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Staff Favorites - Adam Winkel
Appleton Estate Extra 12 year old Jamaican Rum 750ml
Review Date: 2-25-2014
Certainly a great rum and meant for sipping. But call me a philistine, this makes the most luxurious dark and stormy you will ever taste. It's just affordable enough that you can mix it even if it makes you feel guilty. The broad and rounded profile still shows its complexity and often shows off an extra dimension.
Chartreuse "V.E.P." Green 1L
Review Date: 2-5-2014
The most extraordinary digestif ever made. The most extraordinary anything ever made. My desert island one-and-only (provided the desert island has one or two ice cubes).
Graham's 10-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 1-27-2014
This is a good port to serve with a non-chocolate dessert course. The bombastically nutty and spicy profile complements your dessert course beautifully, when a more delicate style of Tawny would get crushed. Try it with creme brulee or pumpkin pie! An open bottle in the fridge will change very slowly, so pour it when called for... it will last for weeks or even months.
Graham's 20-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 1-27-2014
Like Graham's 10 Year Tawny, the 20 Year is a wine that is great to pair with a dessert course. Excellent with pastry or custards, this big boy does amazing things alongside something as down-home as pumpkin pie or even carrot cake with walnuts and cream cheese frosting. The Graham's 20 also has enough richness to pair with caramel-based desserts. An open bottle will keep in the fridge for weeks or even months, so no rush to finish it.
2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 11-21-2013
This is one of the finest Kabinetts in Germany year-after-year. At discount pricing in a fine Kabinett vintage, this is way too tempting to pass up. Clarity and vigor abound on a profile of peach, pineapple, lavender, and basil. The wine shows fine terroir with a more creamy mineral profile than you typically find in the greater Mosel region. Simultaneous excitement and class on an exemplary Kabinett.
2010 Sandro Fay "Costa Bassa" Valtellina Superiore
Review Date: 9-19-2013
This is a bright and juicy style of Nebbiolo with a good measure of savor to make it interesting. A few minutes in the glass reveals flavors of cherry, potpourri, white pepper, and a hint of woodsmoke. There is a feminine persistence and vigor to the medium-bodied structure and a which is just right to enjoy with charcuterie.
Ferreira "Duque de Braganca" 20-year-old Tawny Port
Review Date: 11-29-2012
This shows amazing nuance and freshness, and the nuttiness comes in late to create a great overarching, transitory complexity. This would prove versatile with custards or nutty desserts, but it's certainly also one to savor on its own.
2003 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel #9
Review Date: 10-23-2012
Typical vintages of this Fritz Haag's AP #9 show focused notes of yellow peach and lime, but the characteristics of this vintage have taken it a step further to add a unique and pronounced mango profile. What is also normally a saline and filigreed mineral profile has relized what is more akin to a slab of grey slate dropped on your foot. The hot vintage was mitigated by the vineyard's cooling situation right on the Mosel, but the vines really worked for their moisture and the concentration is powerful but perfectly lifted. What we have is an Auslese that is built like a Rheingau wine but with the characteristics of the Mosel. The only knock on a wine like this is that it is aging a little quicker than other vintages, so take advantage of it! It is drinking fantastically! This wine shows best at cellar temperature with about a 2-3 hour decant.
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