Review: Quilt 2015 Chardonnay and 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

We last encountered Quilt late last year during its inaugural release of Napa cabernet. Today we look at Quilt’s second release of the same wine — in its Reserve form — plus its 2015 chardonnay, also sourced from Napa fruit. 2015 Quilt Chardonnay Napa Valley – A more traditional chardonnay, but one that is filtered…

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Review: 2014 Faust Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

This is a glorious expression of Faust’s Napa-sourced cabernet, oh-so-drinkable with lush notes of blueberry, dusky blackberry, and baking spice layered atop a core of molten chocolate and vanilla candies. After several glasses (which are dangerously easy to consume) the palate gets a bit gummy, but that’s a small price to pay for a wine…

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Review: Joseph Drouhin 2015 Chablis and 2014 Brouilly

Joseph Drouhin founded his first estate in Burgundy in 1880. Today the third generation is running the business — and grandson Robert has crafted a thriving pinot noir-and-chardonnay operation in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Today, fourth-generation female winemaker, Véronique, is in charge of the operation in France, and it is two of her new releases that…

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Review: Tullibardine The Murray 2004

To date, Tullibardine has been largely known for its relatively forgettable collection of single malts, many of which are perfectly palatable but a bit lackluster despite exotic cask finishes. That changes with the release of The Murray, a cask strength malt that easily stands as the best whisky I’ve had from this distillery, despite a…

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Drinkhacker’s Turning 10, and You’re Winning a Bottle of Booker’s Bourbon!

September 4, 2007 marked Drinkhacker’s arrival on the web. In a few days, over 5,300 posts later, we’ll be celebrating 10 full years on the web, bringing you discriminating drinkers daily news, reviews, recipes, and more. While the typical birthday party means the birthday boy gets the gifts, we’re flipping the script and giving you the…

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Review: Tito’s Handmade Vodka (2017)

We last reviewed Tito’s Vodka a full ten years ago — when Tito’s didn’t have anywhere near the mindshare that it does today. This was before Tito’s showed up on every cocktail menu. Before the company got sued over the use of “handmade” on its label, the plaintiff arguing that TIto’s is just as industrial…

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Review: 2016 Chateau Souverain Sauvignon Blanc California

This is a credible, drinkable sauvignon blanc, despite its lack of provenance, a light and steely wine with ample notes of tropical fruit, peaches, and lemon on the nose. The palate sees a grassier character, with plenty of fruit and flinty minerals to temper any rougher elements present in the mix. B+ / $13 / souverain.com…

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Review: One Eight Distilling Rock Creek Rye Whiskey and Untitled Whiskey No. 3

Several distilleries have opened in the nation’s capital in recent years, but only One Eight Distilling can claim to have in their Rock Creek Rye the first grain to glass whiskey distilled, aged, and bottled in the District since prohibition. Also in their sizable portfolio are several quality non-barrel-aged spirits, including Ivy City Gin, and a…

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