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Erie Liquors
(303) 828-5459
235 Chelsea Street
Castle Rock, CO
 
Bubbles Liquor Mart
(303) 468-8100
675 Genoa Way
Castle Rock, CO
 
Pine Lane Discount Liquors
(303) 840-9292
12543 North Highway 83
Parker, CO
 
Celtic House Pub
(303) 841-5454
16522 Keystone Blvd
Parker, CO
 
Pogue Mahone's Irish Pub
(720) 870-5720
17904 Cottonwood Dr
Parker, CO
 
Village South Wine & Spirits Inc
(303) 660-4048
804 Ridge Road
Castle Rock, CO
 
Parkway Wine And Spirits Inc
(303) 688-3896
572 East Castle Pines Parkway
Castle Rock, CO
 
Cottonwood Wine & Spirits Limited Inc
(303) 680-9463
17721 Cottonwood Drive
Parker, CO
 
Colorado Liquor
(866) 395-2130
11177 S. Dransfelt Road
Parker, CO
 
Lukas Liquor Superstore
(303) 792-2288
8457 South Yosemite
Lone Tree, CO
 

Thelema: Consistent Quality from Mountain Vineyards

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No Wimpy WinesThelema Mountain Vineyards is famous for rich Cabernet Sauvignon with a distinctive mint note. Thomas Webb recently arranged a vertical tasting of Cabernet for us at the vineyard with winemaker Rudi Schultz, who shares winemaking duties with proprietor and cellarmaster Gyles Webb, who gained experience making wine at Heitz in California in the 1980s before starting his own winery. Thelema is a 157 ha family estate just 6 km from Stellenbosch on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain. With mostly south-facing vineyards at altitudes ranging from 370 to 640 m, it is one of the coolest and highest altitude growing sites in the Stellenbosch region. It is a beautiful place, both for growing grapes and for admiring the stunning views of the Drakenstein and Jonekershoek mountains. In 2000, Thelema added the cool-climate Sutherland estate located in Elgin to its properties. The U.S. importer is Cape Classics of New York.

Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet is what Thelema does best, and despite the arrival in recent years of several high-priced, flashy competitors, Thelema Cabernet it still the benchmark for South Africa. We tasted three vintages—2007, 2001, and 1997—at the winery, but over the years we’ve tasted many other vintages. Irrespective of vintage and age, there is a consistent house style that is very attractive—stylish and sleek with firm, ripe tannins and great balance with rich cassis, cocoa, and, of course, notes of mint. The mint comes from the eucalyptus oil that blows onto the vines from the row of trees visible at the back of the vineyard. Beginning in 2004 Thelema began bottling Cabernet from the eucalyptus-affected block separately. Both the regular and “mint” bottlings are firmly tannic, and, as our tasting shows, the wines can easily age for well over a decade.

Thelema 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch ($41) 91+

One expects richness and complexity from a Thelema Cabernet, and the just-released 2007 vintage doesn’t disappoint. Dark ruby in color, cedar fruit, cassis and dark plum show on the nose. There’s beautiful purity of fruit on the palate with chalky, ripe tannins and a lovely long finish with dark chocolate notes. The grapes are destalked, hand-sorted, and the wines spends 18 months in 40% new oak. A superb wine!

Thelema 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon The Mint Stellenbosch ($41) 91+

From a vineyard plated in 1985 with a border of eucalyptus trees that lends an attractive eucalpytus oil/mint note to the wine. There’s dark fruit, chocolate, cedar, and mint herbs on the nose and roundly textured palate. Spends 18 months in French oak, 40% new, and it’s beautifully integrated. Very attractive and perfect for lamb!

Thelema 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch

This is a dark garnet ruby wine from a good, even vintage. It shows earthy complexity, cedar and plum fruit on the nose and a lush palate of rich black and red fruit. Ready to drink now, but th...

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Wine 'Doggy Bag' Regulations in Colorado

Section 12-47-421, Colorado Revised Statutes was amended to allow a licensed hotel or restaurant to permit a customer to reseal and remove "one opened container of partially consumed vinous liquor purchased on the premises as long as the original container did not contain more than 750 milliliters of vinous liquor."  The Colorado Division of Liquor Enforcement strongly encourages restaurateurs to put the bottle in a bag which is sealed to prevent opening until the patron is home.   They also suggest restaurants advise patrons of open container laws and check with local towns concerning this.