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Mary's Liquor Mart
(918) 456-4631
902 E Downing St
Tahlequah, OK
 
Riverside Package Store
(918) 456-4483
1528 East Downing Street
Tahlequah, OK
 
Blu
(405) 360-4258
201 S Crawford Ave
Norman, OK
 
Arnie's Bar
(918) 583-0797
318 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
 
Margys Liquor Store
(405) 682-2811
3700 Newcastle Road
Oklahoma City, OK
 
Discount Liquor
(918) 456-5510
6571 South Muskogee Avenue
Tahlequah, OK
 
Two Sisters Pub & Grille
(918) 336-1100
110 SW Frank Phillips Blvd
Bartlesville, OK
 
Farley's Liquor Store
(580) 286-2475
1204 Southeast Washington Street
Idabel, OK
 
Broadway Wine Merchant
(405) 231-0031
824 N Broadway Ave
Oklahoma City, OK
 
The Crossing Wine & Spirits
(918) 369-6022
7820 East 101st Street Suite B
Tulsa, OK
 

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 Oklahoma

OK law 37-537.1(6) allows patrons to remove partially consumed bottles of wine if they are purchased with a meal and re-corked by the restaurant. (see note 2)