Review: 2012 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

This well-pedigreed Cabernet offers a ripe, blackberry-laden nose with touches of black pepper and dried herbs. The body is rich and lush with chocolate notes, some coffee bean, and vanilla. The finish is big and fruity, its tannins mellowing with ample time in the glass, leaving behind some notes of tea leaf, charcoal, and cocoa…

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Review: 2010 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

For the 2010 vintage, Chile’s (arguably) biggest cult wine Don Melchor (a splinter of Concha y Toro) is composed of 97% cabernet sauvignon and 3% cabernet franc. Grown in the Alto Maipo Valley, the wine is aged 15 months in French oak (3/4 new, 1/4 second use). Appropriately huge, the nose is thick with notes of…

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Drinkhacker Reads – 01.29.2015 – Craft Beer Made From Sewage Water: The New Trend

A company in Oregon wants to make craft beer out of recycled wastewater. There’s certainly an argument that this is not innovative, as a few craft breweries are already unintentionally engaging in this process. [NPR] The demand for Japanese whisky is still hot with no signs of slowing down. The Spirits Business reports that a…

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Review: Sidra Fran Ramos del Valle Spanish Cider

Most of the cider we see here at Drinkhacker — which seems to be growing week by week — hails from Washington state or thereabouts. Sidra Fran is based in the Asturias region of Spain — and rarely does it travel far from home. Imported cider? Here it is, and it’s a far different experience…

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Review: Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Winter Lager (2014), Cold Snap (2015), and White Christmas

The Boston Beer Company produces over 100 varieties of beer, but the biggest of them all is Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Oddly, we’ve never reviewed it, but today we’re taking that opportunity, along with a look at three winter/spring seasonals now on the market. Thoughts follow. Samuel Adams Boston Lager – The original (though surely…

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Review: Jim Beam Bonded Bourbon

Here’s a new release that really came out of the blue. Bonded whiskey was a big deal before Prohibition — when heavy tampering with spirits was a major problem — but it is rarely seen these days because of the cost involved and, surely, limited demand. (Rittenhouse 100 is one good example that’s still around.)…

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Review: 2013 Jackson Estate “Stich” Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Jackson’s New Zealand-born Sauvignon Blanc, named in recognition of John Stichbury, the founder of Jackson Estate, is a restrained expression of how this grape typically fares down south. Loaded with peach and pineapple notes, it manages to keep the sweetness at bay by offering some nice herbal notes, a bit of baking spice, and a…

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Review: The Exclusive Malts Batch #6 – Ledaig 1997, Speyside Port Matured 2004

New indie Scotch bottlings are hitting now from The Exclusive Malts, we got two to try. Thoughts follow. The Exclusive Malts Ledaig 1997 17 Years Old – Batch #5 featured a youthful 8 year old Ledaig (which is made at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull). This one’s over twice as old. Surprisingly pale for a…

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