Jensen's Barrel Selections
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Knob Creek Smoked Maple Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Knob Creek Smoked Maple is blended with natural smoked maple flavors for a unique, smoky sweetness, creating a full-bodied taste with inviting maple notes that lift to smoke, complemented with rich vanilla and caramel. Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.
Released in honor of Knob Creek creator Booker Noe, who liked pairing his bourbon with maple syrup and smoked meats, this bourbon is infused with real maple syrup.
Color: Copper to medium amber.
Taste: Full-bodied, inviting maple notes that lift to smoke and are complemented with rich vanilla and caramel.
Aroma: Smoked hickory and maple wood, with hints of earthy grains.
Finish: Smokey, smooth, and slightly sweet.
Mash bill: 73% corn, 10% malted barley, 13% rye (same as KC Small Batch)
90 (45% ABV)
Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas
The Spanish term 'Las Alturas' means 'the heights', a fitting name for this vineyard located on one of the highest grape-growing benches in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA.
At this elevation, the sunny but very cool climate creates a wine bearing all the hallmarks of this coastal region: robust, expressive, full-bodied and balanced by firm acidity.
Deep garnet in color with an aromatic medley of black cherry, marionberry, ripe plum and a hint of anise. Dark fruit on the palate with flavors of wild berries, caramelized oak and cacao nibs complemented by subtle notes of vanilla, cedar and a hint of lavender and forest floor. Rich and unrestrained, this wine’s abundant fruit is beautifully balanced by firm acidity and layers of red and black fruit.
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 147 Commemorative Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Woodford Reserve is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of the thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery, represents craftsmanship with a balance of historical heritage and modern practices.
Woodford Reserve, the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, is honoring “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” with the release of its 2021 commemorative Derby bottle.
It features the artwork of Louisville resident Richard Sullivan, a former professional baseball player. Sullivan’s stunning watercolor is of thoroughbreds as they thunder down the stretch. It was designed as a complement to last year’s Derby bottle artwork, which Sullivan also created.
The nose greets you with rich dried fruits and a bit of mint and citrus. The palate is rich and well-rounded with notes of citrus, caramel baking spice and cocoa. The finish is silky and smooth.
1995 Vintage OFC
Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery’s rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 21 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Its Col. E. H. Taylor, Jr. Four Grain Bourbon was named World Whiskey of the Year by Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2018. Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 500 awards for its wide range of premium whiskeys.
Colonel E.H. Taylor Jr. christened the O.F.C. Distillery in 1870 and this legendary whiskey brand has been revered ever since. The most state-of-the-art distillery of its era featured copper fermentation vats, column stills, and a first-of-its-kind steam heating system, still used in our aging warehouses today. This very rare and collectable bourbon honors the O.F.C. Distillery, a National Historic Landmark known today as Buffalo Trace Distillery. Each hand-cut crystal bottle is vintage dated according to the specific year in which the bourbon was distilled. Enjoy this whiskey of a bygone era, sourced from barrels of yesteryear.
Buffalo Trace Distillery has announced the release of an O.F.C. Bourbon distilled in 1995. These rare releases from the popular distillery showcase the oldest and best barrels aging in their warehouses, with 1995 marking only the fourth time an O.F.C. will be offered for sale to the public. The first releases came in 2016, when Buffalo Trace offered charities around the country rare O.F.C. vintages from 1980, 1982 and 1983, which were auctioned to raise almost $1.2 million for causes including cancer services, cystic fibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, children’s rights, autism, military veterans, animal protection, arts foundations and many more. The O.F.C. expressions take their name from the original name of the distillery, Old Fashioned Copper.
Tasting notes for this vintage describe cherry cordial on the nose followed by caramel and slightly smoked oak. Dark chocolate, tobacco leaves and dates are found on the palate, followed by a lingering finish of leather, black pepper, and cinnamon. It is bottled at the label’s standard 90 proof.
Like previous releases, this 25-year-old vintage collectible bourbon will come bottled in a crystal decanter with inlaid copper lettering and a paper label applied by hand, nestled inside a wooden display case with a provenance card and a list of happenings from 1995 to put the age of this special expression in context. That year, Amazon sold their first book and Windows 95 had just hit home computers.
This is the fifth O.F.C. Vintage release and, like its predecessors, will be very limited and extremely rare, with this year’s offer only 1,500 bottles.
Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Since its creation, Cherryblock has been our flagship wine at Sebastiani. Most of the fruit (85%) came from our original Old Vines block of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1961.The wine also features a portion of fruit from younger vines on our estate. Small amounts of Malbec and Merlot were sourced from nearby sites with similar climates and soils. Our goal is to create a benchmark Cabernet that possesses the elegance, structure and terroir-driven aromatics only found in Cherryblock.
After harvest, the grapes were crushed, de-stemmed and hand sorted using our “micro-crush” equipment to eliminate any stem pieces (jags) and botrytised berries. We also did a cold soak and saignée to enhance color and concentration. After pressing, each lot was blended or egg-white fined depending on characteristics. The wine was aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 77% of which were new.
Medium to deep ruby, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherryblock Vineyard is intensely scented of cassis, baked black plum, blueberry coulis and red cherry preserves with touches of allspice, incense, cedar, dried leaves, and warm earth plus a streak of graphite. The palate is medium to full-bodied with still youthfully wound fruit, a firm, grainy texture, and juicy freshness to lift the long finish.
Varietal: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Malbec
ABV: 14.8% / 29.6 Proof
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate Rating: 94+ pts.