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…

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”…

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…

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…

Evan Williams Single Barrel

Distiller: Old Evan Williams Distillery Release: 2020 Bourbon: Evan Williams Single Barrel Region: Bardstown, Kentucky Price: $28.00 Proof: 86.6 Age:  8 years The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 Points Review Date: 09/01/2020 About the Bourbon: In the day of overpriced and over sought-after bourbons, Evan Williams Single Barrel is often overlooked. It’s hand-picked by their master distiller, and while every barrel will…

Old Forester 1910 Bourbon

Distiller: Old Forester  Release: 2020 Bourbon: 1910 Region: Louisville, Kentucky Price: $55.00 Proof: 93 Age: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  93 Points Review Date: 07/20/2020 About the Bourbon:  Old Forester claims credit for producing the first bottled bourbon.  The real credit it deserves is for producing consistently quality bourbons with both strong and unique character.  1910 is Old Forester’s double-barreled offering from its…

E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon

Distiller: Old Fashioned Copper Distillery Release: 2020 Bourbon: E.H. Taylor Small Batch Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Price: $40.00 Proof: 100 Age: 4+ years The Barrel Cellar Score:  91 Points Review Date: 07/20/2020 About the Bourbon: E.H. Taylor is part of the Buffalo Trace family of bourbons. It is named after Colonel E.H. Taylor who bought a distillery soon after the end of the…

Page Springs Cellars 2011 Vino de la Familia

Winery: Page Springs Cellars Vintage: 2011 Wine Name/Vineyard: Vino de la Familia Wine Category: Red blend Grape blend: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Malvasia Bianca Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Cornville State or country: Arizona Price: $26.00 ABV: 14.3% Cases produced: 841 The Barrel Cellar Score:  91 points Review date: July 17, 2020 About the Winemaker: Page Springs Cellars is gorgeous. It’s like an oasis in the…

Concerto by Opolo

Winery: Opolo Vintage: 2012 Wine Name/Vineyard: Concerto Wine Category: Red blend Grape blend: Cabernet, Merlot, Petite Sirah Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Paso Robles State or country: California Price: $32.99 ABV: 13.9% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  89 points Review date: June 19, 2020 About the Winemaker: Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles California sits on a beautiful property with rolling hills, warm weather,…