Category: Spirits

Final Single Barrel Store Pick of 2022

We really love all of our barrel picks but this one is truly special.  Coppercraft is located in Holland, Michigan but they have a long relationship with Midwest Grain Products (MGP) in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and are able to source some outstanding barrels from them.  26 barrels that were going to be blended to make Joseph Magnus Bourbon were pulled aside for their outstanding characteristics and we were lucky enough to get our hands on one of those 26 barrels.  All aged 9 years, there aren’t many MGP barrels with that amount of age on them available to be selected as single barrels so this was an opportunity we jumped on.  

On the nose, orange rind and cherry jam lead the way with the classic MGP rye spice and aged oak quickly following.  Caramel, butterscotch pudding, and bananas foster give decadent aromas while white pepper balances it all out.  The first sip is waves of baking spices, orange, apple, citrus, and vanilla.  The dessert character lingers on the palate and meshes perfectly with the older oak presence.  A full-bodied viscosity coats the palate but is not too heavy, allowing all the underlying flavors to shine on the palate long after drinking.  The 110.58 proof is so well hidden in all areas of this outstanding dram.

Artale Newsletter Nov. 9th – 16th

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In This Week’s Newsletter:

  • 92, 93 & 94 Point Australian and New Zealand Wines, mate!
  • Wine of the Week: Vizcarra Senda del oro Ribera Del Duero 2019 (Tempranillo)
  • Distillery Spotlight & Sale: MGP (Midwest Grain Products)
  • Brewery Spotlight: Is/Was Brewing (Chicago, IL)
  • Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Pivo Pils

ARTALE NEWSLETTER NOV. 2nd – 9th

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In This Week’s Newsletter:

  • Our Latest Single Barrel Whiskey Pick: Laws Four Grain Bourbon
  • 92-94 Point New Zealand & Australian Wines!
  • Wine of the Week: Aviary Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
  • Beer of the Week: Phase Three DDH Aspect Ratio Hazy IPA
  • New Beer Spotlight: Tynt Meadow English Trappist Ale
  • Multiple Events This Weekend!

ARTALE NEWSLETTER OCT. 26th – NOV. 2nd

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  • Turley Cellars Spotlight
  • Amaro Week!
  • Beer of the Week: Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Brewery Spotlight: Birra Baladin – Italy’s Pioneering Craft Brewery
  • Wine of the Week: Frank Family Napa Valley Zinfandel
    • Due to a formatting error in the newsletter here’s the corrected profile for Frank Family Zin:

Frank Family Napa Valley Zinfandel 2019

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This beautifully balanced and deeply concentrated Zinfandel boasts elegant, complex layers of crushed clove, fresh blackberry, and creamy mocha on the nose. A velvety texture of fine- grained tannins provides structural weight to the ripe fruit flavors of plum compote as well as violet, thyme, and black pepper.

Blend: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah

THE WINERY

Take a trip back in time at the Frank Family Vineyards. First constructed as the Larkmead Winery in 1884, the building was refinished with native sandstone from the nearby hills in 1906 and still stands tall today. The massive stone edifice is considered an archetype of California’s wine country; it appears on the National Register of Historical Places and is listed as a Point of Historical Interest in the state of California.

Owner Richard Frank focuses his energies on making superb still wines. The winery produces Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and several distinctly different Cabernet Sauvignons. The highly regarded Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is barrel aged for two and one-half years, is emerging as one of the most sought-after wines in the valley and their Napa Carneros Vineyards produce some of the finest Chardonnay available. The Sangiovese, a rising star, is created entirely from grapes grown on Rich’s property and the Zinfandel comes from the Brown Vineyards in the Chiles Valley. Once owned by wine legend Hans Kornell, the winery originally secured its reputation with sparkling wines. Five sparkling wines are handcrafted today in the old building: Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs, occasionally the Rouge and Reserve. All of these are made in the traditional French methode champenoise style.

Frank Family Vineyards wines are produced in small quantities and currently sold only at the winery and a handful of select retailers. A visit to the winery is not complete without a story-filled tour or at least a walk through the historic building where the thick stone walls, high-stacked barrels and rich bouquet of aging wines create the utmost in winery ambience. The winery provides separate tasting areas for sparkling wines and still wines. Just outside, to the south of the building, visitors are welcome to sit under the giant oak trees, relax at the wooden picnic tables and enjoy spectacular vineyard views.