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Pensive Distilling Co

Pensive Distilling Co Newport is a small town located just across the river from downtown Cincinnati, founded in 1795. During prohibition Newport became an underground haven for bootleggers and gangsters alike. Millions of dollars were spent each year in the casinos, brothels and speakeasies on Monmouth Street. The socialites that frequented these establishments had exquisite taste and demanded only the finest spirits. Newport Kentucky was coined "Sin City" long before the mob moved to Las Vegas. Our first still is located in a historic building on Monmouth Street where a rich history mixes with a bright future. The tradition of fine spirits continues today with our modern recipes that are sure to put everyone in a PENSIVE mood.


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We sourced the fruit for this fabulous wine from the Tutt Vineyard, owned by a personal friend of the Arciero family, whose ranch in southeastern San Luis Obispo county is ideal for ripe, fullbodied Cabernet. Intense, bright aromas of cherry and strawberry are complimented by spicy notes of ginger and vanilla. With big flavors of blackberry and cocoa, the finish is lush and satisfying. Serve with barbecued beef or pork ribs. Enjoy now or age for up to six years.
The bouquet opens with fresh apples and pears and is complimented by overtones of melon and fig. Light bodied, flavors of white peach and lemon peel are followed by a crisp, flinty finish. Enjoy this wine with fresh shellfish bouillabaisse or with grilled swordfish. Drink now.
An excellent vintage in California, our 2001 Merlot has intense fruit, distinguished varietal character and a lush mouth-feel. Ripe aromas of berry and plum, with herbal notes of peppermint and bay leaf lead to spicy, full-bodied flavors of cherry and chocolate. The finish is supple and satisfying. Serve with any beef or lamb dish, or with a chocolate cheese-cake for dessert. Drinkable now, it will age nicely for up to five years.
While being poured into the glass this wine exhibits the intense ?eblack ink” color that Petite Sirah is known for. Aromas of rich boysenberries and currents leap from the glass with hints of spice and oak. On the palate these aromatic qualities combine with nuances of coffee and chocolate filling the mouth from beginning to end. The well-structured tannins provide a lingering finish balanced with the wine's body. Drink now or allow to age up to 8 years. Recommended Food Pairing: Enjoy this wine with your favorite roasted game meats such as lamb and elk or relaxing by the fi reside listening to your favorite tunes.
This Estate field blend of 27% Sangiovese, 55% Merlot and 18% Petite Sirah was crushed into a tank and the must cold-soaked for 16 hours, producing a brilliant rosé color. After pressed from the skins, the juice was settled for two weeks to separate the lees, allowing for a clean fermentation. The juice was cold-fermented, and stopped at a residual sugar level of 2.0%, with a pH of 3.56, for a balanced and refreshing finished wine. Perfect for enjoying during the spring and summer on the California coast, aromas of cranberries, strawberries, rose petals, and a hint of grapefruit lead to layered flavors of mango, cranberry and strawberry. These flavors are augmented by hints of guava and flowers. The color is a brilliant combination of cranberry and guava, and the finish is crisp and clean.
Fresh grapefruit dominates the nose and hints of white peach dance across the palate, leading to a crisp, citrus finish. Enjoy with a friend on a picnic with fried chicken or with fish kabobs and salad. Savor this wine now and serve well-chilled.
Made from the same grapes used to handcraft our award-winning traditional red Merlot, the clusters are hand-picked in the cool morning hours and pressed off of the skins immediately upon arrival at the winery. This minimum skin contact imparts a pale pink hue to this blush version of the popular Merlot varietal. Fermented slowly at low temperatures, the long fermentation time preserves the fresh fruity characteristics and the fermentation is stopped just short of dryness to balance the firm acidity with a touch of sweetness. Light bodied and crisp, scents of fresh strawberries and raspberries greet the nose followed by a tart cranberry and cherry finish.
Sourced from the same vineyards as our award-winning red Zinfandel wine, this White Zinfandel is light-bodied and fruity without sacrificing the depth and complexity our red Zin is known for. Bright aromas of strawberry, melon and peach dominate the nose, with a slight brambly nuance. Crisp, refreshing and medium-dry, it has the perfect finish to sip on the beach with friends, or to pair with a fruit plate as a dessert.
Barrel-fermented in the traditional Burgundian method, we stirred the lees weekly for nine months to develop the tropical bouquet and creamy texture, then bottled and aged the wine for five months to allow the myriad of fruit and oak flavors to marry and soften into this overall complex and well-balanced wine. Intense tropical aromas of pineapple and papaya are enhanced by notes of peach and green apple. Robust with flavorsof citrus, pear and butterscotch, it is mouth-coating and satisfying, fi nishing with honey and cream. Serve slightly chilled with striped bass in avocado sauce or apricot-stuffed chicken breasts. Enjoyable now, it will improve with proper cellar aging for three years, and mature gracefully for up to eight years.
This 2002 release of our Grand Barrel Selection had once again produced one of the finest examples of Petite Sirah vinted in California. Intensely ripe aromas of pomegranate and black cherry are enhanced by black pepper, anise and mint. Rich flavors of plum and blackberry are balanced by roasted coffee beans and mocha. Enjoy this wine with pepper-crusted filet of beef or with spicy Thai prawns. Enjoyable now, and with proper cellar aging will improve for 2-3 years and maintain its character for up to 10 years.
The deep amber color and viscosity as one pours a glass of this enticing wine, promises complexity and intensity. Aromas of honeysuckle blossom lead to ripe notes of honeydew melon and tangerine. Lush and flavorful, the fruit, acid and residual sugar are superbly balanced, reminiscent of biting into a ripe, fleshy peach. 375 ml bottle. Serve ice-cold with desserts such as an apple galette, or use for cooking in dishes such as caramelized Tears of Dew over baked pears with roasted almonds. Drink now when fresh and youthful, or if cellar-aged for two to four years, it will gain mature flavors of honey and butterscotch.
Aromas of vanilla, mocha malt and black cherries lead to luscious flavors of blackberry, vanilla and plum. The finish is long and lasting with notes of dark chocolate. Food Pairing Recommendations: Serve with grilled meats, prime rib, or aged cheddar cheese.
Delightful aromas of pear and green apple give way to notes of luscious mango and litchi. Medium-bodied and well-balanced, complex flavors of fleshy peach and pineapple glide into a smooth and satisfyingly crisp finish, accented by notes of lemon and flint. This wine pairs nicely with any firm-fleshed fish or fowl. Serve slightly chilled with chicken piccata or salmon in creamy dill sauce.
Native to Bordeaux, Merlot is one of the world's great wines, and our 2001 estate grown Merlot exhibits many of the varietal's classical characteristics. Merlot grape flavors of ripe cherry and boysenberry lead to spicy overtones of cedar and sandalwood. Full-bodied and satisfying, this wine has a lingering finish that is smooth and velvety. Complementary to a wide variety of foods, it pairs especially well with rack of lamb or roast duck with plum sauce. Enjoyable now, this wine will also improve with aging.
The French Connection is our homage to the great blends of the Bordeaux region of France. The warm summer and cool fall of 2002 allowed for maximum hang-time; concentrating the flavors and allowing for good acidity. Using traditional French varietals and vinification techniques, including gentle cap irrigation and warm temperature fermentation, we were able to extract deep color and body without astringency. Exquisite aromas of cherry, cassis and mint are complimented by touches of chocolate, toffee and anise. Flavors of cherries and blackberries explode in the mouth, leading to a well-balanced, velvety finish of toasty nutmeg and dark chocolate. Pair this wine with mustard-crusted lamb chops or braised short ribs. Enjoyable now, this wine will continue to improve for 3-5 years of cellar aging.
Our total production of this Bordeaux varietal is normally blended into our Cabernet Sauvignon for additional spice and complexity, but when the vintage is extraordinary we feel compelled to offer an EOS Cabernet Franc release as well. We are proud to offer this bottling as one of our finest 2001 wines. Truly a spice bomb, ripe aromas of cherry and orange peel are overlaid with white pepper, nutmeg and bay leaf. Medium-bodied with berry and walnut flavors, the finish is velvety-smooth. Great with veal rigatoni or butternut squash soup, it is spicy enough for most Italian or Mexican cuisine. Enjoy now or age for up to six years.
This small bottling is comprised of our very finest barrels of Estate 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon, selected for the intensity and quality of the fruit. Classical aromas of Bing cherry, currant and tobacco are accented by spicy notes of mint and peppercorn. Rich and full-bodied, big berry and mocha flavors lead to a lengthy, toasty finish. Serve with the Indian dish thenga erachi or mushroom and beef alla romano. Will improve for four years and mellow for up to ten years.
Through the successfully arranged marriage of varietal and terroir, and the masterly use of world-class oak barrels, this wine opens with luscious aromas of apple, caramel, pineapple and toasty oak. The unique tropical fruit flavors of the Paso Robles terroir are accented by notes of pear, with a voluptuous mouthfeel and a creamy finish. Enjoy this wine with your favorite pasta dishes, crab quiche, chicken kiev, or pan-seared tilapia with chile-lime butter.
Bright, clean and blossomy notes of lemon, pear and mango dominate the aroma, with the classic varietal nuance of straw adding complexity. The intense, fruity flavors of peach and gooseberry lead to a crisp and supple finish, with flinty, mineral notes characteristic of the Paso Robles terroir. Drinkable now, it is the perfect wine for any shellfish dish, such as raw oysters in lime-cilantro sauce or fusilli bucati with soft shell crabs. Best enjoyed when served chilled. This wine will age nicely for up to three years.
This 2002 Late Harvest Zinfandel is a delicious and different way to enjoy Zinfandel. Layers of raspberries and blueberries intermingle with spicy undertones of cinnamon and black pepper. Intricate flavors of cherry and berry lead to a full bodied cocoa finish. There is just enough sweetness to balance the higher alcohol, and just enough acid to compliment that sweetness. We recommend enjoying this wine after dinner with aged cheeses or a wide range of desserts especially ones that are berry or chocolate based.
This limited bottling represents a selection of seven of our finest barrels of 2001 Merlot, primarily new French oak, with a single barrel of Cabernet Franc blended in for complexity. Highly concentrated, the intense fruit, body and oak contribution marry together to form a lovely, balanced wine. Ripe, jammy aromas of cherry and plum dominate the nose, while perfume, pepper and mint elevate the background notes. Full-bodied and supple, huge flavors of black cherry and fudge lead to a mouth-coating finish of chocolate and coffee. Excellent with pork roast in an orange-chile reduction, and wonderful with chocolate cheesecake, it is big enough for spicy meat entres and elegant enough for desserts. Will improve for two years, and age nicely for seven.
Intense aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry and current are followed by black pepper and anise spiciness. The flavors are berry fruit and toasty oak, with a long, supple mocha finish. Serve at cellar temperature with robust meat dishes, especially roasted or grilled wild game or lamb chops in cherry sauce.
An appealing wine with blossomy aromas of grapefruit, lemon and papaya. Intensely flavored with citrus and pear notes, it is full-bodied and tart, with a lingering finish that coats the mouth. Serve well-chilled with butterfish in lemon-cilantro sauce, or on a warm fall day with apple cobbler. This wine should be consumed young to enjoy the freshness and up-front fruit, but will age nicely for up to three years.
Smoky cedar and plum give the nose a rich, full character supported by hints of blackberries and cherries. The velvety smooth textures glide down the pallet with dark berry flavors, peppery smoke and spice leading to a soft, lingering finish. Pair this wine with heavy ragout on your favorite pastas, smoked pork ribs, blackened catfish or spicy Thai stir fry. Enjoy now or hold up to five years
Ripe, jammy aromas of cherry and blackberry dominate, with spicy notes of anise, sage, pepper and cinnamon adding complexity and depth. This full-bodied dessert wine has intense mocha and nutty flavors, leading to a lengthy, balanced finish. 375 ml Bottle. Serve at cellar temperature with a chocolate and raspberry cream torte, or with a black walnut layer cake. Enjoy now or by the summer of 2008, and if you enjoy tawny port, it will develop a pecan-like flavor with 10 to 20 years of aging.
We are very pleased to present this maiden offering of our special Novella Muscat Canelli program, "Rayons de Soleil.” French for "Rays of the Sun”, it is a tribute to the warm, long growing seasons typical of Paso Robles, where the climate is perfect for growing intensely concentrated Muscat Canelli grapes. The 2003 growing season was milder than usual, and thus lasted long into September, enabling good and even flavor development in the grapes. This delightful offering is tantalizingly aromatic with hints of apricot, guava, honeysuckle and other floral essences. It is loaded with ripe peach, citrus and tropical fruit flavors that lead to a sweet and lasting finish.
Blossomy aromas of cherry and strawberry are enhanced by spicy notes of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Medium-bodied, it has complex flavors of berry and cocoa, soft acidity and a lengthy finish with silky tannins leading to a nutty aftertaste. Serve at cellar temperature with Greek pasta with shrimp and feta or citrus-marinated pork chops. Enjoyable now, it will improve with cellar-aging for two years.
This lively wine has clean, ripe aromas of cherry and blackberry, with nuances of mint, almond and pepper. Medium-bodied, it has a full spectrum of complex, spicy flavors and finishes soft with a lingering mocha aftertaste. Serve at cellar temperature with medallions of pork tenderloin or with grilled ginger swordfish. Enjoyable now, or cellar-age for two years.
Beautiful floral aromas, including citrus blossom and a hint of lemon, lead to bright fruit flavors of lemon and white peach in this 2004 Chardonnay offering from the vineyards of EOS Estate.
Intense aromas of apricot, pineapple and orange blossom mesh in a complex nose while flavors of peach and citrus lead to moderately sweet and crisp finish. This dessert wine will tickle your palate from the first sip to the last. 375 ml bottle.
Vanilla, strawberry jam, and toasty smoke aromas are augmented by notes of blackberry, raspberry and currant. The color is deep ruby, and the flavors are a complex match of cherry, plum, strawberry and vanilla with velvety, mouth-coating tannins, and a rich cherry-chocolate finish. Recommended Food Pairing: Serve at room temperature with smoked gouda, herb-crusted grilled lamb, or chile marinated pork roast.
Aromas of honeysuckle and melon, enhanced by herbal notes of lemongrass and mint, lead to full-bodied, citrus flavors and a long, balanced finish. Serve chilled with baked halibut and mango salsa, or with a fruit tray of melon, pineapple and yogurt dip. Enjoy now or cellar-age for up to two years.


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