California Dreaming Gifts fro the Holidays

 

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Please find below some dream gifts from California for the Holidays.  All of the wines are not in until mid December except the 100 Point Dominus which is in stock now.  All wines are extremely limited and all orders would need to be confirmed.  Please send your orders as soon as possible.

2010 Dominus Proprietary Red Wine
Wine Advocate #209
Oct 2013
Robert Parker 100 Drink: 2013 – 2038 $240 
Composed of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the stunning, full-bodied 2010 Dominus boasts an exceptional perfume of hoisin sauce, licorice, underbrush, forest floor, plums, black currants and jammy cherries intertwined with hints of cedar, baking spices and oak. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured, the 2010 is on a slightly faster evolutionary track than the 2009 (somewhat of an anomaly for these two vintages). This exquisite as well as prodigious 2010 can be drunk young, but it should age effortlessly for 20-25 years. Bravo!
$199.99 per bottle

2010 Cardinale Cardinale Proprietary Red Wine
Cardinale visit the producer
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from
Mount Veeder, Napa, North Coast, California, USA
Wine Advocate #204
Dec 2012
Antonio Galloni 96 Drink: 2020 – 2030 $353 
Chris Carpenter’s 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is super-impressive from start to finish. A rich, dark wine, the 2010 saturates the palate with endless layers of huge fruit. Violets, menthol, tar, plums and blueberry jam all flow from this striking wine. Clean veins of piercing, saline Mt. Veeder minerality run through the 2010. Although just bottled, the 2010 is shaping up to be a jewel of wine. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.

$299.99 per bottle
2010 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Lokoya visit the producer
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
North Coast, California, USA
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Antonio Galloni 96 Drink: 2017 – 2029 $399
The 2009 La Joie is dazzling. Firm yet well-integrated tannins frame an expressive core of dark red and black fruit, graphite, cassis, mocha and minerals. This is one of the more structured wines in the lineup, and it will require a few years in bottle for the tannins to soften. I especially like the energy and focus here. In 2009 the blend is 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
$309.99 per bottle
2009 Verite La Muse
Verite visit the producer
A Proprietary Blend Dry Red Table wine from
Sonoma, North Coast, California, USA
Source Reviewer Rating Maturity Current (Release) Cost
Wine Advocate #199
Feb 2012
Antonio Galloni 94+ Drink: 2017 – 2029 $370-$399
The 2009 Le Desir blasts across the palate with layers of deep, sumptuous fruit. This is an especially deep, plush wine packed with fruit. Hints of mocha, espresso, licorice and tar wrap around the finish in this muscular wine as varietal Cabernet Franc notes take shape in the glass. Today this comes across as understated and not as expressive or fully realized as the other wines here. The 2009 Le Desir is 74% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Malbec. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
$309.99 per bottle
Don’t forget our Annual Holiday Tasting Thursday November 14 at Atlantic Beach Club to benefit the Strong Community Campaign at the Newport County YMCA.  Tickets can be purchased at 
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This Week’s Best Buys and Highly Rated and Rare Finds

 

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Please don’t miss this weeks specials and reserve your tickets for our Annual Holiday Tasting at Atlantic Beach Club.  Also the 2011 Ports are selling quickly so order yours before they sell out.

-John
Save the date of November 14th for our Annual Holiday Tasting at The Atlantic Beach Club to benefit the 2013 Community Support Campaign at the Newport County YMCA!Tastings of over 150 wines and beer, heavy hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants and fine food shops. Music by the Honky Tonk Knights.Tickets are $45 if purchased in advance and $50 at the door based on availability. Please call 847-9200 or visit

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Finca Malbec isRuby red Malbec with purple tones has clean and intense aromas of ripe fruits especially plums, blueberries and strawberries accompanied with cinnamon notes. The palate offers these same flavours and confirms a well-balanced wine with soft tannins and a pleasant finish.  This has been our best selling Malbec with a price of $12.99.  Now on sale at $9.99.
Excelsior Cabernet is a luscious, crowd pleasing Cabernet – consistently named a Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” at $9.99 – delivers serious bang for the buck! It’s packed with juicy flavors of blackcurrant, dark berries and plum, with notes of dark chocolate and spice. Sale Price $7.99

Excelsior Chardonnay has a bright lime green hue. Hints of peach, marmalade and orange blossom on the nose. Green apple fruit flavours on a full creamy palate. Only very lightly oaked for everyday drinking. Food Suggestions This wine is perfect with grilled seafood, or lightly spiced Thai chicken. Typically sells for $9.99. Sale Price $7.99

 

Simi Sauvignon Blanc is everything a wine made from this grape should be—filled with lively acidity and crisp, clean fruit flavors. A small amount of Sémillon is blended in to help develop richness on the palate. Our best selling Sauvignon Blanc.  Typically sells elsewhere on sale at $12.99.  Our Sale price $9.99

Vivid, polished and distinctive, with an apricot tinge to the pear and cream flavors, lifted by delicate acidity. Comes together smoothly on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 52,500 cases made. â€“HS 90 Points Wine Spectator Smart Buy at $17.00.  Sale Price $15.99

Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA- Aromas of baking spices, hints of cedar, chocolate and toasty oak notes frame bright fruit of red cherry, black plum, and cranberry. These aromas lead to flavors of red plum, cassis, blackberry and cherry. Sale Price $19.99


Superb 2011 Port  

Dow 2011 99 Points Wine Spectator $89.99

One of the best vintages in years and destined to be a classic.  â€œThe 2011’s stand out for the purity of the fruit and the quality of the tannins, which are silky and well-integrated, but provide plenty of structureâ€

Powerful, refined and luscious, with a surplus of dark plum, kirsch and cassis flavors that are unctuous and long. Shows plenty of grip, presenting a long, full finish, filled with Asian spice and raspberry tart accents. Rich and chocolaty. One for the ages. Best from 2030 through 2060. From Portugal.—K.M.

Fonseca Port 2011 97-99 Points Robert Parker $99.99

The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced. Tasted May 2013.

Taylor Fladgate Port 2011 96-98 Points Robert Parker $89.99 

The 2011 Taylor’s Vintage 2011 has a multifaceted, Pandora’s Box of a nose that is mercurial in the glass: cassis at first before blackberry and raspberry politely ask it to move aside, followed by wilted rose petals and Dorset plum. Returning after one 45 minutes that nose has shut up shop. The palate is sweet and sensual on the entry, plush and opulent, with copious black cherries, boysenberry and cassis fruit, curiously more reminiscent of Fonseca! It just glides across the palate with a mouth-coating, glycerine-tinged finish that has a wonderful lightness of touch, demonstrating how Vintage Port is so much more accessible in its youth nowadays. But don’t let that fool you into dismissing the seriousness or magnitude of this outstanding Taylor’s. Tasted May 2013.


Napa Valley Classics

Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2009 96+ Points Robert Parker Magnum $174.99

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain has more energy and focus than the Napa Valley bottling. Iron, graphite, red fruits, dried flowers are some of the many notes that take shape in this deep, complex, powerful wine. I imagine the 2009 will still be spectacular at age 30. For now, it needs at least another handful of years of cellaring to drink well. Huge veins of minerality support the huge fruit, giving the wine much of its pure tension and vitality. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow over the coming decades. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

Dominus Proprietary Red 2008 99 Points Robert Parker $199.99

Made in a more masculine style, the 2008 Dominus has all of that along with bigger body and more structure, fat, density and texture. Both are brilliant wines and they represent the finest back-to-back vintages for Dominus since 2001 and 2002 or 1990 and 1991. Both the 2007 and 2008 Dominus should drink well for 25-30 years.

This estate, owned by Christian Moueix, includes the famed Napanook Vineyard that was the base of so many of the historic Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignons of the 1950s and 1960s. Interestingly, they have completely eliminated Merlot from the bottling. The 2007 Dominus is a 5,400-case blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There are 4,200 cases of the 2008 Dominus which is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Lower yields resulted in a denser, more concentrated wine. The remarkable thing about these cuvees is that they smell like a hypothetical blend of a top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and a serious Bordeaux, possibly a cross blend of a Pomerol and Pauillac. Both wines possess silky sweet tannins, which is the big difference between Dominus post-1990 and the first seven vintages, where the tannin content was relatively high. About 40% new oak is used in their upbringing.


Legendary Spanish Red

Vega Sicilia Unico 2000 98 Points Robert Parker $299.99

In the absence of a 2001 Unico, Vega Sicilia has re-released the 2000 Unico which I reviewed in Issue 189. The 2000 Unico is deep crimson-colored with an ethereal perfume aided by its extended upbringing. Aromas of Asian spices, lavender, incense, truffle, and confiture of black fruits are compelling. Sweet, forward, rich, and hedonistic, it nevertheless has the balance and structure to continue evolving for another 5-10 years. In strong vintages Vega Sicilia drinks well at age 50 and I would expect the same of the 2000.

Stunning Aussie Legend

Penfold’s Grange 2004 99 Points Robert Parker $449.99

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2004 Penfolds Grange offers a profound nose of black cherries, creme de cassis licorice and dark chocolate with suggestions of cedar and violets. Full bodied, ripe and voluptuous in the mouth, the generous flesh is well supported by medium to high acidity and a firm level of finely grained tannins, finishing long. It’s seductively approachable now but has much more to give and should drink best 2015 to 2035+.

Penfold’s Grange 1990 95 Points Robert Parker 95 Points Robert Parker $349.99

Deep garnet-brick colored, the 1990 Penfolds Grange has an evolved, earthy character of damp loam, black truffles and tar with an underlying core of figs, dried mulberries, salami and aniseed. There’s a good amount of savory flesh supported by a crisp acid line and medium to firm level chewy tannins, finishing long with some smoked meat coming through. Drink this one now to 2020+.

100 Point Bordeaux

We had the pleasure of having a Chateau Pontet Canet dinner in the dining room at Rosecliff with owner Alfred Tesseron. We had 8 vintages of his spectacular Pauillac.  Chef de Cuisine and cookbook author Michael Saxer prepared a spectacular dinner with Plantation Catering of Newport.  It was a dinner that no-one in attendance will forget.  As RI Commanderie de Bordeaux Maitre, Captain Nicholas Brown noted, “the Chef with Mounsieur Tessorn’s wines hit it out of the ballpark.”  We are thrilled to offer a very limited number of bottles of the 100 point 2009 and 201 Chateau Pontet Canet.

Chateau Pontet Canet 2009 100 Points Robert Parker $299.99

An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075.

Chateau Pontet Canet 2010 100 Points Parker Magnum $499.99

An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes.

The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!

 

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Weekend Wine Specials and Some of the Highest Rated Wines on Sale

 

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Bellevue Wine and Spirits continues to feature great value priced wine and some of the highest rated, and most difficult wines to find at the best prices!


Last weeks feature of Excelsior Chardonnay and Cabernet at $7.99 and our ongoing sale of Simi Sauvignon Blanc at $9.99 sold out too quickly and are available again this weekend.


Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier 2012 90 Points Parker Sale Price $14.99

A consistent winner in the value sweepstakes, this offering from winemaker Michael Beaulac is a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. This dry white offers a stunning aromatic display of honeydew melons, spring flowers, pears and cantaloupe. The sumptuous perfume is followed by a wine with crisp, zesty acids, medium body and abundant purity as well as freshness. The Viognier component no doubt pushes this delightful white toward an exotic, tropical fruit-flavored style. Luckily, there are 87,000 cases produced. This beauty is meant to be consumed over the next year. 


Chateau Ste Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2012 90 Points Wine Spectator Sale Price $15.99 per bottle

Vivid, polished and distinctive, with an apricot tinge to the pear and cream flavors, lifted by delicate acidity. Comes Together smoothly on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 52,500 cases made.

—H.S.


Bodega Catena Zepata Malbec Mendoza 2011 91 Points Wine Spectator Sale Price $17.99 per bottle

A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish. Drink now through 2016. 90,000 cases imported. –NW


Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley NV 92 Points Wine Spectator Sale Price $26.99 per bottle

Sleek and rich, with floral strawberry and sugar cookie aromas and elegant, layered citrus, tart cherry and mineral flavors that linger toward a vibrant, lightly spicy finish. Drink now through 2015. 5,200 cases made.

—T.F


Classic Wines for the Cellar, Gifts, or Special Occasion.  Chateau de Beaucastel has been one of the premier producers in Chateauneuf for decades.  I have many fond memories of visiting the winery and vineyards and meeting members of the Perrin family, owners and winemakers.  The 2010 Beaucastel is another classic that will age for decades. The Ridge Montebello is a California Classic.  The 2010 scored 96 points from Parker and is a Bordeaux varietal blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc from Santa Cruz Mountains.  2009 and 2010 Bordeaux are two of the best vintages ever. We have some available including the 100 point Chateau Pontet Canet. Having had the opportunity to attend the 2009 and 2010 tasting of the Gand Vin de Bordeaux, I happen to prefer the 2010 vintage, finding the wines more classically structured.  If you like the bigger style you will prefer the 20098Lastly, the 2011Port vintage is outstanding and might rival the classic 1963 vintage.  We have a limited amount of some of the highest rated wines from the vintage.


Chateau de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2010  96 Points Wine Spectator $99.99 per bottle.

Dark, dense and very closed now, this has a tremendous core of crushed plum, linzer torte and blackberry confiturewaiting in reserve. Ample singed cedar and mesquite, warm paving stone and black tea notes lurk in the backgroundand glide through the finish. Features serious grip, but wonderful integration. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,500 cases made.

—J.M.


Ridge Monte Bello 2010 96 Points Parker $139.99 per bottle

The just-bottled 2010 Monte Bello combines pure structure and power in a rich, full-

bodied style for this wine. Waves of dark red fruit, crushed rocks, flowers, mint and grilled herbs wrap around the long, insistent finish. Today, the 2010 is slightly more reticent than it was last year, but the wine comes to life the more it sits in the glass. Always classy, the 2010 Monte Bello impresses for its impeccable balance. Count me among those who will be thrilled to own this magnificent California classic. The 2010 is a decidedly virile, powerful Monte Bello, qualities winemaker Eric Baugher attributes to a year with a very cold summer and periods of heat that arrived only towards the tail end of the growing season. In 2010, the blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. 


Dow Port 2011 96-98 Points Parker $79.99 per bottle

The 2011 Dow Vintage Port was made from no less than 44 separate ferments from finest fruit sourced from Quinta do Bomfim (35% of the blend), Quinta da Senhora da Ribeira (42%) and the Santinho (14%) and Cerdeira (6%) estates. Just six of the best lots were used in the final blend, which consists of 40% Touriga Franca, 36% Touriga Nacional, 10% Sousao and 14% of old vine plantings. It has a beautiful, quite extravagant bouquet with copious black and red fruit, Indian spice, and hints of menthol and orange rind that unfold wonderfully in the glass. The palate is a sumptuous affair, one that is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth, plump tannins, copious black fruit with a harmonious, white pepper-tinged finish that is a decadent delight. This is one of the finest of the declarations of 2011 Vintage Ports, a sublime expression of the vintage you would be foolish not to buy. This is Dow at its best. 5,000 cases have been declared. Tasted May 2013.


Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port 2011 97 Points Wine Spectator $94.99 per bottle

Powerful, featuring concentrated dark plum and spicy cherry flavors that are finely balanced, showing notes ofraspberry preserves. The mocha and wild herb accents are interwoven and supported by powerful tannins. Thefinish offers intense grip and violet hints. Best from 2020 through 2045.

—K.M


Fonseca 2011 97-99 Points Parker $94.99 per bottle

The Fonseca 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced. Tasted May 2013.


Chateau Chasse Spleen 2010 90 Wine Spectator $44.99 per bottle

Very supple and refined, with a crumpled velvet feel to the smoldering bay, tobacco and mulled spice hints surrounding the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit. Flashes of cedar and sandalwood hang through the fine-grained finish. Rustic and lovely. Drink now through 2017. â€“JM


Chateau La Pointe 2010 93 Wine Spectator $49.99 per bottle

This has power in reserve, but stays remarkably restrained for now, with a torrent of boysenberry, fig and raspberry fruit held in check by charcoal-studded grip and well-embedded acidity. The long, dense smoked apple wood finish should let this cruise nicely in the cellar. Best from 2015 through 2030. â€“JM


Chateau Talbot 2010 94 Points Parker $74.99 per bottle

One of the best Talbots over recent years, and possibly the best since the 1986 and 1982, this sexy juggernaut of a wine struts forth with an opaque plum/ruby/purple color and terrific notes of creme de cassis, licorice, roasted herbs and smoky barbecue. It is a brilliant effort, with full body, wonderful fruit, a savory, expansive mouthfeel, sensational texture and a long finish, but no hardness or astringency. This is a fabulous Talbot to drink over the next 20-25 years.


Chateau Malescot St-Exupery 2009 Parker 96 $119.99 per bottle

An inky/purple color is followed by notes of Asian plum sauce, forest floor, creme de cassis, black raspberries and a floral component that is unusual for a Margaux. A wine of exceptional intensity and purity with a full-bodied, sumptuous texture, lots of fresh vibrancy and excellent definition, this beautiful 2009 exhibits high but sweet tannin. It is more sexy than the 2005 was at a similar age, although their level of extract and concentration is relatively equal. Something about the 2009 reminds me of a Margaux version of St.-Julien’s Leoville Poyferre … if that makes any sense. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.

Chateau Malescot St-Exupery 2010 Parker 95 $104.99 per bottle

Gorgeous, flowery, classic Margaux once again, the 2010 Malescot St.-Exupery continues to show virtually no toasty oak, given the impeccable balance and full-bodied, full-throttle style it possesses. Black raspberries, creme de cassis and spring floral notes intermixed with forest floor and a hint of charcoal are followed by an opulent, sexy, full-bodied wine whose tannins have become much sweeter, while the wine is less restrained yet still exuberant and impressive. This is a phenomenal example once again for this estate, harmonious in every sense of style, extraordinarily long, rich and ageworthy. Three to four years of bottle age will do wonders to make it more accessible, but this wine is set for 25-30 years of longevity.


Chateau Kirwan 2010 92 Parker $79.99 per bottle

As always, this estate has produced a blockbuster style of Margaux in 2010, with the more masculine side of the appellation providing density, power, big body, loads of fruit, extract and richness. This wine is powerful and concentrated, but by no means excessively extracted. Dense purple, muscular, deep and impressive, it is a wine that allows for no compromise among wine lovers. Forget it for 6-10 years and drink it over the following 20-40 years.


Chateau Lynch Bages 2010 96 Parker $169.99 per bottle

The 2010 Lynch Bages is an absolutely brilliant wine, and somewhat reminiscent at this stage in its development of the profound 1989. Jean-Charles Cazes, who took over for his father a number of years ago, has produced a magnificent wine with the classic creme de cassis note intermixed with smoke, graphite and spring flowers. It is a massive Lynch Bages, full-bodied and very 1989-ish, with notable power, loads of tannin, and extraordinary concentration and precision. This is not a Lynch Bages to drink in its exuberant youth, but one to hold on to for 5-6 years and drink over the following three decades.


Chateau Pontet Canet 2009 100 Points Parker.  One 6 bottle wood case of 750 ml available at $1,500.00

An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075.

Chateau Pontet Canet 2010 100 Points Parker.  One 6 bottle wood case of magnums available at $3,000.00

An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!

 

SAVE THE DATE!November 14th 5-8p is our

5th Annual Grand
Wine Tasting

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Includes tasting of over 150 wines & beers, live & silent auction, music by the Honky Tonk Knights and heavy hor d’oeuvres by local restaurants & fine food shops. Please purchase tickets by visiting the Newport YMCA Website.

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This Thursday we’re tasting Berkshire Brewing Company’s new Coffeehouse Porter

 

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On Thursday, October 24 from 5 to 7 pm, Bellevue Wine & Spirits will be hosting a beer tasting with Berkshire Brewing Company.
Berkshire Brewing is announcing their first 12oz can, Steel Rail, which is available at the store in 6-packs.
We will also be tasting several others from their line, including River Ale, a slightly sweet dark American wheat beer as well as Lost Sailor, their classic IPA.
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Miss Hurley’s Kentucky Beer Cheese

beer cheeseIngredients:
3/4 bottle of flat beer of your liking (in Kentucky, that would be BBC Altbier)
16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated; use a combination of your favorites or one that always speaks to you
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 medium onion, minced
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce of choice
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (in Kentucky that would be Bourbon Barrel Aged) — vegetarian Worcestershire would be fine here as would Pickapeppa sauce
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
pinch cayenne
1 teaspoon dry mustard (this is a KOD addition)

Method
Pour a 12-ounce bottle of beer of your choosing into a glass and allow it to sit until it looses its effervescence. This could take up to an hour, but don’t worry if you don’t have that much time.

Combine all ingredients except beer in food processor and PULSE until slightly blended. Then turn processor ON and slowly pour beer through food chute. Mixture will be soft, but will harden in refrigerator.

Make one or two days ahead of time, as taste is better once flavors have time to blend. Serve in a ceramic crock or ramekin with pretzel rods, crackers, celery sticks, carrot sticks, and radishes. Act like you’ve lived in Kentucky all your life.