ARTALE NEWSLETTER – Dec. 8th – 15th

This week’s newsletter includes:

  • Duckhorn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 6pk Box Deal!
  • Wine Of The Week: Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva 2014
  • Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year Spotlight
  • Japanese Whisky Spotlight
  • Beer Of The Week: Firestone Walker Cinnamon Dolce Nitro Stout

Full Newsletter & details linked below!

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ARTALE NEWSLETTER 11/3-11/10

CHEESE FEATURES

Marin French Triple Creme Brie
$12.99 reg. $14.99
World Cheese Awards 2005 Champion – the first time an American cheese topped the French in an international competition for Brie Cheese. The honor was repeated in 2010.

Butterkase
$8.99 reg. $10.99
This first variety of cheese available at Prairie Pure was Butterkase. It is a creamy, brick-style cheese great for snacking. Melting on sandwiches and burgers, or for cooking. Makes amazing grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese.  

Alpha’s Morning Sun
$9.99 reg. $11.99
A unique fusion of Cheddar and Gruyere that is classic, creamy and aged to perfection. This Cheddar Gruyere semi-hard cheese is made in limited quantities and aged to develop sweet and nutty notes.

Smoked Gouda
$9.99 reg. $11.99
The Great American Cheese Collection takes this traditional red wax gouda and cold smokes it with hickory. 

Tomato Basil Gouda
$10.99 reg. $16.99
Fruity and herbaceous; very flavorful with a long mouth-filling finish.

COLORADO WHISKEY FEATURE

LAWS WHISKEY HOUSE
Denver, Colorado

The soulful, rich flavors of our no-compromise whiskey begin with our use of only heirloom and heritage grains. Modern agricultural has no interest in these low-yield, finicky grains, yet we could not create the singular profile of each Laws Whiskey without them. We are dependent on the two family-owned farms – the Cody’s in the San Luis Valley and the Ohnmacht’s out on Colorado’s eastern plains – willing to cultivate these specialized grains for us.

Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon
Sale $54.99 Reg. $58.99
After two Colorado family farms grow our heirloom varietals of wheat, barley and rye, our labor-intensive cooking technique brings each grain’s individual character to life, while open-air sour mash adds soulful complexity. After three years in 53-gallon charred oak barrels, influenced by our high-altitude climate, an entirely novel bourbon unfolds.

Laws Bonded 6yr Four Grain Straight Bourbon
Sale $74.99 Reg. $79.99
This special offering of our Four Grain is the first bonded bourbon in Colorado history. True to the Bottled in Bond Act of 1897, this bourbon is at least 4 years old, a product of a single season and a single distiller, and has been aged entirely in our federally bonded rickhouse. 

Laws San Luis Valley Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey
Sale $74.99 Reg. $79.99
The first rye whiskey to be Bottled in Bond in Colorado history, it hails from the San Luis Valley rye grain of a single season, shaped by us as the single distiller, then aged in our federally bonded rickhouse for at least four years. 

Laws Henry Road Bonded Straight Malt Whiskey
Sale $74.99
 Reg. $79.99
The barley in our Malt Whiskey was literally kept from extinction. While commercial farmers found it too low yield, Wayne Cody found its unstripped flavor too glorious to let go. Today, his sons, in a field alongside Henry Road, continue to grow, as well as malt, this barley for us.

BRECKENRIDGE DISTILLERY
Breckenridge, Colorado

Since coming online in 2008 and releasing its first vodka and bourbon three years later, Breckenridge Distillery has quickly become an award-winning producer of fine spirits, being designated one of the top three bourbons in the U.S. How it all came to be, however, stems from a mix of just the right ingredients, a hint of luck and a deep love for quality whiskey.

Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey
Sale $42.99 Reg. $46.99
Our award-winning, high-rye Bourbon Whiskey is aged for a minimum of three years, in charred, new American oak barrels, and blended to reveal the unique qualities of the Bourbon Whiskey. Deep, honey-amber hue with pronounced aromas of butterscotch, candied orange and apple; dry cacao and brown sugar envelop the tongue as the spirit lingers with notes of vanilla and white pepper.

Breckenridge Port Cask Finished Bourbon Whiskey
Sale $62.99 Reg. $67.99
Our award-winning Bourbon Whiskey gets some final grooming in 59 gallon Tawny Port casks, adding aroma and flavor of sultana raisin and maple syrup, which round out and soften the naturally spicy finish. Thanks to the superior Tawny Port casks, each batch flaunts a unique expression.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Rodney Strong
Chalk Hill
Chardonnay
2018
$15.99
reg.$18.99

Our 2018 Chalk Hill Chardonnay boasts toasty vanilla and spice due to time spent in seasoned French oak barrels during fermentation. During the 11 months of barrel aging, we regularly stirred the lees in barrel, which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate. In the glass, the wine is both creamy and crisp, with flavors of golden pear, vanilla, Meyer lemon and a hint of minerality on the long finish. Enjoy over the next one to three years with soft cheeses, fresh crab or roasted pork loin.
92 Points The Tasting Panel

HALLECK VINEYARD

BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH WINE

This is a family journey. We welcome you to join us. We planted the Halleck Vineyard in 1993, the first in the hills of Sebastopol, western Sonoma County. Intended as a college fund for our sons, in 2002, we earned #1 Pinot in the United States.
In 2019, Halleck Vineyard was again judged “BEST OF CLASS” in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest in North America.  Sunset Magazine anointed our Sauvignon Blanc “BEST OF CLASS” in the United States, and the California State Fair judged our Dry Gewurztraminer #1 White Wine in California.
We’re grateful for the recognition, but it doesn’t mean you’ll like our wines. We invite you to try them. We invite you into our community. We hope to make the world better by sharing our wines and using this platform to support noble causes across the planet. 

Jennifer and Ross Halleck, Owners/Vintner

Whites

Halleck Vineyard
Sobre Vista Vineyard
Chardonnay
Sonoma Mountain
2020
$62.99

Winery Notes
This extraordinary Chardonnay from Sobre Vista Vineyard in Sonoma Mountain AVA offers more than a hat-tip to its sister in the north of Burgundy, Chablis. Like a Premier or Gran Cru, it is medium-bodied, bright with crisp acidity and very low alcohol, having been picked before the fires of 2020, thus avoiding any contact with smoke. It is complex showing notes of apple, pear and citrus; it displays mineral characteristics with a hint of salinity on the back of the palate, for a mouth watering complement to seafood or chicken. There is none of the big oaky butteriness one expects from California Chardonnay. This wine has been lightly barreled to fill out the mouthfeel, but has avoided the pitfalls of a typical oaky wine. If you love a White Burgundy, this is a California Chardonnay for you.

Halleck Vineyard
Calandrelli Vineyard
Dry Gewurztraminer
Russian River Valley
2019
$52.99

Winery Notes
This Dry Gewurztraminer’s expressive nose is full of ripe lychee, rose petals and a hint of vanilla. There are bright gentle acids that blend with minerality on the midpalate, offering flavors of lychee, rose petals, and a touch of floral and ginger with a lingering cleansing finish of fine spice. Absolutely stunning with Indian curry, ceviche, a fine chicken liver pate, roasted chestnuts, or Thanksgiving turkey.

Reds

Halleck Vineyard
Three Sons Cuvee
Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
2017
$56.99

Winery Notes
The garnet color is jewel-like in its transparency, color and brilliance. The wine leads with aromas of cherries, including a hint of clove, cinnamon, pepper. The wine delivers with a full frontal assault of delicious fruit, yet still manages to be delicate and refined. The red fruit combines with the spice, then delivers an earthiness, reminiscent of a forest floor, on the mid palate that fills the mouth. There’s long lingering finish of both black and white pepper, trailing with fruit notes.

Halleck Vineyard
Clone 828
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
2018
$76.99

Winery Notes
This wine has a bright nose of fresh cranberry, red raspberry and strawberry mixed with spice notes of white pepper and earthen floor. The brightness carries through to the palate, filled with flavors of pomegranate mixed with a panoply of red fruits, spices, white pepper with a subtle rich minerality. The mouth-feel integrates earthiness with the fresh fruit and fine tannins in the mid palate. The finish is long and rich, revealing silky tannins combined with emerging cherry, gentle minerality, lustrous acidity and white pepper. Tasting Notes from the 2017 Vintage. No Tasting Notes yet on the 2018 Vintage.

Halleck Vineyard
Haas Vineyard
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Mountain
2017
$74.99

Winery Notes
Deep garnet hues, transparent and rich. Nose is a blend of red fruits, cherries and minerals. Leads with full rich flavors of cherry, a mid-palate of minerals and spice with a long rich finish. Great mouth feel of silky texture, opulent, unctuous.

Halleck Vineyard
Hillside Cuvee
Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
2017
$56.99

Winery Notes
Hillside Cuvee is bright, light and glimmers in translucent rubies. The nose hints of earthiness reminiscent of a fine Burgundy, oftimes described in French as sauvage or animal. But it also carries bright aromas of fresh cranberry, red raspberry and strawberry mixed with spice notes of white pepper and earthen floor. On the palate, it leads with red fruits like pomegranate and fresh cranberry, with hints of raspberry. The brightness carries through, filled with flavors of pomegranate mixed with a panoply of red fruits, spices, white pepper with a subtle rich minerality. The mouth-feel integrates earthiness with the fresh fruit and fine tannins in the mid palate. The finish is long and rich, revealing silky tannins combined with emerging cherry, gentle minerality, lustrous acidity and white pepper. Rich, elegant, and complex, it finishes in white pepper, lingering for many minutes.

BEER OF THE WEEK

Hopewell Brewing
Run It Back
American Black IPA
$10.99
4pk 16oz can

Brewer’s Notes:
Run It Back is a Black IPA that pairs a dark and chocolatey malt base with an expressive array of hops from the Pacific Northwest. Layered and complex with notes of chocolate-covered orange, grapefruit and bittersweet cocoa. Finishes spicy and dry, with vague recollections of 2011.

NEW BEER ARRIVALS

2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy Czech Pils
$9.99 | 4pk 16oz can
BuckleDown Belt & Suspenders IPA
$12.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Bent River Sweet Potato Ale
$9.99 | 6pk
Half Acre Tome Hazy Pale Ale
$10.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Hubbard’s Cave Fresh One Hop: Mosaic IIPA
$14.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Hopewell Run It Back Black IPA
$10.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Lagunitas Contents Under Fresher Wet-Hopped IPA
$12.99 | 4pk btl
Lexington Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale
$12.99 | 6pk btl
Luna Bay Palo Santo Blueberry Kombucha
$13.99 | 4pk 12oz can
Noon Whistle Don’t Worry Be Gummy Hazy IPA
$14.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Noon Whistle Paranormal Gummy Hazy IPA
$14.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Perennial x Half Acre Planned Collapse Hazy IPA
$17.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Pollyanna Fun Size Milk Stout
$14.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Pollyanna Hideaway BA Imperial Milk Stout
$8.99 | 16oz can
Revolution Mega Hero 2 DDH DIPA
$17.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Spiteful Working For The Weekend DIPA
$10.99 | 4pk 16oz can
Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale
$9.99 | 6pk
Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter
$9.99 | 4pk

ARTALE NEWSLETTER 10/27-11/03

CHEESE FEATURES

Burrata
$6.99 reg. $9.99
Outer skin is an egg-shell thin layer of solid mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft texture. 

Merlot Bellavitano
$11.99 reg. $13.99
Berry and plum notes merge with the sweet, nutty crunch of Italian Farmstead Cheese. Rich and creamy with a melted butter finish, this cheese is sure to please.

Espresso Bellavitano
$11.99 reg. $13.99
The cheese-makers hand rub freshly roasted coffee into sweet, sugary BellaVitano wheels aged to creamy perfection.

Artigiano Balsamic and Cipolline
$10.99 reg. $12.99
Tangy Balsamic vinegar accented by sweet cipolline onions. Delicate and creamy texture with a crystalline quality.

Pie-Eyed Goat
$14.99 reg. $16.99
Meaty or gamey with a sweet, pleasant acidity to balance the butter notes; capped by a smooth, elegant finish. It’s firm enough to grate or shred, yet supple and creamy on the palate.

WHISKEY FEATURE

PINHOOK WHISKEY
Crestwood, Kentucky

Each year, Pinhook releases a new vintage of bourbons and ryes. Every expression is the best representation of our barrels at that moment in time, and dedicated to a promising young thoroughbred. Through a combination of careful barrel selection, blending in small batches, and meticulous proofing, each Pinhook vintage has a personality as unique as the horse on the label. Breaking with the standard approach to American whiskey, where barrels are blended to replicate an established flavor profile at a fixed proof every time, Pinhook sees each set of barrels as a new crop, shaped by the natural variations in the ingredients and the elements. Working in small batches, we craft each vintage to express the best whiskey rather than the same whiskey, and set the proof to optimize the attributes of that year’s crop.

Pinhook Hard Rye Guy Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey
Sale $33.99 Reg. $36.99
The 2021 vintage of Pinhook’s flagship rye brims with aromas of apricot, cinnamon, and eucalyptus followed by a rich palate of candied licorice, caramel, and orange peel.

Pinhook Bourbon Heist Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Sale $33.99 Reg. $36.99
With and average age of 3 years and four months the 2021 vintage of Pinhook’s flagship bourbon shows bright aromas of orange blossom, nutmeg, and fresh roasted coffee. These transition to a vibrant palate of butterscotch, toasted coconut, almond, and sassafras

Pinhook Bourbon War Vertical Series 6yr Straight Bourbon
Sale $69.99 Reg. $74.99
With another year of maturation, the 6-Year Bourbon War showcases rich aromas of brown sugar, licorice, and toasted almond. Subtle notes of smoke and honey exhibited by the 5-year vintage have developed into a full palate of black cherries, cloves, and Tahitian vanilla.

BARDSTOWN BOURBON COMPANY
Bardstown, Kentucky

The Bardstown Bourbon Company is a New Blend of Bourbon Makers, pushing the boundaries through innovation, while honoring the traditional art of making whiskey.
Set on 100 acres of active farmland in the heart of the Bourbon Capital of the World, we produce the highest-quality Kentucky bourbon, whiskey, and rye brands as well as offer custom whiskey production through our one-of-a-kind Collaborative Distilling Program.
We are the first Napa Valley style destination on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to combine distilling, culinary, and beverage expertise to create a modern, authentic bourbon experience.

Bardstown Fusion #5 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Sale $59.99 Reg. $64.99
The latest series, Fusion #5, showcases the fusion between exemplary 11-year-old sourced bourbon with two of our own carefully-selected mashbills. As we grow, our bourbon ages — a difference you can taste with each fusion release.

Bardstown Discovery #6 Straight Bourbon
Sale $124.99 Reg. $139.99
The Discovery Series showcases the art of blending hand-selected, supremely aged bourbon. For each release, team members throughout the distillery taste, analyze, and vote on the best recipe. It is a celebration of our collaborative spirit, working together to create something unique and spectacular.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Vietti

Perbacco
Nebbiolo
Langhe
2018
$24.99 reg.$26.99

Fondly known to many as a “baby Barolo”, Perbacco is always 100% Nebbiolo sourced from some of the fifteen different Grand Cru vineyards in Barolo. Recently the winery started using a small portion of grapes from its vineyards in Barbaresco as part of the blend as well. Each Cru is vinified separately, aged for two years in oak (as with the Barolo) and then a selection is made for expression of the vintage and then blended together. An incredible value, Perbacco is intended to show the full complexity of the zone and the Nebbiolo varietal to novice and seasoned wine lovers alike.

WINES OF THE WEEK

WHITES

Ettore Germano

Langhe Chardonnay
2017
$19.99 Reg. $21.99

Winery Notes
Crisp acidity aided by some time on lees offering a creamy palate texture. Ideal for those in between oak and unoaked versions of Chardonnay.

Spring Mountain Vineyard

Napa Valley
Sauvignon Blanc
2018

$39.99 Reg. $44.99

Winery Notes
On the nose this 2018 Sauvignon Blanc exudes enticing floral, citrus and flinty mineral aromas. On the palate, the entry is focused and bright with notes of mandarin, stone fruit, and gooseberry while the mid-palate shows the weight and viscosity of a finely balanced wine. Elegant floral and peach notes complement the richness and complexity from sur lie aging, while the fresh acidity leaves a pleasant lingering finish.

Zenato

San Benedetto
Lugana
2018

$13.99 Reg. $14.99

Winery Notes
Trebbiano, Bright citrus, aromatic herb and spring blossom aromas take center stage on this refreshing white. The crisp, savory palate delivers Bartlett pear, peach, lemon zest and a hint of ginger before closing on a white almond note.

REDS

Hourglass

Napa Valley
Blueline Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon
2017

$119.99 Reg. $139.99
Winery Notes
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Blueline Estate, made of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, sings of warm blackberries, cassis and wild blueberries with hints of plum preserves, menthol, stewed tea and tobacco plus a touch of underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers bags of expressive black fruits, framed by grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long and earthy.
94 Points James Suckling

Louis Jadot

Cote de Beaune-Villages
2017
$29.99 Reg. $38.99

Winery Notes
Light-bodied red with hints of candied strawberry and cherry, plus dusty tannins and hints of spice at the finish. The House of Louis Jadot has been producing exceptional Burgundy wines since its founding in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. For the past 150 years Louis Jadot has continued as one of the great names of Burgundy and has gained international reputation for its superb red and white Burgundy wines. Louis Jadot is not only one of the largest producers of estate Burgundies of the Cote d’Or, it is one of the most celebrated exporters of premium Burgundies, owning close to 140 acres of vineyards from 24 of the most prestigious sites in Burgundy.

Flora Springs Trilogy

Napa Valley
Red Wine
2016

$72.99
 Reg. $83.99

Winery Notes
Warm plum, raspberry and blackberry fruit is lush in feel, carried by bright anise and apple wood accents through the juicy finish. A good brambly underlay throughout adds energy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2029.
92 Points Wine Spectator

Casa Santos Lima
Colossal Reserva

Portuguese Red Blend
2016
$12.99 Reg. $13.99

Winery Notes
This is certainly an intensely structured wine, but its name seems rather excessive for what are balanced fruit and juicy tannins. It has a smooth, minty character, bold berry fruits and a ripe full texture. The tannins and acidity will allow the wine to age further well into 2019, although it can be drunk now.

BEER OF THE WEEK

Pipeworks
Harvest Haul
Wet-hopped Pale Ale
$15.99
4pk 16oz can
SOLD OUT!

Brewer’s Notes:
We used nearly 400 lbs of ultra fresh whole cone Citra, Cascade, Mosaic, and Simcoe on this limited batch of our first ever Wet-Hopped Pale Ale, Harvest Haul.

Fresh Hops are processed the day of harvesting to maintain more flavor and aroma than normal pelletized hops. This can only be done once per year – on harvest day – which means we can only brew this once per year! We’re picking up notes of melon, Juicyfruit gum, bright dankness, sweet orange peel, ripe papaya, and mango.

A typical IPA would have 2lbs per barrel of pellet hops, but knowing how special these whole cone hops were, we opted to use 12 lbs per barrel! If you’re wondering how we had space in our kettle for these hops – we didn’t! Unlike a normal hot-side hop addition, we had to use our mash tun!
This was a fun, special project that took a lot of coordination, planning and cooperation between our production team and our hop supplier.

Get On That Freshy Fresh!

NEW BEER ARRIVALS

2nd Shift DDH Citra-fied Little Big Hop IPA
$9.99 | 4pk 16oz can

The Bruery 2 Turtle Doves Belgian Strong Ale
$10.99 | 750ml

The Bruery So Happens It’s Tuesday BA Imperial Stout
$11.99 | 16oz can

Ferrous Falcon DDH DIPA Split 2pk
Cutthroat Committee DDH DIPA
Mosaic Moose DDH DIPA
$12.99 | 2pk 16oz can

Half Acre Bodem IPA
$18.99 | 12pk can

Hopewell Belly Up ESB
$10.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Hopewell Run It Back Black IPA
$10.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Hubbard’s Cave One Hop Two Hop DDH IIPA
$15.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Metropolitan Krankshaft Kolsch
$10.99 | 6pk btl

Middle Brow Bungalow American Lager
$7.99 | 4pk 12oz can

Old Irving Triple Beezer TIPA
$17.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Pipeworks Altbier
$11.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Pipeworks Harvest Haul Wet-Hopped Pale Ale
$15.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Pure Project Hazy Split 2pk
Subconscious Mind Hazy IPA
Widened Horizons Hazy DIPA
$12.99 | 2pk 16oz can

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout
$14.99 | 6pk btl

Une Annee Ambre Belgian Pale Ale
$9.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Une Annee Tripel Abbey Ale
$9.99 | 4pk 16oz can

Weihenstephan Original Premium Lager
$12.99 | 6pk btl