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Saturday, January 15, 2022

Grenache




Spanish Grenache


2018 Esteban Martin Garnacha Syrah....$7.99
85% Garnacha (Grenache)
Lots of spice, smoked-meat and ripe-berry aromas and flavors to this. Full to medium body. Round and chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling



2016 Coto de Hayas Campo de Borja Crianza...$14.99

60 % Garnacha (Grenache)
Grape Varieties: Garnacha and Tempranillo.
Vine age of 35 years for Garnacha and 30 years for Tempranillo. Aged in French and American oak barrels for 9 months. Additional bottle ageing before release.
View: intense ruby ​​red.
Nose: Good intensity, complex aromas, notes of ripe red fruit and spicy notes.Mouth: powerful attack, a good balance between fruit wine and the contribution of wood. Comprehensive, harmonious with well assembled oak tannin and a long finish and pleasant aftertaste
Rated 91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit



2019 Black Slate Gratallops Vi De La Vila Priorat...$18.99
64% Grenache
A blend of 64% Grenache, 27% Carignan and 9% Syrah, the 2019 Black Slate Gratallops Vi De Vila comes from one of the warmer regions in the Priorat. Gorgeous black raspberries, liquid violets, garrigue, chalky minerality, and hints of rose petal all emerge from the glass, and it's medium to full-bodied and beautifully textured, with ultra-fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. With a liquid rock-like minerality that’s something to behold, this gorgeous, elegant wine is going to evolve for 10-12 years with no issues.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck




French Grenache


2019 Penya Cotes de Catalanes Rouge....$12.99

65% Grenache
20% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre, 5% Syrah
Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still known as “French Catalonia”. We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: “Penya”.
Tasting Notes: This medium-bodied blend is packed with flavor, offering aromas of plums & cherries with smoky notes. The palate yields red and black fruits, spices, a hint of bacon, and silky tannins.





2019 Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone Generation....$14.99
80% Grenache
20% Syrah
This is a very impressive Cotes du Rhone. It has everything you want it a great value Cotes du Rhone. It has an opaque purple color with a big nose that almost smells like a Northern Rhone. Large amounts of dark fruits like blackberry, black cherry, cassis and a great density and very full bodied for this price.




2018 Clos del Rey Le Sabina Cotes du Roussillon....$19.99
60% Grenache
A blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Carignan, the 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Villages le Sabina is a tank-aged beauty. Bold notes of blueberries and raspberries are accented by complex garrigue and peppercorn notes on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is ripe and supple, hinting at dark chocolate and pine resin on the lengthy finish. Unique, of its place, and capable of drinking well for 4-5 years, it's a value worth seeking out.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
2,500 cases produced

A store favorite is back!!!

2019 Les Darons Languedoc...$16.99
75% Grenache
Perhaps a touch more concentrated than the 2018 version, the 2019 Languedoc Les Darons offers up penetrating raspberry and cherry aromas. It's plump and creamy in texture, medium to full-bodied, supple and easy to drink. It should prove to be another fine value.
Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Advocate



2019 Comte de Langeron Cotes du Rhone Linteau...$16.99
70% Grenache
30% Syrah
We love Rhones wines. We are always looking out for new and exciting Cotes du Rhone as they represents some of the best values in red wine. They are also great food wines too.
The medium bodied 2019 Cotes du Rhone shows notes of black olives and Mediterranean herbs, but also shows plenty of fleshy black raspberry fruit. It us a blend of 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah. Concentrated but supple, it's round and expansive in the mouth, finishing with a subtle dusting of ripe tannins and hints of coffee.


Grenache


Grenache
"Grenache is the French name for the red grape known as Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Italy. Today, Grenache is the star of red blends in France's Southern Rhône Valley, reaching its pinnacle in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is widely grown in Spain, where it's dominant in Priorat and a component of blends with Tempranillo in Rioja and other regions. Cannonau is one of the main grapes in Italy's Sardinia. It also has a growing presence in the New World, in places like California and Australia.
Grenache buds early but ripens late. It thrives in warm climates, and likes stony soils like gravel, as well as limestone, clay and sand. In Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the vineyards are studded with large, round stones called galets. The wines tend to have low to moderate acidity, and the berries can reach high sugar levels, resulting in relatively high-alcohol wines, but still retaining balance with vibrant fruit.
Grenache can vary widely in style, depending on where it's grown, but also what grapes it is blended with—Syrah and Mourvèdre are common partners. Generally, the wines show a mix of red and dark fruit, like cherry, raspberry and blackberry. They can have some spice, often manifested with black pepper and star anise notes, and also display pronounced dried-herb qualities, such as bay leaf and tobacco." -- Wine Spectator

Grenache icons
Southern Rhône: Château de Beaucastel, Henri Bonneau, Clos des Papes, Domaine du Pégaü, Château Rayas, Domaine St.-Préfert
Priorat: Celler Mas Doix, Clos Mogador, Álvaro Palacios, Vall Llach



Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world
Known as Cannonau it Italy and know as Garnacha in Spain.





Some amazing Australian Grenache!


2020 Thistledown Gorgeous Old Vine Grenache...$16.99
100% Grenache
Tasting Notes: Gorgeous deep garnet color. Bright aromatics and quite lifted on the nose with a beautifully layered, textural palate with notes of wild strawberry and spice.
Thistledown is not alone in their endeavors to make great Grenache, they are unique in their methods and it is for this reason that they are now unanimously considered to be Australia’s top Grenache specialist.
Rated 92/100 Ray Jordan, Australian Wine Writer

2019 Thistledown Vagabond Grenache Blewitt Springs...$44.99
Old Vine Blewitt Springs, Mclaren Vale
This showcases the power of Blewitt Springs in a very boldly stated, fruit-driven expression of grenache with real purpose. The aromas are of redcurrants, raspberries, pomegranate and blood oranges and lead to a palate with a phenomenal drive of acidity and tannin. Such intense and defined style here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling







Some amazing California Grenache!
"A Tribute To Grace Wine Company is dedicated to crafting authentic expressions of Grenache. All wines are single-vineyard sourced to maintain authenticity, and remain 100% Grenache." - Angelo Osborne (owner/winemaker)

2018 A Tribute to Grace Grenache Santa Barbara....$29.99
Leading off the Grenache releases, the 2018 Grenache Santa Barbara County comes from Santa Barbara County and is 100% Grenache that was destemmed and brought up in neutral oak. Pretty cherry and strawberry fruits as well as a touch of violets and spice give way to a medium-bodied Grenache with a Pinot Noir-like elegance and purity. It's a lively, balanced effort to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Grenache (Santa Barbara County) is a fabulous introduction to this range. Perfumed, light on its feet and ethereal, the appellation Grenache has so much character. Crushed red berry, cedar, mint and wild flowers all grace this understated, totally classy wine from Angela Osborne. This is such a beautiful wine.
Rated 92/100 Vinous Media

2018 A Tribute to Grace Grenache Vie Caprice Vineyard....$45.99
Slightly deeper hued, the 2018 Grenache Vie Caprice Vineyard is a standout in the lineup. All Grenache from a vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley and fermented with 44% stems, it has a classic Grenache nose of black cherries, licorice, loamy earth, and new leather. Rich, medium-bodied, and beautifully textured, with good concentration, it's well worth seeking out and should keep for 7-8 years.
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Grenache Vie Caprice Vineyard captures Angela Osborne's style at its very best. A deep red, the Vie Caprice offers terrific freshness and density of fruit, but always in the lifted style that makes these wines so unique and compelling. Sweet red cherry, red plum, blood orange, rose petal and cinnamon lead into the soft, open-knit finish. This is such a gorgeous wine.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media

2018 Tribute to Grace Grenache Shake Ridge...$75.99
From the Sierra Foothills, the 2018 Grenache Shake Ridge Ranch is all Grenache that was fermented with 31% stems and brought up in 24% new French oak. Burgundian notes of ripe cherry and strawberry fruits give way to more spice, new leather, and flowery incense notes with time in the glass, and it's medium-bodied, with beautiful elegance and purity, outstanding balance, and a great finish. It's a Pinot Noir lover's Grenache done brilliantly.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck



White Horse Blended Scotch Whisky.

 




White Horse Fine Old Blended Scotch Whisky.....$27.99 / 1.75 liter
White Horse won blended whisky of the year in Murray's 2007 Whisky Bible
White Horse is famous for containing about 40% Single Malts including Lagavulin and Talisker.  White Horse is a smokier blended scotch

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch #13

Scotch fans!
We have been expanding our Whiskey selection at our Lamp and Lantern location -- go check it out....

At Lamp and Lantern only (not online)
2 bottles Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch 011...$79.99
Batch #011 --- 58.6% ABV

At Lamp and Lantern only (not online)
6 bottles Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength Batch 012....$79.99
Batch #012 --- 60.1% ABV

(at all stores and online)
Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch #13....$79.99
Batch #013 --- 57.9% ABV





Batch #13 is online and in stock at all locations

Laphroaig 10 Year Old Cask Strength Batch #13....$79.99
57.9% ABV

LAPHROAIG CASK STRENGTH IS AN ISLAY SCOTCH, BOTTLED AT NATURAL DISTILLERY STRENGTH AND NON-CHILL FILTERED
It has all the genuine depth, taste and texture associated with sampling whisky at source. Laphroaig whisky is matured in seasoned oak barrels, which are charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Laphroaig 10 year Cask Strength is barrier-filtered, only just, to remove the small char particles. This means you can enjoy exactly as we made it, with very little intervention.
In extremes of temperature and when you add water it may appear a little cloudy – this is the natural condition of a peated whisky of such uncompromising purity. Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea. Emphatic, full bodied and utterly unforgettable – we like to think it’s the purists' choice.

  • Bottled at cask strength and barrier filtered for intensity of flavor
  • Peated single malt scotch with notes of vanilla fudge and citrus peel
  • Aged for ten years in ex-Bourbon barrels
  • An ideal choice for purists, it's like tasting whisky at source
  • Bottled and released in 2021

Boulevard Brewing Irish Ale

 Irish Ale has arrived!



Boulevard Brewing Irish Ale....$8.99 / 6pk
Irish Ale, Boulevard’s early spring seasonal beer, is our Midwestern tribute to the legendary red ales of old Ireland. Our recipe combines six kinds of pale and roasted barley malts to provide a rich, toasty flavor and tawny reddish hue.

Ceria Brewing Co NON-ALCOHOLIC





Ceria Brewing Co NON-ALCOHOLIC Grainwave White Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Alcohol-free craft beers (0.0% ABV).
Contain about half the calories of full-strength beers.
Vegan, dairy-free, and brewed with all-natural ingredients.
Pasteurized for safety and shelf stability.
Grainwave is a refreshing, unfiltered Belgian-style white ale brewed with blood orange peel and coriander. Terpenes from these spices include limonene and linalool which have been shown to provide anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety benefits.
Suggested food pairings: seafood, salad, Mexican food, spicy dishes, chicken, vanilla desserts.


Ceria Brewing Co NON-ALCOHOLIC Indiewave IPA....$9.99 / 6pk
Alcohol-free craft beers (0.0% ABV).

Contain about half the calories of full-strength beers.
Vegan, dairy-free, and brewed with all-natural ingredients.
Pasteurized for safety and shelf stability.

Indiewave is a flavorful IPA that perfectly balances light caramel malts with Cascade, Citra, and Amarillo hops for a smooth, citrus character. The major terpenes in Indiewave come from the hops. Myrcene and humulene are anti-inflammatory and aid in relaxation to improve overall wellness.
Suggested food pairings: beef dishes, Middle Eastern food, charcuterie, rich plates, dark chocolate desserts.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Boulevard Chocolate Ale Limited Release







Boulevard Chocolate Ale Limited Release...$15.99 / 4pk 12oz
ALE WITH CACAO NIBS, CHOCOLATE & VANILLA EXTRACTS. A COLLABORATION WITH CHRISTOPHER ELBOW
In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommended Valrhona from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere savoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Bruno Marino Artisan Red Vermouth







Bruno Marino Artisan Red Vermouth...$21.99
Bruno Marino is a family crafted sweet vermouth, with a recipe has been passed down through generations. It’s made with high quality fortified wine and a secret mix of herbs. Bruno Marino is the perfect ingredient to use in a cocktail or sip on the rocks with a twist.

TASTING NOTES 
Brownish-red in color, the nose shows vanilla, orange-peel and chamomile. Complex with herbaceous notes, cola and caramel on the palate. A symphony of herbs and spices fill the mouth. The finish is long and keeps your mouth watering. 

WINEMAKING 
This is an Artisanal Spanish vermouth, made from our secret family recipe. The botanicals macerate for nine months before bottling. This equisite vermouth is perfect for a number of cocktails. Perticularly a Negroni or a Manhattan.

2016 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva







2016 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva....$23.99
Glistening ruby-red. Spice-tinged red fruit and floral aromas pick up hints of coconut and succulent herbs with air. Silky and expressive on the palate, offering appealingly sweet cherry and raspberry flavors and a spicecake nuance that builds steadily in the glass. Closes long and smooth, with repeating florality and subtle tannins that come in late.
Rated 92/100 Vinous Media

Lloyd Distillery Bixby Gin

LLOYD DISTILLERY
Forthright and Tremendous
My grandfather Lloyd was always ready to celebrate family and friends. To continue on with his enthusiasm, I took a hobby of distillation and went on to create award winning Bixby Gin. Our focus is to bring people together. The distillation process is done over direct fire, with our hand built still. We only use the best quality ingredients.





 
Lloyd Distillery Bixby Gin...$34.99
Hand made. Inspired by a springtime hike in Big Sur - botanical forward Elderflower and Sage, are balanced with savory exposed chaparral and terroir in Rosemary, Juniper and various roots. Brightened with Orange peel and other citrus. Complex and intriguing on the palate. Distilled over direct flame in micro batches. Bottled at 92 Proof and available in 750mL.
2019 California Craft Spirits Winner of Double Gold in blind tasting as well as Bronze in Packaging and Design
2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Winner of the Gold Medal

​#1 Rated Gin --- 2020 The Wine Enthusiast
The slightly sweet aroma offers a hint of spearmint. Grapefruit peel astringency leads into an herbaceous midpalate, finishing brisk and minty alongside a hit of ginger heat. This hits all the right notes for a top-flight Martini. It's a smallbatch gin made with citrus, elderflower and California bay leaf.
Rated 95/100 Wine Enthusiast August 2020

Minke Irish Gin

 





Minke Irish Gin....$29.99
43.2% alc. / vol.
Inspired by the Minke Whale, the majestic creatures that swim wild off our Atlantic Ocean coastline. The same local coastline is home to the unique botanical that gives Minke Gin its distinct flavour profile.

FORAGED BY HAND
We climb the cliffs along our shoreline to sustainably harvest native Rock Samphire, only by hand and only in season. It’s really worth the effort!

MINKE SPIRIT
The base spirit used to make Minke Gin is derived from whey, produced from our 9th generation family farm near Galley Head Lighthouse. This gives a unique velvety texture and mouthfeel to each delicious drop.

For Minke Gin we go full circle, grass to glass, harvesting nature at its best.

Clonakilty Irish Whiskey







Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak Finish....$49.99
DOUBLE OAK
2020 Best Irish Blended World Whiskies Awards
43.6% alc. / vol.
Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak Finish is the flagship of Clonakilty’s Cask Finish Series.  A premium product matured in ex-bourbon casks, it is finished in virgin American oak; and shaved, toasted and re-charred ex-red wine European oak casks (NEOC, New Era of Cask).  This makes it the world’s first Irish whiskey to be finished in a NEOC cask. NEOC are ex-red wine barrels from the Bordeaux region of France. They are hand-shaved by traditional coopers, and re-toasted according to each individual distiller’s specification.










Clonakilty Irish Whiskey Port Cask Finish...$49.99
43.6% alc. / vol.
The first member of our Clonakilty Cask Series.
We have used a premium Irish malt and 9 year old Irish grain.
It was then gently cut and finished in Port Casks from The Douro Valley at our Atlantic Ocean warehouse.






Reservoir Whiskey

Reservoir Distillery is a Double Gold award-winning craft distillery located in Richmond, Virginia. We perform every step in the distilling process in-house, from creating the mash bill to bottling the final product, using all local Virginia ingredients to create premium whiskeys.

Reservoir Rye Whiskey...$67.99
Compare to $81.99 at Total Wine and More (Fairview Heights location)
100% Virginia-grown rye.

In the crowded world of "High Ryes" on the market, we are proud to offer the highest with a 100% rye mash bill. Sourced from just outside Richmond's city limits, our rye provides an intense, sharply spiced profile that is not too sweet.

We fondly refer to our Reservoir Rye—our first Double Gold winner—as our “Adult Swim” whiskey. Boldly complex, it dominates the Wheat and Bourbon expressions with an intense and sharply spiced profile that isn’t too sweet. Experienced bourbon and scotch drinkers looking for something new will find our Reservoir Rye more than satisfying. We bottle at 100 proof/50% ABV so that you can temper the spirit down to your liking.


Reservoir Wheat Whiskey...$67.99
Compare to $86.99 at Total Wine and More (Fairview Heights location)
100% Virginia-grown wheat.
With a 100%  wheat mash bill, our Wheat Whiskey is the softest of our three expressions and unique to any other American style whiskey on the market. Our wheat produces a buttery, savory, and smooth spirit that proves to be an excellent introductory whiskey.

Named “Whiskey of the Year” by Cigars Lover Magazine (read more), we’ve deemed the Reservoir Wheat our “Beginner Bourbon” despite its 100% wheat mash bill. Our local wheat produces an exceptionally smooth spirit and works as an excellent introductory whiskey for those not experienced in barrel-aged bourbons. Savory, buttery and soft, our Wheat Whiskey shines with terroir-driven flavor inviting new and experienced whiskey drinkers to fall in love with our 100% wheat expression. We bottle at 100 proof/50% ABV so that you can temper the spirit down to your liking.


Reservoir Bourbon Whiskey...$67.99
Compare to $86.99 at Total Wine and More (Fairview Heights location)
100% Virginia-grown Corn
Our Bourbon is a one of a kind, 100% corn mash bill. It's the most traditional of our house expressions, boasting a beautiful midpoint balance of sweetness that lies somewhere between the soft signature of the Wheat and the sharp spice of the Rye.

Reservoir Distillery trusts the full force flavor of our local Virginia corn along with the deep aging capacity from our small barrels to produce a distinctively singular bourbon. We make an unparalleled Virginia bourbon flavor. Our bourbon settles into the midpoint sweet spot between our velvety Wheat and sharply spiced Rye.  Appealing to experienced whiskey hunters and the novice alike, this 100 proof/ 50% ABV whiskey is built to be bigger than the average bourbon so you can temper the spirit down to your liking.

Eleven Wells - Minnesota








Eleven Wells Single Malt Whiskey...$43.99
Batch #003

Prototype Serial: SM002-MN10BM3M-12S120-D41A90
Mash Bill: Peated, Maris Otter, Golden Promise, Irish Ale Barley Malts

Subtly Smoky Single Malt Whiskey - Peated, Marris Otter, Golden Promish, and Irish Ale Barley Malts
Our single malt whiskey combines several different malts - each having been distilled and barrel-aged separately. That gives us the ability to combine the barrels in just the right proportions in order to create a whiskey with mellow smokiness, subtle sweetness, and a rich depth of flavors.



Eleven Wells Straight Rye Whiskey...$43.99
Prototype Serial: RBLD-MN15BM3-34S123-D21A84
42% ABV
Aged 34 months
Batch 049-113

Our whiskeys have subtle flavor differences from batch-to-batch & barrel-to-barrel. Each bottling receives our 13 digit serial number detailing the impact on flavor of each step in our process. The purpose of this series is to celebrate these differences and provide transparency into our whiskey-making. Our rye has a gem of a mellow spice and lasts from aroma to well after you finish your cocktail. The 100% rye grain bill gives it the complete powerhouse flavor rye is known for!


Eleven Wells Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$43.99
Prototype Serial: BBLD-MN10BM3-49S121-D11A86
Mashbill:  51% Corn - 39% Wheat - 10% Barley
Aged 4 years
Batch #017-074
42% ABV
Our whiskeys have subtle flavor differences from batch-to-batch and barrel-to-barrel. Each bottle receives our 13 digit serial number detailing each step in our whiskey-making process. The difference between one barrel to the next within a batch can be significant. The purpose of this series is to celebrate these differences and provide full transparency into how make our whiskey. This bourbon elicits the char of the barrel and its toffee, caramel flavor with the round corn flavor balanced by malt, rye and wheat. Enjoy, never run dry!