2009 “Maestria” Madiran

Vintage: 2009 Wine Name/Vineyard: Maestria Wine Category: Red Blend Grape blend: 70% Tannat 30% Cab Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml  Region: Madiran State or country: France Price: $10.00 ABV: 13.5%  Cases produced: N/A  The Barrel Cellar Score:  90 points  Review date: February 22, 2022 About the Winemaker: This wine is an expression of the Madiran appellation of South-West France. The grapes are hand harvested…

Old Forester 150th Anniversary Edition

Distiller: Old Forester  Release: 2020 Whiskey: 150th Anniversary Region: Louisville, Ky Price: $150.00 Proof: 126.5 Age:  No Age Statement The Barrel Cellar Score:  90 Points Review Date: 08/22/2021 About the Bourbon: Brown-Forman celebrates 150th anniversary with three distinct batches of bourbon. The bottle I am reviewing today comes from batch #3 which has a mash bill of 72% corn, 18% Rye,…

Bonanza “lot 4” Red Wine

Vintage: “Lot 4” Wine Name/Vineyard: Bonanza Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cab Sauv Bottle size: 750 ml  Region: North Coast State or country: California  Price: $22.99  ABV: 13.8%  Cases produced: N/A  The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 points  Review date: January 25, 2022 About the Winemaker: Chuck Wagner and his parents started Caymus Vineyards.  Chuck, separate from Caymus, has developed Bonanza Wine.  He…

Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond

Distiller: Willett Release: 2021 Whiskey: Old Bardstown Bottled-in-Bond Region: Bardstown, Ky Price: $25.00 Proof: 100 Age:  No Age Statement The Barrel Cellar Score:  88 Points Review Date: 01/10/2022 About the Bourbon: Old Bardstown BIB is an inexpensive, entry level bourbon produced by the celebrated Willett Distillery. Found on the bottom shelf of many liquor establishments, it is often passed…

Ken Deis 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2017 Wine Name/Vineyard: Ken Deis Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml  Region: Napa Valley State or country: California Price: $59.99 ABV: 14.5% Cases produced: N/A  The Barrel Cellar Score:  90 points  Review date: November 29, 2021  About the Winemaker: Ken Deis in his words has “been around the block.” Evidence of his experience is obvious from the consistent…

San Felo – Balla La Vecchia

Winery: San Felo Vintage: 2010 Wine Name/Vineyard: Balla La Vecchia Wine Category: Red Blend Grape blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Tuscany State or country: Italy Price: $20.00 ABV: 14.5% Cases produced: N/A The Barrel Cellar Score:  89 points Review date: Dec 8, 2021 About the Winemaker: Fattoria San Felo’s vineyards are located in the Tuscan Maremma. The “Maremma” is a…

Smoke Wagon – Unfiltered Uncut

Distiller: Nevada H&C Distilling Co Release: 2021 Whiskey: Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered – Batch 69 Region: Las Vegas, NV Price: $80.00 Proof: 116.8 Age:  ~8 Years The Barrel Cellar Score:  91 Points Review Date: 11/23/2021 About the Bourbon:  Nevada H&C Distilling Company’s “Smoke Wagon Uncut Unfiltered” is a blend of barrel strength bourbons ranging in age between 4 and 8 years.  The…

George Remus Straight Bourbon

Distiller: George Remus Distilling Co Release: 2020 Whiskey: George Remus Straight Bourbon Region: Louisville, Ky Price: $40.00 Proof: 115.9 Age:  ~4 Years The Barrel Cellar Score:  86 Points Review Date: 11/15/2021 About the Bourbon: From the bottle; “From Apothecary to Kingpin, George Remus created one of the most intricate, successful bootlegging operations of Prohibition. With each Single Barrel holding its unique…

F. Stephen Millier 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2018 Wine Name/Vineyard: Black Label Wine Category: Cabernet Sauvignon Grape blend: 100% Cab Sauvignon Bottle size: 750 ml  Region: North Coast State or country: California  Price: $22.99  ABV: 14.5%  Cases produced: N/A  The Barrel Cellar Score:  89 points  Review date: October 31, 2021  About the Winemaker: F. Stephen Millier describes his Black Label Series as “made up of incredible wines that stand alone.” The Black…

Old Forester Single Barrel

Distiller: Old Forester Distilling Company Release: 2021 Whiskey: Old Forester Single Barrel Region: Louisville, Ky Price: $45.00 Proof: 90 Age:  ~4 Years The Barrel Cellar Score: 88 Points Review Date: 10/18/2021 About the Bourbon: Today I’m reviewing Brown-Foreman’s 90 proof Old Forester Single Barel offering. The bottle was hand picked by Binny’s Beverage Depot. It was aged in warehouse 1…