of cedar-laced dark berry, roasted coffee, spice and leather notes. Ends with drying, gripping tannins. Fans of the style will be delighted. Drink now through 2024. 240 cases made. –JL
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Ponzi Pinot Gris 2012 vintage

2012 Ponzi Pinot Gris Willamette...$15.99
Fresh and lively, with a distinct ginger root character weaving through the lime and pear fruit, finishing with snap and expression. Drink now. 13,000 cases made. –HS
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Limited wines of Paul Lato

Do not miss these limited releases, I would not recommending waiting until the scores come out!

"Paul Lato continues to knock it out of the park and I can’t say enough about the quality coming from this estate. Across the board, the wines show classic, varietally correct profiles that always show finesse and elegance, yet back it up with layers of fruit and texture." - The Wine Advocate

Last year, the 2011 scored 97 points by The Wine Advocate
2012 Paul Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir....$76.99
Sierra Madre Chardonnay
20-year-old Wente clone vines provide the foundation of this classic Chardonnay. An aroma of alpine flowers rise through mineral notes of broken stone and granite. The palate is velvety and generous but is light on its feet with a zesty, refreshing acidity, with a touch of vanilla and a long finish. Succulent and fresh. 65% New French oak yet the oak is nuanced.

Last year, the 2011 scored 95 points by The Wine Advocate
2012 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard...$87.99
Intense framboise notes on the nose announce this powerful yet refined Pinot Noir. Deep, ruby-red color in the glass,and the palate is warm, rich, and textured. There is tannic strength here, but it is the dark cherry and raspberry notes that linger pleasurably in the mouth. Like many of the 2012 wines, I believe this vintage is the best yet of “Seabiscuit.” Muscle and volume meet a generous heart.

Last year, the 2011 scored 94 points by The Wine Advocate
2012 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Happiness Hilliard Bruce Vineyard..$87.99
Highly aromatic, with fresh-picked raspberries on the nose and secondary notes of vanilla bean and bing cherry. Complex, medium-bodied, and balanced, this blend of 667, 777, and Calera reflects with Burgundian precision the sandy soils and cool temperatures of the Santa Rita Hills. Formerly “known as” Alegria, this is probably the best we have ever made from this vineyard. A Charmer.

Ransom Gin is back in stock!

Ransom Spirits
Sheridan, Oregon

Ransom Old Tom Gin...$33.99 
This Old Tom Gin is a historically accurate revival of the predominant Gin in fashion during the mid 1800's and the golden age of American cocktails. The recipe was developed in collaboration with historian, author, and mixologist extraordinaire David Wondrich. Old Tom is the Gin for mixing classic cocktails dating from the days before prohibition. It's subtle maltiness is the result of using a base wort of malted barley, combined with an infusion of botanicals in high proof corn spirits. The final distilation is run through an alambic pot still in order to preserve the maximum amount of aromatics, flavor and body. Only the "heart of the hearts" (the very best portion of distillate) is retained for this special bottling.

Ransom Small's Gin...$28.99 

An Oregon spirit handmade in small-pot batches using naturally-farmed and wild-grown botanicals. Intensely aromatic from a complex infusion of Juniper, orange, lemon, coriander, cardamom, angelica, caraway, star anise, and respberry. Small's gin brings together a combination of recipes from the 19th century with obsessive distillation techniques and the finest regional ingredients. The best of tradition, dedication to quality and innovation come together to create a remarkable, elaborate and unrivaled spirit.

Mint Julep

MB Roland Kentucky Mint Julep...$25.99 750ml
This is the only bona fide mint julep product that is made with 100% natural spearmint leaves. We have a special process to infuse the mint into the spirit and get that classic fresh mint flavor. This product is best enjoyed chilled and poured over crushed ice with a sprig of mint.

2014 Limited Edition Bottle
Early Times Mint Julep...$13.99 / 750ml
The Story
Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail is a ready-to-serve beverage that has been “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby® for over 20 years. Each year almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks® and Kentucky Derby® – a feat that requires over 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. Try one and you’ll understand why we’ve been a Kentucky Derby tradition for so long.

The mint julep has always been a symbol of Kentucky’s rich heritage and hospitality. Perhaps General Simon Bolivar Buckner put it best when he wrote from the South Pacific during World War II: “A mint julep is not the product of a formula. It is a ceremony that must be performed by one possessing a true sense of the artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion.”

Many Kentuckians claim that when a julep is done right, you can hear the angels sing. One 19th-century jurist is said to have ruled, “Who has not tasted one has lived in vain.” Then again, newspaper editor Henry Watterson’s recipe for the perfect mint julep is somewhat different. His recipe: “…throw the other ingredients away and drink the whisky – straight.”
from Early Times Website

Smoked Porter with Chipolte

Stone Brewing Smoked Porter with Chipolte....$7.49 / 22oz
Stone Smoked Porter w/ Chipotle Peppers is a thing of spicy glory, with the just-right heat of smoked jalapeños (aka chipotles) that combines beautifully with the beer’s peat-smoked malt and roasty character. The idea came about in 2006 when Merchandise Manager Chris Carroll suggested we make a special "South of the Border Stone Smoked Porter" for Cinco de Mayo that year. One sip, and we were hooked!

Rare Avion Reserva 44 Extra Anejo Tequila

Avion Reserva 44 Extra Anejo Tequila...$129.99
We have in stock Batch #2, only 4 bottles have been allocated to us...

Each bottle is numbered and 
we actually have bottle #1 - sold out
#13 - sold out
#21 - sold out

Reserva 44 is the most exceptional extra añejo tequila in the world. Crafting Avión Reserva 44 starts with slow roasting select batches of Avión Agave in brick ovens for 72 hours. The liquid is then small batch distilled and undergoes Avión’s proprietary ultra-slow filtration method. Finally, the special liquid rests for 43 months in oak barrels and is then aged for an additional month in specially selected petite barrels (rotated daily). Avión Reserva 44 is hand bottled in extremely limited batches and carefully filled into a fire-polished, luxurious crystal bottle. Avión Reserva 44 is a spirit that even the most demanding tequila connoisseurs and single malt scotch drinkers will fully appreciate.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc...$35.99
Our Sauvignon Blanc is quintessentially Californian, with a beautiful ripeness balanced with wonderful structure and acidity. Grapes from a handful of carefully selected vineyards join our Spottswoode Estate fruit in the composition of this wine, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque. Our method of fermentation—using a combination of small stainless barrels, French oak and concrete, egg-shaped cuves—means that we manage up to 100 individual fermentations each year. This technique results in a complex, rich, and vibrant wine that stands well on its own, pairs beautifully with food, and is further enhanced with a bit of cellaring. Because our production is small, national availability is limited.

Robert Foley Merlot

Robert Foley Claret
2010 Robert Foley Napa Valley Merlot...$51.99
The 2010 Merlot reveals lots of cocoa, chocolate, Asian plum sauce and black cherry liqueur notes in its dense, ripe, full-bodied, silky, hedonistic personality. It is hard to argue with this voluptuous, seductive California Merlot. Drink it over the next decades.

Foley is one of the more interesting winemakers in Napa Valley. I first met Robert Foley years ago when he was making the wines at Pride Vineyards, and his wines never lack intensity, always delivering high quality as well as abundant fruit.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate