Saturday, September 18, 2021

Ego Goru Monastrell Jumilla

2016 Ego Goru Monastrell Jumilla...$11.99
75% Monastrell  25% Cabernet
This muscular red shows an austere character, offering loamy earth, anise, espresso and mineral flavors that frame a core of currant and cocoa. The tannins are ripe, with enough acidity to keep this balanced. Reserved but rich. Drink now through 2031. 8,500 cases made, 4,400 cases imported. — TM
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

A.D. Laws Whiskey House San Luis Valley Rye 6 Year Bonded


Laws Whiskey House San Luis Valley Rye 6 Year Bonded....$65.99
6 Year Old
Bottled in Bond!
The first rye whiskey to be Bottled in Bond in Colorado history, it hails from the San Luis Valley rye grain of a single season, shaped by us as the single distiller, then aged in our federally bonded rickhouse for at least four years. 

COLORADO’S FIRST:  Bottled in bond rye in state history
AROMAS: Sweet grass with honey and brine
FLAVORS: Cooling notes of wild mint and fennel followed by deeper accents of sea salt, orange tea and brown sugar on the palate. Finishes with tobacco notes and a rich, buttery mouthfeel.
MASH BILL: 95% heirloom rye, 5% heirloom barley

AGED: 6+ years in new 53 gallon charred oak barrels

Friday, September 17, 2021

Chave Hermitage Blanc

2018 Chave Hermitage Blanc...$279.99

The 2018 Hermitage Blanc was still in its various components, so my rating and description is something of a composite, based on barrel-tasting lots from Péléat, Les Rocoules and L'Ermite. There's incredible weight, ripeness and richness throughout, with hints of toast and crocuses accenting white peach, melon and pineapple fruit, yet also a sense of vibrance and briny freshness on the lengthy finishes.
Rated 95-97/100 Wine Advocate
I was able to taste the 2018 Hermitage Blanc from multiple barrels and tank, and I continue to think Jean-Louis fashions one of the greatest whites on planet earth. Gorgeous white flowers, honeysuckle, ripe quince, and toasted almond notes dominate the bouquet, and it has that rare mix of richness and opulence paired with incredible purity, freshness, and focus. It has a wealth of material yet also shows the vintage’s more rounded, sexy style. Plan on drinking bottles on release and over the following 2-4 years or hold off for a decade. It’s certainly in the same ballpark as the 2017.
Rated 96-98/100 Jeb Dunnuck
The thickness of the skins on Chave’s old vine parcels is what gives this wine its unrestricted depth and intensity, as well as it s ability to age for a very long time. Aromas run from very pretty and floral, through peaches and lemons and into crushed and grilled nuts. The palate is such a textural essay with an attractively youthful and pithy shunt of tannin that underwrites a considerably long finish and long cellaring potential. Age and try from 2030.
Rated 96-97/100 James Suckling
Tasted in components. #1) Rocoules Haut: A touch of iodine, smoky, mineral-accented orchard and pit fruits on the nose and palate. Chewy and precise, with no excess fat and a building mineral flourish. #2) Rocoules mid-slope: Taut and energetic in style, showing very good depth to its juicy Anjou pear, yellow apple and honeysuckle flavors. Plays richness off of energy with a steady hand. #3) Rocoules Bas: Nectarine, honey and floral qualities are sharpened by a suggestion of orange zest. Weighty yet precise, with a jolt of minerality adding back-end grip. #4) Peleat: Lively and precise, offering intense citrus, orchard fruit flavors, building iodine and smoky mineral nuances. Very long and tight, with a sexy floral nuance emerging steadily. #5) Peleat old vines: Deeply perfumed pear nectar and orange marmalade qualities on the nose and palate. Becomes livelier with a bit of air and shows fine delineation on the back half. These vines are at least 120 years old, Jean-Louis Chave told me. #6) Ermite: Emphatically mineral and precise on the nose, displaying vibrant Meyer lemon, white peach and floral qualities and a strong mineral overtone. Chewy and tightly wound, with superb depth, serious closing energy and repeating florality.
Rated 96-97/100 Vinous Media

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Few Immortal Rye Whiskey

Few Immortal Rye Whiskey...$39.99
Compare to $43.99 at Total Wine and More
Few revels in the atypical.  
We take our grain-to-glass, cask-strength, award winning, straight rye whiskey and bring it to proof with cold extracted 8 immortals oolong tea for a rye of unusual delicacy and complexity.  

The spice of the legendary few straight rye folds into the fabled 8 immortals tea to bring an overlay of peach, honey and exotic dragon fruit that is other-worldly.

Two Stacks Dram in a Can Irish Whiskey

The Two Stacks Dram in a Can Irish Whiskey...$14.99 / 4pk 100ml cans

A unique blend of grain, malt & pot still whiskey. Dram in a Can is the world’s first 43% whiskey in a can, serving the same great flavour profile and focus on quality spirit as the rest of our blended range.

Perfect for on the move, out with friends or even just a solo dram in the great outdoors.

Foursquare Crisma Barbados Rum Cream Liqueur

Foursquare Crisma Barbados Rum Cream Liqueur...$36.99 / 750ml

CRISMA is made with a blend of genuine 3 year aged Barbados Rum from the Foursquare Rum Distillery, Jamaican Coffee and Cream sourced from Holland. Bottled at 17% ABV (34 Proof), from one of the most renowned rum distilleries in the world. Each bottle bears the manufacturing and best by dates – shelf stable – but to maintain best quality and taste, recommended to refrigerate after opening.

Initial Impressions: Extremely smooth, creamy and delicious. Would easily make for a fantastic after dinner drink, exceptional in coffee. Rich notes of butterscotch and caramel carry from the nose, to the palate and make for a delightful sip wanting to go back for more.

Aroma: Vanilla, butterscotch candies, caramel and milk chocolate with a hint of chocolate covered cherries and mint.

Palate: Smooth and creamy character – notes of butterscotch, coffee with cream, subtle spices, vanilla, and rich milk chocolate.

Brick River Autumn Spice.

The seasons are changing and that means it's time for a new seasonal cider!

Brick River Autumn Spice Cider...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Brown sugar and spice hard apple cider
5% ABV

Stem Ciders Lava Flow Apple cider

Stem Ciders Lava Flow Apple cider...$10.99 / 4pk 12oz cans
A Strawberry and Pineapple explosion!  Fresh pressed apple juice, hibiscus tea (water, hibiscus flower), Strawberry puree.
5.8%  ABV

River Antoine - River's Royal Grenadian Rum

River Antoine -  River's Royal Grenadian Rum...$64.99 / 700ml

This white rum with its intensely fruity notes is the fruit of centuries of know-how perpetuated from generation to generation by the Antoine Rivers distillery.
69% ABV

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Dented Brick Distillery Moon's Best Straight Rye Whiskey

Dent Brick Distillery Moon's Best Straight Rye Whiskey...$45.99 / 750ml
Drink in the aroma of fresh vanilla and peppercorn. Savor the richness of its texture, peppered with notes of brown sugar, honey and caramel. Indulge in a long, luxurious finish with traces of rich oak and a gentle, smoky sweetness. With Moon’s Best Rye Whiskey, the only thing richer than its history is its flavor.
45% ABV

Jinro Ilpoom Soju

Jinro Ilpoom Soju...$19.99 / 375ml
Our premium soju, spirits distilled from rice, that delivers crisp taste and a quality finish that reminds of you of our rich history.
24% ABV

Onda Tequila Seltzers

These tropical-inspired flavors will instantly transport you to a beach vacation, no matter the season. 

Onda Tequila Seltzer Blood Orange...$11.99 / 4pk 12oz cans
Not your basic orange. Dreamy blood orange gives your tequila sunrise an instant upgrade. Perfect for a sunny beach day.

Onda Tequila Seltzer Lime...$11.99 / 4pk 12oz cans
An instant classic with a slightly tart citrus flavor. Perfect for a poolside summer day or pretending you’re poolside on a summer day.

New from Logboat Brewing

Logboat Mornin’ Hoot Double IPA with Tangerine and Guava...$9.99 / 4 pk 12oz cans

With a 2:1 ratio tangerine to guava, along with Cascade and Falconer’s Flight hops high in biotransformation, this beer offers new fruit compounds that you’ve probably never even dreamed of. Sitting at 8.6%, this deliciously juicy Double IPA is the perfect combination of dank and citrus.

Garden Path Fermentation

Located in the beautiful rural Skagit Valley in Northwest Washington, Garden Path Fermentation makes hyperlocal beer, mead, cider, and wine only using ingredients sourced from our own backyard. We exclusively use Skagit-grown grain, local fruit and honey, Pacific Northwest hops, and ferment all of our products in oak with 100% native Skagit yeast.

Our process draws on old-world brewing and winemaking techniques from a variety of traditions, which we reinterpret and adapt to take maximum advantage of the Skagit Valley’s abundant resources and temperate climate.

Garden Path Fermentation The Subtle Blend Cherries...$18.99 / 375ml bottle
Mature barrel-aged beer refermented with just a hint of Skagit-grown cherries
8.6%  ABV

Garden Path Fermentation The Spontaneous Ferment...$26.99 / 375ml bottle
A blend of three batches of spontaneously fermented beer inoculated overnight in our coolship in 2018, fermented and aged in oak puncheons, and aged in the bottle for seven months.
6% ABV

New from Main & Mill Brewing

Main & Mill Benny the Jet Hazy IPA...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
The newest addition to our nostalgia based artist series..and in time for the final race to the playoffs, we have a new label by local illustrator @jtmoler!! To compliment his amazing use of green, our minds immediately went to hops. We utilized the new thiolized Cosmic Punch yeast strain from our friends at @omegayeast and hopped it with over 4lbs/barrel in 3 stages resulting in some seriously amazing notes of pineapples, peaches, with a smooth mango-like finish.
Hazy IPA • Hazy IPA with Galaxy, Vic Secret, El Dorado, and Bravo hops •
7.1% ABV

Main & Mill Holidaze Halloween Session Stout...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Our second Holi-Daze release! Indulge in another decadent session stout this Fall season...smooth notes chocolate and toast that leads into cinnamon, light nutmeg, and pumpkin followed by a smooth vanilla finish. It's packed with flavor at an ABV that makes it enjoyable all night around a fire.
5.2% ABV

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De Ranke Beers

De Ranke is  back 
A few new ones and a few classics!

De Ranke Mirakel...$18.99 / 750ml 
As big fans of geuze-style beers, we wanted to give our own spontaneous fermentation beer a go. To our own surprise, with success. Aside from our own Spierelambiek - our spontaneously fermented beer named after a tiny river that runs near the brewery - we use two traditional lambieks from the valley of the Senne (close to Brussels) to make a blend. One, two and three year old lambieks are used in Mirakel, our own miracle.

De Ranke Simplex...$4.79 / 11.2oz
Despite Simplex being an ale, it has all the characteristics of an old-styled pils. It is a blond, unfiltered, unpasteurized, hoppy and bitter beer that remains low in alcohol. Resulting in a straw blonde, highly drinkable beer with plenty of flavor and character.
Taste: Refreshing, light and with a firm bitterness

De Ranke XX Bitter...$4.79 / 11.2oz
"The hoppiest and some say the very best beer of Belgium.
The De Ranke brewery was founded by two good friends, Nino Bacelle and Guido Devos. Their story is a classic in Belgium, where the very best craft brewing usually begins as a passionately pursued hobby, not an occupation. For Nino and Guido, brewing is literally a weekend obsession. For a few hours on Friday and Saturday, every week, the marvelous turn-of-the-century Deca Brewery in West Flanders is turned over to the De Ranke brewers, who make small batches of what many consider the best specialty beers of Belgium. Their beers are robust and flavorful, and famous for their massive hoppiness.
XX Bitter is a very weighty beer, aggressively brewed to be the hoppiest in Belgium. Some more delicate palates are put off right away. Those warriors who accept the challenge, and take time to sort through the barrage of sensory impressions, usually end up loving it. It is first of all remarkably hoppy – and it persists in its hoppiness unto the bitter end – but it does not want for balancing maltiness. In the middle is a “barnyard” Brettanomyces yeast character that is very reminiscent of Orval in its heyday.

De Ranke XXX Bitter Hoppy Golden Ale...$15.99 / 750ml
You might say this beer is Orval with everything turned up to 11, which is exactly what the brewers were seeking." -- importer
XXX-Bitter is a variation on the existing XX-bitter, where we add an additional 50% more hops.
Taste: Full-bodied bitter beer. Despite its higher IBU-value, the large amount of aroma-hops makes this beer taste smoother than XX.

Brasserie de la Senne Bruzellensis

Brasserie de la Senne Bruzellensis Local Brett Beer...$5.99 / 11.2oz bottle
From the brewer:
“Here it is!! Our latest baby, of which we are very proud: the BRUXELLENSIS, 4 months bottle refermented with 100% Brussels Brettanomyces yeast.

Amber colored with copper reflections, very fruity (pineapple and red fruits), sustained by hop flavors and complex notes of old leather. In spite of its 6,5%, its dry and bitter finish makes it a surprising thirst-quencher.”
Style: Belgian Ale
ABV: 6.50%

Fantome Saison


Fantome Saison....$14.99 / 750ml
Fruity, complex saison beer from the Ardennes forest from a tiny farmhouse brewery very hard to find even in Belgium.
8% alc. by volume, with a wonderfully musty and characterful aroma. “Absolutely gorgeous, complex summer refresher with enough interest to drink all year-round.” (The Beers of Wallonia). Both authors give this beer a perfect 10. We would not give it a 10 (even if we knew what that meant) but there are drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly, no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere.
How many beers of 8% plus offer such fresh fruitiness? A solid Belgian saison beer at its base, with an unusual overlay of fruitiness.

Blaugies Darbyste Bier

Blaugies Darbyste Bier...$9.99 / 375ml
A traditional style named for John Darby, preacher of temperance whose parishioners were oddly moved by a ‘soft drink’ they insisted was just fig juice . . .
The Blaugies Darbyste is a saison made with wheat and fermented with fig juice. A variant of the Belgian “Wit” or “Blanche” style, but a little drier and a lot more substantial and flavorful. In his Beer Companion, Michael Jackson notes the burgeoning interest in the Belgian style of wheat beers in the U.S. and elsewhere, and adds hopefully that “perhaps an acute traditionalist will bring back the use of figs as a fermentable material.”

The brewery at Blaugies has answered the call. According to Jackson, “The figs are not evident in the flavor, which is light, lemony and dry.” This is a great beer for summer – and the best “blanche biere” of Belgium. Very spritzy, as a saison should be – be careful popping the cork.

Bodegas Valderiz Juegabolos Ribera del Duero

2015 Bodegas Valderiz Juegabolos Ribero del Duero...$57.99
A very fresh array of mulberries and boysenberries with sweet, spicy oak adding early interest. The texture on the palate is impressive with a swathe of smooth, velvety tannins. Bright and tight. Drink or hold.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
The showy and exuberant 2015 Juegabolos displays more spicy and smoky notes after some time in the glass, but the nose has a great mixture of wild flowers and herbs and resembles the landscape of Ribera del Duero in a year like 2018 when the fields are full of fragrant flowers and everything is green and not dry. It has a powerful yet balanced palate in an elegant mix that fills your mouth and leaves a notable aftertaste. It should age effortlessly in bottle. 8,300 bottles were filled in December 2017.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2017 Bodegas Valderiz Juegabolos 
Ribero del Duero...$57.99
The grapes come from the Juegabolos (Bowls Players) terroir planted by Tomás Esteban in 1988. The unique character of this terroir is that the top 1.5 metres of soil is gravel. This creates perfect conditions for ripening in a very healthy environment. Lower down in the soil profile there is clay which provides the vines with all the nutrients and water that they need. The production is 4,000 kg per hectare. It is totally free of artificial fertilisers and systematic chemical treatments.

The fermentation process is very gentle without intensive extraction in stainless steel tanks with a 10,000 kg capacity. During the process no enzymes or yeasts are used that do not originate in the grapes.

VARIETY: 100% tinta del país
AGEING: 36 months
TYPE OF WOOD: 80% French oak, 20% new American oak barrels.