WINES OF THE WEEK
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Orin Swift Cellars
OUR PRICE $44.99 WINERY $55
93pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate-Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Proprietary Red Machete opens with scents of black forest cake, cassis and menthol with a medicinal undercurrent and a waft of chargrill. Medium to full-bodied, firm and chewy, it has a compelling earthy/savory character and a long spicy finish.
92pts Wine Spectator-Dark and brooding, and while lacking some of the polish of previous vintages, this packs in plenty of power and richness, plus notes of blackberry, spice box and smoky tobacco. Finishes with big but refined tannins. Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2027.
SALE $43.99 WINERY $55
Ferrari-Carano presents its finest blend of the five classic Bordeaux varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc – from the best selections of their vineyards in Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Aptly named "Trésor" for "treasure," the grapes are hand harvested from low-yielding vines primarily on the mountain vineyards.
90pts Wine Enthusiast-This juicy, full-bodied blend holds several Bordeaux red varieties, with Cabernet Sauvignon dominant. Smooth and soft, it dances elegantly in clove, black currant and licorice, exhibiting both structure and weight. It finishes lengthy in more of that clove.
Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015
OUR PRICE $29.99
92 pts Wine Spectator-This Zinfandel offers a savory nose of dried raspberry, blueberry compote, herbs, peppercorn, purple flower potpourri and crushed stone. It has an elegant mouthfeel complete with subtle notes of sweet red cherry, tobacco, brown butter and bramble berry cobbler.
Blend: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
Pinot Noir Rosé
OUR PRICE $26.99
They call him the “red-wine wizard”, the Ahr Valley’s Werner Näkel is one of the leaders of modern Germany’s high-quality Pinot Noir movement. His Pinot Noir Rosé dry is a wine “for the sunny days of the year”, so Werner Näckel describes this beautiful salmon-colored Pinot Noir Rosé. It smells of fresh raspberries, strawberries and a little note of violet. On the palate the Rosé is bright and fresh, with good concentration of pinot fruit ending with a dry finish.
OUR PRICE $24.99 WINERY $32
92pts Vinous-The 2016 Dissonance exudes aromas of ripe peaches, citrus, crisp green apple, and white flowers. This wine lingers on the palate with bright acidity and vibrant flavors of lemon zest, strawberry, honeydew, and nutmeg. Sourced from vineyards in the Carneros region of Napa Valley, this cool climate Sauvignon Blanc is richly complimented through aging and stirring of the lees in French oak barrels, enhancing the aromatics and texture of the wine.
SPIRIT OF THE WEEK
Spirit Technique Of The Week:
INFUSING YOUR OWN VODKA
So summer is full blown here and it's time for those backyard parties and long nights at the lake. We want to help you have the best time this summer and what better way to show off to your guests than with your own custom infused vodkas! So our team has put together a handy list to help you infuse your way to the best backyard party ever!
Step One: Pick Your Flavor
While somethings sound great in concept, not everything tastes good as a vodka. Stay with the tried and true flavors like tangerine, cherry, strawberry, or vanilla. Make sure you fill your container to the brim with your infusion flavor, the more things in the jar the more flavor it will impart!
Step Two: Get a Good Container
Make sure you have a clean large mason jar or food safe plastic container, we dont want any other flavors getting into our vodka.
Step Three: Time
Give yourself 5-6 days for your infusion. Taste every couple days (to make sure its going in the right direction, a straw or spoon full will do) .
Step Three: Strain Strain Strain
Solids in liquid is what causes things to go bad. Use a cheese cloth or coffee filter to strain your newly infused vodka.