January 2016

Cynar

Italian-made Cynar, the bittersweet artichoke liqueur dreamed up by a philanthropist in 1952, is now available in an amped-up 70-proof version.

2013 Anderra Carménère, Maule Valley

Considered Chile’s national grape, this expression of Carménère folds in bell pepper and chocolate, and charred meat on the nose. It delivers a lot of ripe fruit and full body on the palate.

2011 Montes Cabernet Sauvignon

Overall, this wine has a dry profile, and yet it’s still fruit-forward with clear tones of dark-red fruit (black cherries and plums) that slide into a soft finish preceded by refined tannins.

Founders Breakfast Stout

This limited release from Founders includes “an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, as well as two types of coffee.” The net result ranks near the top of the online review sites,

Viejo Indecente Espadin

An affinity for mezcal continues to surge stateside with the arrival of Viejo Indecente Espadin. This small-batch spirit is crafted in Oaxaca by the Lucas family, a third generation of producers.

Flaming Heart: Scotch

In 2006 Compass Box Whisky unveiled the groundbreaking, limited-edition Flaming Heart: Scotch—aged in new French oak with smoky, peaty Islay malt.

2011 Château Aney Cru Bourgeois du Médoc

Plums and other dark-red fruit are prominent on the palate of this wine, which features mostly Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (along with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot), and the peppery layers a

2013 Damilano Barbera d’Asti

Velvety and textured, there are intense chocolate undercurrents to this Barbera d’Asti, along with supple black cherry notes and soft tannins. A surprising note of cola emerges near the finish.