Minnesota, Usa

Railsback Freres Winery

Cuvee Speciale Le Carignan 2019

California meets the South of France and nothing but good things happen. A violet and light ruby color in the glass with a nose that could easily transport you to the Old World. Cherries and cranberries up top with jasmine saying a quick hello. Umami and woodland forest goodness. Baking spice with a hint of sage and rosemary. Some really wonderful vegetal aromas that really take this to another level. Such a fun and interesting start.

Crunchy, playful, and as bright as the day is long. Partial carbonic maceration and light bodied with low alcohol, thankfully. This is a really energetic and focused wine with that herbaceous nature really coming to the fore after more time in the glass. So incredibly lively throughout, there’s nothing heavy or plodding here. The palate excites with more strawberries and forest notes. All kinds of delicious herbs going on here for days. Just ridiculously good. Served this chilled and really, serve it anytime for anyone. Let the fun commence.
— 6 days ago

Josh, Mike and 2 others liked this

Dirty & Rowdy

Unfamiliar Mourvedre 2017

First bottle of Unfamiliar in over 2 years… WOW! 60% Petite Sirah is shinning bright. Plummy, cocoa covered dried blueberries, a little hint of coffee. 10% Zinfandel really shines on the finish. Still a nice grippy finish that lingers for a good minute. This is an incredibly delicious wine that I am amazed with how well it has aged. What a pleasant surprise! — 3 days ago

Ira, Severn and 12 others liked this


Bin 600 California Cabernet Shiraz 2018

For our Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday one of the wines we had the pleasure of opening was the 2018 Penfolds Bin 600 Cabernet Shiraz. A California wine 20 years in the making. Cabernet Sauvignon from all around Sonoma and Shiraz from the Camatta Hills Vinyard in the Paso Robles area. A blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Shiraz.

On the nose there is black cherry, blackberry, black currant, spice, chocolate, herbal notes, eucalyptus, leather and earth.

On the palate is black cherry, blackberry, spice, clove, licorice, black pepper, savory smokey meat and earth.

This wine is medium to full bodied with medium+ acidity and medium+ fine tannins that gives a ling black fruit earthy finish. As yesterday was a day to give thanks for which I am sure we were all thankful for many reasons, family, friends, life and so much more. Please stay safe and healthy and look to the future with many thanks. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷
— 12 days ago

Dawn, Aravind and 20 others liked this

Goose Island

Bourbon County Brand Stout Aged In Bourbon Barrels 2017

2019: Blackest stout with a grainy, dark chestnut head that quickly reduces to
Polished black marble with a lunar nebula central. Single arches lacing. Molasses and licorice nose, dark chocolate, rich Turkish coffee, tobacco, caramel, coconut oak smolders through the last sniff. Really well integrated first sip. Powerful and sensually abundant, black licorice extract, chicory coffee, vanilla extract, pecans, dark brown sugar, toffee, mocha for the mileage.

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— 2 days ago

Andrew, Severn and 2 others liked this

Bread & Butter Wines

Merlot 2019

This medium-dark Merlot smells delicious. It’s labeled as a California Merlot, with no further indication of where the grapes were grown. Rich plum and classic aromas mingle with a bit of smoke and a bit of chocolate. The palate is velvety and lush, with dark fruit, mocha and a minty finish. The tannins are unobtrusive, yet they worked just fine with our Thanksgiving … steak. Drink what you like, eat what you like. — 15 days ago

Casey, Paul and 2 others liked this

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

How does anyone not hoard (regular) Sazerac at ~$25?!
Incredibly smooth, great sweet note to the finish. Again, why haven't I not been buying this for years...?

(BTW Kirkland Bourbon at $30 is worth the price of admission, earthy oak note on the palate is quite similar to Buffalo Trace.)

Counter-Clockwise from top left:
Buffalo Trace (single-barrel selection), Jefferson's Reserve Very Old/Very Small Batch, Knob Creek (9yo), Kirkland Bourbon (7yo), St George single-malt (SM 015), Hillrock (Ancram NY, solera aged, Barrel No. 174), Berkshire Mountain Distillers Shay's Rebellion and Wild Turkey Master's Keep (Batch 0001, 17yo).
— 10 days ago

Andrew, Diane and 17 others liked this
Rhonely Boy

Rhonely Boy

Yes to Rye, my ‘go to’ for a category I don’t venture into often.
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Surprisingly Eagle Rare 10 is highly allocated this year if you’ve had in the past. One bottle only on K&L
Daniel Bloom

Daniel Bloom

Nice assortment, if I remember correctly,
Kirkland 12 yr scotch is McCallan.

Hammell Wine Alliance

True Believer California Red Blend 2016

Ming L

The darkest and meatiest southern Rhone blend I’ve tasted with tremendous complexity. Explosive nose of black lack, blueberry jam, cured meat, grilled herbs, black pepper, dark chocolate, sweet soy source, and hint of violet. There is just the sense of Unami. Rich palate but structured like a skater that’s smooth, precise, and effortless.
I had the fortune to taste the 14’ True Believer 2 years ago, and I don’t really know what constitutes a reserve bottling, but this has more Syrah (53%).
Chris Hammell is the long time Bien Nacido vineyard manager, and cultivated the True Believer vineyard on the western edge of Bien Nacido.
— 4 days ago

Bob, Severn and 2 others liked this

Sunset Hills Vineyard

Sunset Red Virginia Red Blend 2019

Christmas shop spices and bright red fruit of raspberry, cherry, cranberry, and strawberry with hints of dried herbs like basil and bay leaf on the nose. Fresh and juicy mouthfeel with bright red fruits of cranberry and raspberry, oaky notes of warming cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove spices with soft tannins that linger nicely on a medium finish. Fun and balanced spiced fresh red blend that goes well with Italian and/or Mediterranean style dishes. — 5 days ago

Ira, Severn and 2 others liked this

Orin Swift

Slander California Pinot Noir 2018

I am a big fan of David Swift Phinney wines. In 1998 David founded Orin Swift Cellars; Orin is his father’s middle name and Swift is his mother’s maiden name. Aged 10 mos in French oak, 42% new, Ruby with complex aromas of fresh fruits, floral and herb spice, nice mouthfeel. On the palate flavors of raspberry and cherry with cacao and hints of pepper spice. Rich full chewy tannins, well balanced on long finish ending with fruit and earthy spice. — 5 days ago

Andrew, Martin and 7 others liked this


California Chenin Blanc 2016

This is my last bottle of the the 2016 Chenin Blanc “California” designation. We consumed this alongside the 2016 Huet Vouvray “Le Mont” Sec, you know, for fun! This wine pours a bright golden color with medium viscosity. The nose is mostly honeyed with white flowers. On the palate, quince, a touch of lime and a whole sheared sheep full of lanolin; more than any Chenin I can readily recall. Mouthfeel is creamy. Medium acid? I dunno, it’s kinda sneaky and might be closer to Medium+ but it doesn’t seem to have the acid that more recent vintages of Sandlands Chenin. Still, very tasty and seemed pretty young FWIW. — 10 days ago

Shay, John and 5 others liked this