The Balvenie Vintage Cask
1966… Only $1549.00
…but we have them if you need them, and lots of other, more affordable gift ideas this holiday season.
“Oh. My. God. I had NO idea.” This is a phrase often uttered when a visitor to the store first explores our “Secret Cellar” or bothers to look up at the hundreds of collectible, limited release, and small batch spirits that line the wall near the ceiling of the store. Being the holiday season and all, we thought this might be a good time to once again say it out here on the intarwebz (we mentioned this last year during the “fiscal cliff” drama). Main Party is a classic example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Hiding behind our admittedly slightly funky facade is a world of wines and fine spirits you probably wouldn’t imagine would be here. The beer folk know about our amazing selection of craft and import beers, but for some reason the fine wine crowd has been slower to get hip to our offerings. We’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary in business next year, and Joe (the owner) has been carefully building what is probably the most extensive selection of fine wines and spirits in Ann Arbor. We’ve picked some unique items below to highlight what we have to offer, and rest assured that with around 3,000 wines on hand, we have pretty much anything you’re seeking that fills that gap between something like the 400 dollar 375ml Château d’Yquem below, and the $8.99 Argentinian red table wine. Stop in sometime, look up, and look in back too. You’ll probably be amazed at the selection. Then tell a friend. We’re tired of the premium cellar being Ann Arbor’s best-kept wine secret!
High above your head, you may find an exceptional scotch next to an odd collectible, like the Glenmorangie Signet and the Jim Beam Train Set here. Since everyone wants a toy train for Christmas, we asked Joey how much he’d sell it for, and with pinky to mouth like Dr. Evil, he replied “One. Million. Dollars. Mwuah ha ha ha”.
|Château d’Yquem 2006
|The grapes for this legendary Sauternes are literally hand picked at precisely the right time on this small and uniquely located estate, which explains the price of this tiny bottle. Always rated over 95, often 100. On rare off years, the grapes are simply not harvested, and the wine is not released! “Wonderfully fresh aromas of pineapple, coconut, caramel, vanilla and spices lifted by a floral element. Silky on entry, then dense but almost magically light on its feet, thanks to penetrating acidity that gives sharp definition to the tight, impressively concentrated lemon, pineapple and coconut flavors. Racy rather than thick, and almost painfully young today. Finishes with a captivating note of beurre sale A wonderfully pure and refined wine for 2006, but this really needs time in bottle to knit.” ~ 95 Points, International Wine Cellar , June 2009|
|Another epic wine in a tiny bottle. “One of the more flamboyant and sumptuous wines of the vintage, this inky/purple-colored St.-Julien reveals thrilling levels of opulence, richness and aromatic pleasures. A soaring bouquet of creme de cassis, charcoal, graphite and spring flowers is followed by a super-concentrated wine with silky tannins, stunning amounts of glycerin, a voluptuous, multilayered mouthfeel and nearly 14% natural alcohol. Displaying fabulous definition for such a big, plump, massive, concentrated effort, I suspect the tannin levels are high even though they are largely concealed by lavish amounts of fruit, glycerin and extract. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.” 100 Points ~ Robert Parker|
|Clos du Val Joie du Vin 2009
|On the other hand, this is a 1.5L magnum. In a beautiful black lacquer case. “The 2009 JG’s Joie du Vin is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a single parcel in Stags Leap. It is a huge, opaque wine that stands apart from the rest of what I tasted from Clos du Val. Blackberry jam, cassis, grilled herbs and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from this racy, opulent red.” ~ Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate (Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021)|
|Louis Roederer Cristal 2006
|An exceptional value. We got a great price and are passing it on. This is typically a $250 champagne. “Light, bright yellow. Intensely perfumed bouquet of melon, pear, jasmine and iodine, with mineral and buttered toast accents. Deeply pitched, palate-staining orchard and pit fruit and lemon pith flavors are brightened by zesty acidity and pick up a smoky nuance with air. Powerful but lithe, finishing with excellent thrust and lingering floral and mineral qualities.” ~ 93 Points, International Wine Cellar|
|Back in the range of prices that more of us can afford, this is a classic American bourbon resurrected by the grandson of the original producer. In a nice giftable box. Oaky, smoky, and smooth. Bulleit Bourbon is russet in color with a rich, oaky aroma. The dry, clean flavor is mellow and smooth, not hot in the throat. This 90 proof Kentucky bourbon delivers a wonderfully complex taste with hints of vanilla and honey and a long smoky finish.|
|Ardbeg Ten Years Old
Gift Pack (w/Glass)
|Another affordable but exceptional gift choice. Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance. Typically most whiskeys are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV. Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It’s whisky with none of the goodness taken out!|
|Balvenie Vintage Cask 1966
|This is the kind of Scotch that warrants the term “legendary”. Tasting notes might be a bit silly here, because if you’re a collector interested in this sort of thing, you know what you’re getting into. What you WILL want to know is that this is the bottle in the original tubular container, Cask 1899, bottle 105 of 192 bottled November 25, 1997|