Innocent Bystander Shiraz

Winery: Innocent Bystander Vintage: 2010 Wine Name/Vineyard: Shiraz Wine Category: Shiraz Grape blend: 100% Shiraz Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Yarra Valley State or country: Australia Price: $23 ABV: 13.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  89 points Review date: October 28, 2020 About the Winemaker: Innocent bystander’s red wines, including the Shiraz I’m reviewing today, are fermented in open top fermenters. This means, at…

Eagle Rare

Distiller: Buffalo Trace Release: ongoing Bourbon: Eagle Rare Region: Frankfort, Kentucky Price: $30-$40 Proof: 90 Age:  10 Years The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 Points Review Date: 11/15/2020 About the Bourbon: Eagle Rare is made from the same whiskey as Buffalo Trace, aged 10 years where BT is aged 8. This bourbon comes from their low-rye Mashbill #1. The bottle is adorned with…

Barrell Batch 21

Distiller: Barrell Craft Spirits Release: 2020 Bourbon: Batch 021 Region: Louisville, Kentucky Price: $65.00 Proof: 106.34 Age:  10 years The Barrel Cellar Score:  93 Points Review Date: 10/30/2020 About the Bourbon: Barrell Bourbon produces blended bourbon that is made from hand selected, high quality barrels distilled by different sources. Once blending is complete, Barrell bottles it at cask strength. “Batch 021”…

Buffalo Trace

Distiller: Buffalo Trace (Mash Bill#1) Release: Ongoing Bourbon: Buffalo Trace Region: Frankfort, Kentucky Price: $23 Proof: 90 Age:  No age statement (Likely 8 years) Glass: Tumbler The Barrel Cellar Score:  87 Points Review Date: 11/06/2020 About the Bourbon: Buffalo Trace Distillery makes excellent bourbon and their namesake Bourbon has been around since 1999.  Buffalo Trace comes from their distillery’s low rye…

Weller Full Proof

Distiller: Buffalo Trace Release: 2019 Bourbon: WL Weller Full Proof Region: Frankfort, Kentucky Price: $50.00 Proof: 114 Age:  No age statement The Barrel Cellar Score:  90 Points Review Date: 11/04/2020 About the Bourbon: Weller Full Proof is a relatively new addition to the WL Weller product line, which is produced by Buffalo Trace Distillery. Like the other offerings in the Weller…

Murphy – Goode Dealer’s Choice

Winery: Murphy-Goode Vintage: 2010 Wine Name/Vineyard: Dealer’s Choice Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Alexander Valley State or country: California Price: $20 ABV: 14.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points Review date: October 14, 2020 About the Winemaker: Established in 1985, Murphy-Goode was founded by Tim Murphy, Dale Goode, and Dave Ready. Having already had a…

Rumpus California Cab

Wine Maker: Scott Peterson Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Rumpus Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Central Coast State or country: California Price: $11 ABV: 14.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  87 points Review date: October 20, 2020 About the Winemaker: Winemaker Scott Peterson produced this wine for Naked Wines. Prior to producing his own wines,…

Cambridge Meritage

Winery: Cambridge Vintage: 2012 Wine Name/Vineyard: Meritage Wine Category: Meritage Grape blend: Bordeaux Style Blend Region: North Coast State or country: California Price: $22.00 ABV: 13.8 % Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  85 points Review date: October 11, 2020 About the Winemaker: Cambridge Cellars sources its grapes from around the North Coast of California. The name Meritage describes a Bordeaux (white or…

Hyland Estates 2015 Chardonnay

Winery: Hyland Estates Vintage: 2015 Wine Name/Vineyard: Chardonnay Wine Category: Chardonnay Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Willamette Valley State or country: Oregon Price: $45 ABV: 13.2% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  94 points Review date: September 20, 2020 About the Winemaker: Hyland Estate Winery has been making wine in Oregon since the “beginning” of the wine region; their first grapes were planted in…

Old Tub Bourbon

Distiller: Jim Beam Release: 2020 Bourbon: Old Tub Region: Clermont, Kentucky Price: $22.00 Proof: 100 Age:  No age statement The Barrel Cellar Score:  90 Points Review Date: 09/03/2020 About the Bourbon: Jim Beam has reintroduced the Old Tub brand as a limited addition whiskey. When originally produced Old Tub was the foundation for what would become Jim Beam. Old tub…