Saturday, March 23, 2019

2010 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva

Very rare and limited!
2010 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva..$419.99
Luca Currado is on a roll. This is the third vintage (in as many years) that blows me off my feet. The 2010 Barolo Riserva Villero is a spectacular achievement and a wine that we all aspire to have in our cellars. There is a level of truism here—an authentic portrait of the Nebbiolo grape—that is outstanding. The fruit from Villero saw 45 days of skin maceration and few rackings. The wines of Vietti are always made in reduction to guarantee their long aging future. The bouquet offers many fleeting aromas that add to its enormous complexity. You get wild berry, licorice, anise seed and a touch of iron rust. On average, this very special wine is only released every four years.
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate

Penfolds St Henri Shiraz

Known as an old world counterpoint to the iconic Penfolds Grange. The Penfolds St Henri Shiraz is sourced from the same hallowed ground but rather than being aged in new American and French oak barrels the St Henri sees only time in 50 year old large oak vats. This wine is a window in to how great Aussie Shiraz was made decades ago. 

We scored 3 more bottles!!
Grab them

2015 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz....$89.98
Described by Peter Gago as the antithesis of a ‘show wine’, Penfolds' much loved and admired St Henri Shiraz continues to plough its own furrow in glorious style. In many ways it is a superb counterpoint to the more senior Grange, having been aged in large, old oak vats. The nose here is cocoa powder and summer pudding with a touch of mocha. This segues onto a palate of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite and liquorice. St Henris are usually built for the long haul thanks to their acidity, fruit and densely populated tannins, and this is no exception. Superbly structured, juicily vibrant, sweet and balanced, this is tempting to broach now. However, I’d leave it for a couple of decades and wait for the magic to unfurl.
Rated 96/100 Decanter Magazine

Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

2015 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon Estate...$259.99
Inky purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate leaps from the glass with youthful, exuberant red and black currants notes over scents of garrigue, cedar, violets, rose hip, iron ore, dusty earth and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, finely constructed and with bags of finesse, it sports a solid line of very fine-grained tannins and impressive earth-inspired layers, finishing with great persistence. This was tasted as a barrel sample.
Rated 96-98/100 The Wine Advocate
This is a layered and beautiful red with fantastic depth and richness. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and incredible finish. A wine that combines freshness and depth for the vintage. Fantastic. Drink or hold.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon includes slightly less Cabernet than normal and is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc. It has loads of cassis and black raspberry fruits as well as gorgeous incense, dried violets, vanilla, and flowery spice overtones. About as seamless as it gets, with full body and present yet sweet tannins, it’s a beautiful, elegant wine from this remarkable site sitting above Oakville.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Perfect 100 point wine!

2015 Dalla Valle Maya...$519.99
As good as it gets, yet in a different style compared to the also perfect 2016, the 2015 Maya Proprietary Red Wine boasts a sensational, ethereal, heavenly style to go with tons of cassis and blackberry fruits intermixed with notions of dried earth, tobacco, chocolate, and a beautiful sense of minerality. This cuvĂ©e is normally a blend of 60-70% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc, and it’s the Cabernet Franc that gives it another layer of complexity and elegance. The sexy, upfront nature of the 2015 vintage is front and center. This is a magical wine to drink over the coming 3+ decades.
Drink 2019 - 2049
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Maya Proprietary Red Wine opens with sweet plums, spice box and kirsch notes with nuances of vanillin, cocoa powder, dried herbs and loam. Medium to full-bodied, soft, approachable and very sexy even at this youthful stage, it has a long, perfumed finish. This was tasted as a barrel sample.
Rated 96-98/100 The Wine Advocate
The polish and depth to this wine is extraordinary for the vintage. Full body, super refined and tight yet generous and exciting. Chocolate, walnut and berry. Goes on for minutes. Superb for the vintage. Better in 2020 but already so wonderful.
Rated 98/100 James Suckling

A.E. Dor Pineau des Charentes

A.E. Dor Pineau des Charentes...$29.99
  • Region: Charente 
  • Appellation: Pineau des Charentes 
  • Farming Practices: Sustainable 
  • Grape Varieties: Colombard 
  • Age of Spirits: 5 years (minimum requirement is 1 year aging) 
Distillation and Aging: Pineau des Charentes is in the Vin de Liquor category of French aperitifs and after dinner drinks. It is made by combining unfermented grape juice with finished Cognac, for a spirit that is just under 20% alcohol with a touch of fruitiness. Pineau des Charentes has a minimum aging requirement of one year; A.E. For ages their for 5 years. Tasting Notes: Notes of fresh grape juice and Cognac are combined with a lovely caramel/fig quality from the 5 years of aging. Pineau Blanc can be enjoyed on ice with an orange peel or used in cocktails where a fruity liquor is desired.

Fess Parker Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir

2016 Fess Parker Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir....$48.99
A candied black-cherry aroma meets with wild thyme, dried marjoram and tea leaves on the nose of this bottling by Winemaker Blair Fox. It's light bodied on the palate, allowing elegant red-fruit and purple-flower flavors to ride the vibrant acidity into the finish.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast
The 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard reveals aromas of juicy wild berry fruit, cherries and sweet soil, framed by creamy new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with an ample core of fruit, nicely succulent acids and good length. This is a comparatively lavish interpretation of this pioneering vineyard, but it's well balanced for consumption in the next four or five years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Title No. 21 American Whiskey

Title No. 21 American Whiskey...$21.99
Title No. 21 American Whiskey is a combination of whiskey and bourbons of various ages that are hand selected and classically crafted up to 10 years in charred oak barrels. Due to expert blending you will not find artificial flavor or neutral grain spirits in Title No. 21. It is wonderfully approachable, with a high corn mash bill, smooth caramelized fruit tones, hints of spice and a touch of toasted oak on the finish.

Knockmore Irish Whiskey

Knockmore Irish Whiskey....$26.99
Premium Irish Whiskey aged in flame-charred Bourbon casks.

Tom's Town Barreled Gin

Tom's Town Barreled Gin...$28.99
Tasting notes: vanilla, caramel and oak
Our distillers took our botanical gin and finished it in one of our bourbon barrels for six months to create Tom’s Town Barreled Gin. The result is a robust and flavorful gin that takes on the best whiskey characteristics and aroma from the barrel. With notes of vanilla, caramel and oak, our Barreled Gin won a prestigious Gold medal at Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America in 2018.

CBD Sparkling

CBD Soda
100 calories. 100% delicious.
Colorado’s Best Drinks offers a full line of ready-to-drink sparkling beverages infused with 20 mg of broad spectrum hemp extract. Each of our flavors is crafted with just five great ingredients: Sparkling Water, Organic Agave Nectar, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, and PCR (phytocannabinoid-rich) Hemp Extract. All flavors are Vegan, non-GMO, Gluten-free, Sodium free, Preservative free and packaged in BPA-free cans. All of our CBD Sparkling Sodas are lab certified to contain zero THC. If you have any questions about whether Colorado's Best Drinks are the right choice for you, please consult your doctor.

New flavor
CBD Sparkling Lemonade..$11.99 / 4pk
CBD Sparkling Lemonade is a just what you expect from a classic summertime lemonade but with a sparkling twist. We craft CBD Sparkling Lemonade using the finest natural lemon extracts and lightly sweeten it using only organic agave nectar. It is the perfect blend of sweet and sour enhanced with just the right effervescence for an uplifting pop. Our CBD Sparkling Lemonade is sure to make everyone's day a little brighter!
New flavor
CBD Sparkling Cola...$11.99 / 4pk
Cola is the great American soft drink. Our CBD Sparkling Cola only enhances the great tradition of cola with 20 mg of Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract. Our CBD Sparkling Cola is a traditional, full flavored cola with distinctive spiced top notes that are carried through with a crisp, refreshing finish. Taste one for yourself and find out why CBD Sparkling Cola is on it’s way to becoming America’s new favorite!

CBD Sparkling Black Cherry..$11.99 / 4pk
CBD Sparkling Black Cherry is an intriguing twist on this classic soda flavor. We only use premium black cherry flavor extracts and lightly sweeten it with organic agave nectar to make the flavor pop! The final result is a full flavored black cherry soda that has the cleanest possible finish. Only problem is it keeps you wanting more.

CBD Sparkling Root Beer...$11.99 / 4pk
CBD Sparkling Root Beer is our take on the classic root beers reminiscent of the good old soda fountain days. We have crafted a deep flavored traditional root beer using the highest quality extracts of sassafras, vanilla, birch, and just a hint of wintergreen. Enjoy CBD Sparkling Root Beer in a cold mug by itself or with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!

Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva

A Superstar from Tuscany's most overlooked and oldest DOCG, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Situated in the Southern end of Tuscany near the town of Sienna Montepulciano produces some of Italy's most profound Sangiovese, but thankfully sell for a song compared to their more famous counterparts from Chianti and Bolgheri.

2013 Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva....$24.99
The stunning bouquet of ripe black cherry, black currant, leather and woodsy spice notes is enticing, while the sweet fruit is a match for the dense structure. The lengthy finish lingers, with tobacco, eucalyptus and iron accents. Drink now through 2030
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
(#11 on the 2018 Top 100 Wines of the Year)

Friday, March 22, 2019

2nd Shift new releases

Limit 2 cans per person
Rainbow Kitty is online now

2nd Shift Rainbow Kitty Berliner-Weiss...$2.49 / 16oz can
A slightly tart take on a traditional German style.

Limit 2 cans per person
No longer online - Forsyth only now
2nd Shift Sunny Cat NEIPA...$2.99 / 16oz can
New England-style Pale Ale w/Tangerine

New England style pale ale brewed with oats, lactose, Amarillo & Citra hops, and dried tangerine peel.

Limit 2 cans per person
Not online anymore, just a few cans left at Forsyth
2nd Shift Dark Divide Imperial Stout with Coffee...$6.99 /16oz can
This new imperial stout blends delicious Dark Matter Machete coffee. The green beans of this coffee spent a week in bourbon barrels before being roasted.

Crane Brewing - limited releases

In stock now at Forsyth limited releases.

Crane Brewing Thanatos...$9.49 / 375ml
Port and Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Sour
Our time on earth is brief, and that should be celebrated.  We took a dark sour with dark fruit notes and aged it in stone pillar port barrels and Rieger bourbon barrels for 18 months.  The marriage between the two is seamless - the port barrels bring big red fruit and chocolate notes, and the Bourbon barrels bring notes of caramel, roast and a touch of vanilla that lingers on the palate.

Crane Brewing Township 49...$9.49 / 375ml
Barrel Aged Spontaneously Fermented Wile Ale

Crane Brewing Trill...$9.49 / 375ml
Sour Quad Ale Aged in Brandy Barrels on Mangos

Avery Brewing

In stock
Avery Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour...$7.49 / pint cans

6.5% ABV
Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale.

In stock
Avery Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Stout...$7.49 / pint cans
10.8% ABV
A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.

In stock
Avery Bug Zapper Sour Ale...$9.99 / 6pk cans
6.0% ABV
Bug Zapper is a limited release Sour Ale to help scratch your summer itch. A lively mix of mint, ginger, and lime are both cooling and invigorating, and we sour-dose after fermentation to impart the finishing electric zap.

In stock now at Forsyth, not online yet though
Avery Brut IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
7.0% ABV
This extra bubbly and dry IPA sings with a chorus of effervescence and an orchestra of hop aroma. With low bitterness and a crisp finish, Brut IPA sparkles with life and is worthy of any celebration.

In stock now Forsyth, not online yet though
Avery Lager...$8.99 / 6pk
5.0% ABV
We use pure rocky mountain water with two row and pilsner malts to create this quintessential lager. As a true representation of our time-honored craft, Avery Lager is clean and refreshing, with a smooth finish.

Did not make the truck, hopefully next week
Avery Hazyish IPA

7.0% ABV
A juicy and hazy India Pale Ale with low bitterness, an expressive aroma of four different hop varieties, and a creamy mouthfeel. We wouldn't be Avery Brewing if we didn't put our own stamp on the juicy and hazy IPA style. We took all that is great in a hazy IPA; low bitterness paired with the powerful and juicy aroma of hops, and the silky sensation of the liquid, but brewed for excellent shelf stability and consistency from batch to batch.

Southwest Distillery Calamity Gin

Southwest Distillery Calamity Gin...$21.99
Born from extraordinary experiences, Calamity Gin is the spirit American Legends are made of. It's a unique, premium crafted Texas Dry Gin infused with wildflowers including Texas Bluebonnets. Through a unique combination of Old World and New World styles we have distilled a well balanced gin with mild juniper and floral notes and a fresh citrus finish. It's a unique taste we call “Texas Dry."

Calamity Jane was a legendary character and icon of the American West. She was renowned for her sharp shooting and heavy drinking – but also for her heroism and charity towards others. Calamity Gin embodies the independent spirit of Calamity Jane and inspires all men and women to find their inner legend through confidence and determination.

New Earthbound!

Earthbound Brewing Mahlab ESB...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz cans
Mahlab ESB. This Extra Special Bitter is made extra special by Mahlab, the pits of Ste. Lucie cherries. Used in Turkish baked goods, this beer has a sweet, spicebread aroma but a crisp, bitter finish. 5.5% ABV. 

Earthbound Brewing Open Source Brown...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz cans
Their new Brown Ale

Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA

Canned March 12th
Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA...$2.49 / 19.2oz can
Double IPA
To create a recipe so tropical and fruity without the addition of fruit was no feat our team of brewers would leave up to the gods. They took floral and citrus notes from Mosaic, Loral and Mandarina Bavaria hops to dish up a mouthwatering fruit punch to the palate. Get deserted on your own island or share with others. One thing is for sure: there is no need to light this one. It is already on fire.

Foxglove Values

Great Value in California Chardonnay
2016 Foxglove Chardonnay...$14.99
Always a terrific value, the 2016 Chardonnay from Foxglove is excellent, offering up lovely aromas of citrus, melon and apricot, followed by an elegantly satiny, succulent palate with excellent balance and a flavorful finish. It's hard to think of a better Chardonnay for the money than this offering from the dynamic Varner brothers.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Chardonnay is fabulous. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is especially broad, with plenty of tropically leaning fruit, peach and apricot flavors. Lees stirring adds textural richness, but the malolactic fermentation is blocked. The 2016 was not bottled at the time of my tastings, as the Varners wanted to give the wine more time on its lees. Quite simply, this is one of the best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across.
Rated 90-91/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2017 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon...$14.99
Foxglove's 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Even better, it is also one of the very best values in California Cabernet readers will come across. A rush of super-ripe dark cherry, tobacco, licorice and plum give the 2017 its racy personality. Voluptuous in the glass, with silky tannins and soft contours, the 2017 will be impossible to resist upon release.
Rated 89/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

1969 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port.

1969 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port...$269.99
Taylor Fladgate holds one of the most extensive reserves of very old cask aged Port of any producer. They include a collection of rare Single Harvest Ports. These are Ports from a single year which age to full maturity in seasoned oak casks and display the year of harvest on the label.  Taylor Fladgate has decided to make a limited release, each year, of a Single Harvest Port made 50 years previously. 
Deep mahogany colour with discreet olive highlights on the rim. Very fine, elegant nose, with an opulent core of wild honey, treacle and butterscotch infused with a spicy redolence of black pepper and cinnamon. Cedary cigar box aromas, savoury scents of wild herbs and a discreet aura of fresh mint add a further layer of complexity. The perfectly calibrated palate is lifted by a fresh acidity and delivers a wealth of rich mellow flavour, molasses, dried figs, sultanas and apricot confit. The finish is clean and bright, with ripe pear and mint and very discreet zesty citrus notes.

Beer Tasting Tonight

Beer Tasting Tonight

The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

Orval Trappist Ale
"The gustative sensations will gain in nuance depending on the age of the beer. Young beer is characterised by a bouquet of fresh hops, with a fruity note and pronounced bitterness, light on the palate and a less firm collar than a beer of six months. The latter will feature a bouquet consisting of a blend of fragrances of yeast and old-fashioned hop. The bitterness is more diffuse and the taste has moved to a slight touch of acidity accompanying yeast and caramel flavours. Served without its sediments, a beer of six months or more, has a particularly bright appearance." -- Orval

New Holland Dragon's Milk White Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
Brewed with caramalts and barrel aged to create a wonderful surprise - a white stout - with flavors of oak, vanilla, cocoa and a hint of bourbon.

Stillwater Wavy Double IPA

A rotationally hopped double india pale ale by Stillwater
Batch #011
Amarillo, Pacific Gem, and Huell Melon

Fat Orange Cat Launch New England IPA
8% ABV

Rockwell Brewing Fabricius
This saison with mandarin oranges was the first beer we ever brewed/released (May 2016!), and are now proud to offer it 12 ounce cans. You never forget your first.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Old Bakery Digital Native IPA with Orange

Old Bakery Digital Native IPA with Orange...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Citrusy AF.
We dry hopped this IPA with some dank citrusy hops.  Then we added organic orange and BAM: Digital Native Orange Edition

Gigantic Brewing Hellboy Maple Syrup Pancakes Beer

Super limited!

This will go BRC either later today or early tomorrow!
Watch for emails

Gigantic Brewing Hellboy Maple Syrup Pancakes Beer...$9.99 / pint

  • 6.66% ABV
  • 666 cases made
  • Beer #1 of 6

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Oregon's Gigantic Brewing and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to create 666 cases of Hellboy beer, based on award-winning cartoonist Mike Mignola’s legendary character. All told, Gigantic Brewing will release six different Hellboy beers, with flavors inspired by fan-favorite characters from the Hellboy comic books. Each new beer will be a limited edition run of 666 cases and will be released approximately every seven weeks. The first beer, Hellboy, features a maple syrup and pancake profile. Gigantic Brewing’s first Hellboy beer will be released in March, ahead of Hellboy Day on March 23, 2019, when comic book stores and fans across the country will celebrate twenty-five years of Hellboy comics and graphic novels.