1st Anniversary Grand Tasting

18 Jun 1st Anniversary Grand Tasting

Saturday Grand Tasting


Wine is like art. Or makes you like art. Or doesn’t.

Saturday, June 18
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

For part two of our Anniversary Extravaganza, join us for a HUGE grand tasting featuring wines from Spire Collection along with a selection of awesome Italian wines! Check out this lineup:

Spire Collection

2014 Galerie Sauvignon Blanc “Equitem,” Knights Valley
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Equitem, from Knights Valley, is a smaller cuvée of 100% Sauvignon Blanc fermented and aged in new and used French puncheons, with the wine resting on its lees for six months. A steely, crisp wine with notes of caramelized grapefruit and a touch of white currant, this dry, zesty, steely style is less exotic than the Naissance and a different style altogether.
88 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir “Jolie” Anderson Valley
The most elegant and seductive is the Chambolle-Musigny-like 2012 Pinot Noir Jolie. Dark ruby-plum colored (this is also the source for Hartford Court’s Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters), it offers up blue fruits, spring flowers, and wet stones in an attractive, medium to full-bodied, well-crafted and pure style.
92 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Cenyth Proprietary Red, Sonoma
The 2010 Cenyth is composed of 54% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Franc and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. The alcohol is 13.4% and the fruit was sourced from the same vineyards. Very Bordeaux-like (no doubt due to the lower alcohol profile), it offers up notes of red and black currants, cedarwood, spice box, vanillin, licorice, underbrush and unsmoked cigar tobacco. The wine reveals fine-grained tannins and beautiful density and richness. Compared to the 2009, which is a Medoc-like blend, the 2010 is more of a right bank St.-Emilion-styled wine.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Galerie Cabernet Sauvignon “Pleinair,” Napa Valley
The two red wines include the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Pleinair, which comes from Napa vineyards Atlas Peak, St. Helena, Diamond Mountain and Howell Mountain. Aged 20 months in 53% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered, the wine is a beauty, with notes of loamy soil interwoven with red and blackcurrants, tobacco leaf and forest floor. It is medium to full-bodied, shows excellent purity, a nicely layered mouthfeel and ripe tannins. It should drink well for at least 15 or more years.
92+ Points, The Wine Advocate

Brown paper wrapper

Brown paper wrapper

2010 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder is the most overt and structured of these wines from Mt. Brave. Dark red and black stone fruits, spices, menthol, leather and cedar meld together in the glass. Powerful and ample in the glass, the 2012 possesses remarkable intensity. Big, chewy tannins support the ample finish. Today the tannins are a bit more dominant than the fruit, but the 2012 should find a bit better balance with more time in bottle.
92+ Points, Vinous Media

2012 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard, Sonoma
The 2012s are the most showy and forward of the three vintages, which is not surprising, since the vintage is flamboyant and they are already three years of age. Even as impressive, but showing more truffles, charcoal, graphite and camphor, along with blackberry and cassis, is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota (1,017 cases). This wine shows even more fruit than its sibling and is bigger, bolder and slightly broader across the palate. All these wine are highly recommended and are brilliant efforts, but will probably need coaxing and patience in the cellar, given their rather bigger-than-life styles and richness.
96 Points, The Wine Advocate

Italian Wines

2014 Badia Di Morrona Vermintino
A straw yellow with greenish highlights of good intensity, the wine is fresh and elegant in aroma with floral and citric notes. The flavors are soft and attractively crisp, perceptibly savory.
Winemaker’s Notes

2014 Badia Di Morrona Rosso Dei PoggiItaly Flag
This awesome value is one of our best finds in the past year. Sangiovese (at least 80%) and Merlot, aged in stainless steel vats. 13.5% Alcohol. Soft and ripe with cherry and elegant acidity yields a pleasant, easy drinking style.
Merch Notes

2013 Badia Di Morrona I Sodi Chianti Superiore
Leather and underbrush notes accent black cherry and plum flavors as this red builds to a tight finish. The firm tannins call for a meat sauce, if not a steak or roast. Drink now through 2018. 350 cases imported.
Wine Spectator

2012 Pianirossi Sidus, Montecucco
Lots of dried-nut, sliced-chocolate and berry character on the nose and palate. Full body, firm tannins and a ripe, juicy finish. Lots going on here. One of the best wines of the Montecucco appellation.
92 Points, James Suckling

NV Manicardi Ca Del Fiore Dry “Cru” Lambrusco
Aromas of plum, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied and sapid with pleasant fruity notes and a long finish.
Importer’s Notes

NV Manicardi “Amabile” Lambrusco
Slightly sweet, velvety soft notes both in the nose and on the palate, with hints of plum and violet.
Importer’s Notes

2014 Michele Biancardi Uno Più Uno, Puglia
Blend of Primitivo and Nero di Troia from a spectacular, small-volume producer in Puglia. Aged in stainless steel for a robust, jammy wine with notes of dark berries and tobacco.
Merch Notes

Explosive volcano wine

Explosive volcano wine

2013 Benanti Etna Rosso “Verzella,” Sicily
Bright red. Aromas of fresh red berries and pungent herbs are complicated by mineral and floral nuances. Dense, juicy and bright in the mouth, with sweet, floral red berry flavors lifted by lively acidity. Multilayered but youthfully discreet. The red berry flavors linger long on the vibrant finish. This superb wine is quite Pinot Noir-like.
92 Points, Vinous Media

2014 Benanti Etna Bianco, Sicily
Dark straw-yellow. Stone fruits, herbs and wildflowers on the enticing nose. Then rich, dense and deep on the palate, with bright, juicy flavors of stone fruits, lemon and sweet botanical herb. The long, saline finish offers intriguing hints of rosemary, minerals and cardamom.
91 Points, Vinous Media

2014 Paolo Cali “Jazz” Frappato-Nero d’Avola, Sicily
Blend of Frappato and Nero d’Avolo. Fresh, vibrant, aromatic, and not too intense on the nose. Bright, savory, distinctive, and extremely drinkable on the palate!
Importer’s Notes

2012 Paolo Cali Cerasuolo, Sicily
Dark ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice, cocoa and a minty herbal element on the enticing nose. Attractively sweet and dense, with harmonious acidity nicely framing the ripe plum and chocolate flavors. Finishes long but fairly austere, with noteworthy tannic bite and a hint of red fruits emerging on the back end.
89+ Points, Vinous Media

2013 Taverna Primitivo, Basilicata
Ruby red with violet hues, and aromas of plums and black cherries. Full-bodied on the palate, with soft, rich tannins and mature fruit flavors. Aged in French oak for 9 months. Pairs well with red meats.
Importer’s Notes

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