Review: Wines of Marchesi di Gresy, 2020 Releases

Formally known as Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy, you’ll find this Piedmontese Barbaresco-based operation sprawling across four estates across the prestigious Langhe and Monferrato zones. The Marchesi di Grésy estate has been owned by the di Grésy family since 1797. Prior to the 1960s it produced a variety of livestock and other crops in…

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Review: Mezcal Don Ramon Joven

Don Ramon’s range of tequilas have been around for a while, aiming for an upmarket image by recruiting ex-James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan as their brand ambassador. It’s notable, then, that in late 2020 they chose to launch Mezcal Don Ramon. Mezcal is usually seen as a more artisanal spirit than tequila, often made in…

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Review: 2018 Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

We last encountered this Copper Cane-designed Napa cabernet in its 2014 vintage, but this 2018 is a big departure from where we last left off. Here we find the arrival of a much more beefy, smoky body — an effect of 2018’s massive fire season, perhaps? — filtered through notes of blackcurrants and some rhubarb.…

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Review: Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 10 Years Old (2020)

In 2018, Basil Hayden’s dropped its first 10 year old version of its classic bourbon. Since then the bottling has become an annual affair, dropping in the later months of each year. Recently we received a sample of the 2020 release of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 10 Years Old, the third release of this whiskey from…

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Review: 4 Drnxmyth Ready-to-Drink Cocktails, 2021 Releases

Drnxmyth — formally stylized in all caps — offers a ready-to-drink cocktail unlike any other on the market. For starters: These are real cocktails, featuring fresh juices, uncommon ingredients, and real booze, all stored in a unique bottle that keeps fresh juices in a separate chamber from the booze. When you’re ready to drink, you…

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Review: Mijenta Tequila Blanco

Mijenta is a new highlands tequila (originated by a former Bacardi CEO) that bills itself as carbon neutral and having a “distinct flavor profile.” For now it is available only as a blanco. A reposado and additional expressions are coming down the line. Ana Maria Romero, who created Volcan de Mi Tierra, serves as Maestra…

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Review: Wines of Primus, 2020 Releases

Here’s a look at a trio of new releases (all bottled in late 2020) from Chile-based Veramonte’s Primus label, which is almost always a solid way to get an above-average wine at an affordable price. 2017 Primus The Blend Apalta – A busy blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, carménère, petit verdot, and cabernet franc. The…

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Review: George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey Single Barrel 15 Years Old

George Dickel is clearly sitting on sizable stocks of well-aged whiskey. The release of their Bottled in Bond in 2019 (first a 13 year and recently a more modest 11 year) and the ever-growing list of brands relying on older, sourced Tennessee whiskey have suggested as much, but now we have this, a new single…

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