Saturday, May 24, 2014

Father's Day Wines!

Father's Day Wines!

These wines are in stock at Forsyth - hidden in the back room.  This does not include the great wines we have on the shelf.

In stock now at Forsyth - call to reserve 314.727.8788

Isn't your Father worth it?  Yes, we are playing the guilt card :)


2010 Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer Dr. Crane....$179.99
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is rich, sumptuous and totally striking. It brings together all of the classic Dr. Crane qualities – expressive aromatics, silky tannins and voluptuous fruit, all with the crystalline purity of 2010. Juicy dark cherries, roses, sweet spices and crushed rocks are layered into the expressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Paul Hobs Beckstoffer To-Kalon...$269.99
A much darker and more virile wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard opens with beguiling aromatics that meld into a core of blue and black fruit, exotic spices, tar, smoke and violets. The 2010 boasts superb depth, power and richness in a weighty, brooding style that is the essence of To Kalon. A huge, intense finish rounds things out in style. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2032.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Alban Vineayrds Reva Syrah....$75.99
Moving on to the vineyard designated Syrahs and a fantastic vintage for this cuvee, which goes back to the 2005, 2006 and 2007 levels of richness, the 2009 Syrah Reva (100% Syrah aged 42-months in French oak) offers up more fruit and purity than normal, with only hints of its normal iodine/seaweed tinged profile. Loaded with sweet black raspberry, cassis, wild herbs, flowers and subtle blood and iodine qualities, it is a full-bodied, decadent Syrah that has incredible mid-palate depth, beautiful freshness and a blockbuster finish. It will continue to gain in depth and richness with short-term cellaring and have an easy 12-15 years or ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2024. 
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate


1 bottle left
2011 Domaine Forey Echezeaux Grand Cru...$159.99

This fine Grand Cru is from a Forey-owned parcel of three-tenths of a hectare. The precise site is in the climats of “Les Treux” and “Clos Saint Denis” which generally are geographically between “Les Suchots” and “Les Grands Echezeaux”. One third of the vines were planted in 1949 with the rest being planted in two waves: 1974 and again in 2004.

1 bottle left
2011 Domaine Forey Clos Vougeot Grand Cru...$179.99
Forey works a one-third hectare parcel in the northern part of the Montiotes Basses section of the Clos. One part of the vines were planted in 1968 and another part in 1972. Forey’s version of this appellation is particularly sturdy.

2011 Ponsot Clos de La Roche VV Grand Cru... $575 / bottle net
"Don't Miss! A discreet application of wood does not reduce the considerable appeal of the ripe, pure and airy nose with its broad mélange of wild red berry fruit liqueur, earth, spice, violets and a hint of animale. The broad-shouldered flavors possess superb mid-palate concentration that enrobes the buried but still quite firm tannins while culminating in a beautifully balanced, muscular and explosively long finish. This is also very clearly built to age yet like the Clos St. Denis, there is so much sap that this could be drunk now with pleasure. A 'wow' wine."
Rated 95-97/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

2011 Ponsot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru...$390 / net per bottle
"Don't miss! ...A brooding and inexpressive nose of both red and dark berry fruit evidences discreet liqueur-like nuances as well. The impressively scaled and palate coating flavors coat the mouth with dry extract and possess imposing size and weight before culminating in a firm, austere and beautifully persistent finish. This is not for the faint-hearted as it's a big Chapelle and clearly intended to be cellared for the long haul as this is also not going to drink especially well young."
Rated 92-95/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

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2011 Meo Camuzet Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Brulees...$349.99
The black currant and violet notes are shaded by earth and spice accents in this juicy red. Sandalwood and olive hints from the oak appear on the long finish. Impressive and graceful, but will require some time to fully integrate. Best from 2016 through 2025. 171 cases made. –BS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

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2005 Cecile Tremblay Chapelle Chambertin...$259.99
The Tremblay 2005 Chapelle-Chambertin puts forward a nose of red raspberry, cassis, cinnamon, and charred beef. With refined tannin and a polished mouth feel, this presents a “cool,” sorbet-like expression of raspberry and black currant, underlain by persistent chalkiness and deep meatiness. Finishing with remarkable purity, refinement and elegance (not to mention sheer length) the wine betrays no sign of its having been bottled only two weeks ago.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

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2008 Dugat-Py Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru....$499.99
Tasting note: A ripe and wonderfully elegant nose that is quite dense revolves around layered red berry fruit aromas nuanced by a cascade of floral, earth, smoke, meat and spice hints that is followed by generous yet detailed broad-shouldered flavors that curiously manage to be both tender and firm on the classy, long and energetic finish. This will need up to 20 years to reach its full potential so this definitely will not be an early drinker.
Rated 95/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

3 bottles available
2011 Perrot-Minot Chambertin Grand Cru...$429.99
Tasting note: Vinified with 50% whole clusters. Here the nose is quite different from that of the Bèze as this is much more floral with notes of lavender, dried rose petal and cool red currant. There is superb detail to the almost painfully intense and pungently mineral-driven large-scaled flavors that possess a saline character on the refreshing yet quite serious finish that seems to go on and on. This isn't quite as complex as its stable mate though Chambertin is rarely as showy as a typical Clos de Bèze in its youth. For now I'll give the nod to the Bèze but that may not be the case when both of these are finally ready to go.  Don't Miss

Rated 93-96/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

2011 Drouhin Bonnes Mares Grand Cru...$499.99
Tasting note: This initially opens with noticeable reduction though again, the underlying fruit appears ripe. There is outstanding volume to the powerful and concentrated big-bodied flavors that possess a really lovely mouth feel, indeed the term silky would be apt. The finish however is decidedly structured as there is a firm tannic spine shaping the hugely long finish, in fact I would describe this as 'old school' Bonnes Mares as it's very serious if not rustic.''
Rated 94/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

2010 Dom Leflaive Bienvenues Batard Montrachet...$899.99 / 1.5ltr
(Very Rare MAGNUM)
  Things go up a notch or two with the 2010 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, which appears to hover on the palate with the grace of a ballerina. The Bienvenues is all about weightless elegance and implied structure, but it is all there in the glass. At times a bit intellectual, the Bienvenues is nevertheless immensely appealing. Layers of soft, perfumed fruit flow effortlessly to the nuanced, feminine finish. A hint of floral honey and almonds lingers on the palate. I can’t wait to see how this ages. Anticipated maturity: 2020+.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate


2009 La Mission Haut Brion....$999.99
A candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2009 La Mission-Haut-Brion stood out as one of the most exceptional young wines I had ever tasted from barrel, and its greatness has been confirmed in the bottle. A remarkable effort from the Dillon family, this is another large-scaled La Mission that tips the scales at 15% alcohol. A blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (47% of each) and the rest Cabernet Franc, it exhibits an opaque purple color as well as a magnificent bouquet of truffles, scorched earth, blackberry and blueberry liqueur, subtle smoke and spring flowers. The wine’s remarkable concentration offers up an unctuous/viscous texture, a skyscraper-like mouthfeel, sweet, sumptuous, nearly over-the-top flavors and massive density. Perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime La Mission-Haut-Brion, the 2009 will take its place alongside the many great wines made here since the early 1920s. 
Rated PERFECT 100/100 Wine Advocate

2 bottles available
Very special bottle, only produced for the 3rd time since 1947
2011 Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin
"Goutte d’Or" Vouvray Moelleaux....$299.99

"Once in a generation, conditions conspire to create the grandest wine from the Vouvray appellation: Philippe Foreau’s “Goutte d’Or”, which in 2011 marks its third release in the entirety of the estate’s history (the previous two were 1947 and 1990). The wine is a tour de force, boasting 230 grams of residual sugar as a result of roughly 70% of the grapes enduring the effects of botrytis. On the palate, an impressive density delivers notes of apricot, straw, fig and kirsch, yet it carries only 9.5% alcohol. Harvest took place on the 10th of October and the total production was 2400 bottles. Philippe expects the wine to evolve over the course of the next 100 years, so this is a bottle for the deepest part of the cellar."
-Importer Neal Rosenthal

1 bottle available
2005 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Cuvee Constance...$133.99 / 500ml
Plus just a few bottles remain of this rare dessert wine
Comprising a virtually berry-by-berry selection of perfectly botrytized fruit from each of the domaine’s three sites, the Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvee Constance will be virtually ageless. Quince jelly, marzipan, lemon candy, heliotrope, and honey levitate from the glass, in anticipation of the startling elegance, lift, and lightness of touch that this elixir exhibits on the palate, for all of its intensely honeyed richness. Fresh grapefruit and lemon leaven the wine and balance its 137 grams residual sugar, and the finish is astonishingly fresh and juicy, yet displays confectionary (marzipan, vanilla creme) and patisserie (buttered pastry with quince filling) sides as well. Anyone hoping to net and pin down in words this splendid butterfly of a wine will fail, but if you do pin down a bottle, let it soar across the next several decades.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

3 bottles available
2011 Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree...$157.99(only 40 cases imported)
The 2011 Cote Rotie La Mordoree is an undeniable success in the vintage. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with solid mid-palate concentration, this forward, plump and straight up delicious Cote Rotie offers plenty of floral, bacon, dried herbs and raspberry-styled aromas and flavors. Enjoy it over the coming decade.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

1 bottle available
2011 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc....$534.99 / 750ml
Always more dense, backward and focused, the 2011 Ermitage L’Ermite Blanc has everything I could want out of a white. Flower oil, apricot, honeysuckle, brioche, powdered rock and assorted tropical notes are just some of the nuances here, and this incredible wine is full-bodied and massive, yet elegant, fresh and delineated. Count yourself lucky if you’re able to latch onto a couple of these!
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnck, The Wine Advocate


2011 Pingus Ribera del Deuro...$849.99
net per bottle
The 2011 Pingus has a gorgeous, pure black cherry, cassis and blueberry scented bouquet interlaced by orange blossom and apricot. The oak is beautifully assimilated into the aromatic profile. The palate is full-bodied with a decadent entry. The tannins are ripe and rounded, imparting great tension and focus. There is both dimension and grace to this formidable Pingus that should blossom once it finishes its gestation. This is an outstanding Ribera del Duero wine. Drink 2020-2035+.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate

Bryant scores 99 points!

Father's Day Gift -- here you go

Subject to confirmation.
Call 314.727.8788 to order or email

You can pick up at any of our 4 locations.

2010 Bryant Family Vineyards....$620 per bottle net
Teasing the taster with a possible three-digit perfection is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill. This beauty shows lots of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, spring flower and forest floor notes in an opulent, full-bodied, powerful, dense, rich style buttressed by significant ripe tannins and decent acidity. Again, the striking purity and singular character of this Bryant Cabernet Sauvignon oozes potential as well as pedigree. This spectacular, young Cabernet should turn out to be one of the all-time great Bryant Cabernet Sauvignons, rivaling their 1997, but slightly more structured. Forget this one for 3-4 years and drink it over the following three decades.
Rated 99/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

New release of BFM

12 more bottles in stock now

Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Rose....$19.99 / 375ml
Brewed in 2011/12 and bottled in 2013
Spicy edition super blend from Four barrels matured in rare Swiss white and red wine barriques
"Very Limited Edition"

"Ale matured in oak barrel.  Hand bottled, without prise de mousse.  This Grand Cru's complexity will increase with age.  11% ABV

Death of a Contract Brewer Commemorative Black IPA

Back in stock now

He'Brew Death of a Contract Brewer Commemorative Black IPA...$6.49
  • 7 malts
  • 7 hopss
  • 7% ABV

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rare 21 year old Rum!

El Dorado Rum 21 Year Old...$91.99 
“A monumental aged rum that is one of the world’s greatest rum drinking experiences
That is how the Beverage Tasting Institute of Chicago summed up their appreciation of El Dorado 21 Year Old Special Reserve. Designed for true rum connoisseurs its warm subtlety is best savoured slowly on its own – and shared with a few very special friends.

The superb colour and character of this exquisite rum is the creation of our Master Blender. His special recipe blends specially selected rums, oak aged for at least 21 years, from theEnmore wooden Coffey still, the Versailles single wooden pot still and the Albion Savalle still.
Tasting Notes:

Lush tropical fruit and spice nose with hints of honey and dark sugar. Round, mellow, full bodied palate with rich flavours of fruit and spice.

Memorial Day Hours

This weekend

Friday Open - 9am-7pm
Saturday Open 9am-7pm
Sunday - closed
Monday Memorial Day - Closed
Tuesday - Saturday Open 9am-7pm 

Pahlmeyer 6 pack

Yes, all of these vintages are in our store now!!!

We only have up to 24 - 6 bottle sets!
Pahlmeyer Vertical.....$650 / 6 bottles

Includes 1 bottle of each - all scoring 95 points or higher!

2006 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay NAPA
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay SONOMA
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Pahlmeyer Propietary Red
Rated 98/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2006 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2007 Pahlmeyer Prorietaty Red
Rated 96+/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2004-2007 Vintage Pahlmeyer

Check out these Pahlmeyer wines from 2004-2007

We have been able to secure an amazing allocation of Library Releases of The Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red Wine direct from their cellars. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a spectacular vertical of one Napa Valley's greatest wines.  Stored in perfect condition in the winery cellars!

In stock at Forsyth now - limited
call to reserve 314.727.8788
or email
(he can reserve them and transfer to our others stores also)

2004 Pahlmeyer Propietary Red...$139.99
Composed of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec, the saturated purple-colored 2004 Proprietary Red Wine is a wonderful monster in the making. It boasts a dense purple color as well as notes of beef blood, creme de cassis, licorice, incense and spring flowers. It looks more like a 2-year-old wine than one that has seen its tenth birthday. Mouth-coating, unctuously textured, corpulent but well-delineated, this is a spectacular Proprietary Red that is even greater than I remember it in its youth. Bravo to Jayson Pahlmeyer

Rated 98/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2005 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red...$139.99
The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25-30+ years It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2006 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red...$139.99
There are 7,000 cases of the prodigious 2006 Proprietary Red Wine (a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). Most of the fruit comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard and the Waters Ranch. Sweet, smoky, meaty aromas interwoven with melted asphalt, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and charcoal scents emerge from the complex aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, displaying sweet tannin, a concentrated mouthfeel, and a long, heady finish with substantial fruit, glycerin, and extract. It should drink beautifully for 20+ years.
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2007 Pahlmeyer Prorietaty Red...$139.99
The sensational 2007 Proprietary Red Wine (a 7,000-case blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is slightly more restrained aromatically than the Merlot, but there is no doubting its extraordinary bouquet of subtle smoked meats, oak, mountain wild flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, and cassis. Super-rich and full-bodied with noticeable, but stunningly sweet tannins, it possesses a rare minerality and definition, characteristics that seem to be found across the board in Napa’s 2007s. This dense, powerful red needs 3-5 years of cellaring, and should have 25 years of life ahead of it.
Rated 96+/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

2006 Vintage Chardonnay - a rare treat!

These have been stored impeccably in the cellars of Pahlmeyer.  Have you ever wondered what a perfectly stored, perfectly aged, stunning Chardonnay tastes like?  Here is a rare chance as Pahlmeyer has done all the work for you.  Just chill and serve!

In stock at Forsyth now - limited
call to reserve 314.727.8788
or email
(he can reserve them and transfer to our others stores also)

2006 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay NAPA...$89.99 / 750ml
Ever since Demi Moore tried to seduce Michael Douglas in the blockbuster movie “Disclosure,” Pahlmeyer’s Chardonnay has been a hot ticket. What might get lost in the glare of Hollywood is that the wine is superb. The 2006 Chardonnay (3,000 cases) is just as good. Slightly fuller-bodied, with zesty acidity and fabulous notes of brioche, quince, and again some leesiness, the wine has a nice greenish hue to the light gold color, subtle smoke, and a dense, rich mouthfeel."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay SONOMA...$89.99 / 750ml
 The 2006 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, all made from old Wente clones, represents about 1,200 cases of sensational Burgundian style Chardonnay with leesy notes of brioche, nectarine, honeysuckle, orange rind, and some pear and pineapple. Beautiful fruit, full body, great acidity, and a textured mouthfeel make this a sensational Chardonnay."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Straffe Hendik Heritage 2012 Oak Aged Ale

Straffe Hendik Heritage 2012...$22.99 / 750ml
Oak Aged Ale
The name “Straffe Hendrik”(literally meaning: Strong Henry) refers back to the family history of the Halve Maan brewery in Bruge. The beer is named after members of the Maes brewing dynasty, whose sons for the past five generations have been called “Henri” or “Hendrik”: the French and Flemish variations of Henry. Even today, the beer is still brewed to the same original recipe in the same unique setting in the heart of medieval Bruges. The Halve Maan is the last brewery still operating in the old city centre.

This Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a special version of the well- known Straffe Hendrik Quadruple. The dark and heavy beer is allowed to mature for more than a year in oak casks in the bre- wery’s cellars, which date back to the Middle Ages. This gives the beer a more complex taste. The tannins form a harmonious unity with the rich flavours of the special malts. Straffe Hendrik Heritage is a beer that can be kept for several years, during which time the taste will further evolve in the bottle.   As it gets older, a hint of port or Madeira wine will become more evident.
Only a limited quantity of numbered bottles of this unique beer are being brewed.

5 Liter Kegs

5 Liter kegs for the holiday weekend in stock at Forsyth

Recipe of the Week: Burger Toppings

Favorite Burger Toppings

It’s Memorial day weekend, so after you have made Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with White Cucumber and Feta, prepped the corn, chilled your cans of beer and mixed the Margheritas it’s time to decide how to top your burger. Here are a couple of our favorites burger toppings.

The Original: Grilled Onions, Black Diamond Spreadable Cheddar, Stonewall Country Ketchup, Lettuce and Tomato.

The Flying Dutchman: Smoked Gouda, Leyden, Lettuce and Tomato.

The Hangover: Fried Dry Dock Farms Egg, Brooklyn Brine Damn Spicy Pickle, Tillamook Cheddar, and a Bloody Mary on the side.

The English Gentleman: Harlech Cheese (an English Cheddar with horseradish and parsley), Jones Farm Bacon and tomato.

My Big Fat Greek Burger: Chopped Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, Pepperoncini, lettuce and tomato.

Have a fun safe Memorial Day weekend.

Fantome limited releases

Another case just arrived yesterday!


Fantome Strange Beer Artist Series #1...$22.99
"Our little brewery would like to highlight a young Belgian artist, Gaelle Boulanger.  She's a magnificent painter, illustrator and graphic designer.  There will be a series of five special edition bottles, each of which featuring work from Gaelle on the label.  After all the bottles in the edition have been sold, the original painting will be auctioned for the benefit of the artist.  This unique opportunity to get to know the great work of this young artist.

Fantome Saison Hiver...$12.99
Fantôme’s winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his receipes every year, so we can’t so for sure what this year’s beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany’s beers.
Style: Saison
ABV: 8.00%

Fantome Sasison Printemps...$12.99 / 750ml

Rated 97/100 Ratebeer
Light, fruity and champagne-like. Fantôme brews special seasonal beers, never repeating a recipe from year to year. This one is for spring . . .
Style: Saison
ABV: 8.00%

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Inaugural Vintage of Chateau Pegau

New wines from Chateau Pegau!
"A new development for this estate is the roughly 100+ new acres of Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages that have been purchased just south of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, roughly 4 miles from the domaine....Now called Chateau Pegau, the wines from here include a white Cotes du Rhone, the Cuvee Lone, a red Cotes du Rhone call Cuvee Maclure and a red Cotes du Rhone Villages called Cuvee Setier." 
-- The Wine Advocate

2012 is the first vintage from this new estate....
2012 Chateau Pegau "Cuvee Lone" Cotes du Rhone Blanc...$15.99
40% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache Blanc and 10% Ugni Blanc
Named “Lône” after the small stream that runs next to the estate, parallel to the Rhône (this term is used to describe small offshoots of the Rhône in the Provencal language).
Tasting Notes: Offers aromas of acacia, nectarines and pears on the nose, with a touch of exotic fruit. Bright and well-balanced on the palate, with a long finish.  Enjoy as an aperitif or with a wide range of fish and shellfish.

2012 Chateau Pegau "Cuvee Maclura" Cotes du Rhone...$19.99 
60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault
“Maclura” is a type of Osage Orange tree (also known by the name Hedge Apple). There are many of these trees on the Chateau grounds, inspiring the name of this cuvée.
Tasting Notes:   Intense aromas of cassis, blackberry, and spice, with soft, ripe, tannins on the palate and a lingering finish.  Enjoy this versatile, food-friendly wine on its own, with red meats (grilled, roasted, charcuterie), or with hearty vegetarian fare.
     "2012 Chateau Pegau Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Maclura (which is a type of Osage orange tree that’s widely planted on the estate) is a big, structured effort that exudes black fruits, mineral, pepper and underbrush. Still not in bottle, it is inky colored, with a big mid-palate, ripe tannin and serious richness." -- Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Château Pegau "Cuvée Setiers" Cotes du Rhone Villages...$21.99
60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre
“Setier” was an ancient measure used for both grain and wine, in this case, the term specifically refers to a stone vessel that held 66 liters of wine.
Tasting Notes:  Offers a concentrated nose of cassis, licorice, black cherry and tar, with ripe, well-structured tannins, intense fruit, and a long, lingering finish.  A food-friendly wine that is especially good with bold, flavorful red meat preparations such as pepper-rubbed steak and lamb tagine.
     "The 2012 Chateau Pegau Cotes du Rhone Village Cuvee Setier (, aged all in enamel tanks) is slightly more fresh and focused, with medium-bodied richness, loads of cracked pepper, black fruits and herbs aromas and flavors, and chewy tannin on the finish. It too has outstanding potential and should have upward of a decade of longevity." -- Rated 88-90/100 The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New Ommegang Hop House

Ommegang Hop House...$9.99 / 4pk

Rated 94/100 RateBeer overall
Rated 98/100 RateBeer in its style
Hop House pays homage to the historic hop farm that stood on the brewery grounds over 100 years ago. Hop House combines the delicious aromas and flavors of a Belgian-style ale with generous hopping, including dry-hopping. A well-balanced, yet ample, hop character defines this fine pale ale, bringing Belgian-style beer lovers and hop-heads together to enjoy our Belgian-American love child.

Taste from the Gold bottle of Ardbeg!

As one of the best Ardbeg accounts in the country, we are excited to receive 1 of only 50 bottles of the GOLD bottle!

"Hi there, here is Ardbeg Auriverdes, the latest limited edition 2014 Ardbeg Day release.  In your hands, you are holding one of only 50 special edition gold bottles, made exclusively for our loyal Embassy accounts." - Ardbeg

Taste from the Gold bottle this 
Friday at Forsyth starting at 4pm until the bottle is gone.

We will have a small amount of Auriverdes available 
for sale that day starting at 4pm also while supply lasts

Ardbeg Auriverdes...$94.99 / 750ml
(in the traditional green bottle)

Ardbeg Auriverdes
Skilful newcomer Ardbeg Auriverdes is the newest talent to emerge from premier distillery Ardbeg. Distilled with equal measures of both skill and passion, all eyes will be on Ardbeg Auriverdes – named after its golden whisky (auri), and unmistakable green bottle (verde) – when it makes its debut on Ardbeg Day on June 1.
There’s talk of the new signing being a bit of a hot head, thanks to its toasted cask lids. So is Manager Mickey Heads worried?
“There’s no smoke without fire, but I’m confident its creamy vanilla sweetness will tame its dark mocha coffee side,” said Mickey. “Anyhow, a bit of fire in the belly is no bad thing.” He added.
No doubt the Ardbeg Committee agree. So what will the fans make of the new bottling in the Ardbeg line up? If past signings are anything to go by, Auriverdes is bound to strike a chord and get the fans roaring. A superb performance is virtually guaranteed.

Le Cirque - becoming one of our top producers....

Follow up to the amazing 2011 vintage....

2012 Le Cirque Grenache Gris...$13.99

Among the exciting and satisfying things about the Le Cirque’s wines is the skill with which they showcase unblended renditions of what is arguably Roussillon’s preeminent (of by no means in acreage) white wine grape, and their 2012 Grenache Gris does not break this label’s winning streak. Musk and lime, pineapple and resinous herbs inform the nose as well as an oily palate leading to a finish that positively glows, its incisive bite of white pepper and persistently tactile impingement of rosemary helping to leave the mouth invigorated and anxious to take the next sip. The vaguely animal side of Grenache Gris emerges to greater prominence as this sensational value opens to the air, and I would expect fascination and versatility through at least 2015, though the track-record so far doesn’t tell us when this particular bottling from Le Cirque might fade.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Le Cirque Le Cirque Red...$13.99
First of its kind to incorporate all four grape varieties that seriously come into question for this cuvee – in order of prominence here: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre – the 2011 Le Cirque red delivers a slightly reduced aromatic display suggesting red and black raspberries with a smoky, sweaty, sage-scented overtone. The reduction here happily translates into positive tension and invigoration on a sappy palate, tart-edged in its berry-concentration and pungently herb-tinged, leading to a mouthwateringly salt-tinged, gripping and stimulating if faintly rustic finish. I suspect – though it is only a suspicion (and who is likely to test this?) – that this excellent value will please through at least 2015.

Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Le Cirque 2013 Rosé...$12.99
35% Grenache Noir, 35% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre.
The 2012 Scored 90 points from the Wine Advocate, this one is sure to do the same or more.  The 2013 is fantastic.  Le Cirque isa ptly named after the vast, amphitheatre-shaped bowl of vineyards stretching north towards Vingrau, the wines represent phenomenal values, and perfectly reflect the rugged, wind-swept terroir in which they are grown.
Tasting Notes: Intensely colored, with great freshness and spicy strawberry, watermelon and sage aromas. Bone dry. Excellent on its own, or paired with charcuterie, seafood, and fruit-based desserts.

WOW - Wine Of the Week : Syrousse

WOW - Wine Of the Week
Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.
Wine of the Week : Syrousse
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday May 24 - from 11am-4pm

2011 Syrousse Cotes du Roussilon Villages....$14.99
The 2011 Syrousse is composed of 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% [Carignan]. Revealing lots of blackberry, cassis, camphor and licorice characteristics as well as a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a long finish, it should drink well for another 2-3 years. 

Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
A blend of 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, and 10% Carignan that sees no oak whatsoever, the 2011 is a superb value that drinks well above its humble price point. Showing beautiful mineral-drenched blackberry styled fruit, wild herbs, licorice, and hints of pepper, it stays classy and focused on the palate. Medium-bodied, elegant, and fresh, with both juicy acidity and firm, yet ripe tannin lending focus and length on the finish, it should be purchased by the case, and consumed over the coming handful of years.
Rated 90/100 The Rhone Report