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We Love Our Local Sports Clubs!

If you come into our store on any given day, you’ve probably heard us rambling, debating or arguing about some random sports topic.  This is a very common occurrence because every one of us loves our sports teams.  While it may be in varying degrees of love depending on the individual, every employee here is behind our teams 100%.  The Blues have been a rousing success this season, and its such a morale boost for us fans that have seen the club go through some rough times.

During the 2012 NFL Draft, we had one of our computers refreshing ESPN live updates so we could monitor who our Rams were going to draft.  And yes, there were a few shouts of “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?” but that’s what makes the draft so interesting.  The Rams are a great team and are just going to get better.

The Cardinals are the team that just when you count them out, they surprise you by winning the World Series. (see 2006 & 2011)  One nickname we have affectionately given to our new manager’s station is the “bullpen” in honor of our love for baseball.  It is even decorated with a 2011 World Series pennant.

So while we enthusiastically love recommending wine, spirits and beers for any occasion, we also enthusiastically love the St. Louis Blues, Rams and Cardinals.  Just like our passion for enhancing your libation experience won’t fade, neither will our support for local teams.

Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 = 95pts!

You read right that headline right.  The 2008 vintage of Ramey Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon received 95 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

From Ramey’s website:

“Our fourth vintage of this appellation Cabernet, which represents a blend of hillside and valley floor vineyards. This year included the Somerston hillside vineyard, 40%; DeSantis on the valley floor just north of Zinfandel Lane, 30%; Lamoreaux in Oak Knoll, 15%; Snowden 5%; and 10% from four small parcels. Aging on the fine lees incorporates the oak so that the two years spent in 63% new barrels (a mixture of French and American) is barely noticeable. As with all of our wines, it was fermented with native yeasts and bacteria and bottled without filtration. This wine combines the harmony produced by traditional Bordelaise winemaking techniques with the voluptuousness of a great Napa Valley vintage. 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot.”

95  Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, February 2012The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley impresses for its layers of dark, plush fruit. Hints of cassis, grilled herbs, tobacco and cedar develop in the glass, adding further complexity and depth. Firm tannins frame the long finish. This is a very classic and beautiful Cabernet. In 2008 the blend is 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, sourced from a number of sites, including Somerston, DeSantis, Lamoreaux and Snowden. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2028.”

 

Come pick up a bottle today, because this wine is drinking so well now and is just going to get better

New Single Malts

A few new single malts to report to all the peatophiles out there…

Chieftain’s Caol Ila 14yr (Rum Cask Finish) 

Finished in Jamaican Rum Cask! The earthy, sweet notes of sugar cane together with the smoky peat of Islay at last. Rum casks are always adored by the single malt faithful and this is another splendid example of just how great they work in adding additional complexity to whisky. Cask strength, but not as hefty as one might expect, the peat is bolstered with rum raisins and a finish that tastes like you poured a bit of Appleton in the mix. Delicious.

Chieftian’s Bunnahabhain 14yr (heavily peated)

 Chieftian’s Aberfeldy 13yr

Chieftain’s Rosebank 20yr

Rosebank from a sherry butt? We bought as much as we could. Closed forever in the early 1990s, Rosebank is now one of the great “lost” distilleries of Scotland, as everything that exists is now in a barrel. This is a lovely example of what makes Rosebank’s Lowland style so legendary – a nose of fresh fruits and caramel, bright baking spices on the palate with some oily textures and rich sherry flavors from the barrel. At cask strength, this is a collectable bottle that might taste too good, however, to actually save. Drink it up because there’s now one barrel less of Rosebank in existance.

 

Closed for Easter

In celebration of the Easter holiday, Lukas Liquor will be closed today, but will resume normal hours on Monday.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

p.s., here is a quick wine recommendation for your dinner if you’re serving Ham or Turkey: Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Noir.

Any other wine inquiries, follow us on Twitter, @lukasstl, and ask away!