Thursday
May102012

Pisco Porton

Pisco Portón is handcrafted using centuries-old distilling methods in combination with new technology to create a mosto verde pisco made from a blend of grapes that is of superior quality and true to Peruvian tradition. To preserve the full character of the grapes, Pisco Portón uses the mosto verde method of distilling from a partially fermented grape juice known as must. Our pisco is never adulterated with water or artificial flavors. What is in the glass is pure and natural.
This new ultra premium white spirit is made at Hacienda La Caravedo in Ica, Peru, which is home to a new state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly distillery, as well as the oldest distillery in the Americas (est. 1684). Pisco Portón is committed to maintaining a high level of artisanal craft and honoring centuries of Peruvian heritage. Each bottle is individually numbered and bears the signature of our Master Distiller, Johnny Schuler.
  • Distilled to proof (no water added)
  • Approximately 15 pounds of grapes go into every bottle of Pisco Portón
  • Handcrafted in small batches
  • Rested for months to achieve a complex, round flavor
  • Never altered by aging in wood, the addition of water or artificial flavors and colors
  • 100% made from must; not like grappa, which is made from pomace
Thursday
May102012

Brugal 1888

 

 

 

Brugal 1888 is the perfect blend of time, passion and experience of five generations of Maestros Roneros. Its artisanal crafting commences with a double distillation, followed by a careful selection of the best rums that undergo a double aging process.  During the initial stages, it is vital for these rums to be aged in medium roasted American white oak casks, and subsequently to continue the aging process in European oak casks that have previously been used for aging Sherry wines.

The wooden casks are a key element in differentiating Brugal 1888 from other rums as they are either hand-crafted or hand-picked under the guidance of George Espie, The Macallan Master of Wood.

Another of the keys to the unique nature of Brugal 1888 is the specific arrangement of the casks where the rums are aged, a technique used exclusively in making 1888.  In this case, the casks are placed horizontally during the aging process, so that the liquid is in permanent contact with the wood, ensuring that the rum takes on highly specific characteristics of color, aroma and taste. Brugal & Co. has a cellar exclusively designed for housing casks placed horizontally, grouped together into batches of 68 units, giving a maximum of 14,000 bottles.

  • Aged: Master blending of only the finest rums aged 5-14 years. Aged in medium toasted American white oak casks followed by a second maturation in first-filled Sherry oak casks.
  • Flavor palate:  Smooth, full bodied, with a notable finish of toffee caramel, wood and licorice.  Leaves a sweet, lingering and sublime aftertaste which denotes perfection.
  • Nose:  An exquisite scented bouquet.  Some spicy notes, hints of chocolate, roasted coffee beans and hints of cinnamon and dried fruits.
  • Color:  In the light, it stands out for its dark amber, bright, clean color.
  • Suggested serving:  A complex rum, with vibrant nuances, to be sipped on its own, with ice or in the most surprising cocktails.
Thursday
May102012

Cedilla

 

 

 

Cedilla is a new liqueur made from the “Superfruit of the Amazon," the acai berry. From the makers of Leblon Cachaca, each bottle of the liqueur contains over 500 certified organic acai berries. The pulp is macerated for one month in the company’s small batch alambique sugarcane spirit and blended to create a spirit containing 30 percent acai with hints of ginger root, Brazilian orange, local spices and a dash of natural cane sugar. The result is a rich fruity flavor with complex chocolate, spice, and berry notes. Drink neat, over ice, with soda, or as an accent to your favorite cocktail.

Friday
May042012

Corison Vertical

 

Praised in numerous publications, we now have the prized Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons from 2004, 2005, and 2006 available! 

The 2004 is dark crimson in color with enticing aromas of dusty plums, wild cherries and candied violets. Its flavors are rich with red currants and cherries, hints of cassis, cocoa and nutmeg. Soft, supple tannins and a luscious mouth-feel complement its firm structure and moderate alcohol. With both power and elegance, it promises many years of enjoyment.

The 2005's inviting aromas jump out of the glass. Cherry pie, complete with allspice, nutmeg and cardamom, dominates the aromas and flavors with hints of plum, cassis, lavender and dark chocolate chiming in. The overall impression is warm and engaging.

The 2006 has effusive aromas of ripe boysenberries, black plums, chocolate and nutmeg spice that jump out of the glass. Juicy, mouth-filling flavors of berry jam, cassis and cardamom follow with velvet tannins. Uncommonly cool nights throughout the ripening season produced wines with spot-on natural acidity to balance the rare concentration from tiny berries. 

These three gorgeous wines all scored in the 90's from Wine Spectator when initially reviewd but have gotten even better since!  All are line-priced at $72.99 ea.  Get yours today!

Friday
Apr272012

Mercy Pinot Noir

 

 

 

This small-lot wine is loaded with fruit. Redolent of red and black wild berry aromas, the wine has an innate rustic and earthy quality. On the palate this wine shows a great red berry core along with ideal balance between the velvety tannins and firm acidity.

If that isn't enough to whet your palate, the Wine Enthusiast magazine cheers:

 "An absolutely delicious Pinot Noir. Hard to exaggerate the drinkability factor. Supremely ripe cherry and raspberry fruit is highlighted by brilliantly crisp acidity to make it all bright and lively. Oak plays second fiddle, contributing rich, tasteful notes of smoke, vanilla and buttered cinnamon toast. Just gorgeous for drinking now and for the next 5-6 years with your best fare."

Only 320 cases made!

94 points from Wine Enthusiast, and only $29.99 in our shop.