Far North Spirits

Toulouse Vineyards

Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer 2019

Absolutely fantastic Gewürztraminer, my favorite one so far - all the classic varietal floral notes on the nose, passion fruit on the palate. Bone dry, bracing acidity, and earthy structure underneath. — 3 days ago

Broc Cellars

Gibson Ranch Grenache Gris Rosé

Amazing! Best rose I’ve ever had — far more complex than your average rose. Watermelon, acidic aperitif notes — 2 months ago

Nickel & Nickel

Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

Nickel & Nickel exclusively produces 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines that express the distinctive personality of each vineyard. Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente. Aromas of tropical and stone fruit with citrus notes. On the palate apple, pear and peach flavors, with some lemon zest, vanilla and wet stone notes. Nice balance with tangy acidity on long finish ending with rich minerality. Classic, very nice! — 3 months ago

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William Hill Estate Winery

North Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Very crisp flavor. Not too bitter. One of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs so far. — 4 months ago

Junius Lindsay Vineyard

Yadkin Valley Grenache 2014

This is an astounding effort from a fantastic vintage for region that’s not supposed to grow anything but tobacco… This single varietal is grown at lower level elevation. Not too far from Greensboro, this is remarkably expressive of herbs, florality, and dried red fruit! The balance in mouth feel are exquisite… Absolutely shocked to learn that this was vinted at Childress under Michael Zimmerman‘s direction. Stunning!! — a month ago

Aubert

Carneros Chardonnay 2013

The Carneros wines from Aubert are usually not my favorites - they have tended to be a bit over extracted for my tastes - but I may have to reconsider that if I let them age for a bit: this 2013 is excellent. Still doesn’t touch the Lauren vineyard wines - far and away my favorite - but this one has settled down considerably since we last tried it a few years back. Well integrated, and beautifully balanced provide you keep it below cellar temp (gets too flabby if it’s too close to room temp). Of course, this is splitting hairs: the starting point for Mark’s wines start is awesome and we just go from there! — 2 months ago

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Château La Tour-Martillac

Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2010

Still quite austere, this Latour-Mattillac from the superstar 2010 vintage is a dark, brooding and full-blooded wine from Pessac-Léognan that will be far greater in 5/10+ years’ time. Better on the second day than the first (despite a two hour decant), it showed the traditional medley of dark fruit, cassis, wet gravel and grip, but with a profile more similar to its neighbours further north than what one may consider ‘typical’ Graves. But make no mistake: this is an exceptional Bordeaux worthy of long-term cellaring, and one with a hence attractive price tag. — 3 months ago

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Far North Spirits

Solveig Gin

Lavender, thyme, juniper summer creamsicle. Lovely with a bouquet of fragrant white lilies from the market.

I drank this straight and while it would do well in a cocktail or with club soda/tonic, I think this actually drinks straight pretty well and beats Roku, in my humble opinion, in that realm. Used to be my go-to. Uncle Val’s is still definitely my top-liner, though. Tough to beat. But hey the Minnesotans know what they’re doing on this one...
— 2 months ago

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Gin is my guilty pleasure (guilty only because the hangover is so bad). St. George and all these are great. For balance and complexity in a dry gin though, to my taste, Cotswolds always takes the cake. And it’s so generously priced!
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S.S. Mandani

@Severn Goodwin love Monkey 47 as a top shelf sipping gin. I’m just always looking for good value in gin and mainly mixing cocktails with refreshing ingredients. Will have to pick up St. George’s! Thanks for the rec.
S.S. Mandani

S.S. Mandani

@Josh Morgenthau i think I’ve drank so much gin over the years that I’m immune to the hangovers at this point haha. Not a good thing. Love Cotswalds. Love Brockman’s. Both for the value. The four bottles I always keep in stock are Uncle Val’s, Gunpowder, Hendricks (because come on it is a pretty good standard) and Empress for showy purple gin/sodas and pink gin/tonics. I should add Cotswalds to the list!

Saintsbury

Brown Ranch Chardonnay 2008

absolutely delicious. buttery, smooth, and the oak has moved far into the background. — 3 months ago

Antonio Vallana & F.S.A.S.

Vallana Campi Raudi Red Blend

What a wine and what a bargain. This is a Nebbiolo based blend from the far north of Piedmonte. Big, ripe, a bit tannic but very drinkable. And a 2009 library release just out for $22?! Will be back to get in volume. — 4 months ago