Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July's Wine Month

Talisker Storm Limited Edition Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml

Whisky Advocate's "Highlands/Islands Single Malt Scotch Whisky of the Year" (2013) The new American release of Talisker Storm is finally here -- a non-age statement expres...sion featuring a marriage of both young and old Talisker whiskies. Still bottled at the trademark 45.8% ABV, the fruit of the Talisker is front and center, with soft vanilla and malty goodness, but the finish is much more peaty than the other Talisker malts. That's not to say smokier, but rather peatier -- earthier, saltier, and more briny. The finish is surprisingly un-storm-like, making this whisky one of the more ironic releases of 2013, but that's not to say it isn't delicious. Fans of the distillery will be pleased with the extra punch, but those looking for sheer power should stick to Islay. The Storm is a punchier version of Talisker, but it's a mere blip on the weather radar for big peat fans. For fans of more integrated and balanced peat, this is a great choice. 5 out of 5 stars from F. Paul Pacult's Spirits Journal. Double Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014
 —  at Ensminger Retail Liquor.


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Graffigna 2012 Reserve Malbec, Centenario, San Juan, Argentina Wine Editor for the Augusta Chronicle recounts "When the Riedel glass company partnered with Graffigna wines to design a Malbec glass, I wanted to try it...I drank the Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve 2011 because Graffigna had commissioned the new glass, so it seemed appropriate. I liked the glass, but I loved the wine." Graffigna is a new world winery with old word history. Established in 1870, the family saw the potential of for great winemaking in San Juan, Argentina and left Italy to pursue their dream. Now, the oldest winery in the region, vineyards are located on steep hillsides at extremely high elevations of 2,000-4,000 feet. The unique microclimate is extremely dry with abundant sunshine. But underground streams running off the Andes Mountains provide enough water for the grapes to develop fully. This Centenario bottling is 100% Malbec, 50% of which is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels resulting in a complex and beautifully balanced wine. Drinks superbly now and will over the next 3-5 years.
Graffigna 2012 Reserve Malbec, Centenario, San Juan, Argentina

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