Review: 2009 Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Oro

2009 is the current vintage of this luxe Chianti Classico (aka “Gold”) from Italian giant Ruffino, which is made only during “outstanding” vintages largely from estate fruit — although 2009 was not considered a stellar year for Tuscany. Either way, this was clearly bottled and released at just the right point. Pretty notes of cherry…

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Review: Old Parr Blended Scotch Whisky 18 Years Old

Grand Old Parr isn’t a brand that we’ve seen a lot of stateside and nothing, until recently, beyond the flagship 12 year old blend. Its substantial popularity in Latin America inspired Diageo to bring more of the stuff north to our fair shores earlier this year, including this bottle, the portfolio’s venerable 18-year-old offering. Per…

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Review: 2019 Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Estate Eola-Amity Hills

We’re back with a fresh look at Bryn Mawr’s Willamette Valley-based pinot noir, grown on the winery’s estate in the Eola-Amity Hills region. It’s something of a bruiser for the brand, a bit bigger than the 2018 release we reviewed in January in every way. Weighty notes of turned earth and some oxidized fruit give…

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Drinkhacker 2022 Wine Cheat Sheet / Vintage Chart

October is here, and it’s time for the annual update to our wine-centric “Vintage Chart Cheat Sheet.” The concept is simple: Refer to this handy document to learn, in the broadest of strokes, whether a vintage of wine from a given region is worth a gamble on. The sheet is designed to be printed out…

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Review: Fall Creek 2020 Grenache Rose and 2021 Roussanne

Fall Creek Vineyards is one of the most venerable Texas wineries — to the point where they have a three-letter domain name. Fall Creek’s white and rose releases aren’t your usual “summer drinking” fare. To prove that, here’s a look at two recent bottlings. 2020 Fall Creek Grenache Rose – No saccharine white zin style…

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Review: Ten To One Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish Rum

Ten To One is back with its latest blend of Caribbean rums, this one its first cask-finished buttling. The first in an ongoing “Cask Select” series, and exclusive to Flaviar, this Oloroso Sherry Cask finish begins with a collection of rums sourced from Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and Trinidad, before finishing in ex-oloroso sherry…

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Review: Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila

Blue cocktails are fun — aren’t they? Years ago, a healthy shot of blue curacao was the only way to turn your drink the shade of the ocean, but recently released products like Empress 1908 Gin have provided more hacks for the mixologist’s toolbox – a trick achieved by infusing the spirit with bright blue…

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Review: Green River Bourbon

We’ve been writing about Green River for years, almost since it got started back in 2016 under the O.Z. Tyler name. Last year we even looked at an almost ready preview bottling of Green River’s eponymous bourbon, made from a mash of 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% barley. Now Green River Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey…

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