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: Lost Abbey Track #10: Bat out of Hell
(USA, California, South Coast, San Diego County)

Revision 1: edited by joraesque on 6/17/2015 (view)
From the Ultimate Box Set: “A fresh track, Track 10 began as a fresh Serpent’s Stout base aged in bourbon barrels with oodles of coffee and cacao nibs added shortly before packaging. Late in November of 2011, our head brewer asked about creating a Coffee and Cacoa Nib version of Serpent’s Stout for the San Diego Strong Ale Festival. The beer was a hit with our fans. When we wrote up the syllabus for the Ultimate Box Set, we knew a version of this beer would be included. We waited until the very end of the release schedule to put this beer in a bottle so that the coffee and cacoa nibs really come through.”

Base Beers: Serpent’s Stout, Older Viscosity
Specialty Ingredients: Coffee & Cacao Nibs
Barrel: Bourbon
ABV: Barrels Used:
13.5% American Oak Bourbon
Style Reference: Barrel-Aged Strong Ale

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: Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego
(USA, California, South Coast, San Diego County)

Revision 1: edited by joraesque on 6/17/2015 (view)
The first beer to be barrel-aged in Rum Barrels released by The Lost Abbey, Santo Ron Diego began as a strong ale brewed dark candi syrup and spices before it made its way in to the Rum barrels in early 2013. Initial aroma’s of sweet rum, cocoa with hints of vanilla and orange peel.

Special Ingredients: Orange Peel, Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans
ABV: Barrels Used:
12.5% Rum
Tasting Notes: The journey begins with flavors of ginger, brown sugar and spiced rum throughout with a drying black pepper finish.
Style Reference: Barrel-Aged Strong Ale

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: Adega de Monção Vinho Verde Muralhas de Monção (Alvarinho/Trajadura)
(Portugal, Minho, Vinho Verde)

Revision 1: edited by fries on 6/14/2015 (view)
Varietals: Alvarinho/Trajadura

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: Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez Ribeiro Vina de Martin Escolma
(Spain, Galicia, Ribeiro)

Revision 1: edited by futronic on 6/14/2015 (view)
From the lowest yielding old vines, comprised of mostly Treixadura, planted on steep granite hillsides. Escolma means “selection” in Gallego. This top cuvée is only produced in excellent vintages, it was wild yeast fermented in a variety of sizes of French oak barrels, raised on the lees for 12 months, and further aged in the bottle for 36 months. Escolma is a very complex and age-worthy medium-bodied vinho branco with a lovely balance between structured, lush quince fruit, and vivid mineral flavors.

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: Bosquet des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape A la Gloire de mon Grand-Père
(France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Revision 1: edited by lvjohn on 6/2/2015 (view)
98% Grenache, 2% Cinsault & Clairette. The vines are 70 - 100+ years old. Aged in tank, foudres or demi-muids for 12-18 months. First vintage in 1998.

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: Le Monde Pinot Bianco Friuli Grave
(Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli Grave)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 6/2/2015 (view)
http://www.vignetilemonde.eu/en/pinot-bianco/130

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: s3x Riesling
(USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Revision 1: edited by sweetstuff on 5/24/2015 (view)
S3x (S three times - small, sweet, sips) is a Botrytis late harvest wine from the Russian River Valley. This rare wine is made when a natural mold called botrytis cinerea "noble rot" infects the grape clusters in the vineyard. The botrytis makes the grape shrivel up as the water evaporates through the weakened skin resulting in an intensely sweet and concentrated juice. In Germany, this style of wine is designated as a Trockenbeerenauslese.

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: Pago de Valdoneje Bierzo PV
(Spain, Castilla y León, Bierzo)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/18/2015 (view)
http://www.vinosvaltuille.com/Docs/pago_de_valdoneje.pdf

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: Brunelli Amarone della Valpolicella Classico
(Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella Classico)

Revision 1: edited by misfits on 5/16/2015 (view)
By Brunelli Wine
Valpolicella DOC Classico
Matured in such a way as to maintain its delightful characteristics of fragrance and freshness, this youthful and immediately appealing medium-bodied wine is one of the mainstays of the Brunelli range. Its painstaking production process yields a wine that stands out for its perfectly crafted quality.

Technical Details
Type of Wine: Dry D.O.C. red
Grape Varieties: 50% Corvina, 20% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Sangiovese.
Production Zone: San Pietro in Cariano and Pedemonte di Valpolicella.
Type of Soil: Of alluvial origin; clayey, with moderate limestone content and lots of rocks.
Training System: Trentino-type pergola with, on average, 30 year-old vines.
Yield: 10,000 kg/ha

Production Process
The grapes are harvested by hand at the beginning of October. Traditional red wine vinification lasts 8-10 days, with the must remaining in contact with the skins and pumping over being carried out on a daily basis in order to extract color. Storage takes place in stainless steel tanks and the wine is bottled during the month of March.

Tasting Note
A youthful wine, with a ruby red color with brilliant purplish highlights and a pinkish rim. It is fresh, lively and moderately tangy on the palate, with restrained alcohol and soft overlying fruit. Its tannins seem initially faintly astringent, but become velvety with time in the glass.

Serving Suggestions
With its appealing characteristics of fruitiness and freshness, it can be matched throughout a meal with dishes that are flavorful but not too elaborate: pasta, white meats and light foods in general.

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: Bodegas Protos Verdejo Rueda
(Spain, Castilla y León, Rueda)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/12/2015 (view)
http://www.bodegasprotos.com/en/wines/verdejo/

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: Bodegas Juan Gil Muscat Jumilla
(Spain, Murcia, Jumilla)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/12/2015 (view)
http://bodegasjuangil.com/en/vinos/juan-gil-moscatel-seco/

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: Benessere Moscato Blanco Moscato di Canelli Napa Valley Scintillare
(USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga)

Revision 1: edited by ChipGreen on 5/12/2015 (view)
Winemaking:
The grapes for the Benessere Moscato are grown on their Estate St. Helena vineyard in a block adjoining the Napa River. Proximity to the river increases humidity, favoring
the development of Botrytis cinerea, the “noble rot” that intensifies flavors and adds candied notes to the floral and tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Moscato.

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: Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
(France, Champagne)

Revision 2: edited by ChipGreen on 5/11/2015 (view)
Winemaker Notes:
Champagne Pol Roger created their Prestige Cuvée in homage to Sir Winston Churchill mindful of the qualities that he sought in his champagne: robustness, a full-bodied character and relative maturity.
The exact blend is a closely guarded family secret but it is undeniable that the composition would meet with the approval of the man to whom it is dedicated: “My tastes are simple, I am easily satisfied
with the best”. Pinot Noir predominates, providing structure, breadth and robustness whilst Chardonnay contributes elegance, finesse and subtlety. Composed exclusively of grapes sourced from Grand Cru
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards which were already under vine during Churchill’s lifetime, “Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill” is only made in the very best vintages and is always released later than the
other vintage dated Champagnes from Pol Roger, marking Churchill’s appreciation for older wines.

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: Kanonkop Estate Pinotage Kadette
(South Africa, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch)

Revision 1: edited by pontac on 5/9/2015 (view)
Despite the CellarTracker name, this is not an 'estate' wine. The Kadette label now appears to be used for non-estate wines, that is wines made as Kanonkop from grapes sourced from outside the estate

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: Bodegas Paniza Viñas Viejas
(Spain)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/9/2015 (view)
http://www.bodegaspaniza.com/en/vino_vinasviejas_en.html

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: Di Majo Norante Aglianico Molise Contado Riserva
(Italy, Molise)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/9/2015 (view)
http://www.dimajonorante.com/images/stories/schede_EN/scheda_contado_EN.pdf

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: Borgo Salcetino Rossole Toscana IGT
(Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/9/2015 (view)
http://www.livon.it/eng/salcetino/rossole.htm

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: Argiolas Monica di Sardegna Perdera
(Italy, Sardinia, Monica di Sardegna)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/9/2015 (view)
http://www.argiolas.it/media/default/0/49553403674050/perdera.pdf

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: Argiolas Nuragus di Cagliari S'elegas
(Italy, Sardinia, Nuragus di Cagliari)

Revision 1: edited by ronaldnl on 5/9/2015 (view)
http://www.argiolas.it/media/default/0/86883846229408/selegas.pdf

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: Livio Felluga Collio illivio
(Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Collio)

Revision 1: edited by DrEdwardo on 4/21/2015 (view)

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: Argyros Estate
(Greece, Aegean, Cyclades, Santorini)

Revision 1: edited by SAND on 4/21/2015 (view)
The "Estate Argyros" Assyrtiko is from selected parcels and is different from the ordinary "Argyros" Assyrtiko, according to the home page of the producer, Estate I&M Argyros, which describes the "Estate Argyros" Assyrtiko as follows:
In the last decade of the previous century, a type of dry white wine started to evolve in the viticultural area of Santorini, as a result of modern technology and know-how. Estate Argyros was one of the leading wineries of this new trend. It is made by 100% Assyrtiko variety, but the grapes are chosen from the oldest part of the vineyard with an average age 150 years-old.
Vinification: Typical white vinification. 20% ageing in French oak barrels of 500l for 6 months
Alcohol: 13.0% vol.
Total acidity: 7.1 g/l
Ageing capacity: 6-8 years

(www.estate-argyros.com/Estate-Argyros-Santorini.html)

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: Olivier Horiot Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain
(France, Champagne, Rosé des Riceys)

Revision 2: edited by SteveG on 4/17/2015 (view)
USA distributor Dressner's elaborate and pictorial write-up at this link:

http://louisdressner.com/mpdf/Horiot/
(while undoubtedly copyrighted and "promotional", it is IMO very informative and I provide only the publicly available link, not the actual copyrighted material)

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: J. Bookwalter Scarlet Hexflame Conner Lee Vineyard
(USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Revision 1: edited by ChipGreen on 4/14/2015 (view)
"I recognize that this name is a wide departure from our typical “lit themed names” but this one has a special story behind it. Our youngest daughter Jessa, whom many of you have had the chance to meet at the Winery and is quite the pistol, created this name as a password to one of her on-line games she enjoys playing. When she shared this name with me over a year ago, I knew immediately it needed to be the name of one of our wines and I thought the perfect match for this alluring character would be a Rosé." - John Bookwalter

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: Four Roses Distillery Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 50 percent/vol; 100 proof, AN 50-45
(USA, Kentucky)

Revision 2: edited by sweetstuff on 4/13/2015 (view)
Current Four Roses Straight Bourbons sold in the USA are designated as 'Single Barrrel" amd "Small Batch'. There is a difference in the mash bills, consisting mostly in the amount of rye influence. Interestingly, they are 5 percent malt. The former are much higher in rye than the latter. Balance is corn. There is an emphasis on proprietary yeasts. The Small Batch is a blend of ten different recipes with the main difference being in the yeast employment. This is, in one sense, though a Straight Whisky, it uses the resources of blending, being straight but the result of the bleinding of these 10 styles. The Single Barrel uses only one high rye bill and only one yeast type, presumably resulting in a more distinct whisky, intended for the neat drinker.

The resurrection of Straight Four Roses, a historic product, after the ravages of 20th century on the distilling industry, is one of the more interesting stories in the current whisky world. jht

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: Goulart Malbec G de Goulart
(Argentina, Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo)

Revision 1: edited by estevaoe on 4/13/2015 (view)
G de Goulart Malbec 2013
A malbec é a uva tinta mais cultivada na Argentina e seu sucesso é garantido no mundo todo. O exemplar desta seleção é produzido em Luján de Cuyo que, além de possuir elevada amplitude térmica, com temperaturas variando normalmente entre -5°C e 38°C, também foi a primeira DOC (Denominação de Origem Controlada) na Argentina e a primeira denominação a ser reconhecida em toda a América do Sul.

Sommelier Wine
Este tinto 100% malbec possui aromas de cerejas e morangos frescos, com toque de pimenta e em boca exibe fruta fresca, toque amadeirado e taninos macios. O G de Goulart Malbec 2013 tem seu rótulo repleto de história, e foi a primeira vez que nosso Winehunter Vicente elaborou o rótulo da garrafa junto com a Erika, a proprietária da Bodega.

Harmonização
Empanada de carne, pizza marguerita, alcatra assada com legumes, arroz carreteiro, mix de frios e embutidos e risoto de bacon com tomate seco.

Ficha técnica
Safra: 2013Conteúdo: 750mlTipo: Tinto
13.9 %
Luján de Cuyo, Argentina
Malbec (100%)
4 meses em barricas de carvalho
5 anos
Rubi intenso.
Seco, com fruta fresca, toque amadeirado, taninos macios e redondos.
Cereja e morango frescos, com toque de pimenta e nuance mineral.
15 ºC

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