BIG Spire Tasting Sat. 1/23

20 Jan BIG Spire Tasting Sat. 1/23

Saturday, January 23
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

Join us this Saturday for a RARE tasting of high end wines in our new event space as we pour 1o…TEN!!!… selections from The Spire Collection, including five bomber Cabernets from California. Don’t miss out on this chance to taste these excellent wines!

2010 Cenyth Proprietary Red, Sonoma
On Sale $49.99
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

2012 Mt. Brave Malbec, Napa Valley
On Sale $64.99
The 2012 Malbec can compete with some of the big boys from Argentina. Aromas of coffee beans, blackberries, chocolate and vanilla jump from the glass of this opaque purple-colored wine. With exceptional intensity, sweet tannin and a long, rich, layered finish, this blend of 98% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in two-thirds new French oak should drink well for 8-12 years.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2010 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain… only 1 bottle being opened
On Sale $289.99
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain, from Keyes Vineyard, is one of the most powerful wines in the Lokoya lineup. Firm tannins support a core of explosive dark blue and black fruit, grilled herbs, menthol and licorice, all of which come to life in a decidedly powerful, super-intense expression of Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. There is no shortage of personality here. Full-bodied and vibrant, the take-no-holds 2010 is going to require patience, but it is beautiful, even today.
94+ Points, The Wine Advocate
94+ Points, Vinous Media

2011 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard, Knights Valley
On Sale $74.99
Inky, deep and gorgeous, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Montana Vineyard emerges from the glass with blackberry jam, cassis, sweet spices, menthol and cloves. This is a surprisingly juicy, full-bodied wine with superb depth for the year. Typically firm Knights Valley tannins support the finish. All the elements fall into place nicely. I am intrigued to see how the 2011 ages. There is certainly plenty to look forward to here.
91+ Points, Vinous Media

2011 Anakota Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard, Knights Valley
On Sale $74.99
Smoke, tobacco, iron and a host of ferrous notes emerge from the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Helena Dakota Vineyard. A wine of gorgeous complexity and personality, the 2011 is going to need at least a few years to fully unwind. There is a lot going on in the glass. Next to the Montana, the Dakota is more savory and also shows a bit more structure. Both are beautiful.
91+ Points, Vinous Media

2012 Maggy Hawk Pinot Noir” Jolie,” Mendocino
On Sale $54.99
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

2011 Arceno Tenuta Arcanum “Il Fauno,” Toscana
On Sale $24.99
A red with attractive currant, blueberry and spice character on the nose and palate. Full body, very silky and polished tannins and a ripe and rich finish. Shows the ripeness of the vintage. Yet this remains fresh and bright. A Bordeaux blend with a touch of sangiovese. Drink or hold.
93 Points, James Suckling

2009 Chateau Lassegue. St. Emilion
On Sale $74.99
Its ferocious tannins still need some resolution, and the wine is definitely what the French call a “vin de garde,” needing probably 8-10 years of cellaring. It is certainly concentrated, dense purple in color, with notes of iron, crushed rocks, black currants, kirsch and toasty oak.
90 Points, The Wine Advocate

2014 Galerie Sauvignon Blanc “Equitem,” Knights Valley
On Sale $24.99
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.
The Wine Advocate

2010 Windracer Chardonnay, Anderson Valley
On Sale $32.99
Highlighting Anderson Valley terroir, this Chardonnay tends to be delicate and citrus driven with lower alcohol than many California Chardonnays, speaking to the Anderson Valley sense of place. It is a refined and elegant expression of both Chardonnay and the Anderson Valley. Subtle, refined aromas of yellow apple, honeydew melon, toffee, and nutmeg combine with flavors of white peach, Asian pear, brioche, and underlying minerality to produce a wine with weight and bright, fresh acidity.

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