Products priced for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted.
Clark: Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Saturday nights are family steak nights at our house. The local family usually gathers for a fun evening of grilling and enjoying a few glasses of wine. This past week we picked up a few bottles of this Simi Cab. It was a huge hit. This is a true Bordeaux style blend based on Cabernet and blended with some Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. In the glass the color is dark purple with a ruby edge. Aromas of blackberry, plum, and black cherry, fruit is framed with toasty oak that adds depth. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins. This wine is perfect with grilled steak, lamb or duck.
Henrik: Sebastiani Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Dense ruby red in color and beautiful aromatics of blackberry and bergamot tea with hints of dark chocolate and vanilla, flavors are rich, yet compact. I find that blackberry erupts on the palate in an elegant style with some Cabernet spice. It finishes with loamy earth and vanilla from the oak barrels. This outstanding, riper styled Cabernet is perfect with any meaty protein coming off your grill.
Maggie: Nikolaihof Wachau Muskateller 2017
A garden in your glass! There is nothing coy about the bouquet of this wine – orange blossom, elderflower, bergamot, wisteria, the list goes on! For dry Riesling and Gruner Veltliner lovers, Muskateller provides a delightfully sassy alternative that is delicious to drink. This wine will pair well with many foods, but especially finds its place at the table with appetizers and foods with Asian flavor influences. It's a true honor to have this wine in Arkansas. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Austrian wines rock!
Roberto: Daniel Cohn Bellacosa North Coast California Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
It is rich, velvety and complex with a deep boysenberry color; a beautiful expression of Sonoma Cabernet. This is a wine to savor, share and create lasting moments together. Plum and dark berries on the nose and at first sip lead to oak spice, mocha and cocoa. Then come the earthy tones and fine tannin, it’s simply smooth and velvety right down to the lingering finish.
David: Clos de los Siete Red Blend Mendoza Argentina 2015
This wine is sure to warm you on the coldest of January nights. Just check out this blend; 54% Malbec, 18% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 3% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc. This is a blend that offers a particularly fine expression of the characteristics of the Malbec grape. On the palate it is direct, opulent, and well-balanced. This wine's generous, full-bodied palate and long finish will appeal to wine lovers all year round. Try a glass with any grilled meats just like they do in Argentina.
Devin: Estampa Gold Red Blend Colchagua Valley Chile 2015
This wine is garnet red with violet nuances. Fruity, sweet, and spicy aromas recall ripe black fruits and plums over a complex backdrop with a note of licorice. Flavorful layers on the palate are well-structured with complex tannins and fresh acidity.
Chris K: Andrew Will Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc 2015
This medium body wine reveals herbal notes of Italian seasonings, cherry, crushed leaf and red plum on the nose with dark chocolate, cherry, raspberries on the palate. This wine is fresh and youthful and ready to drink. Rated 93 by James Suckling. “This is a real cabernet franc with cherries and fresh herbs. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a crisp finish. Could be from Loire... but Washington.”
Tristan: Tuck Beckstoffer 75 Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This wine showcases the Tuck Beckstoffer families' fruit from Lake and Mendocino Counties. It is a rich and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon expressing aromas of red currants, strawberry jam, and blackberries as well as a touch of fresh hay. These aromatics are balanced with a note of toffee/biscotti from a year of aging in medium+ toast French oak (30% new). A hint of freshly tilled soil adds further complexity. It is smooth on entry as the tannins are well integrated into this, full-bodied wine. Finish is long and lingering.
logan: Corazon del Sol by Revana Malbec 2015
In pursuit of producing the finest Malbec in the world, only a few barrels from this seven-acre estate Malbec made the cut for this wine. The “Revana Vineyard” is planted in ancient rock covered river beds of Los Sauces, Uco Valley. Due to arid climate and extreme terroir, yields are very low and concentrated. The nose on this wine shows off flowers like violets, red fruit, cassis and black current. The palate brings the flavor of blackberry, plum, dark chocolate framed with firm tannin. This wine is a red meat wine, or perfect to sip with someone special on any cold January night.
John B: Arran Amarone Cask Single Malt Scotch
This one has a similar style to the brilliant Sassicaia finish. Amarone is a dry Italian red made using partially dried Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes. The result is beautifully balanced citrus fruit and light vanilla sweetness with a burst of apple and delicate marine notes.
Colin: Hudson Baby Bourbon
Distiller's Notes: When you take the Hudson New York Corn Whiskey and store it in a first-use charred American Oak barrel, out pops the Baby. The barrel aging process gives this spirit a light sweetness and deep amber color. This 100% corn bourbon has a bright, defined taste and a warm finish with notes of marzipan and roasted corn.
Chris M: Founders Brewing Company Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale
So good it’s almost wrong. Dark ruby in color and brewed with seven varieties of imported malts. Complex in finish, with hints of smoke and peat, paired with a malty richness and a right hook of hop power to give it the bad attitude that a beer named Dirty Bastard has to live up to. Ain’t for the wee lads.
Josh L: Wiseacre Brewing Gotta Get Up To Get Down
What an excellent brew! With winter’s arrival, it is with a heavy heart that I turn away from the Light side, and fully embrace the Dark Side of beer. This is a great beer to make the transition, with a thick, dark, silky smooth body, and gentle ABV of 5%. Brewed with beans from the Konga region of Ethiopia, and with milk sugars added to gentle the bitterness, this beer will leave you with a smile on your face, and a song in your heart.
Ryan L: Back Forty Brewing Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale
Truck Stop Honey is a medium-bodied English brown ale brewed with Alabama Wildflower Honey, roasted malts and fresh hops. The balance of sweet wildflower honey and earthy hop aromas come through in every batch. Whether preparing a delicious meal or sitting fireside, Truck Stop Honey will always KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLING! – Back Forty
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