week of April 15

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvee Brut (New Zealand) – “Elegant cool climate varietal intensity – radiant lime, citrus, and white peach, accentuated by a finely bubbled palate with a crisp refreshing finish.”  Michael Ivicevich -Winemaker
Torbreck The Laird Shiraz (Australia) – Robert Parker from the Wine Advocate gave this wine 100 points.  The following is his review of this superb wine: 

  The Laird is Powell’s new baby, coming from a single 5 acre / 2 hectare vineyard of Shiraz in the Marananga sub-region planted in the 1960s that recently became available for contracting. This is a very different wine from Run Rig. What is most striking about it is the combination of power and elegance in this first vintage, coming from a very good year in the Barossa. Matured for 3 years in new Dominique Laurent “Magic Casks” (Troncais French oak barriques with thicker staves designed for the long aging of Shiraz), 2005 The Laird gives a deep garnet color and pronounced nose that shows savory and spice notes over the fruit, with aromas of hung meat, Peking duck, fertile loam, underbrush, tree bark, anise, cumin seed, menthol, dried roses and lavender over warm black cherries, crush blackberries and fruit cake. The tightknit, full-bodied palate is very fine with a high level of silt-like tannins and crisp acid running through the concentrated fruit and savory flavors, finishing very long with lingering earth and spice notes. At 14.8% declared alcohol, this is by no means one of the biggest wines in the Barossa, but it is most certainly one of the best. It’s an absolute joy to drink now but it is recommended readers give it 4-5 years more in bottle to soften and marry and enjoy it to 2030+. 
2014 – 2030

Diplomatico Exclusive Reserve rum
Grand Marnier 3L
Vincent Van Gogh Espresso vodka