Saturday, September 22, 2018

Penfolds Max's Shiraz Cabernet

2015 Penfolds Max's Shiraz Cabernet...$19.99
This wine is named for former Penfolds winemaker Max Schubert, who from 1948 to 1975 was instrumental in developing the winery's great reputation. This deep magenta-hued blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon starts with a nose of blackberry and powdered earth. White pepper graces inky espresso structure, inching its way through bold notes of plum and beetroot. Violets chime in mid-palate, while a meaty grilled sensation is spiced to the "max" on the finish.
Rated 93/100 Tasting Panel

2016 Rodney Strong Upshot Red Blend

New Red Blend!
2016 Rodney Strong Upshot Red Blend...$19.99

Compare to $28 at the Winery
Blend of Zinfandel, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Riesling
This rich, supple wine bursts with blackberry and dark cherries with hints of spice followed by lush, rounded tannins and a lingering finish.
Rodney Strong Vineyards is dedicated to crafting world-class wines that capture the essence of Sonoma County. Rodney Strong sustainably farms 14 estate vineyards and produces wines from Sonoma Countys finest appellations - Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Knights Valley, Petaluma Gap, and Sonoma Coast. We aspire to conserve and protect the environment in all winery operations through sustainable practices, solar power, and fish friendly farming.
The end result of our winemakers passion for blending flavorful, deeply nuanced and unique wines. Exclusively from vineyards in Sonoma County, predominantly Alexander Valley and Knights Valley, our Red Blend offers a sumptuous, almost magical outcome of the growing season and winemaking process.

Heirloom Bottling Co. -- New flavors

Heirloom Bottling Co. Peach Jalapeno...$18.99
Cocktail Syrup made in St. Louis

Heirloom Bottling Co. Pineapple Allspice...$18.99
Cocktail Shrub made in St. Louis

2014 Peter Michael Les Pavots

2014 Peter Michael Les Pavots...$209.99
Incredible aromas of pine tree, mineral, cigar box and tobacco leaf but then it turns to currants and black truffle. Forest fruit and forest floor. Soya. Full body, round and decadent with a combination of ripe fruit and earth, spice and long finish. The uniqueness of Pavot is streaming here. Drink or hold
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
The 2014 Proprietary Red Les Pavots (3,570 cases) is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot aged in mostly Taransaud barrels with a small helping of Darnajou thrown in. This wine is fabulous in the vintage, although certainly less profoundly concentrated and extracted, as well as structured, compared to the 2013, which was off-the-charts fabulous. This is a brilliant wine, charming, with front-end loaded plum, blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit interwoven with graphite, tar and truffle notes. The wine has sumptuous texture, sweet, velvety tannin, and a long, full-bodied finish. It should drink well for at least two decades.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2014 Peter Michael L'Espirt de Pavots...$99.99

Beautiful tobacco, berry and herb. Lots of sweet tobacco. Full body, round tannins and juicy fruit character. Soft and delicious. Savory. Salty and delicious. You want to drink it now, so do.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

2015 Antinori Cervaro della Sala

2015 Antinori Cervaro della Sala....$47.99 
Intense aromas of crushed lime and lemon as well as mineral and flint follow through to a medium body, ultra-precise acid and fruit balance. Long and linear finish. Just a hint of vanilla and cream. Give it a year or two to develop in the bottle but already a beauty.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

New wine from Caymus!

2016 Caymus-Suisun Grand Durif....$51.99
Durif is known in North America as Petite Sirah, as this wine is sourced from the Suisun Valley. A brooding dark color, this starts off with a wonderful combination of blue and dark fruits on the nose. The texture is marvelous, as is the bright acidity that creates a mouth-watering effect. Dark currant jelly, leather, cigar box and dark chocolate shaving flavors all beautifully combine in the glass, as this wine sings with class. This has the potential to age, however if approaching early be sure to give this a generous amount of air contact.
Rated 93/100 The International Wine Report

Grand Durif is our special wine produced from a little know valley, which has produced wine since 1862.  With climatic conditions equal to neighboring Napa Valley, the Suison Valley is renowned for its lush, flavorful fruits and vegetables.   Yet the Suisun soils and climate can also produce dark, exquisite and age-worthy wines that are rich and magnificent.  Our luxurious Durif is made following rigorous and uncompromising standards in both the vineyard and winery.   The winemaking process begins by thinning the crop by hand to ensure low yields of uniformly ripe clusters followed by long, cool fermentations and barrel ageing in oak.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Spirits of St. Louis tasting!

Tasting tonight at our Rock Hill location!

Join them now!
It just started!

Roederer Anderson Valley Estate NV Brut

Roederer Anderson Valley Estate NV Brut $19.99
(Eligible for our Mix and Match 10% Case Discount)
Seamless and silky, showing an almost effortless sense of complexity, with notes of lemon and pear paired with toasty brioche, fresh ginger and hazelnut details.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Letherbee Autumnal Gin 2018

Letherbee Autumnal Gin 2018...$29.99
From its origins in Holland, the botanicals used in gin have all been thought to provide therapeutic properties, treating everything from stress headaches to spiritual afflictions. Juniper, angelica, sage, and citrus were holistic sources of healing prior to our modern age. Approximately 6,000 miles across the globe in Central and South America, palo santo, translating literally to “holy wood,” has been a holistic healing tool whose popularity has spread globally for its relaxing and enchanting fragrance. Palo santo is a distant relative to other sacred aromatics, such as frankincense and myrrh. Thought to be powerfully cleansing, this sweet-smelling wood has a uniquely relaxing aroma, ranging from notes of citrus to burnt sugar, mint and cedar. For our 2018 Autumnal Gin, we have chosen to highlight sage, or salvia, meaning “savior”, with the holiest of woods. We harvested fresh garden sage and steeped it with the smoke from burned palo santo to create the core flavors for this spirit. Earthy sage and sweet, musky palo santo come together in a richly aromatic union. It is a marriage that tastes so natural, it feels like divine intervention. So, will this drinkable distillate bring you spiritual enlightenment and incite medical miracles? Probably not, but it will make a damn good cocktail.

Pisa Liqueur

Pisa Liqueur...$21.99
This liqueur is a unique blend of almond, pistachio and hazelnut flavors.  Nuts that have grown in the area around the town of Pisa for centuries.  Try Pisa Liqueur and taste a drop of Italian tradition.

Chicago Distilling Stouted Single Malt Whiskey

Chicago Distilling Stouted Single Malt Whiskey...$31.99 / 375ml
This Single Malt was created because of our love for a good strong pint. By brewing a stout mash bill and distilling it into a Whiskey this Single Malt has been making friends with beer connoisseurs and whiskey enthusiasts. Soft hints of cocoa open up nicely to complex notes of roasted coffee and a slight nuttiness. 90 Proof Whiskey produced at not exceeding 160º proof from fermented mash of not less than 51% malted grain distilled at one distillery.

Mancino Vermouth Vecchio

Bottled 4/2016
800 bottle batch made
each bottle numbered

Mancino Vermouth Vecchio...$179.99 / liter
The first aged Italian Vermouth, dark tawny brown, year aged oak aroma, cherry, honey, raisons, quinne, orange zest and liquorice.

Starting its life as the Mancino Rosso Amaranto, this extraordinary vermouth, has been resting in a single Italian Oak barrel for one year, making it the first aged, sweet vermouth.
Its character has gained strengths of old wood, time and additional spice, thus, demanding a little more respect. It has developed a richer, nutty and fruitier nose, with essences of Cherry, Honey, Raisons, dark chocolate and Vanilla. Not losing its original palate, but expanding in flavour and substance, the Mancino Vecchio will deliver a burst of a deeper bitter sweet, aged experience. Treat it as you would an old gentleman

Laird's Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond

Laird's Straight Apple Brandy Bottled in Bond...$28.99
100 Proof
The “Original Applejack”, Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy is made the same today as it was over 200 years ago. This product is 100% apple brandy, aged for a minimum of 4 years in charred oak barrels, then bottled at 100 proof. With its harmonious marriage of baked apple flavors and spiced wood notes, Laird’s Straight Apple Brandy exhibits the traditional, authentic expression of apple brandy. Great for sipping and demanded by the best bartenders worldwide, for use in both classic and modern cocktails.

Laird's Jersey Lightning Apple Brandy...$22.99
(100 Proof)
Jersey Lightning is a historical nickname for Laird’s Apple Brandy. This 100 proof, clear, unaged brandy is the pure expression of our apple distillate. Made from tree ripened apples, it explodes with the aroma and flavors of cooked apples, figs, and peaches, while remaining incredibly soft and full in the mouth. It can be consumed neat or used in cocktails as a complimentary or main ingredient.

Whiskey Wednesday

Every Wednesday - Whiskey Wednesday at Forsyth!

Dillon will be on hand from 4-7pm to taste through some awesome whisk(e)y.

Wednesday 9/26 will be Japanese Whisky!
Open house, come talk whiskey with Dillon

Innis and Gunn Blood Red Sky

Innis and Gunn Blood Red Sky...$8.99 / 4pk
Rum Barrel Red Beer
Blood Red Sky sets a scene. Warm Caribbean sand, flickering candles, cold beer and anticipation of the night to come. From this place came the inspiration for this brew. Jamaican rum barrels meet Scottish red beer in an explosion of cool, spicy rum notes, vanilla and rich fruit.

We brew Blood Red Sky using our unique barrel into beer method, turning the traditional beer into barrel process on its head without losing any of the wonderful flavours and aromas from the barrel.

Stumpy's Unbroken Peach Vodka

Stumpy's Unbroken Peach Vodka...$21.99
From Columbia Illinois
We only use grain grown on our 8th generation family farm in Columbia, IL and fresh limestone well water to ensure we produce the highest quality spirit possible.  Made with Peaches from Eckerts!

Stumpy's Unbroken Vodka (80 Proof)...$21.99
Soft and silky smooth. Unbroken vodka is distilled from 100% family grown corn on our 8th generation farm in Coumbia, IL. We take the extra steps to make sure only the heart of the heart makes the final cut. Our vodka is filtered through a custom blend of activated carbon to give it a slightly sweet and incredibly refreshing character. (Naturally gluten free)
Tasting Notes: Soft and delicate, slightly sweet, notes of vanilla

Alexander Murray Ledaig 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Alexander Murray Ledaig 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch...$189.99
20 Years Old
Vintage 1997
50% ABV

On the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland, lies the most curious of seaside towns, Tobermory. Perfectly quaint, yet strangely psychedelic, a patchwork of colorful buildings span the coastline of the island’s popular bay, which leads quite gloriously to a place called Ledaig.
One of Gaelic’s most fiercely pitched curveballs; ‘Ledaig’ is actually pronounced something like ‘led-chick’, believe it or not. Call it how you see it is what we’d say!
As seen among a growing collection of malt distilleries in Scotland today, Tobermory is one of the sites that produces two different styles of spirit. The first is known as Tobermory, an unpeated and slightly oily spirit that often develops in many directions; the second is known as Ledaig, a heavily-peated spirit that retains a particularly powerful smokiness.
Between the two styles, which are very different, the fruits of Tobermory’s production are ever interesting and often exciting. Much like its coastline, it’s a colorful palate of delight.

Alexander Murray Macallan 20 Year Single Malt Scotch

Alexander Murray Macallan 20 Year Single Malt Scotch...$569.99
20 Year Old
1997 Vintage
43% ABV

A fine expression of Speyside single malt from the Macallan Distillery. Famed around the world for its luxurious single malt, Macallan Distillery continues to thrive and needs little introduction, although it is known for its rich and heavy style, and utilization of sherry casks in its maturation program. The 1997 vintage has all the marvelous rich and textured characteristics to be expected. Viscous, and coating, this expression has a delightful balance of sweet stone fruits, rich biscuit and assertive spices.

Alexander Murray Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Single Malt

Alexander Murray Bruichladdich 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch...$114.99
12 years Old
Vintage 2005
56% ABV
It’s easy to be struck when sampling single malt from Bruichladdich for the first time. Immediately apparent is that it’s not a punch-in-the-face bonfire-dram like many of the others from Islay, in fact there’s not a bit of peat used in production for its classic spirit character despite the island’s famed conventions. What follows is that this is a malt with delightfully fresh, citrusy and floral profile.

Situated on the edge of Loch Indaal on Islay Bruichladdich has been doing its own thing since 1881. Changes in ownership have created subtle ripples of change in spirit profile over the years. Typically older vintages are ever-so-lightly-peated and have rested in ex-bourbon casks, which lend lovely characteristics to the whisky’s development. The ‘Bruichladdlich with a wisp’ vintages are lively and delicious.

Today its methods and attitude are rebellious, with multiple spirit characters been matured on site in a myriad of cask types. Unpeated, medium-peated and ultra-peated spirit profiles originate here. A distillery that wears many hats.

Alexander Murray Laphroaig 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Alexander Murray Laphroaig 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch..$109.99
12 years old
Vintage 2005
54% ABV
Sternly poised on the Islay coast, one of three in Port Ellen, Laphroaig’s façade is as austere as its whisky. Waves crash against the white brick ‘LAPHROAIG’ walls with awesome ferocity. Think wrath of the sea rather than hint of maritime, here.

Recognized the world round for everything medicinal: not only are distillery bottlings presented in an apothecary-style green and white bottle, evocative of nightmarish childhood visits to the medicine cabinet, many also perceive its flavor profile a close relative to cough medicine, whilst others lap it up for its fiercely acquired taste. Definitely a love-it-or-hate-it type dram.

The distinctly medicinal flavor characteristic that is found in the spirit produced at Laphroaig is a result of the peat utilized during the malting process, which like very few distilleries in Scotland is still conducted at the site of the distillery in a traditional manner. The distillery maintains access to its own unique peat beds, at Glen Machrie, whose peat contains relatively high levels of ‘Sphagnum’, which develop iodine-like flavors during production.

On top of the potency of raw ingredients used at Laphroaig, the distillery’s process retains a large amount of phenols (ppm) in its new-make, making its whisky a fierce beast that requires robust maturation to develop graceful. Well-matured expressions, however, are absolutely sublime.

Beer and Rum Tasting tonight at Forsyth

September 21(Friday) - 

Beer Tasting - Forsyth

  • Stillwater Artisanal Extra Extra Brut IPA
  • Lazy Magnolia Sweet Potato Stout
  • 18th Street Brewery Black Exodus Oatmeal Stout
  • Against The Grain Your Beer Pale Ale

Rum Tasting tonight at Forsyth
  • El Dorado 3yr 
  • El Dorado 8yr
  • El Dorado 12yr
  • El Dorado15yr
  • Lemon Hart (Guyana) 151
  • Blackpool Spiced
  • Panama Pacific 9yr (Panama)
  • Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum (Jamaica)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

2015 Ornellaia Bolgheri

2015 Ornellaia Bolgheri...$198.98 / 750ml
2015 Ornellaia Bolgheri...$499.98 / Magnum 1.5liter
2015 Ornellaia Bolgheri...$2,599.98 / 6 liter bottle!
(1-6 liter available, we are the lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher , compare to Zachys at $3,999.99)
A big, brooding red, packed with blackberry, plum and earth flavors, all wrapped in spicy oak. Monolithic now, finishing with saline mineral elements, a leafy tobacco edge and dense, mouthcoating tannins. Terrific potential. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2023 through 2038. 2,300 cases imported.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
Rated 98/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia

Potential Perfection!
2015 Joseph Phelps Insignia...$229.98
Always one of the most anticipated releases of the year we are very excited to have the 2015 Insignia in stock.
A barrel sample blended of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec coming from six vineyards and reared in 100% new French oak, the 2015 Insignia Proprietary Red Wine has a very deep inky-purple color and nose of crushed red and black currants, blackberry pie and plums with hints of dried herbs, sandalwood, spice box and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers a knock-out core of intense, energetic fruit with chewy tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with epic length and freshness. 12,500 cases are expected to be bottled.
Rated 97-100/100 The Wine Advocate

More 2015 Dominus

2015 Dominus and Napanook
We just scored 3 more cases of the 100 Point 2015 Dominus, plus a couple of cases of 2015 Napanook which is sourced from the same Vineyard as Dominus and stacks up incredibly well to it's bigger brother. Don't sleep on these when they are gone they are gone.

2015 Dominus “Napanook”....$79.99
Bottled in July 2017, Dominus’ more approachable, less tannic sister wine, Napanook, is a blend this year of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Napanook Proprietary Red Wine is redolent of crème de cassis, potpourri, plum preserves and violets with hints of dark chocolate, menthol, licorice and charcoal. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with black fruit preserves and earthy layers, supported by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins and finishing with great length
Rated 96/100 James Suckling
Rated 93+/100 The Wine Advocate

2015 Dominus Napa Red....$268.98
Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New German beers in stock!

Hofbrauhaus Freising Festbier...$11.99 / 6pk bottles
Oktoberfest beer
Celebrate the right beer for a party. Extra brewed and therefore something very special. Strong and full spicy in the taste.

Hofbraushaus Fresing Jagerbier Export Lager...$11.99 / 6pk

New Belgium Le Terroir Sour

New Belgium Le Terroir Sour...$8.99 / 375ml
Le Terroir is a french term meaning ‘of the earth’ and is frequently used to reference the natural, environmental conditions that affect beer. So it is with our Wood Cellar and the foeders in which Le Terroir is created. These oak barrels combine nature and craftsmanship to age our sour beer in varying temperatures, humidity and vibrations. Coupled with dry-hopping using fruit-forward and experimental hops, Le Terroir is a beer that rewards differently every time you experience it.

Nebraska Brewing Melange a Trois

New bottle size!

Nebraska Brewing Melange a Trois...$9.49 / 500ml
Aged in Chardonnay Barrels
Our first beer produced in the Reserve Series, Melange A` Trois begins with a wonderfully big Strong Belgian-Style Blonde Ale and moves into the extraordinary category through an additional 6 month French Oak Chardonnay Wine Barrel maturation. The essence of Chardonnay permeates while a subtle sweetness remains from the Ale itself. Oak tannins combine to create a fascinating mesh of dry, sweet, and wine-like character. One of our favorites!