Category: Spirits

Artale Weekly Spotlight

Mer Soliel

Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2014

Wine Spectator 90pts – A seductive style that captures effusively ripe peach and nectarine flavors. Features a juicy texture that’s broad and layered. Despite using no oak, this leaves the impression of spicy, jazzy wood on the lingering finish. Drink now.

Winemaker’s Notes – A pale yellow hue, the wine is well balanced with great structure. Bright minerality, pink grapefruit and key lime characters shine through on the nose, followed by lemon zest and stone-fruit. The mid-palate displays intriguing notes of lemon meringue, quince and citrus, complemented by a crisp acidity that carries through from start to finish.

Food Pairings – The higher acidity in this wine makes it a perfect accompaniment to a wide array of food, particularly salads, grilled seafood, tomato-based dishes and fresh oysters.

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Loring

Clos Pepe Vineyards Pinot Noir 2011

Wine Spectator 91pts – Intense and vibrant, with focused notes of rich, zesty raspberry puree, blackberry, black licorice and pomegranate, easing into the plush texture. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made.

Wine Advocate 92pts – A big step up and a beautiful 2011 from the Santa Rita Hills, the 2011 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard has a supple, seamless profile that’s hard to resist. Exhibiting plenty of sweet cherries, blackberry, spice, toast and hints of licorice, it flows onto the palate with a medium-bodied, rich and textured mouthfeel that keeps you coming back to the glass. Slightly hedonistic, with an upfront feel, it will delight over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now through 2018.

Winemaker’s Notes – My philosophy on making wine is that the fruit is EVERYTHING. What happens in the vineyard determines the quality of the wine – I can’t make it better – I can only screw it up! That’s why I’m extremely picky when choosing vineyards to buy grapes from. Not only am I looking for the right soil, micro-climate, and clones, I’m also looking for a grower with the same passion and dedication to producing great wine that I have. In other words, a total Pinot Freak!

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ch Guiliana’s Crema di Limoncello

CH Guiliana’s Crema di Limoncello is the Illinois take on the traditional Italian lemon liqueur blended with cream. They say it is made from a family recipe in Naples and uses fresh lemons… they suggest serving chilled as a shot for dessert.

The producer notes that some separation for their product is normal and expected. It is named for Giuliana Vitagliano, a native-born Italian from Naples now living in Illinois who insists upon peeling the lemons by hand in order to create the taste.

CH Distillery was founded by Tremaine Atkinson and Mark Lucas in 2012. Atkinson has a background in home brewing and a shared passion for vodka with his lifelong friend Lucas. Their distillery includes a cocktail bar with both signature and classic cocktails, homemade infusions, and dinner menu. They call themselves a “grain to bottle” distillery.