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Purity Vodka 750ml (Sweden)

12/11/2017

Certified organic and gluten free

$29.99 a bottle

 I have a confession to make. I’ve been holding out on you. I have news I should have shared and haven’t.

People whom know me, know that besides my love of wine, I have been known to enjoy a glass of vodka.

Over the years, I’ve had favorites. First there was Belvedere, then Ketel One, and several years ago, before it was as accepted as it is now, I discovered Titos.

All are good, but….

 

Purity

 I have a new friend, for over a year now, Purity Vodka.

We have become BBFs!

I could tell you that the reason why is because it’s been distilled 34 times.

I could say I just like marching to a different drummer.

I could say the bottle is beautiful.

But the truth is that it simply tastes delicious!

According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives-which sets the rules for spirits sold in the United States-vodka is defined as a neutral spirit “without distinctive character, aroma, taste or color.” In theory, then, one brand of vodka should taste like every other, and the phrase “premium vodka” would be something of an oxymoron. In fact, vodka’s neutral taste does account for much of its appeal: It mixes equally well with tonic water and tomato juice, and it can be as crisp and corporate as James Bond’s vodka martinis or as trashy as the “swamp waters” my local bartender mixes (made of vodka and Mountain Dew).

 But if all vodkas tasted alike, there’d be no reason to favor a $30 bottle of Grey Goose over a $12 jug of Crystal Palace. In fact, all vodkas are not alike. Vodka can be distilled in a good many ways, from a great many substances, including wheat, rye, beets, corn, potatoes, grapes, and sugar cane. As a result, each brand has a distinct smell, flavor, aftertaste, and burn (i.e., the burning sensation vodka creates as it goes down your gullet). The grain-based vodkas, which are the most popular, tend to be smooth and can even taste fruity. Vegetable-based vodkas are often (and often unfairly) dismissed as being harsh and medicinal.

 Purity is different. It has a creamy texture that just feels good in the mouth. It has taste- and that taste is delicious!

So move over famous brands, there’s a new sheriff in town! And the sheriff’s name is Purity!

ABOUT PURITY:

  Character, complexity and sophistication. Three words rarely associated with the taste of even premium vodkas. This was Purity Vodka’s mission – to claim each of these words as a hallmark, a new badge for a spirit long dismissed as featureless. Through the ingenuity and dedication of Master Blender, Thomas Kuuttanen, Purity Vodka can proudly stand as the singular, elevated spirit in its class. The superior taste is derived from the best organic ingredients – winter wheat and malted barley – and a wholly unique distillation method.

 Using a beautiful, specially-engineered copper and gold still, Thomas aims for the very heart of the spirit. Each small batch is distilled 34 times to achieve perfect refinement, leaving only the bold, natural flavors and character of this outstanding vodka. The refined distillate is then carefully reduced by using a mix of deionized water and natural, mineral rich water, and blended with tailor made column spirits which are made from Swedish organic wheat.

 The soul of Purity Vodka, and the very reason for its existence, comes down to the artistry of one man, Master Blender Thomas Kuuttanen. Already one of the most famous blenders in Europe, ten years ago Thomas turned his attention to the misunderstood world of vodka. This was the beginning of a decade-long search to reclaim the “heart and soul” of this 800-year-old spirit.

 Thomas was in an enviable position of being able to experiment and take his time to find the best methods to bring out Purity Vodka’s unique character and incredible layers of taste. “I turned back time,” Thomas says with a laugh, and went back to methods used before the industrial revolution – a very slow process in small batches, continually refining the spirit to bring out the full distinction of the ingredients. “I discovered that 34 distillations created magic – the perfect cut.” By combining different distillation techniques with traditional craftsmanship, we developed a one-of-a-kind vodka still focusing on a very slow distillation process.

 The result is a bouquet for the senses – a rich melange of lime, nougat and white chocolate and a fantastically smooth finish on the palate. Now, the famous “party drink” has enough refinement and nuance to entice a new generation of Martini sophisticates, as well as those wanting to spend their evenings on the dance floor.

 As for winning the favor of top industry judges, elite bartenders and drink aficionados the world over, you only need to see the list of Purity’s awards to know that the brand’s reputation is sealed as the finest Vodka available.

 The International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017

Best Vodka 2017

Best Vodka producer of the Year 2017

ASIAN SPIRIT MASTERS 2017

Trophy as The Grand Asian Spirit Master 2017

Gold winner 2017 – Micro Distillery

Gold winner 2017 – Organic

Gold winner 2017 – Smooth

Gold winner 2017 – Ultra Premium Vodka

Gold Winner 2017 – Best European Vodka

ULTIMATE SPIRITS CHALLENGE 2017

Chairman’s Trophy as best Vodka 2017

Extra ordinary ultimate recommendation – 97 Points

The Vodka Masters 2017

Vodka Master Winner 2017 – Ultra Premium Vodka

Vodka Master Winner 2017 – Micro Distillery

Vodka Master Winner 2017 – Organic

Vodka Master Winner 2017 – Smooth

Vodka Master Winner 2017 – Best European Vodka

 

An amazing offering Champagne offer!

12/12/2017

Antonio Galloni, of Vinous, called this bubbly the highlight of the great 2006 vintage, with a score of 96+ points.

What could be better?

Save 45% on this outstanding champagne!

Perfect for holiday drinking, gift giving and in your cellar!

NOTE:

pricing on Wine Searcher ranges from $129.99 to $199.99

this is the lowest price in the country!

act now! 

2006 Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Regular price:    $179.99

SALE PRICE:        $99.99

(save 45% by the bottle)

Vinous:Dec 2016

Antonio Galloni: 96+ points

One of the highlights among this year’s new tête de cuvée releases, 2006 the Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart is a powerful, almost tannic Champagne built on structure and intensity. Then again, much of the Chardonnay here comes from the Montagne de Reims, where wines tend to naturally be quite broad. Even though it’s now ten years old, the 2006 is much less expressive than either the 2002 or 2004 at a similar stage. I expect it will be quite a few years before the 2006 is truly ready to drink. Over the years I have been fortunate to taste Dom Ruinart back to the 1970s, and while I don’t think the 2006 will need decades to be at its best, it certainly does look like a long distance runner. There is plenty of citrus and floral driven intensity, although the bouquet is less toasty and open than it often is. In short, the 2006 Dom Ruinart is a wine for those who can be patient. It will be a fine investment for those looking for a wine to cellar to commemorate special occasions. Lot L AJSXAC.

 

Long before Andrea Bocelli was famous for music,

The Bocelli family was known for wine

12/14/2017

 Now they are available for the rest of us to enjoy!

Bocelli Family Wines

Bocelli family wines

 Bocelli Prosecco DOC

$17.99 a btl

Wine Spectator: 90 points

Aromatic, with white peach and ground ginger notes, this is well-balanced and fresh, showing accents of stone and slivered almond on the creamy finish.

Bocelli Sangiovese Toscana 2015

$17.99 a btl

Wine Spectator: 90 points

Smart Buy

Made from Tuscany’s noble varietal, the Bocelli family’s passion and expertise are on full display in this exceptionally bright, lush, and appealing Sangiovese. With grapes hand-harvested from some of the best vineyard sites in Morellino, the fruit is deliciously ripe and smoky, with notes of marasca cherry, granite, and rhubarb compote. The finish is long and suitably dry, with admirable acidity that makes the palate taut and appealing.

Bocelli The Tenor IGT Toscana 2015

$22.99 a btl

(34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Sangiovese, 33% Merlot)

Wine Tastings: 90 points

In the rolling countryside near Pisa stands a wondrous outdoor amphitheater known as Teatro del Silenzio (“theater of silence”). For 364 days per year, there is pristine silence, with only the sounds of nature. But one spectacular day every summer, that silence is broken with a concert by tenor Andrea Bocelli. With friends from around the world, he leads a celebration of life and the coming harvest. Tenor Red is the Bocelli family’s homage to this spirit. Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of ripe dark fruits and black currants, dark plums, nice minerality and salinity, and planked cedar and chest nuts with a lively, dry full body and an epic, medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. Subtle integration of flavors and the wine revealed more complexity as it saw more time in the glass.

Bocelli Family Wines

 For nearly three centuries, the Bocelli family has made classic Italian wines on their small estate in Tuscany. To this day, Edi Bocelli, aka “Mamma”, still enjoys working in the fields, carefully hand-tying vines. Cinzia and Alberto Bocelli manage the azienda, and with the help of Andrea Bocelli, welcome visitors from around the world to taste their exceptional wines – it is a true family affair.

 And if there is one thing that Andrea, Alberto, and their family love to do, it is to share their special Italian culture with friends around the world. Whether it is the music of “La Boheme,” or the wine of la dolce vita, they understand the art of living well.

The family farm was settled in 1730 by Bartolomeo Bocelli. From the beginning, the Bocelli family has been a people of the land, cultivating grains, animals, honey, olive oil, and of course, wine. In the 1930’s, Alcide Bocelli, the grandfather of Alberto and Andrea Bocelli, became increasingly serious about expanding the vineyards and modernizing the operation. This work was continued by his son, Alessandro, and Alessandro’s wife Edi; and today by Alberto and Andrea Bocelli. The estate is in Lajatico, Tuscany, which is located in the province of Pisa.

The winery has old vines (well over 70+ years), and has grown classic Tuscan varietals such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino, Malvasia, and Trebbiano, and through careful analysis, determined that their terroir was exceptionally suited for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet vines were planted 10 years ago, and are now producing exceptional fruit with distinctive elegance and “cool climate” character. The estate’s top wines now contain Sangiovese and Cabernet, and the white wine (primarily Trebbiano) is not exported, and made only for local consumption.

The perfect gift for a wine lover!

Six wines, all with great reviews,

made by six of the world’s finest winemakers!

 

Long Shadow Vintner’s Collection 6pk in wood

$425.00 a 6pk

12/17/2017

Beautifully packaged in an etched, fire-branded wood box, this set includes one 750ml bottle of each of the winery’s six current red wines

Long Shadows Vintners is a collection of seven ultra-premium Columbia Valley wines showcasing the viticultural excellence of the growing region and honoring the internationally acclaimed winemakers who inspired them. Founded in 2003 by Washington State wine visionary Allen Shoup, the Long Shadows proposition was as simple as it was complex: recruit a cadre of the finest winemakers in the world; give each vintner access to Washington State’s best grapes; and outfit a winery to accommodate a diverse group of winemakers’ exacting cellar specifications. The idea quickly sold itself, and from the beginning, the wines have enjoyed critical acclaim that has continued to grow vintage after vintage with the style of each wine firmly in place. In addition to the wines, Long Shadows collectively has won numerous awards, including recognition as Food & Wine magazine’s “Winery of the Year.”

2014 Chester-Kidder Red Wine – winemaker Gilles Nicault

Vinous: Stephen Tanzer; 93 pointd

(15.3% alcohol): Bright red-ruby. Musky, slightly high-toned aromas of dark raspberry, black olive, licorice and smoked meat are lifted by a violet topnote. Wonderfully sweet, densely packed wine with terrific fruit intensity and substantial baby fat. This creamy, horizontal blend finishes plush and long, with serious, broad palate- and tooth-coating tannins, a distinct spiciness and no rough edges. A very harmonious 2014.

2014 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon – winemaker Randy Dunn

The Wine Advocate: Jeb Dunnuck: 93+ points

Made by Napa Valley’s Randy Dunn, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Feather is going to reward those with patience. Clean and pure, with a straight, focused style, it has classic crème de cassis, crushed violets and graphite aromatics, medium to full-bodied richness and fine, polished tannin. It needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will shine over the following decade or more.

2014 Pedestal Merlot – winemaker Michel Rolland

The Wine Advocate: Jeb Dunnuck: 95 points

I loved the 2014 Pedestal Merlot and it’s 81% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot. It offers a downright voluptuous and incredibly sexy style in its ripe blackcurrants, toasted spice, chocolate and licorice aromas and flavors. Broad, expansive, layered and pleasure bent, with ripe tannin, it’s a knockout Merlot that’s going to have 10-15 years of drinkability.

2014 Pirouette Red Wine – winemaker Philippe Melka

The Wine Advocate: Jeb Dunnuck: 94+ points

Made by Philippe Mekla, the 2014 Pirouette checks in as a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. This inky colored beauty gives up tons of graphite, toasted spice, dried herbs and chocolatey dark fruit, full-bodied richness, building, ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s another killer wine from this estate, and possibly the best to date.

2015 Sequel Syrah – winemaker John Duval

As yet not reviewed. Here’s what The Wine Advocate said about the 2014

94 points – Made by John Duval, the 2014 Syrah Sequel is a sexy beast of a Syrah (there’s a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend) that was brought up all in small barrels. Deep, inky colored, with a huge nose of black fruits, chocolate, smoke meats and licorice, it’s a powerhouse on the palate and gives up full-bodied flavors, ripe, polished tannin and a great finish. It’s going to be at its best from 2019-2024+.

2015 Saggi Red Wine – inspired by winemakers Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari

As yet not reviewed. Here’s what The Wine Advocate said about the 2014

94 points- The 2014 Saggi is gorgeous. Black cherry, blackcurrants, licorice, graphite and spice characteristics all give way to a rich, full-bodied, yet incredibly elegant and seamless style on the palate. Given its purity and overall balance, it’s going to cruise in the cellar, but it’s already hard to resist as well. The blend is 52% Sangiovese, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Syrah, and this cuvee is put together by Italian Giovanni Folonari and Gilles Nicault.






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