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Staff Favorites - Chantel Carroll

Chantel Carroll
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Inverroche Classic Gin (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2018
I'm so happy to have tried this gin! I had never heard of Fynbos untill I tried Inverroche. What is Fynbos you ask? Fynbos is unique to South Africa, of a very small botanical region known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, and I have to say it adds some amazing aromas to this gin. Brimming with exotic spices, coriander, bright citrus, and soft juniper. If you are looking for something new and exciting to try in the gin world, this is die antwoord!
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart

Smooth Ambler "Big Level" Wheated Straight Bourbon Whiskey (750ml)
Review Date: 08-20-2018
I'm delighted with this Bourbon!! The nose is so welcoming, and comforting. Caramel, cinnamon, Tahitian Vanilla, and baked apples and pears. As the nose opened up a bit, I smelled fresh baked biscuit, dripping with warm butter and topped with hot maple syrup. The palate was just as wonderful, smooth, rich and creamy. Coaco powder and a sandalwood and green apple lingered on the finish.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart

Tequila Montejima Añejo (750ml)
Review Date: 07-16-2018
Are you looking for that great sipping Tequila, that won't cost you over $100? Montejima hits that criteria, then over delivers by being priced under $50. This is an unbelievably amazing deal. This Anejo is ridiculously silky smooth. The nose is bold and rich, with vanilla, cocoa powder, dried flowers, coffee beans, ground black pepper and sandalwood. The palate mirrors the nose, with the addition of ripe peaches and a hint of cinnamon on the finish.
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Tequila Montejima Blanco (750ml)
Review Date: 07-16-2018
I was super impressed with this Tequila. There is a lot going on in this Blanco, it has great texture and flavor. The nose is really friendly, with vanilla custard, ripe stone fruit and crushed pink peppercorns. The palate is super smooth and lush. So often Blanco Tequila has too much fire for sipping or shooting on its own. The finish was super mellow and pleasantly fruity. I found it very versatile. Weather you want to throw back some shots with some friends or impress them with some hip new cocktails, this is a great choice.
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Tequila Montejima Reposado (750ml)
Review Date: 07-16-2018
If you are looking for a easy drinking reasonably priced Tequila, Montejima Reposado delivers. The nose offers hints of citrus and vanilla, black peppercorn, and butterscotch. The palate is smooth and round, and delicious. Leaving lingering flavors of milk chocolate, fresh coriander and sweet almonds.
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2016 Julien Schaal "Sommerberg Granite" Riesling Grand Cru Alsace
Review Date: 06-12-2018
This wine has a lot going on! I would describe this wine as lovely. On the nose flint, Bergamot, and white blossom. The palate is fresh and delightful. Nice firm acidity, and concentrated flavors. Pear, lemon, and red apple on the finish. This beauty is drinking great right now, but certainly has the complexity to lay down for a few years.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Telmo Rodriguez "Dehesa Gago" Toro
Review Date: 05-07-2018
You can almost taste the hot days of the Toro region in this wine. Sun ripened black cherries, boysenberries, juicy plums, and dried wild flowers fill the nose. The palate is rich and full with silky tannins, and finishes with dried fruits and a touch of black pepper. This wine would be amazing with grilled sausages!
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Brezo Mencía Bierzo
Review Date: 05-07-2018
You really can not go wrong with this little gem. The Bierzo region is a bit new to me, and I am growing more and more fond of it the more I try them. It has lush red fruit, a hint chocolate, dried thyme and fresh cut floral on the nose. The palate is balanced with nice acidity, soft tannins and a beautiful lingering finish of ripe raspberries dusted with cocoa.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Pascual Toso Malbec Maipú
Review Date: 04-23-2018
There is not shortage of fruit or complexity in this wine! It's amazing to me that this Malbec is under $10.00. Ripe red and blue fruits, crushed wild flowers, and a hint of toast on the nose. The palate gives a little strawberry jam, minerality, nice acidity and well integrated tannins. Overall a very balanced wine!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart
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2015 Catena DV "Tinto Histórico" Mendoza
Review Date: 04-17-2018
I spent most of my career in the restaurant industry and sold a ton of Catena. My impression was that the wines were easy drinking and middle of the road. However that is not longer my opinion. I'm super excited and really impressed that they are really honing in on these smaller appellations, and making wines with so much character, and concentrating on the terroir. This blend is a tribute to Don Domingo Vicente Catena, who made this style popular in the 1930's. This was the blend he would sell to the upscale French Bistros, in Buenos Aires. This is a blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Petit Verdot. Delicious and classic
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart
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2011 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2017
This wine has it all, supple fruit, savoriness, and approachability. This Rioja is in a great spot right now, showing supple fruit as well as soft secondary characteristics, and a balance of minerality. This wine is a great example of why I am so drawn to the wines of the region, such elegance and finesse.

2014 Viña Real Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2017
I really love this wine, an easy drinking Rioja. Fresh red fruited and medium bodied, with nicely integrated oak, and a subtle hint of vanilla. The palate fished with dried strawberry and a scooch of anise. A fun party wine, great with some crudite and 80's pop music.
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2015 Cune Crianza Rioja
Review Date: 12-05-2017
Cune is one of the oldest Bodegas in Rioja, so its safe to say they make great wine. This Crianza is awesome! The thing that stood out most to me about his wine was the balance. The nose had a nice ripe raspberry characteristic, and a nice aroma of earth and spice. This is a great food wine, with medium body and great acidity.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart
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Real McCoy 12 Year Old Single Blended Barbados Rum (750ml)
Review Date: 09-26-2017
I was swept away by this rum. It is truly delicious!! The nose was full of toffee, toasted almond, a little cola, cardamom, and ground nutmeg. The palate was so smooth, and rich. It's amazing to me that there is absolutely no sugar added to this rum, because at the end all I could taste was fresh brown sugar and tamarind.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart