Cellar Notes -by Aris

November 17th, 2010
cellar_rodney_strong

  Rodney Strong Estate Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon – Alexander Valley, Sonoma Cost: $40/bottle (restaurant retail) I happened to stumble across this Rodney Strong Cabernet, and it was fairly good. Aromas of toasted vanilla bean blended with sweet oak; a slight hint of confectionary sugar sprinkled over black currants and anise is a nice touch. [...]

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F&F: Jimmy @ The James Hotel

November 9th, 2010
Jimmy

The PX This “Friends & Family” peer-based review of Jimmy bar/lounge at The James Hotel, NYC.

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Cellar Notes -by Aris

November 3rd, 2010
cellar_TwoHands

  Two Hands – Angels Share Shiraz 2007 – McLaren Vale, Australia Cost: $25/bottle (as part of a Vosges Dark Chocolate gift box) Thick velvety dark opaque purple wine, a rich decadent milkshake-like wine oozing with so much viscosity. Notes of black cherry, chocolate cake, black raspberry, with strong mocha in aroma and flavor. I [...]

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Cellar Notes -by Aris

October 20th, 2010
cellar_RoyEstate

  Roy Estate Vineyard, 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley, California Cost: $101/bottle A browse through a convenient small wine and beer shop (located in an Ocean City, Maryland Hilton Hotel) revealed a rare bottle from Roy, a “garagiste” (or rather, a premium “cult” wine)— a bit steeply priced at about $20 above the winery-direct [...]

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Cellar Notes -by Aris

September 29th, 2010
cellar_Endeavour

  Dry Creek Valley – Endeavor Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Cost: App. $50/bottle Lush fruit— currants, black berries, and blueberries, along with graham cracker pie crust and toasted oak, with a touch of smoke and dark chocolate. Layered in the mouth, a long decadent finish, a joy to sniff and of course to taste. Accompanied with [...]

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ELITELIXIRS

September 27th, 2010
yusef_austin_elitelixirs

  Admit it, you could use a drink right now. (The fact it’s only 10:44AM is totally irrelevant.) Need a cool recipe? (Ha, lookit that: September 27, 2010 – Avion Tequila Coffee Shooter! See? It’s got coffee in it!)       Check out your boy Yusef Austin‘s brand-spanking new webspot for ELITELIXIRS! It’s dope. [...]

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Cellar Notes -by Aris

September 15th, 2010
Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon

  Barkan Cabernet Sauvignon – Altitude Series 2005 – Galil, Israel Cost: $49/Bottle Wow! Who would have thought a wine like this could be made in Israel (and Kosher to boot)? This wine is unbelievable. Dark, rich, ruby in color, full-bodied, with an inky texture loaded with black fruits, currants, and black raspberries, saddled with [...]

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F&F: Plunge @ Gansevoort Park

September 13th, 2010
Plunge at Gansevoort Park

The PX This “Friends & Family” peer-based review of Plunge bar/lounge at the Gansevoort Park Hotel, NYC.

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Cellar Notes -by Aris

September 3rd, 2010
Matanzas Creek and Simi

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2007 – Sonoma County California Cost: $22.99/Bottle Light pewter in color, medium-bodied, nice genuine notes of grapefruit, wet stones, and lemon rind on the nose. In the mouth, tart and dry, good balance, refreshing and light on the palate with slightly diluted but consistent flavors of grapefruit and minerals. Rating: 86 [...]

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August 18th, 2010
cellar_MatuaValley

Matua Valley – Sauvignon Blanc – 2008, Marlborough, New Zealand Cost: app. $16 to $18 / bottle One of the hidden gems in the world of dry white wines can easily include the sauvignon blanc, and New Zealand is well known for producing fine examples. This Matua Valley was quite simply… awesome. This is crisp, [...]

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