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Staff Favorites - Adam Winkel
2010 Wittmann Estate Riesling Trocken
Review Date: 12-10-2014
This has filled out nicely and is drinking very well. Firm minerality with a lavender-like overtone stands on equal ground with the bright tropical and stone fruit. Displays excellent terroir for an entry-level wine from Wittman's plots in and around Westhofen. I tasted this wine at the estate in 2011, but they didn't have any wine left to sell. The 2010 vintage saw extremely low yields and this is an excellent find. For their value and versatility, QbA trockens from top estates are the foundation of modern fine wine culture in Germany. This is a prime specimen.
Chartreuse "V.E.P." Green 1L
Review Date: 12-1-2014
The most extraordinary digestif ever made. The most extraordinary anything ever made. My desert island one-and-only.
2002 C.H. Berres Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett
Review Date: 10-20-2014
This ideally matured Kabinett has realized an excellent harmony between the fruit, petrol, and slate. Shades of white peach, lime, and wild strawberry still reside with the spicy and minerally terroir of Wurzgarten. The sweetness has largely dried out, and there's stinging zip that would satisfy even the biggest acid freaks. This wine is in a great place, but would easily hold for several more years. I encourage anyone to discover how dynamic and versatile this would be as an everyday table wine. You would have to try pretty hard to come up with a lousy food pairing.
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.
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.
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.