Review: 2017 The One in a Million Petit Verdot

Opting for a debut wine release centered around 100% Petit Verdot is a bold move. It imbues confidence and trust in one’s winemaking prowess, and underscores exceptional quality in vineyard selection. But nothing about this situation feels ordinary, even before uncorking. From the sleek label design to the bespoke packaging that rivals some of the…

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Review: Yellowstone Special Finishes – Toasted and Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon 2023

More goodies are incoming from Yellowstone, including the annual release of its 101 proof Limited Edition plus a new experience for those more interested in immersing themselves in the craft of making bourbon. Yellowstone Toasted is the first in a new line called the Special Finishes Collection, which will be full-time, permanent releases that focus…

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Review: 2020 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

I’m not sure how it happened, but this is our first time reviewing Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been around for decades, providing a reliable choice for fans of California Cabernet. The 2020 release is 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. Let’s pop the…

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Review: Mr. Pickles Gin

Named after the pit bull rescued by Wolf Distillery Master Distiller Ben Green, Mr. Pickles Gin carries the adorable face of the eponymous pup on the front of the bottle, and I’ll admit it, I’m smitten. The fetching blue bottle bearing a sweet-faced dog surrounded by flowers speaks directly to my heart. But let’s check…

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Review: 2021 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros

Etude has earned its reputation for making excellent pinot noirs and we’ve enjoyed them in the past, so it is a pleasure to pour the newly released 2021 vintage of their Carneros Pinot Noir. This wine really shows the brand’s character. On the nose and palate arrive big, rounded notes of black cherry, sour cherry,…

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Review: The Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 12 Years Old

We’ve dabbled with reviews of various Macallan releases both high and low, but one of the most commonly available bottlings has eluded these pages for more than 15 years: Macallan Sherry Oak Cask 12 Years Old. This mainline expression couldn’t be more straightforward, spending 12 years maturing fully in Spanish sherry casks before bottling. No…

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Review: Chattanooga Whiskey Bottled in Bond Fall 2019 Vintage

Earlier this fall, Chattanooga Whiskey rolled out its second annual bottled in bond release for 2023. And like the spring release from this year, this latest expression utilizes specialty toasting to complement the distillery’s unique grain bills. The particulars are below. As with previous vintages, Fall 2019 was exclusively produced at Chattanooga Whiskey’s Riverfront Distillery,…

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Review: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch C923 (September 2023)

We’re just a bit late getting to the final Elijah Craig Barrel Proof release for 2023, but here we are at last. As a refresher, with ECBP B523, producer Heaven Hill dropped the 12 year old age statement and let the age of ECBP float. While B523 was shy of 11 1/2 years old, C923…

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