Saturday, March 19, 2016

Limited Pinots of Roar

2014 Roar Sierra Mar Pinot Noir...$51.99
(the 2013 scored 95 points from the Wine Advocate, 2014 not rated yet.  Do not wait, the winery is already sold out)
Grapes for our 2014 Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir were harvested September 3-30th at 25.9-27.3 brix. The juice spent an average of 27 days on the skins before being pressed to French oak barrels for 11 months aging. The wine was racked once, and bottled unfiltered and unfined in August 2015.

2013 Roar Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands...$41.99
This is the largest producer release; there's roughly 1,628 cases of the 2013 Pinot Noir from Santa Lucia Highlands to go around. Made from a blend of close to equal parts Garys', Rosella's and Sierra Mar (with small parts from Pisoni and Soberanes), the 2013 Pinot Noir gives up gorgeous notes of black raspberries, blackberries, toasted spice, dried soil and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, and seamless with bright acidity that is nicely integrated, enjoy this beauty anytime over the coming 5-6 years. It's a perfect introduction into the style of wines from this estate and is well worth tracking down.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Great 2014 Oregon Vintage - Bergstrom

2014 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Gregory Ranch....$55.99
This is the 5th vintage of our Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir estate farmed and located in the beautiful Yamhill Carlton AVA. In cool vintages the Gregory Ranch Vineyard is one of our last sites to be harvested and is mostly acid and floral driven, and in warm years the Gregory Ranch is one of our ripest and richest expressions because of the thin soils, very low natural yields, and steep eastern exposures. The 2014 Gregory Ranch Pinot Noir may be one of our best yet from this great property.
This wine has a very dark ruby red color reminiscent of a black cherry. The aromas are a deep, dark, brooding perfume of black fruits, beef bouillon, spice cupboard, black licorice, savory herb garden, and tobacco leaf. This is a very concentrated young wine that has years of promise ahead of it.
Rich flavors of black cherry and black raspberry coat the mouth. Silky smooth with fine grained fruit and wood tannins that give this wine not only power, but grace as well.
Drink 2015 to 2023 +

2014 Bergstrom Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard....$52.99
The 2014 vintage marks 11 years of Bergström Wines working with the Shea Vineyard. Of the 140 acres planted in this world class vineyard site, 15 acres goes to Bergström Wines making us the largest producing client of the 22 wineries working with the Shea Vineyard.
These steep and shallow marine sedimentary soils give way to powerfully tannic wines that are blessed with a sweet berry perfume which is what makes this vineyard so special.
The 2014 Bergström Wines Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir is a vibrant dark ruby red color. The aromas are of dark red fruits, jelly jars, loamy earth, sweet toasted oak, and a panoply of baking spices. Vibrant and juicy with great mouthfeel, this wine showcases the ripe vintage but maintains freshness, juiciness and balance with great fruit flavors of cherry and black raspberry. There is a sweet long finish with a beautiful core of pure fruit and spice.
Drink 2015 to 2023 +

Bedrock Zinfandels

2013 Bedrock Zinfandel Monte Rosso Single Vineyard....$49.99
The 2013 Zinfandel Monte Rosso is fabulous. A dark, opulent wine, the 2013 is endowed with magnificent power and richness. Inky blue and black fruit, smoke, licorice and dark spices meld together in the glass. The firm mountain are nearly buried by the sheer intensity of the fruit. Grilled herbs, smoke and lavender add nuance on the close. This is a fabulous expression of Monte Rosso, one of the most historic and pedigreed vineyards in northern California.
Rated 94/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2014 Bedrock Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard...$46.99

From Mike Officer’s home vineyard, the 2014 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard (planted in 1927) tips the scales at a whopping 14.9% alcohol, but hides it beneath a cascade of beautiful briary, raspberry, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. It’s full-bodied, deliciously pure, ripe and a total hedonistic turn-on. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch Heritage...$46.99
One of the many highlights in this range, the 2013 Dolinsek Heritage Wine brings together nuance with power. Energetic and delineated throughout, the Dolinsek is utterly hypnotizing in its beauty. Dolinsek lies in one of the cooler regions within the Russian River Valley. The blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir and a handful of other varieties is simply magical.
Rated 94/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2013 Bedrock Evangelho Heritage Wine...$37.99
The 2013 Evangelho Heritage Wine is a real stunner. Silky, suave and nuanced on the palate, the 2013 impresses for its balance and total sense of class. Sweet red berries, flowers, spices and mint are all given an extra dimension of aromatic lift from the significant presence of sand found in this Contra Costa site. The acidity is especially bright in 2013, adding to the wine's energy. Carignane, Zinfandel and Mourvedre form the core of the blend.
Rated 93/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2014 Bedrock Evangelho Heritage Wine...$37.99
The 2014 Evangelho Heritage Wine is dark, fleshy and supple. Dark cherry, mint, pomegranate, blood orange, smoke, licorice, lavender and mint are some of the many nuances that open up in the glass. This site is planted with a field blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Mataro, Palomino, Alicante Bouschet and Mission. More importantly, it is one of the most distinctive and polished wines in the range.
Rated 92/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Tenet GSM

2013 Tenet GSM...$49.99 
The real superstar in the lineup is the 2013 Tenet GSM, which checks in as a mix of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre that spent 12 months in neutral French oak. Ripe, voluptuous and thrillingly textured, this beauty boasts fabulous aromatics of red and black raspberries, melted licorice, pepper and assorted floral characteristics. These all come together nicely on the palate where the wine is full-bodied, has no hard edges, a big, layered mid-palate and blockbuster length. Count me impressed. This Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike will have a decade or more of longevity.

Rhone superstars Philippe Cambie and Michel Gassier's first foray into Washington, Tenet is a joint project with Bob Bertheau at Chateau Ste. Michelle, where all three collaborate on vineyard selections, farming and blending. They do to classic Syrahs, one from Michel's estate in Costieres de Nimes and one from Columbia Valley, with the idea to present a textbook example of each region, and it's a treat to taste these side by side. In addition, the top cuvee is the GSM blend, which comes from different sites in the Columbia Valley. These are all high-quality wines well worth checking out.

Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Dalla Valle scores big!

2012 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon...$221.99
A deep, layered wine, Dalla Valle's 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon possesses fabulous richness and texture to match its rich contours. Silky tannins shape the succulent finish in a Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the very best of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and mocha are laced into the exotic, voluptuous finish. Today, the 2012 speaks to polish above all else. This is a stunning 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rated 98/100 Vinous Media
Rated 94/100 Wine Advocate

Pegau scores 94 points!!

2012 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve...$49.99 / 500ml
One of my favorite wines, the 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvee Réservée is a classic. Beautiful on the nose, with notions of ground pepper, wild herbs, minerality and smoked plum and dark fruit, it’s medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has plenty of tannin that comes through on the finish. Similar in style to a lighter-weight 2010, drink this beauty anytime over the coming 12-15 years. Without a doubt, Domaine du Pegau is one of the top reference point estates for traditionally made Châteauneuf du Pape
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media

Cheese features

Cheese features:  each store carries a different but equally exciting selection, check each store's selection and come in for some free tastes.  Only way to buy cheese!

Rock Hill location cheese feature:
Hostettler Fricalin from Switzerland
This unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese belongs to the family of Vacherin Fribourgeois. Washed and turned for the first 4 weeks then aged for 5 months in climate controlled caves. Crunchy, hearty flavors of salt, broth, slightly sweet finish.

New Ballas location cheese feature
Milton Creamery Prairie Breeze Cheddar
Prairie Breeze™ is our twist on a well-aged white Cheddar style cheese, aged for a minimum of 9 month, made with Vegetarian Rennet and no added color.

Sweeter than your typical cheddar with lots of flavor, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from the calcium crystals developed during the aging process.

Try it grated on a salad, in soup, in Mac & Cheese, on a Panini sandwich, with apple pie, your favorite chocolate chip cookie or on a multi grain cracker.

Try some Sweet Sophie Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup on top!

Ballwin Location cheese feature...
Stilton Blue Cheese - The King of the Blues
Only six dairies, located in the three counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, are licensed to produce Blue Stilton - the King of English cheeses. Both White Stilton and Blue Stilton are protected by a Certification Trade Mark and EU Protected Designation of Origin (PDO). All six dairies are licensed to produce both Blue Stilton and White Stilton cheese. Long Clawson Dairy Limited founded in 1911, Clawson is one of the oldest and most successful farmers' co-operatives in the UK. Based in Leicestershire's beautiful Vale of Belvoir, the company's state-of-the-art cheesemaking plants benefit from a program of on-going innovation, investment in people and technology, hygiene control, training and efficiency. All are dedicated to bringing the best quality cheeses and specialities to a discerning public.

Forsyth location cheese feature:
Two of the greatest products of Normandy come together....Camembert and Calvados!
Graindorge Camembert Au Calvados Cheese
Country of Origin: France
Region: Normandy
Milk Type: Pastuerized Cow
Flavor Profile: Apples, mushrooms, and cream.
One of France’s most famous cheeses, Camembert is a bloomy rind, cow’s milk cheese from the northern region of Normandy. This version gets a Calvados bath (lucky!). The legendary apple-brandy infuses the cheese with a warm apple-ey flavor and aroma. Perfect for baking en croute, and delicious eaten with Minnesota grown apples.

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Cinzano 1757 Vermouth

Cinzano Vermouth Rosso 1757...$29.99 / liter
This unique premium vermouth has been bottled to celebrate and pay homage to Cinzano’s founding fathers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano, who in 1757 started their business in Turin.
Cinzano Vermouth “1757” is a small batch production in numbered bottles, handcrafted gently infused with the finest mature blend of aromatics. It is intensely rich with a velvet bitter finish.  Its balanced full-bodied flavours enrich and enhance the most famous classic Vermouth Rosso based cocktails such as The Negroni and The Americano.

Rogue Cold Brew IPA with coffee

Rogue Cold Brew IPA...$6.49
IPA brewed with Cold Brew Coffee
TASTING NOTES: Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee is blended with an IPA made using Rogue Farms hops for a unique interplay of hops and coffee flavors. Opening with a huge hit of rich coffee aroma that is balanced by a not-so-subtle hop punch, the transition is seamless from one bold flavor to the next.

14 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™, C-40, White Wheat, Rolled Oats and Kiln Coffee Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty, Rebel and Freedom Hops, and Simcoe Hops; Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee, Free-Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast

Seattle Cider Basil Mint seasonal relaese

Seattle Cider Basil Mint Hard Cider...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
ABV: 6.9%
BRIX: 1.8
APPLES: Smith, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Gala
TASTING NOTES: Fermented with fresh basil and mint, this off-dry cider starts savory and floral, complemented perfectly by a tart, clean finish.

Stone Old Guardian 2014 and 2016

More cases in stock today!
Stone Old Guardian 2014 Barley Wine Ale...$7.49 / 22oz
Barley wines are traditionally hefty brews, but ours is downright excessive. The huge maltiness of this beer is only tamed by an equally prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly sweet, caramel-hued ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness. While it will evolve into an even more glorious brew with age, this beer's delicious onslaught of flavors will seriously challenge your ability to wait any longer to drink it.

First time for the 2016
Stone Old Guardian 2016 Barley Wine with Pekko Hops...$7.49
Dry Hopped with Pekko Hops
From time to time, we like to tweak the recipes of some of our most long-standing beers—like Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine—to create unique variations. This year we’re taking it to the next level by dry-hopping it with Pekko hops—a new varietal from Washington’s Yakima Valley—which in turn add notes of stone fruit, orange, lemon and mint to this bready, toffee-like beast of a beer.
11% ABV

Tallgrass Sweet Tooth Salted Caramel Ale

Tallgrass Sweet Tooth Salted Caramel Ale...$12.99 / 4pk
Salted Caramel Belgian Style Dark Ale
Taking our love of Belgian beers to the next level, we’re excited to announce the arrival of Sweet Tooth, a salted caramel Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Dark, complex and smooth, Sweet Tooth boasts rich, toasty caramel malt flavors with hints of dark fruit, spices and just a touch of salt. We like to think of it as a beer Willy Wonka would’ve made for the Oompa Loompas to enjoy after an 18-hour shift making everlasting gobstoppers. Click on the can to find Sweet Tooth in markets near you.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Schlafly / Kaldi's Double Bean Blonde

Schlafly Double Bean Blonde....$9.99 / 6pk
Brewed with Ghanaian cocoa nibs and blended with a toddy of Tanzanian beans roasted by St. Louis’ own Kaldi’s Coffee, this luscious golden ale delivers the unmistakable flavors and aromas of coffee and the smooth richness of chocolate. 
ABV: 6.3% | IBU: 25 
Blonde Ale Brewed with Cocoa Nibs and Tanzanian Coffee 
HOPS: Marynka

Fresh Brew Cocky and El Gato Grande

Both bottle in March!  - Fresh

2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$9.49 / 750ml

"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label

2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA...$7.49
Heres a big hoppy IPA that is done the way they should be done and has about four truck loads of hops in it, although it's not very bitter at 62 IBUs. LOTS of Amarillo with a good bit of Citra and Columbus just for a good time." -- label
EGG is another IPA that we came up with. All you need to know is over 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra. 7.6% ABV 62 IBU

BRC Jolly Pumpkin Limited releases

Emails sent to BRC.  
This one went to overall support.

Jolly Pumpkin Incios Nuevos....$12.99 / 750ml
Ale with hand selected California Angelino Plums added
Once again, my friends, we brew a beer in celebration of one of my favorite placed to shop for beer. And other good stuff too, I guess, but for me, it's mostly about the beer. But you knew that, right?
Yes, I'm that guy in Plum Market, with the cart teeteringly full of more beer than a human should possibly need, and a smattering of other random goods de gourmet.
So, my friends, a toast to this. Another new beginning; this time a celebration of Plum Market's latest Ann Arbor store. A very different beer aged in oak on a boat load of plums. More than ten pounds of plums per barrel of beer to be precise. All those plums. MMMMM, plums.

Jolly Pumpkin Rojzilla Michigan Soure Biere...$12.99 / 750ml
"Twould fill with joy, and madness stark the Hoi Polloi!
That's a quote - can't remember from whence at the moment.

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek.....$12.99 / 750ml

3,100 gallons of La Roja meets 50 gallons of Michigan Tart cherry juice to combine in a mellifluous melody of sour and tart Joie de Vivre! Sip, savor, enjoy!

Jolly Pumpkin releases

Back in stock 

(has a new label, picture is of the old label)

Jolly Pumpkin Baudelaire Beer IO Saison...$12.99 / 750ml 
ABV : 6.8%
Saison brewed with Rose Hips, Rose Petals, and Hibiscus.
Like everything at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, io saison is aged in oak with wild yeasts and bottle conditioned. Io saison is a unique creation brewed with rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus giving this saison a character and color all it's own.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Now in half bottles and a new label
Jolly Pumpkin Biere de Mars....$5.99 / 375ml
Brewed with two yeasts, mellowed in large oak casks and re-fermented in the bottle, our Biere de Mars is a sustaining beer brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.  "Beware the Ides of March" some guy to some other guy, a long time ago." - Ron Jeffries

Prairie Pirate Bomb!

BRC emails just went out to the top Prairie Artisan Ale supporters for this one....

Prairie Artisan Ales PIRATE BOMB...$8.99 / 12oz

Rated 100/100 RateBeer
Imperial Stout aged in Rum Barrels with Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Chilies Added
Pirate bomb is our beer Prairie Bomb! aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Prairie New Releases

Prairie Artisan Ales Pirate Bomb! - this will go via BRC on Thursday.

TRVE Colla is online now

Prairie Artisan Ales TRVE Collab....$8.49 / pint
"We are very excited to be sending out a couple of beers for our March releases. One of our old favorites has been pulled out of barrels and will be making a delicious comeback. Pirate Bomb is our world famous stout, Bomb!, that was tucked away in rum barrels. We added our Bomb! spices to the finished product and couldn’t be more excited for you to try it again this year!

On top of our old favorite, we have a new beer we are excited to release, Prairie & Friends, TRVE Edition. This beer was a collaboration between our friends at TRVE Brewing in Denver and us, and the beer turned out just as great as we had hoped! This beer is a red sour that has amazing dark fruit/cherry notes that are highlighted by a delicate tart base. The citra hops balance everything out with the perfect amount of citrus." - Prairie Artisan Ales


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

2013 Torn Old Vine Lodi Zindandel - Amazing sale price

Only 4 cases left at Forsyth now
Was $9.99
We bought everything they had left at this price.  
2013 Torn Old Vine Lodi Zindandel....$5.99
Alcohol: 14.5%
This Old Vine Zinfandel boasts abundant, jammy blackberry and signature, warm spice flavors. Confident and elegant, a firm structure supports full, concentrated fruit character and segues to a luxurious, perstistent finish.   Pair with the bold flavors of carne asada or steak au poivre.
Gold Medal Winner at the San Fran Wine Competition

2014 Zinfandel - great vintage - do not miss....

2014 Zinfandel
With all of the hype surrounding California's 2012 and 2013 vintages and the age worthy Cabernet being produced it is sometimes easy to look past the beauty of California Zinfandel and the great wines being produced from California's quintessential Red varietal.

“I've been drinking Zinfandel for 30 years, and reviewing it for Wine Spectator a decade now, and the 2014s just might be the most pleasurable Zins I've ever tasted.”
-Tim Fish, The Wine Spectator

2014 California Zinfandel's in stock, stay tuned for more to come!
2014 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel...$16.99
Plump and luscious, this is jam-packed with fruit. Lively blackberry, pepper and other spice box aromas lead to ripe and rich flavors of black raspberry, caramel and licorice. There are more complex Zinfandels, but few that are more enjoyable to drink. Drink now through 2022.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2014 Bedrock “Bedrock Heritage”...$46.99
The wine looks killer. Twenty-four inter-planted varieties (all put in the ground between 1888 and 1895), dominated by 55% Zinfandel and 30% Carignane, have produced this Mediterranean, full-throttle, pedal-to-the-metal, dark ruby/purple wine. Loads of grilled meat, steak tartare, Provençal herbs, lavender, blackberry, cassis and sweet cherries are all present in this lovely, full-bodied, voluptuously textured, big fruit bomb from Twain-Peterson. It’s a beauty, and best drunk over the next 5-8 years.
Rated 93-95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
(not yet rated by the Wine Spectator but we predict a big score is coming)

2014 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel...$26.99
The 2014 Zinfandel Old Vines is what Morgan Twain-Peterson calls “the gateway drug to Bedrock.” It is a cross-AVA blend of lots culled from his other wines and blended. The 2014 is largely Zinfandel, but with some obscure mixed black varietals thrown in for added complexity. It is an outstanding, full-throttle wine with a Mediterranean personality, with loads of Provençal herbs, briary black raspberry and black cherry fruits, dusty loaminess, a lush, full-bodied mouthfeel and dark ruby/purple-tinged color. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 91/100 Vinous Media
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker

New Smoked Honey Rum from Still 630 -- STL!!!

Order Still 630 online -

Still 630 Soulard Island Smoked Honey Rum...$35.99
Bronze Medal winner this year at the 2016 American Craft Spirits Association.

Congrats to Still 630 for the many awards they just won!!
They are making St. Louis proud!!!

2016 American Craft Spirits Association.
Bronze Medal for our Alpha ISBA
Bronze Medals for our Soulard Island Rum and Soulard Island Smoked Honey Rum!
Silver Medals for our S.S. Sorghum Whiskey and RallyPoint Maple Sunset!
GOLD medal for our Double Barrel RallyPoint Rye Whiskey!!

BEST IN CLASS:  Double Barrel RallyPoint Rye Whiskey was named BEST RYE WHISKEY!!!

Urban Chestnut seasonals....

Urban Chestnut Hopfen Bavarian IPA...$8.99 / 4pk pints
A beer we are describing as a ‘Bavarian IPA’. Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen’… instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPA’s… gives this beer a decidedly German twist.

Urban Chestnut H.M.S. Engilsh IPA...$9.49 / 4pk pints
H.M.S: To recreate a traditional IPA in the proper English fashion, we brewed this beer with all English hops, East Kent Goldings, and all English malts, Maris Otter. As such, this IPA is much like British troops would have enjoyed in India in the late 1700′s. However, we must admit a shortcoming…we were not able to sail this beer on any of Her (or His at this time) Majesty’s Ships before reaching its final destination.