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Back in 2007, our store took a group of lucky customers to Italy and toured some of the finest wineries throughout Piedmont, Tuscany and Alto Adige. One very special visit was to the Loacker Family estate, Corte Pavone, located in Tuscany, Italy. As you can imagine, the experience and view were second to none and the wine itself even better! (See pictures below)

Today, we present to you a value you won't find anywhere else from this winery: Corte Pavone, Brunello di Montalcino, 2008. This featured Brunello is available for a limited time, while supplies last for just $32.99 (!!!!!), normally retailing at $72.99/bottle. The price hardly seems possible for as good as this wine tastes and the extent of its travels.

This classic Brunello is showing remarkably well and is just entering its enjoyment period. The 2008 vintage was coined with wines of good acidity and ripe layers of fruit. Corte Pavone's 2008 Brunello has a nice smoky character to it along with dark cherry and wild strawberry fruit on the nose. This leaner style Brunello is elegant, fresh and perfect for just about any dish due to its perfect balance. Pop the cork on this amazing wine now or cellar for another 8+ years.

The Corte Pavone estate, extends across the Montalcino hillsides at around 500 meters altitude amid vineyards and thick Mediterranean scrub. Only the finest sites and soils have been selected for the clones of Sangiovese. As a certified organic winery, Corte Pavone has been practicing biodynamic wine-growing techniques since 1979 which has yielded in high rewards in the quality of Brunello produced. Aromatic plants and herbs such as rosemary, lavender and thyme grow among the vines in the Corte Pavone estate. These and many more carefully selected methods characterize the aromas and flavors of the complex and deep 'Brunello di Montalcino'. Post crush and fermentation, the wine is matured for four to five years in oak casks of differing sizes and origins and then left to mature in bottle for six additional months prior to release. Phew! That's a lot of work going into such a gorgeous Brunello at only $32.99/bottle!

Take an additional 10% off 6-11 bottles, 15% off 12+ bottles & 20% off straight cases. As a limited time offer, inventory is expected to move quickly. Please call ahead for case orders to ensure product availability (630) 420-1502. Offer is available in stores while supplies last.

A New Year and tons of New Beers! Check out what our beer buyer, Andrew Gehlhausen, has to say about these new beers..
 

STOUTS/PORTERS:

Bell's 2015 Expedition Stout - 6pack bottles, $15.99 - Insanely rich, ageable for multiple years, and a default for anyone seeking out out baseline Imperial Stouts. If you haven't tried this and you're getting into stouts, this one is a must (I say as I'm wearing my Bell's sweatshirt). Chicago Ave Only

Bell's Java Stout - 6pack bottles, $15.99 - If you like coffee, you could basically get your day started with this beer... well, except for the alcohol.

Stone Americano Stout - 6pack bottles, $15.99 - New enough where I haven't had the pleasure of trying it, but how many bad beers has Stone really produced? I'll take the bet on this guy. Should be a good one. 

Avery The Czar Imperial Stout - 22oz bottle, $7.99 - Opened this during the Super Bowl: not quite as heavy as I was expecting, but it balanced well with exuberant dark fruit and chocolate flavors. The only thing missing from this beer was the fact that they didn't take the opportunity to call it a Russian Imperial Stout

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout - 4pack, $13.99 - While not a completely new beer, it's new to our stores, and it's an excellent option for a barrel aged beer without spending a completely insane amount of money.

Yeti Imperial Stout - 4pack, $14.99 - Another default Imperial Stout, and one with incredible variants, such as...

Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - 22oz bottle, $10.99 - One of the introductory variants to Yeti, the oak is more of a light touch to allow the flavors of the base beer to shine through. Very well done.

Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It - 4pack, $11.99 - Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Just say those words over and over and tell me that doesn't sound awesome. I dare you. One of my favorite beers of last year. Chicago Ave only

Left Hand Wake Up Dead Nitro - 4pack, $12.99 - I stole one of these from my roommate's girlfriend one time because I was thirsty. She wasn't happy. Chicago Ave only

 

IPAs:

Surly Overrated IPA - 4pack cans, $10.99 - For the hop hunters out there, this one is a bomb. Chicago Ave only

Begyle Hophazardly -6pack, $10.99 - Haven't had this one, but Begyle is genuinely dedicated to quality. Features Citra and Simcoe hops, so expect a big, big citrus flavor.

Alpine Hoppy Birthday Session IPA - 6pack, $12.99 - Requested by a beer club member, I have heard nothing but spectacular things about this brewery.

Alpine Duet IPA - 6pack, $12.99 - Same as above.

Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree - 4pack, $16.99 - I somehow managed to miss out on getting this beer for multiple years. Incredible, layered, and intense. Reminds me almost of a halfway between Bell's Hopslam and Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.

 

 MISCELLANEOUS:

Dark Horse Scotty Karate Scotch Ale - 4pack, $7.99 - Rich and malty sweet, a superbly priced option in a rather underproduced style in my opinion.

Allagash Curieux - 750mL bottle, $17.99 - A ridiculously good bourbon barrel aged ale, nothing much more needs to be said.

Anchor Barrel Aged Ale - 4pack, $10.99 - Was told of this by the Anchor representative we had at Saturday's tasting, aged in the barrels they use at their own distillery. Very curious to try!

Off Color Beers - Le Woof, Apex Predator, and Troublesome available at Gartner; Apex Predator and Scurry available at Chicago Ave.
Revolution Backwoods Series Very Mad Cow - 22oz Bottle, $17.99 - Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Milk Stout (There is literally nothing about that description that I don't like)

Dogfish Head Immort Ale- 4pack bottles, $17.99 - From packaging: "Wood Aged, Peat Smoked interwoven notes of Maple, Vanilla, and Oak." Who wants to drink some scotch?