Check out what's new in the shop this week!
- Three Notch'd Minute Man IPA (Virginia / Charlottesville) $13.99 / 6-Pack – This interesting little beer from western Virginia aims to reinterpret IPA, and pulls it off remarkably well. With perhaps the lowest IBU on our shelves, Minute Man relies on heavy use of dry hopping to impart the herbaceous aromas and textures of a much more bitter beer. With lower amount of early addition bittering hops, the flavor structure of the beer is more defined by the citrus fruits and malts.
- Alpine Windows Up (California / Alpine) $14.99 / 6-Pack – The hop maniacs at Alpine have done it again. Their Duet is a shop favorite crafted to showcase the particular way that Amarillo and Simcoe hops play together very well to make an eminently balanced and delicious IPA. The Windows Up is the exact same beer underneath, but uses Citra and Mosaic to show why you see these hops used together so frequently.
- Green Flash Palate Wrecker (California / San Diego) $16.99 / 6-pack – If I really need to explain this one, and why it is at the end of the tasting rather than the beginning, then I should probably retire. 149 IBU's, brewed with 6 lbs of Columbus and Centennial per barrel – if you can still taste anything, you should probably take another sip.
- 2003 Bodegas Marfil Alella Vinicola Violeta Solera (Spain / Catalonia) $37.99 – We freaked out when we tried this, and so did Parker, who gave it 93 points. The Marfil Violeta Solera is a pure Garnacha. It has a mulberry and clove-scented nose of deeply ripe fruit. The palate is very well-balanced with very good acidity that counterpoises the sweet cherry and marmalade flavors extremely well.
- 2014 The Fableist Cabernet Sauvignon #373 (California / Paso Robles) $21.99 – The wine greets you with a dark garnet color with purple accents, along with scents of lush blueberry, boysenberry, currants, and memories of your grandfather’s briar-wood pipe. As the flavors evolve, it imparts hints of sweet plums, red and black cherries, vanilla, herbs, earth, warm cedar planks, and freshly ground spices.
- 2012 Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon Max Reserva (Chile / Aconcagua Valley) $14.99 – Saturated ruby. Sexy smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of cherry and dark berry liqueur are complemented by a building floral quality. Sweet and focused on the palate, offering juicy blackberry and cherry flavors and a touch of rose pastille. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the finish, which lingers with very good spicy persistence.
- 2013 Silver Palm Merlot (California / North Coast) $16.99 – This wine is inky dark in color, potent in flavor, and huge in structure. The aromas are like smoke, dried herbs, and blackberry. The flavors are concentrated in black currant, while the texture is saturated with fine tannins that make it almost chewy. This is full-bodied, dry, and needs either time to mellow out or some juicy steak alongside.
- 2013 Sineann Abondante (Washington / Columbia Valley) $19.99 – Another great one by wine rockstar Peter Rosback. This wine blends varieties that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. It offers fruit-forward aromas of raspberries and plum accented by herbs and flowers. Ripe and full-bodied flavors carry through the smoky finish.
- Glendalough Wild Seasonal Gin (Ireland / Glendalough) $40.99 – small batch gin, which is juicy, herbaceous, earthy, and every bit as complex as any hipster gin we've come across yet. The botanicals are harvested by hand a day prior to use from the mountains surrounding the beautiful valley in which the distillery sits. Its unique flavor shines brightest in a minimalist cocktail or simply in a glass with an ice cube.
- Republic Restoratives Borough Bourbon (Kentucky) $49.99 -- from one of DC's new distilleries. Finished in Sauvignon Blanc barrigues. Notes of vanilla and leather greet us.