Sunday, July 31, 2011

Clos Lambrays

In stock at Forsyth and also online now 





2008 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru....$169.99
"Floral, smoke and spice aromas lead off, with fresh berry and mineral flavors adding depth and dimension. This is elegant, with class and breed, unfolding its layers right through the lengthy aftertaste. Best from 2014 through 2028. 100 cases imported. –BS"
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator


The 2008 Clos des Lambrays smells of resin, incense, sassafras, and myriad fresh red berries; comes to the palate with terrific brightness, lift, pungency, and verve; and finishes with vibrant spiciness, exuberant sheer juiciness, and admirable clarity. With abundant but fine tannins, I suspect it will justify at least a decade’s attention, during which perhaps mineral and carnal complexities will emerge that are for now at most merely hinted-at. 
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate


Tasting note: The deeply pitched nose evidences obvious earth and floral influences on the mostly ripe red pinot fruit aromas that complement the rich, pure and detailed medium weight flavors that culminate in a dusty and mouth coating finish where the supporting tannins display a clear stem influence. This is an excellent wine though it may not be to everyone's taste due to the obvious stem character.
Rated 93/100 Burghound

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another amazing liquor sale...

We just scored another 10 bottles at this amazing price. -- SOLD OUT again

  • Limit 1 per person while supply lasts
  • If you got some from the previous batch, please allow others to get a bottle

  • (sorry some people left their names after we sold out of the first batch and I did not save the names since I did not think any more was coming)



click here to reserve a bottle






Chartreuse V.E.P....$59.99 / liter
Lowest Price online we can find...
$121.50 Hudson Wine Merchants
$126.37 International Wine Shop
$129.99 Shoppers Vineyard
$189.99 Randalls 
(The "regular" Chartruese Green is $54)


(Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé) is made using the same processes and the same secret formula as the traditional liqueur, and by extra long ageing in oak casks it reaches an exceptional quality.


Ingredients : alcohol, sugar, plants and flowers.


Alcohol content:
Green = 54% (108° US proof)


Presentation : Wax-sealed cork, back-label wax-stamped with the Chartreuse seal. Presented in a wooden box marked with a branding iron.
Since the quantity available each year is strictly limited, every bottle is identified by its own number.


How to drink it : A subtle, mellow after dinner liqueur which should be consumed very cold.


Read the history of Chartreuse

Friday, July 29, 2011

Arcadia Whitsun now in cans!!!

Now in CANS!!  Another choice for St. Louis is now at The Wine and Cheese Place




Arcadia Whitsun.....6 pack cans


A new seasonal from Grand Teton

In stock at Forsyth or order Grand Teton online



Grand Teton Grand Saison Farmhouse Ale....$8.99 / 750ml

Saison is the original summer beer. Originally brewed in southern Belgium for thirsty farm hands, these crisp, bubbly, and refreshing brews demand to be consumed on hot summer days. Our Saison follows centuries of tradition, using European hop varieties—Hallertauer Magnum, Styrian Goldings, and Strisselspalt. We also use a very light base malt accented by just a touch of Wheat and Munich malts. Finally, we ferment the beer very warm with a well-known Belgian yeast strain to bring out the spicy flavors that are common to Saisons. This style pairs well with an astonishing variety of foods. Drink it with grilled sausage or chicken, green curry with coconut milk, or a summer salad with vinaigrette and crumbled bleu cheese.
The Grand Saison is a beer to commemorate warm weather. As its flavors will diminish with time, this is not a beer to be cellared. We recommend you savor it during the long summer days while it is fresh.
Original Gravity: 15.0 Plato (1.060)
International Bittering Units: 32
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Color (Lovibond): 5°

Green Flash arriving at The Wine and Cheese Place


Green Flash is in stock now at Forsyth, Rock Hill, and New Ballas


Also online now


Here are the beers we expect to see from Green Flash at The Wine and Cheese Place next week.  They are scheduled to arrive sometime next week - I will keep you posted.  We will have a "kick off" open house tasting the on Tuesday August 2nd.  Reservations are not required, but  let us know if you are coming on Facebook - click here



This is why the beer community is so excited about Green Flash coming to The Wine and Cheese Place -- all of the beers coming are rated 97 or higher on RateBeer

Green Flash West Coast IPA...$8.99 / 4pk
Bottled July 11
"This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma."
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Green Flash Hop Head Red....$6.49 / 4pk
Bottled July 11
"Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich caramel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry hopped the brew to 45 IBUs, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it Red IPA? That’s your call."
Rated 98/100 RateBeer

Green Flash Imperial IPA....$5.49 / 22oz bottle
Bottled June 27
"San Diego-style IPA, as it has come to be known by many, is a super-hoppy, high gravity, yet highly quaffable ale. Green Flash Imperial IPA is created in this new tradition, with intense hop flavors and aromas from a unique blend of Summit and Nugget hops. It’s all about the hops!" -- Brewmaster Chuck Silva
101 IBU"
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Green Flash Double Stout...$8.99 / 4pk
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex – Double Stout.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer









Mucho Hoppo -- taste it tonight at 4pm

Ale Mucho Hoppo

In stock now------only 83 cases made
Also available online


Charleville from Sainte Genevieve.....

Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo Double IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
9% ABV
"Hop headed and havy handed with 100 IBU.  This luchador is not know for subtleness.  In fact, it's Ale Mucho.  Agressively hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus." -- label

100 IBU
Bottled 7/26



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Serafin Burgundy





2008 Serafin Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru....$166.99
Note: from 55+ year old vines totaling .29 ha with .125 ha in Charmes and the other .165 ha in Mazoyères
Tasting note: An elegant and admirably pure nose offers up notes of cool red berries, earth, humus and a smoked meat character that leads to rich, serious, mouth coating and broad-shouldered flavors that possess ample volume and muscle on the hugely long and intense finish. This is even more backwards than the Cazetiers and should be capable of rewarding up to 15 years of cellar time as the tannins are fine but dense. If there is a nit, this is actually no more complex than the Cazetiers at present though it may be in the future. Either way, this is a terrific effort.
Rated 93/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound


2008 Serafin Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru les Cazetiers...$139.99
"Tasting note: A completely different expression is on display here as the typically overtly animale side of Cazetiers is readily evident along with fresh dark berry fruits that merge into rich, full-bodied and quite serious flavors that are supple but detailed, all wrapped in an overtly mineral-driven and powerful finish. This is much more primary than any of the prior wines but it already delivers pitch-perfect Cazetiers character. This is really quite good and absolutely worth considering."
Rated 93/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound


2008 Serafin Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes...$75.99
Note: 55+ year old vines, a portion of which abut Griotte
Tasting note: Here the very fresh and distinctly sauvage nose speaks of primarily dark berry fruit aromas that lead to richer and riper medium-bodied flavors that are mouth coating, serious and sappy as the old vines character is well and truly in evidence, particularly with respect to the structural elements on the long, balanced and energetic finish. A very high quality villages.
Rated 90/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound


2008 Serafin Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Millandes...$93.99
Tasting note: A completely different expression as there is a bit less aromatic elegance but more complexity to the layered and discreetly earthy red berry fruit aromas that precede the equally stony and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors that offer excellent intensity but the primary structural difference between this and the Baudes is the longer finish. Lovely and harmonious with very ripe phenolics that should permit this to age very well.
Rated 92/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound


2008 Serafin Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Le Fonteny...$105.99
Tasting note: Here the nose is clean and fresh with a discreet touch of wood framing overtly earthy and attractively layered dark berry fruit aromas that possess a hint of animale that can also be discerned on the rich, full and mouth coating flavors that possess obvious volume and punch plus I like the texture of the vibrant finish that offers fine depth and length. The other aspect that I like is all of the Gevrey character this exudes. In a word, lovely.
Rated 91/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound


2008 Serafin Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux....$93.99
Tasting note: Mild reduction knocks down the nose somewhat so be sure to decant this if you're going to try a bottle young. Otherwise, there is good freshness and vibrancy to the earthy and slightly animale middle weight flavors that possess a mildly more refined tannic spine and a superbly long finish. I very much like the overall sense of depth and this is very Corbeaux as the hallmark sauvage character is quite strong.
Rated 91/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound


2008 Serafin Gevrey Chambertin AC....$49.99
 30+ year old vines
Tasting note: A very fresh nose speaks clearly of pungent Gevrey style earth with a mix of upper and lower register aromas of red and dark berry fruits and underbrush hints that carry over to the supple, detailed and lightly mineral suffused flavors that are delicious, persistent and reasonably complex. Lovely and this should reward 5 to 8 years of cellar time.
Rated 91/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Courvoissier Rose

Stop by from 11am-4pm on Saturday  (7/30) to taste the new Courvoisier 
at The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth in Clayton






Courvoisier Rose Liqueur....$24.99 / 750ml
DEERFIELD, Ill. - Beam Global Spirits & Wine and Courvoisier expanded its portfolio with Courvoisier Rose, described as a smooth blend of Courvoisier cognac and premium French red wine grapes.

Courvoisier Rose was designed to be a smooth alternative to the traditional flavor profiles of cognac, offering consumers a fun, stylish beverage that is easy to drink. Packaged in the iconic Josephine bottle, Courvoisier Rose's flavor profile features notes of blackberry, black currant and a touch of cherry, complemented by vanilla, honey and vine-peach flavors. The 36 proof liquid is best served chilled or on ice for a refreshing and approachable taste experience.

Courvoisier Rose joins the well-received Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection, Courvoisier 21 and Courvoisier 12, released in 2010, which revolutionized the cognac category by featuring a declared age statement, the company says. Like Courvoisier 21 and Courvoisier 12, Courvoisier Rose is an example of the innovative spirit that defines the cognac house - and has since the time of Napoleon.

"We are thrilled to add Courvoisier Rose to the Courvoisier family and offer consumers a new, fun and refreshing twist on cognac," said Mallika Monteiro, Brand Manager, Courvoisier. "Courvoisier is known and recognized for our ethos of innovation and for our revolutionary spirit. We're excited to expand our portfolio with a refreshing drink that will broaden our base and appeal to a larger variety of consumers." -- Beverage World

Courvoisier Rose has a lower ABV (18%) than the brand's traditional cognac product (40%).

The Wine and Cheese Place Knob Creek Barrel

Sorry, the samples are gone already--thanks for everyone that came in and voted.  We will get our barrel on order.

The Wine and Cheese Place is bringing in 
our own barrel of Knob Creek.  You can help.

We are buying our own barrel of Knob Creek 9 Year Old Reserve.  We are excited to be choosing and bringing in the first Single barrel of Knob Creek to St. Louis.  

We want your valued opinion, after all you will be the ones ultimately purchasing the bottles.  We are all casting our vote also and with your help, we will pick the best barrel.   Come in and give us your opinion.  
Stop by our Forsyth store to taste the 3 barrels and vote for your favorite.
You can stop by Forsyth through this Saturday (or while the samples last)


Here is the gorgeous box of delicious Bourbon.....



We have 3 barrel samples to taste....



We have 3 barrel samples to taste.   Stop by our Forsyth store and help us decide which one to to buy.




FYI -- our own barrel of Buffalo Trace should arrive early next week.  Stay tuned.



Boulevard Beer Tasting

BIG NEWS!!!!


I just got confirmation that will taste both the Deschutes Version and the Boulevard Version of the Collaboration on Friday August 5th at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton for Craft Beer Week.   Plus you get to talk to Boulevard's brewer Jeremy Danner about the project!!!


This is probably the only chance you will be able to taste the same beer brewed at two different breweries at the same time.  We have heard that the Deschutes Conflux No.2 version will not be distributed here.  


We will have the Boulevard Collaboration No.2 available for sale.  The Deschutes Conflux No.2 will be for tasting only -- not for sale



Friday, August 5th
Meet the Brewer - The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
Open House 
Boulevard Brewer, Jeremy Danner, will be on hand to taste some beer including the Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration #2 and Deschutes/Boulevard Conflux Series No.2 along with Boulevard Zon, Amber and more. 




Here are the two labels that you will taste:


"Second in a series, the citrusy, smooth White India Pale Ale is a fortuitous meeting of Deschutes' hop skills and Boulevard's deft wheat touch.  What's 1800 miles when a great beer is at stake?" - label







Here is Boulevard's label for the same beer....brewed at Boulevard



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Last batch of Schlafly AIPA for 2011

In stock now at Forsyth -- the final 2011 batch of Schlafly AIPA  !!!
Bottled July 5 - 





Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A couple of new Rogue beers have arrived...

Rogue wins with the arrival of our first Oktoberfest style beer for 2011 -- 




Rogue Maierfest Lager....22oz
“Over the years, the traditional Oktoberfest style from the major Munich breweries has lost a lot of character and has turned into almost a ‘Helles’ style. Maierfest is dark gold in color with a solid off-white foam stand. It has a rich German malt aroma and a very distinct and complex maltness. The finish is dry.”
- Rogue Brewmaster, John Maier


Style: German Lager       Food Pairing: Poultry, Seafood
Tasting Notes:
Maierfest is dark gold in color with a solid off-white foam stand. It has a rich German malt aroma and a very distinct and complex maltness with a dry finish.

6 Ingredients:
Malts: Durst Pilsner, Durst Munich and Weyermann Acidulated
Hops: Oregon Perle.
Yeast & Water: Oktoberfest 2633
Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.
Specs:
14º PLATO
29 IBU
77 AA
4.2º Lovibond






Rogue Chatoe Rogue First Growth Single Malt Ale....22oz


Style: Blonde Ale      Food Pairing: Seafood, Hot & Spicy

Tasting Notes:
Single Malt Ale has a malty aroma and is deep golden in color with a dense creamy head. It is medium bodied with a lush rich maltiness from the Dare™ malt.

4 Ingredients:
Malts: Rogue Barley Farm first growth Dare™ malts.
Hops: Rogue Hopyard first growth Revolution Hops.
Yeast & Water: Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.
Specs:
12º PLATO
35 IBU
77 AA
10º Lovibond









Tuesday, July 26, 2011

North Coast Limited Release --

A very limited release from North Coast.
Also online - click here


North Coast Grand Cru....$13.99 / 500ml
North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, CA, is releasing its newest premium beer, Grand Cru. Reminiscent of the brewery’s Gold Medal-winning Twentieth Anniversary Ale, North Coast Grand Cru is brewed with pilsner malt and agave nectar, then aged in oak bourbon
barrels.

“We’ve had a good time exploring the brewing possibilities outside of the standard beer styles,”
said Mark Ruedrich, Brewmaster and President. “Grand Cru doesn’t fit neatly into any established category. We brew it exclusively with Pils malt with an addition of agave nectar in the kettle. The beer is then fermented with the same Belgian yeast that we use to ferment Le Merle. It’s subtle, complex and lightly hopped with a deceptive 12.5% ABV, and aging it in oak gives this unique beer an extra dimension. The result is really champagne-like.”  North Coast Grand Cru will be available in July in 500 ML bottles with a cork and wire finish" -- North Coast Press Release

Avery 18th Anniversary

Order Avery online now

Avery 18th Anniversary....$6.99 / 22oz
A Dry-Hopped rye Saison

"for this year's celebratory brew, we decided to focus on the characteristics that certain yeasts bring to the party.  Each of the five Belgian yeasts selected adds its own unique aspect to the flavor and aroma of this saison.  The hefty addition of rye helps dry this beauty out and lends another spicy component to the flavor.  And for added fun, we subtly dry hopped it, too!  Take your time and smell and taste the compexities that EIGHTEEN has to offer.  Many thanks to all of your support throught the years.  EIGHTEEN already?!?!?" -- label

Boulevard Collaboration with Deschutes

We are not limiting this release -- order now
We just got in another 10 cases today!!

Boulevard Smokestack Series Collaboration No.2 White IPA....$11.99 / 750ml


Boulevard Collaboration with Deschutes!





Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City, MO) has teamed up with Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR) to produce a Collaboration beer---actually two!  (This rumor has been out there for awhile).  Each brewery will brew the same recipe for the "White IPA" at their respective breweries.  Boulevard will release theirs in the 750ml Smokestack Series and Deschutes will release theirs in 22oz Conflux series.

The big question -- will we see Deschutes version of this beer is released so that we can get both beers?



Boulevard Smokestack Series Collaboration No.2.
"Boulevard Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery are jointly crafting a beer described as a "White I.P.A.," slated for release in Summer 2011.  Combining Boulevard's expertise at making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes' skill at brewing hop-forward ales, the beer puts a new spin on the idea of collaborative brewing.   Working from a single recipe, brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes are producing two separate beers, more than 1,600 miles apart.
Pauwels and Sidor first began exploring the idea of working together after they frequently crossed paths at the craft beer events around the country.  The two have much in common in their brewing philosophies, each pushing the envelope whenever possible, yet remaining dedicated to the time-honored traditions that keep them consistent and grounded.
Despite the beers' shared recipe, each of the two versions will develop a distinct, unique identity, to be reflected in their naming and packaging.  Boulevard's half of the equation, christened Collaboration No.2, will be distributed throughout their 20-state region in kegs and 750ml bottles, as part of the Smokestack Series seasonal lineup.  Brewed at their Bend, Oregon facility, Deshutes' effort will be the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series, and will be distributed throughout their 18-state region in kegs and 22-ounce bottles.


order other Boulevard beers online now

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Ludwig Farmstead Cheeses

Just featured in Stltoday.com by Evan Benn --
check out the article








Ludwig Farmstead Creamery
European-style artisan creamery located in Fithian, Illinois





Ludwig Farmstead Creamery Raw Milk Cheeses

Handcrafted cheeses with a distinctly firm texture, which become more flavorful as they age for three to four months.  Made in single batches from day-fresh milk from our own cows, and traditional starter cultures custom blended by cheese maker Fons Smits who uses old-world customs and state-of-the-art technology imported from Holland.


Jake’s Wheel - Named after the founder of the creamery and based on his favorite cheese, the Havarti.  This is a mild semi-soft cheese  known for its creamy, buttery consistency.  We make this cheese in wheels instead of the classic brick shape and finish it a bit harder to give it more character. A great cheese for any occasion that is well liked by many. We use this as a base for many flavored cheeses including Habañero, Dutch Garden Herb, Italian Garden, Bacon, and Asian Spice. 


Feather Ridge - Our first cheese, from a recipe inspired by the great European mountain cheeses like Fontina, Vacherin, and Mobier. The combination of special cultures and the high quality of our raw milk creates a semi-hard to hard cheese which is aged for four months. It has a nice firm consistency but tastes creamy, with complex flavors and a mildly sharp finish.



Kickapoo - This cheese is inspired by the German Buterkäse, then the recipe is tweaked and mixed with special cultures resulting in a semi-soft to semi-hard cheese. The flavor of this cheese is surprisingly fresh. As the cheese ages for three to four months it develops a hint of pineapple flavor, similar to the great Italian cheese Piave.



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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amazing 20 Year Rye



An impressive Rye and a bargain for a 20 Year Old!!

Hirsch Selection Canadian Rye Whisky 20 Year Old...$43.99
HIRSCH SELECTION™ is a supreme hand picked series representing the finest spirits available; each chosen with connoisseurs of small batch fine spirits in mind. This spectacular Canadian Rye Whisky, bottled in Nova Scotia, is truly worthy of the Hirsch Selection name. Aromatic and smooth, the limited 8 and 20 year old selections will thrill any whiskey enthusiast. Enjoy every drop! Aromatic and smooth, these whiskies were produced using column stills, aged to perfection in oak casks and bottled by Glenora Distillers in Nova Scotia, Canada.

A masterful Sassicaia

In stock now and online


2008 Sassicaia...$187.99
Tenuta San Guido Bolgheri Sassicaia
"This is the best young Sassicaia in years. It's the new 1988, which was great, and sometimes better than the legendary 1985. What incredible aromas here with blueberries, spices, licorice, plums. Graphite too. Subtle and complex. Full and silky with a beautiful texture of fine tannins and an ultra-fine finish. So beautiful now but will be much better in 2015. Owner Niccolo Incisa della Rocchetta says that Sassicaia is always great in years that end with eight: 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008. 97 points "
Rated 97/100 James Suckling
(Formerly of the Wine Spectator)

2006 Bruenllo has arrived...

In stock now at Forsyth.





2006 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino...$67.99
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a dazzling wine. The aromatics alone are haunting. Sweet red cherries, rosemary, sage, tobacco and cedar are woven into a fabric of nearly indescribable elegance. Costanti’s straight Brunello can sometimes lack a little depth in its fruit, but not in 2006. This totally complete, harmonious Brunello is shaping up to be one of the wines of the vintage. It is a stunner. As delicious as the wine is now, it really needs at least a handful of years for the firm tannins to start melting away. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator 




2006 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino....$67.99
"Fuligni’s 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is one of the stars of the vintage. Sweet floral notes weave through a core of expressive red fruit as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2006 shows incredible purity and finesse, most notably in its silky, polished tannins. This isn’t a blockbuster, but rather a wine that conquers through its sheer finesse. The wine spent 27 days on the skins. The volume and weight are influenced by the modern school, everything else is traditional all the way. The 2006 is the first vintage in which the percentage of French oak has been dropped to 25%, which has allowed the purity of the fruit to shine through to a degree that I have seldom, if ever, seen here. Rain during June naturally lowered yields and may partly explain why Fuligni’s 2006 is so phenomenal. Simply put, readers won’t want to miss this superb Brunello. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2031." 
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator




2006 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino...$62.99
The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is surprisingly dark and heavy in this vintage. Black fruit, leather, licorice and spices are some of the nuances that emerge from the glass. As delicious as this is, the typical Lisini pedigree and elegance doesn’t come through to the extent it usually does. Ultimately the 2006 Brunello is a rather ponderous wine from this historic property. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2020. 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator




2006 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino...$72.99
"The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is another superb Brunello from Il Poggione. The ripeness of the vintage meets a classic sense of structure as this bold, full-bodied wine takes shape in the glass. The 2006 doesn’t have the elegance or finesse of the 2004, instead it offers a decidedly more virile, masculine expression of Sangiovese. Dark cherries, tobacco, smoke and underbrush wrap around a wall of tannin as the finish builds to a majestic close. Il Poggione’s Brunello remains one of the best values in fine, cellar-worthy wine. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator


2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino....$61.99
This is a very rich Sangiovese on the nose with dried black cherries and strawberries. Lots of dark chocolate too. Loads of black chocolate cake and dried coffee cake character. Full and very powerful. Lots of ripe tannins. Goes on for minutes. Better in 2014. 
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

On sale now....



2004 Sbragia Rancho del Oso....$49.99 
Compare to Brown Derby at $74.99
Those mountain tannins are here in spades, and even though they’re ripe and sweet, they give the wine a powerful astringency that demands cellaring. But age will certainly reward, for the wine is huge in currant, black cherry and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Open after 2010 and the fruit will shine through in all its ripe, succulent glory. — S.H. (3/1/2008)
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast