Saturday, November 28, 2009
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2007 Numanthia Termes.....$24.99
2007 not reviewed yet, but it is in the same league as the past three vintages.
2006 Numanthia Termes.....Sold Out
"Muscular yet expressive, this Spanish red offers roasted plum, bitter chocolate, tobacco and hot stone notes. Thick, with rich, ripe tannins and just enough acidity to keep it lively. Best from 2010 through 2020. 4,000 cases imported. –TM"
-- Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
2005 Numanthia Termes....Sold Out
#2 wine of the year 2009
"Austere yet alluring, this powerful red is thick and tannic, yet reveals a core of blackberry, mineral, hoisin and graphite that's dense and pure. Monolithic now, but has depth and balance. Modern, but shows a real sense of place. Best after 2012. 4,000 cases imported. –TM"
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator
2004 Numanthia Termes....Sold Out
"A thick, velvety texture carries espresso, toasted walnut, black cherry and light earthy flavors in this powerful red. Mouthcoating tannins are dominant now, but give way to fruit, mineral and floral notes on the finish. Best after 2008. 1,000 cases imported. –TM"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
"The 2007 Skulls Red Wine is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Mataro raised in stainless steel. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up an expressive bouquet of garrigue, forest floor, spice box, and cherry. Forward, medium-bodied, and friendly, this savory effort will drink well over the next six years. Chateau Chateau is a label created by importer Dan Philips and marketed under the R Wines umbrella. Its stated purpose is to demonstrate the effects of soil and place on Grenache (and blends) from the best terroirs in Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. The Barossa Reserve wines are limited production cuvees, most of them under 150 cases. Each has its own distinctive label representing its place of origin."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
Amazing label. Do you see the skull? Do you see the tree? Do you see the man?
The label is an origianl artwork by István Orosz (b. 24 October 1951; Kecskemét) Hungarian painter, printmaker, graphic designer and animated film director, is known for his mathematically inspired works, impossible objects, optical illusions, double-meaning images and anamorphoses. The geometric art of István Orosz, with forced perspectives and optical illusions, has been compared to works by M. C. Escher." -- Wikipedia
Studied at the Hungarian University of Arts and Design (now Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) in Budapest as pupil of István Balogh and Ernő Rubik. After graduating in 1975 he began to deal with theatre as stage designer and animated film as animator and film director. He is known as painter, printmaker, poster designer, and illustrator as well. He likes to use visual paradox, double meaning images and illusionistic approaches while following traditional printing techniques such as woodcutting and etching. He also tries to renew the technique of anamorphosis." -- Wikipedia
Friday, November 27, 2009
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This is an amazing wine for drinking now and over the next 5-7 years. It is delicious wine from the winemaking superstar, Mark Herold. We are proud to introduce it to Missouri.
"A southern California native, Mark Herold......Mark moved to Napa Valley to pursue winemaking in earnest. His first job was as research enologist for six years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards . Armed with the expertise gained at Phelps and motivated by the freedom to pursue his own style of winemaking, Mark and his former wife Erika Gottl launched their own Merus wines in 1998. Merus was named “one of California's most exciting new wineries” by the Wine Spectator, and Mark soon found himself in demand as a consulting winemaker specializing in limited production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
In 2002, after been introduced to a bottle of Merus while dining at the French Laundry, Stanley and Helen Cheng hired Mark as consulting winemaker for their newly created Hestan label.
Mark Herold became one of Napa Valley's best-known Cabernet winemaking consultants, at in addition to Merus, he has consulted on Kobalt, Kamen, Celani Family, Buccella and Hestan. His wines have scored extremely high in both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate.
Crafted by Mark Herold as the second wine of the Hestan Estate, this Cabernet has a smooth, rich mouthfeel and flavors of spicy blackberry and black cherry, with subtle hints of anise and mocha. It finishes with a burst of fruit.
Wine Spectator, by James Laube, 92 points:
Smooth, rich and creamy at the start, with spicy blackberry, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-centered, picking up subtle hints of anise and mocha. Teases you on the finish with a burst of fruit. Best from 2009 through 2016. 3,300 cases made.
2006 Bordeaux great ratings and GREAT PRICES!!!
Chateau Montrose 2006 was produced by Jean-Bernard Delmas who had been the winemaker for First Growth Chateau Haut Brion for forty years. He took over Haut Brion from his father, and now his son makes Chateau Haut Brion (he still consults). He came out of retirement to make this wine for the new owners of Montrose.
2006 Montrose St. Estephe....$71.99
"The first vintage under new owner Martin Bouygues,who convinced Jean-Bernard Delmas to come out of retirement to produce this wine, the 2006 Montrose is an undeniable success. A blend of approximately two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, one-third Merlot, and a tiny dollop of Petit Verdot, the most dramatic difference between the 2006, and wines made by the previous administration is that Jean Delmas produces wines with sweeter, silkier tannins, although analytically, they are as high as those found in the great Montrose vintages of the past. The 2006 is extraordinarily elegant and finesse-styled, but it exhibits stunningly concentrated, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of flowers and minerals. Full-bodied with a savory, expansive mid-palate as well as sweet, noble tannins, this beauty will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 20-25+ years."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
2006 La Dame de Montrose....$25.99
"The second wine, the 2006 La Dame de Montrose, is a shrewd choice for wine consumers. A blend of 58% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc, plus a small quantity of Petit Verdot, it is a layered, lush, fleshy effort possessing ripe red and black fruits interwoven with hints of earth and spice box. Plush, round, and sexy, it should be enjoyed during its first 10-12 years of life."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2006 Monbousquet St. Emilion....$43.99
"A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of espresso roast, damp earth, new oak, black cherries, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied with exceptional purity, surprising intensity, good texture, and sweet tannin in the finish, this unfiltered cuvee should drink well for 12-15 years. The residence and home estate of Chantal and Gerard Perse has once again turned in a serious effort. From sandy soils that have been largely dismissed as a good source for high quality wine production, Monbousquet, through extraordinary viticultural work, and doing everything right in the cellar, continues to turn out one of Bordeaux's finer wines."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
From the same owner as Leoville Las Cases
2006 Chateau Nenin Pomerol....$43.99
"The finest vintage since 2000, the 2006 Nenin comes across as a classic Pomerol with lush kirsch liqueur, mocha, mineral, and floral characteristics. Made in a muscular, rich, full-bodied style with moderate tannins as well as impeccable purity, texture, and length, it should drink well between 2012-2025. Owned by Jean-Hubert Delon, of the renowned St.-Julien estate of Leoville Las Cases, Nenin is situated adjacent to the city of Libourne." Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate Raetd 91/100 The Wine Spectator
2006 Haut Bages Averous....$22.99
Amazing price for the second label of the famous Chateau Lynch Bages
2006 Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac....$41.99
"While not at the level of the phenomenal 2005 [which sells for $110], Grand-Puy-Lacoste has produced another classic wine with the creme de cassis fruit that I often find in both Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet, yet both of those vineyards are closer to the Gironde River. This wine has a pure personality, with the aforementioned classic creme de cassis notes, medium to full body, beautiful density, purity, texture, and length. If anything, this recalls a hypothetical blend of their brilliant 1995 and 1996. Tannins are elevated, so patience will be required. This was Xavier Borie’s first vintage in his new state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2006 Brane Cantenac Margaux....$39.99
"I can’t say enough about how beautifully classic, racy, and gracious the wines of Brane Cantenac have become over the last decade. The stunningly elegant 2006 exhibits a sweet, subtle smoke note intermixed with creme de cassis in its medium-bodied style with superb nobility, concentration, and sweet tannin. Possessing a complex, luscious personality with strikingly beautiful, velvety tannins, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 90/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
2006 Cantemerle Haut Medoc....$26.99
2006 Cantemerle Haut Medoc....$14.99 / 375ml
"As I indicated last year, quality has improved dramatically at this estate, and the 2006 is a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux displaying a dark ruby/purple color, a lovely bouquet of forest floor, sweet cherries, cranberries, and black currants, medium body, a textured, sweet, tannic mouthfeel, and a long finish. Everything is beautifully pure as well as perfectly balanced in this outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Excellent value."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Sierra Nevada Celebration....$2.79 / 24oz bottles!
Abita Christmas Ale....$7.49 / 6pk
New Holland Cabin Fever....$8.99 / 6pk
ABV = 6%
"Winter Seasonal - Cabin Fever is a roasty brown ale and a hearty, comforting companion for long, mind-bending winters. Its rye, roast and raisin notes play off a subtle caramel sweetness and culminate in a dry finish. Cheeses to try: Gruyere & Smoked Cheeses"
The hot style seems to be Wheat Wine
-- we are still waiting for the Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine
New Holland Pilgim's Dole...$7.29 / 22oz
ABV = 11.4%
Pilgrim's Dole - Wheat Wine
"Pilgrim’s Dole is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character. It would be an excellent accent to nutty dishes, fruit crisps or creme brulee.During the 14th century, the term “Pilgrim’s Dole” described the rations of bread and ale given to nourish wayfarers on their holy pilgrimage. At New Holland, Pilgrim’s Dole is brewed for the cultural explorer of today. It is a rewarding discovery on the road to enlightenment. Whether in a snifter or from your rucksack, Pilgrim’s Dole will enhance any experience and is certain to incite wanderlust and to fuel adventure.It is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character." -- brewery
"Appearance: Poured hard in a pint glass, a surreal viscous cascading foam emerged out of no where … quite amazing to look at. From there it produced a thin tiny bubbled lace that was comparable to a good pint of Guinness. The deep tawny hue only showed a minimal haze. Smell: Wafts of alcohol and ripe fruit … suggestions of pineapple and raisins come to mind. Sweet to the nose. Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy mouth feel and full bodied. Right off the bat I think of rum raisins, lots of sweetness not the palate but not cloying. A touch of rough spiciness from the wheat but not astringent, nice spicy bite from an alcohol and hop mix. Finishes with a lingering alcoholic spice and some residual sweetness. Notes: One of the most interesting strong beers I have had to date, tastes of a mellow English Barleywine though with a big wheat accent. Truly a great beer and a must try if you are in to strong ales of any kind."
--- Rated A- by Jason Alstrom of BeerAdvocate
New Holland beers also available online - click here
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager...$5.99 / 22oz
Are you naughty or nice?
"St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children. Dark malts and aromatic hops create the diabolical spirit of this brew. It is finished with lager yeast and aged cold for no less than 30 days. This Imperial Helles Lager will warm even the darkest hearts. This season, replace the cookies with a bottle of Krampus. If he happens to pay a visit, toast to him with this devilish brew. Merry Kramp-mas to all, and to all a good pint!" -- Southern Tier
9.0% abv. • 20º plato • Imperial Helles Lager
Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale....$8.99 / 6pk
A liquid winter wonderland
"With the onset of winter, the brewer’s mind turns to providing warmth. For our winter seasonal, we offer a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes and lift your spirits above the snow. OMW throws a deep and inviting hue with a thickness that clings to the glass and the warmth of an open flame. Because of its high alcohol content, Old Man is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness. Drink it fresh now, or cellar a few bottles to see how this old man becomes wiser with age." -- Southern Tier
7.2% abv • 16.8ºL • Old Ale
Bad news, only a few cases came to St. Lous and we only got BOTTLES. I allocated it out to my waiting list and saved 1 bottle for our Friday tasting.
I have not decided if we should taste it this Friday after Thanksgiving (or will too many regulars be out of town or forced in to family get togethers.)
Please leave a comment to vote on which Friday you would like to taste this rare beer.
Vote for which day to taste it:
Friday, November 27
Friday, December 4
Chico, CA (08/12/09)- This fall, independent craft brewers, Sierra Nevada Brewing and Dogfish Head, will release two collaborative beers. Limb & Life -a draft-only beer – will debut in October; with Life & Limb 24oz bottles and limited draft to follow in November.
The beers- Life & Limb, and Limb & Life-are dedicated to the family of beer drinkers and enthusiasts worldwide who continue to support the little guys, iconoclasts, entrepreneurs, and pioneers who risk life and limb to shape the vibrant craft-brewing community. Over the years, the two brewers-Ken Grossman and Sam Calagione-have become friends in the industry. They quickly realized how many similarities they share. Grossman’s history as a craft-brewing pioneer and his radical approach to brewing are echoed some fifteen years later by Calagione-through his boundary-pushing innovation and tireless promotion for the cause of craft beer.
Both men started out as home brewers obsessed with beer-making. Both share deep values of sustainability and responsibility. Both share the desire to pass their breweries on to the next generation, and both started out small-from humble beginnings-and built vibrant, creative, beer-centered and fiercely independent breweries, despite the long odds.Their mutual respect, admiration, and none-too-few shared glasses of beer led to the collaborative idea.
“I have gotten to know Ken through our years on The Brewers Association Board and at numerous beer events throughout the country. As a brewer myself, it is inspiring to see a person like Ken drive a beer-centric (as opposed to a biz-centric) brewery so far and so wide while sticking to his original ideals and integrating his family into the company. I have enjoyed talking (and drinking) beer with his children, especially Sierra and Brian who currently work alongside Ken at Sierra Nevada. The iterative process of conceptualizing and brewing this beer with Ken and all the folks at Sierra has been a joy. We have designed this beer to intertwine signature aspects of both of our breweries’ creative approaches-from sustainability to exotic sugars, from bottle conditioning to cellarability.
I hope Mariah, our amazing co-workers, and I can keep Dogfish on track with our beer-centric ideals for many years to come. I will know how successful we’ve been at this task if my children, Sammy and Grier, are able to share a bottle of 2009 Life & Limb with Sierra and Brian at a beer dinner or festival 15 years or so from now. I am hopeful that, as they toast each other, they can hold their heads up high knowing our two breweries were among many fine breweries that breathed LIFE into the colorful, diverse, and beautiful LIMBS of the American craft-brewing family tree.” – Sam Calagione, President and Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.
“Sam and I have spent many evenings laughing, arguing, and toasting glasses, talking about where we are in the business and where we’re going. As Sierra Nevada approaches our 30th anniversary, it’s inspiring to step back and see how far American craft beer has come. People like Sam and Dogfish help to push the boundaries of beer, and it has been fun working with him and the Dogfish crew. This is our first time working with maple syrup in beer on this kind of scale, and the first time we know of anyone using birch syrup. It has been an interesting and inspiring experience and will hopefully lead to big things.
As a beer, Life & Limb has so much meaning for me personally, and for the brewery. As our first collaborative release, we couldn’t have had a better partner. Our families are coming together in this beer, both literally and figuratively by using ingredients from our family “farms”-estate hops and barley from us; maple and birch syrup and exotic sugars from Sam-and by having the Dogfish family come to Chico to brew. As the bottled beer ages and changes over time, it will be great to see our families share this beer over anniversaries of their own.” – Ken Grossman, Founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Life & Limb is a 10% ABV strong beer that defies style characteristics-brewed with pure maple syrup from the Calagione family farm in Massachusetts and estate barley grown on the Grossman “farm” at the brewery in Chico. The beer is alive with yeast-a blend of both breweries’ house strains-bottle conditioned for added complexity and shelf life, and naturally carbonated with birch syrup fresh from Alaska; it is the first beer we know of ever to use birch syrup in the brew. If stored under good conditions, this rich, full-bodied beer should age well for years. Life & Limb will be available in 24-oz. bottles and limited draft starting this November.
Limb & Life is a companion to the big beer-an acorn off the larger tree. It is a 5% ABV small beer-a low-gravity beer made using the residual sugar as “second runnings” from the first larger brew, fortified with American hops. This is a session beer. Its big brother is a sipper. Limb & Life will be a limited draft-only product, a prelude to the bigger beer, available in select bars and restaurants this October.
The two beers will be bottled at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., in Chico, CA and released through the Sierra Nevada distribution network.
Available online now
Another very limited brew....
Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite...$4.99 / 11oz
Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
Rated A on BeerAdvocate.com
Rated 100 percentile on Ratebeer.com
"Aphrodite, known in Greek Mythology as the Goddess of Love, is an alias for another ale from Dieu du Ciel known as Aphrodisiaque. Beer reviews currently put it in the #52 slot at RateBeer" --- http://www.beernews.org/
Plus more of these great ones arrived (click on them to read more)
Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel....$4.99 / 11.5oz
(becoming harder to get again)
Blue Moon Grand Cru Belgian White...$8.49 / 25oz
Limited Edition - in stock at Forsyth
A rare event.
"A blue moon is the second full moon in one month. And it happens only once every two years. This year, there's a blue moon on New Year's Eve, which hasn't happened for 20 years. So when the clock strikes midnight, raise a pint of Blue Moon beer to ring in the new year." -- Blue Moon
A rare brew.
"When we found out there was going to be a blue moon on New Year's Eve, we wanted to celebrate. So we brewed Blue Moon Grand Cru. This unique, limited-batch brew incorporates subtle hints of orange peel and coriander and delivers a warm, spicy finish. Granish it with and orange slice and celebrate." -- Blue Moon
"In Belgium, a Grand Cru is traditionally brewed for special celebrations. This holiday season, there's definitely something to celebrate: a blue moon on New Year's Eve. To honor this rare event, we've brewed a limited-edition Blue Moon Grand Cru in the U.S. " -- back label
Monday, November 23, 2009
Back in stock...
Blaugie Darbyste....$11.99 / 750ml
"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.
Darbyste is hand-brewed in small batches by the impassioned, gifted Blaugies brewers, a husband, wife, and son team. They’re very adventurous in recreating traditional beer styles - and are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The family enjoys good food and beer, and consumes a lot of its own product for cooking and drinking.
We like the rougher, grainier malt texture of all their beers. They give you the feeling that the brewers put this beer in a bottle just a few days ago, especially for you." -- importer
Page 24 Biere de Noel....$8.99 / 750ml fliptop
"A saison Beer, brewed for the winter months, the Christmas batch is an Amber Beer, warm and convivial." -- their website
Read about the rest of Brasserie St. Germain Page 24 beers -- click here
Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper 2009...$12.99
I cannot find any notes on the 2009 yet, it is slightly less in alcohol than the previous two years which both said 11% on the label. The only other difference on the label is the tree is decorated and so is Mikkel's nose.
Here are notes from the previous two years...
"Similar to the SLH07, the 2008 version is a big bold beer, brewed with water, malt (pale, special-B and chocolate), flaked wheat, dark candy syrup, dark cassonade, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer, styrian goldings and simcoe), spices (sweet orange peel, coriander seeds, cinnamon and cocoa) and yeast. The sweetness of the orange peel and malt is balanced by a fresh hop bite. What sets the '08 apart is less sweetness than 2007. Cocoa and cinnamon add bitterness, spice, and depth of flavor." -- importer
"A dark strong Belgian ale brewed with: water, malt (pale, special-B and chocolate), flaked wheat, dark candy syrup, hops (northern brewer, hallertauer and styrian goldings), spices (orange peel and coriander seed) and ale yeast. This year’s version of Santa’s Little Helper is a real winter warmer. It is inspired by the Belgian Christmas beers, known for their thick warming body, light spices and balanced hop profile. Orange peel and coriander seed gives, along with the extreme fermentation temperatures, a massive mix of fruity nuances, which makes SLH07 an orgy of aromas and flavours. Merry Christmas!!" -- importer
I talked to Brian Owens, "the mad scientist brewer" as Tony Caradonna calls him and he said the Russian Imperial stout was their test to see how high their yeast strain would go -- it hit 9.5%. He said that the Imperial Stout will be draft only, maybe late December. He did say that he has some of their Smoked Porter in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels to be released in January hopefully. And he repeated what Tony said, watch out next year. They have some great stuff "brewing", no hints yet though. The new stuff will be in bottles!!
Some exciting news for Missouri...
O'Fallon Russian Imperial Stout
I noticed that O'Fallon got a Russian Imperial Stout registered (so far, just draft) and found out from Tony Caradonna that we will see a lot of new stuff this year now that they have a license to produce higher alcohol beers! No word yet on what will be bottled. I will post when I get more information.
"We did upgrade our license. Lots of fun stuff coming in the new year!" --Tony Caradonna
Also back in stock--
O'Fallon Chocolate Cherry....$7.49 / 6pk
A dark wheat beer that tastes like a chocolate covered cherry…only better!
Style: Dark Wheat
Alcohol: 5.7% ABV
Bitterness: 10 IBUs
Color: 13.3 SRM
Grain: Pale, White Wheat, Caramel 40L, Chocolate
North Coast Brews....
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout...$8.19 / 4pk
Produced in the tradition of 18th Century English brewers who supplied the court of Russia's Catherine the Great, Old Rasputin seems to develop a cult following wherever it goes. It's a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Bitterness: 75 IBU's
Rated 100/100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A on BeerAdvocate
North Coast Old No.38 Stout...$8.19 / 4pk
Named for a retired California Western Railroad steam engine on the Fort Bragg to Willits run through the Redwoods, Old No. 38 Stout is a smooth, firm-bodied stout with the toasted character and coffee notes of dark malts and roasted barley.
Style: Dublin Dry Stout
Bitterness: 53 IBU's
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale...$8.19 / 4pk
Belgian Ales represent the height of the brewers' art. Sophisticated brewing techniques, yeast blends and unique flavoring elements have elevated the beers of Belgium to the status enjoyed by wine in other countries.
PranQster follows in this tradition using a mixed culture of antique yeast strains that produce a floral nose, a full fruity flavor and a clean finish.
Le Merle is a rustic ale, pale in color, inspired by the rich brewing traditions of the Flanders region. Abundant hops and a Belgian yeast strain contribute exotic aromas of tropical fruit.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
De Molen has changed their Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout name to:
Disputin Russian Imperial Stout due to a dispute with North Coast. Follow what STLHops readers are saying.
De Molen apparently was forced to change their name and packaging....
This is written on the front label of De Molen Disputin
"This stout used to be called Rasputin, but the people who make a product with a similar name in California thought you were too dumb to tell the two products apart, and threatened to sue us for trademark infringement. Think about that when you're out looking for a way to spend your hard-earned beer money."
-- De Molen's new label
Here is the old label (we still have some left, of the now collectible bottle) .
I have batch brewed on Feb 12, 2009 and bottled March 16, 2009 (480 bottles made)
We have De Molen "old label Rasputin" and other De Molen beers available online also
De Molen/Ron Pattinson SSS Triple Stout...$15.99
"SSS Triple Stout was a collaborative brew between brewmaster Menno Olivier and beer historian and respected blogger Ron Pattinson. The recipe is Pattinson's recreation of a triple stout from 1914 London. The original was brewed on July 8th 1914 right at World War I was beginning. Pattinson mentions that considering its strength, this original brew of SSS was very large - 230 barrels." -- importer
De Molen/Ron Pattinson London Porter....$15.99 / 750ml
Beer historian, and respected blogger, Ron Pattinson collaborated with De Molen brewmaster Menno Olivier on this historic treat. It's a taste of what the "original porter", brewed by London's Whitbread Brewery, would be like without having to travel back to pre-WWI days. Whitbread was known to be one of the largest producers of porters during this time and brewed their original porter on August 1, 1914, only a few weeks before the outbreak of World War I." -- importer
"Pattinson also collaborated with Olivier on De Molen's Triple Stout, another historic reproduction. According to Pattinson, he chose these recipes because he wanted to:
-show what British beers were like before the dramatic changes of WWI
-demonstrate the relationship between British Porter and Stout
-show the defining characteristic of London Porter and Stout - the use of brown malt
Both beers were brewed in extremely limited quantities. Even Pattinson himself laments how difficult they are to get his hands on: he only received 6 bottles of each. De Molen shared the remaining 754 bottles with us.
Click here to visit Pattinson's blog, "Shut up about Barclay Perkins" -- importer
Available online also
De Molen Donder Bliksem...$15.99 / 750ml
Double Dutch Ale
"Not to be confused with the Pilsener-style Dutch version (or the reindeer) the Donder and Bliksem found in America is labeled a "Double Dutch Ale" by the brewery. It might resemble an American Barleywine, if it weren't for its subtlety. We describe it as a "Dutch Dobbel Bok", but really this beer defies categorization.
Premiant and Saaz hops lend a mellow hop character to dominant malt flavors. Elegant and warming, but still packing a punch, this beer lives up to its name, which translates to Thunder and Lightening." -- importer
De Molen Pek & Veren Smoke Stout...$15.99 / 750ml
Brewer Menno Olivier tells us only this on his website:
"Ingredients: water, barley malt, peat smoked malt, hop and yeast."
8% ABV with peat smoked malt? Does he need to say more?
De Molen Storm & Averij Double IPA...$15.99 / 750ml
"The Dutch have always been a sailing nation. Our sailors were considered the best by many nations for centuries. But no matter how experienced they were and how hard they worked every ship caught in a storm had to lick her wounds when it was all over. Nowadays De Molen offers real men and women the opportunity to resist the storm of this Double IPA. Try it and discover how malts, yeast, hops and dry hopping can create a great bitter sweet mixture of orange, grapefruit and spices...
An Imperial/Double IPA: A hazy golden-orange colour with a rich firm white foam. Big fruity hop aroma with a little yeastiness of orange-peels, mango,pine-needles, peaches, hay and wet grass. Full-bodied with notes of yeast, blood oranges, mango, biscuits and orange-peels. Long orangey, juicy, bitter finish with touches of yeast and pine. Dry hopped with Czech hops (Premiant)."
Friday, November 20, 2009
Snow Queen Vodka....$20.99 / 750ml
Snow Queen Vodka....$1.99 / 50ml
"Situated on Russia's southern borders, Kazakhstan [made famous by Borat the movie] is the ninth largest country in the world. Once part of the Soviet Union, it has long been associated with the production of quality spirits. Indeed it can be said that what Scotland is to whisky, Kazakhstan is to Vodka." -- website
"Clear. Delicate aromas of toasted nuts, white chocolate fudge, and dried fruits. A round, satiny entry leads to a very smooth, oily medium-to-full body of sweet creamy cocoa, pasty dough and minerals. Finishes with a long, creme Anglaise, pepper, and spice fade. Very nice, will make a great martini." -- Tastings.com
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal
RATING: 94 points (Exceptional)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Magic Hat Howl Black Lager...$8.29 / 6pk
ABV = 4.6%
"Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths out inner voids are warmed." -- brewery
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau....$8.99
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau....$9.99
2009 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau...$9.99
This is the first release from the new 2009 Vintage in France!
We will be sampling it today along with the Duboueuf when it arrives.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
What about white you say?
Whites need to have appropriate acidity to cut through all the heavy fat from the dinner. The dinner is already heavy enough, you do not want a heavy, oaky Chardonnay to add to the weight. Some of the best choices are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer.
Here are some picks:
2008 Lancyre Roussanne (white)...$17.99
I used the previous vintage of this wine last year at my house, and loved it. This wine has no oak and great acidity that you do not find in Chardonnay. It has the perfect flavor profile for Turkey, stuffing and all the fixings. As you see in the following review "lime zest...rich yet bracing wine..." is what makes it work well with the holiday meal.
"Now that their 2008 Roussanne has been bottled, it can take its place as the latest in an amazingly successful series of wines (blended with a small amount of Viognier), and the estate and importer have even contrived to lower the price a bit from last year’s. Ripe, intense apricot and lime are laced with salt and smoky black tea on a lush and expansive palate, with suggestions of apricot skin, lime zest, and salt adding to a finishing impression of striking invigoration. This rich yet bracing wine should – based on the track record of past vintages – be worth following for 5-7 years."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
2007 Lancyre La Coste d'Alerac (red)...$16.99
The same producer, but I love their wines and they both will go amazing with the meal. This one is a blend of Syrah and Grenache that is medium to full body. I am assuming from the flavor that their is very little oak in this wine. Again, oak is something you do not want when matching wine with lighter meats like turkey, chicken or ham.
A cuvee of Syrah and Grenache with a bit of Carignan first essayed in 2000, the Lancyre 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup La Coste d’Aleyrac – due to have been bottled in February – is full of ripe black fruits to be sure, but offers more herbal, carnal, and mineral dimensions than the corresponding 2006. An impression of saline, marjoram-laced beef bouillon with cherry and purple plum extend to a long, satisfyingly juicy, clear, faintly and stimulatingly bitter finish. Look for this exceptional value to offer pleasure for another 3-4 years.
Rated 90-91/100 The Wine Advocate
Shotfire Shiraz (red)...$19.99
I am a big fan of Shiraz with Thanksgiving. There are so many different flavors going on---sweet, tart, salty, and earthy. You need a wine with good fruit and richness to handle it all. Shotfire is up for the challenge. Consistently one of the best Shiraz with a great track record of scores from 90-94 over the past years.
For a more reasonable option, try Milton Park Shiraz....$12.99
Some other white choices....
Sbragia Sauvignon Blanc ($17.99), Big House White (a Conundrum style blend...$8.49).
Some other red choices...
Sbragia Family Zinfandel ($23.99), Dancing Bull Zinfandel ($7.99), Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone (15.99), Evesham Wood Pinot Noir ($18.99)
Magic Hat Feast of Fools
Here is the mix for winter...3 bottles of each.
Magic Hat #9 - of course
Magic Hat Lucky Kat Irresistible Pale Ale
ABV = 5.8%
"Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss."
Magic Hat Howl Black Lager
ABV = 4.6%
"Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths out inner voids are warmed." -- brewery
Winter Odd Notion: An American Sour Ale
"Soothing brown in color, the American Sour Ale Odd Notion will pucker your lips. Strangely sweet and sipable, its brewed with oak chips to give it a lovely lingering of vanilla. Tip one back and let the temptation of tart steal your facebuds." -- brewery
Check out this picture from Nouveau day from at least 15 years ago, maybe 17-18 years?
I think it is a display of over 120 cases of Nouveau, the sign in the back says $3.95 a bottle! I was trying to figure out the year from the Nouveau label, but could not? Nouveau is not as big for us anymore. It used to be a crazy day, now it seems to be just another day of the week.
This is before Amos bought The Cheese Place (we only had 1 location) and I had to wear a tie everyday. He later changed the name to The WINE and Cheese Place.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Volume 1 -- Foreign Export Stout
We have officially quit the traditional holiday spiced beer business. Yep – that’s right. No more Snow Bound Spiced Strong Ale. Welcome to FADE TO BLACK. That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Yes, we’re letting loose, from the noose (spiced beers), that’s kept us hanging about. FADE TO BLACK – our non-traditional, kick-you-in-the-ass ale that mirrors the available sunlight from October thru March. The name will stay the same (as well as the packaging) each year, but the style won’t. This year it’ll be a big Foreign/Export stout in the 8% ABV range.
Here is the cocktail menu:
Haymens, W&R Violette,Maraschino, and Lemon.
Scarlet Ibis, lime, demerara syrup, mint, Fee's old fashioned bitters
Cabana, simple, lime, and berries.
PINA AND PEARS
Lunazul Blanco, Velvet Falernum, W&R Pear, lime, and simple.
Scarlet Ibis, W&R Cherry, lime, demerara syrup, Fee's old fashioned bitters.
BLOOD & SAMURAI
Yamazaki 12 yr., W&R cherry, Dolin rouge, orange juice, and Peychaud's bitters
THE COUNT'S COUSIN
Aperol, Dolin Blanc, Plymouth gin
Rittenhouse Rye, Aperol, St. Germain, Fee's rhubarb bitters
Monday, November 16, 2009
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#1 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005
95/100 -- Sold out --- we have the 2006
#2 Numanthia-Termes Toro Termes 2005
96/100 Sold out -- we sold over 50 cases
#3 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007
95/100 -- Very little left in stock (call 314-727-8788)
#4 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2007
95/100 -- Sold out
#5 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2006
96/100 -- none in stock, trying?
#6 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Signature 2006
94/100 --- 2006 gone, 2007 in stock
#7 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2005
96/100 -- 3 cases comiing tomorrw -- call 314-962-8150
#8 Fontodi Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello 2006
99/100 --- none in stock -- on order
#9 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2007
96/100 -- 2007 Sold out, 2008 in stock.
#10 Brancaia Toscana Tre 2007
93/100 -- 56 cases coming -- call 314-962-8150
Others in the top 100
#13 Fattoria di Felsina Toscana Fontalloro 2006
95/100 coming-- $45.99
#14 Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella's Garden 2007
94/100 --Coming tomorrow, hopefully
#15 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2004
95/100 in stock at Rock Hill -- 314-962-8150
#18 Argyle Extended Tirage Willamette Valley 1999
95/100 -- $55.99 in stock at Rock Hill -- 314-962-9150
#19 Landmark Syrah Sonoma Valley Steel Plow 2006
94/100 -- 2006 Sold out, 2007 in stock (2007 better year)
#25 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Russian River Valley Reserve 2006
94/100 -- $29.99 just bottles left at Forsyth and Rock Hill
#27 La Massa Toscana Giorgio Primo 2007
97/100 -- arriving soon $58 / bottle net (pre-order online)
#30 Sette Ponti Toscana Crognolo
93/100 Coming Soon -- call 314-962-8150
#32 Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquí Valley
92/100 -- $23.99 In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth
#37 Petrolo Toscana Torrione 2007
94/100 Coming Soon
#38 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge 2006
92/100 -- in stock at Rock Hlll
#47 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley 2007
92/100 --- A few cases left at each store (then 2008 comes)
#54 Peter Lehman 2006
91/100 --- In stock at Rock Hill
#55 Trimbach Riesling 2007
91/100 -- In stock at Rock Hill $19.99
#61 Monte Antico 2006
90/100 -- $10.99 in stock at all locations
#62 Loosen Bros. Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Dr. L 2008
90/100 In stock tomorrow
#63 Concha y Toro Carmenère Peumo Terrunyo
92/100 -- coming soon
#67 Peter Michael Chardonnay Sonoma County Ma Belle-Fille 2007
95/100 -- In stock now -- limited at Forsyth and Rock Hill
#69 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza 2007
92/100 -- in stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill
#71 Bodegas Bilbainas Tempranillo Rioja Viña Zaco 2006
90/100 -- In stock now...$11.99
#74 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2006
91/100 -- In stock now $21.99
#76 Clos La Coutale Cahors 2007
90/100 -- In stock now $13.99
#77 King Estate 2008
#78 Gloria Ferrer Brut NV
90/100 -- in stock
#81 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005
Call Matt 314-962-8150
#82 d'Arenberg Shiraz McLaren Vale The Stump Jump 2008
90/100 --- In stock $9.49
#91 Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker 2007
Rated 91/100 -- In stock
#95 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne Premier NV
91/100 -- In stock now