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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.
1999 Whitehall Lane "Reserve" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 3-20-2014
(Popped and poured 03/2014 from magnum) An underrated wine that still delivers a fine value. A savory palate with dusty Napa terroir harmonizes with the tannins that at this stage seem polished and sweet. The overall profile would please someone who likes their Napa Cabs in a classic style, yet the wine is plenty generous. Excellent structure. A 750ml should be right in its drinking window while the large formats could go much longer.
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.