Central Coast Pinot Review

Winery: Fess Parker Vintage: 2015 Wine Name/Vineyard: Sta. Rita Hills Wine Category: Pinot Noir Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Central Coast State or country: California Price: $30 Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 87 Review date: Feb 1, 2019 Color:  Deep purple, however after tilting the glass to allow…

Barrel Strength Beauty

Distiller: Lux Row Release: 2018 Bourbon: Old Ezra Barrel Strength “7” Region: Bardstown, Kentucky Price: $40 Proof: 117 Age: 7 years The Barrel Cellar Score: 92 Review Date: 1/31/2019 Color: Rust Nose: Chocolate covered raisins, oak (neat).  Cinnamon (2 cubes). Taste: Full bodied, the smoothness of this bourbon is impressive considering the high alcohol content.  First…

The Benefit of a Wine Club

I had appreciated wine for quite some time prior to moving back to the Chicago suburbs approximately 12 years ago.  I was pleased to find a new local wine shop near my home town that offered free wine tasting on Friday nights.  That was incentive enough for me to frequent the place.  I was pleased…

Single Barrel Review

Distiller: Wild Turkey Release: 2018 Bourbon: Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Region: Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Price: $60 Proof: 110 Age: 9 years The Barrel Cellar Score: 86 (based on two reviews) Review Date: 1/30/2019 Color: Saddle Brown Nose: Reserved nose; vanilla, cinnamon, leather Taste: Medium body.  First taste (poured neat) cinnamon and leather with hints of cherry…

A Special Pinot Noir

Winery: Evening Land Vintage: 2012 Vineyard/Wine Name: “Seven Springs Vineyard La Source” Wine Category: Pinot Noir Grape Blend: 100% Pinot Noir Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Eola Amity Hills State or country: Oregon Price: sold out (Current releases priced at  $75) Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score: 96 (based on 2 reviews) Review date: Dec…