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Patty Torrel

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Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 01-30-2010
Traditional notes of wheat toast, brioche, freshly cut apples and apple skins rise from the glass on lively, persistent bubbles. The palate is beautifully balanced with baked apple, a dusting of brown sugar, and citrus rind all rounded out with a touch of toastiness. A great value in Champagne.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 12-31-2009
Traditional notes of wheat toast, brioche, freshly cut apples and apple skins rise from the glass on lively, persistent bubbles. The palate is beautifully balanced with baked apple, a dusting of brown sugar, and citrus rind all rounded out with a touch of toastiness. A great value in Champagne.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart

Delirium Tremens Belgian Ale, Belgium (750ml)
Review Date: 12-31-2009
A coworker turned me on to this beer and I have never properly thanked him: Thank you Steve…I love this stuff! It is a Belgium strong ale, but it does not come off strong at all. This “sunshine in a glass” is a cloudy, pale-golden color and the aromas are simply fantastic: apple, citrus, apricot, baking spice, sweet wheat, and bitter yeast. The aromas are mirrored on the round, ample palate, but the leading role in this ensemble of flavor sensations is the Belgium yeast…all three of ‘em. Lovely stuff!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart

2005 Benjamin de Sansonnet, St-Emilion
Review Date: 07-30-2009
This is by far my favorite Bordeaux in the $20 to $30 price range. “Elegance” was the first word that came to mind when I tasted it. Though I still recommend decanting this wine and letting it open up for a half hour or so, it is still one of the more approachable wines of the ‘05 vintage. Aromas of earth, macerated black cherry, violets, chocolate and cedar box jump from the glass, while on the palate you are treated to a seductive mingling of ripe black fruit, forest floor, roasted herbs followed by a smoky finish. This is a beautiful wine for the price and should drink well for the next 5 years or so.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart