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Karen's Notes

  • Karen Kaczmar

Holiday Gifts!

For the discerning wine lover, holiday gifts await you at our shop.  We also have a festive selection of spirits.

Jardin de Hormigas Los Amantes Malbec 2021

A super-elegant and expressive wine with very fine tannins and a dry finish.  Described as ethereal by Robert Parker who gave it 98 Points.


Merum Priorati Priorat Desti 2020

Elegant and silky this wine from one of Spain's preeminent districts  is complex and full of red fruit flavors with spice and cassis.  Awarded 94 Points from Wine Spectator.


Kistler Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2021

 Rich, medium-bodied, and seamless on the palate, its incredibly classy as well as perfectly balanced. The wine is velvety smooth with a lingering finish.


Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2012

Soft and velvety textured, lots of ripe fruit and intensity.  Gorgeous and sexy.  James Suckling 95 Points.


Patrick Jasmin Cote Rotie La Giroflarie 2017

Generous fruit, structured with sweet tannins, good acidity with a dry and vibrant finish  A powerful wine from a prestigious appellation in the Northern Rhone Valley.   Awarded 95 Points by Decanter Magazine.


Domaine Grachet-Duchemin Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos des Loyers 2021

An elegant aromatic Burgundy offering power and brightness with a juicy plum and tangy cherry palate.  


Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino 2018

Hearty and dark with distinguished power and sophistication  Dark plum and blackcurrant segue seamlessly to spice, tar and black earth. The fruit ripeness is opulent and contrasted against elegant acidity and polished tannins. 93 Points from Robert Parker.



Castle & Key Wheated Bourbon

Small Batch. A creamy more confectionary whiskey. With the highest ABV yet of any Castle & Key wheated bourbon release, 2023’s Batch 2 balances warm baking spice and undertones of tropical fruit and a faintly herbal finish. Aged 5 years • Blend of 92 barrels. Wine Spectator rated it 96 Points.  


Rhum JM Rhum Agricole Terroir Volcanique, Rhum

Aged for three years, first in re-charred bourbon barrels and then transferred to ex-rum barrels that have undergone a heavy, alligator char. A nose of bananas Foster, Golden Delicious apples, and Café Brûlot precedes a palate of clove, white pepper, and lace cookies with a bright finish of fresh banana leaf and lemon oil .  94 Points Wine Spectator.


Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon #35 

Barrell’s Batch #35 Bourbon is a multi-mash-bill blend built around a base of spicy, high-proof, 6- and 7-year-old barrels and softer, lower-proof 8-year-old barrels. After mingling for two months, 13-year-old barrels with notes of dried, tropical fruit were layered into the blend resulting in a bourbon that is peppery and intriguing on the nose, and sweet and long on the finish.Rich and creamy.  92 Points from Wine Spectator.


High 'n Wicked Straight Bourbon Whiskey

High N’ Wicked’s flagship bourbon utilizes sweet mash fermentation rather than the industry standard method, sour mash, to carefully craft this high rye bourbon.  Aged minimum 5 years in Independent Stave Company medium toast, char #4 barrels • Aromas of leather, pipe tobacco, dark cocoa, and cherry precede a rich, creamy palate with notes of blackberry pie, caramelized orange peel, and butterscotch with cinnamon and vanilla on a dry, lightly spiced finish. Wine Spectator awarded it 95 Points.  


Cognac Park Grande Champagne XO Lunar New Year,  Year of the Rabbit

With a minimum of ten years of aging this cognac has intense aromas of dried apricots, vanilla, and cedarwood with a pinch of citrus fruit. Its finish is persistent with a hint of fruit. This cognac's full body and roundness on the palate will entice connoisseurs from around the world to discover the unique personality of this limited production. The quality of this Cognac is unrivaled at this price point. It’s an exceptional gift for yourself or someone else to ring in a year of prosperity.  Wine Spectator awarded it 97 Points.  


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