15 Nov Spire Collection Tasting Fri. 11/18
Friday, November 18
5 to 7pm
At the Bar
Join us for a rare chance to sample wines from the Spire Collection! These wines are very special, each selected for the collection due to their quality and sense of place. Reading their descriptions does not do them justice; you must taste them.
2015 Galerie Sauvignon Blanc “Equitem,” Knight’s Valley
On Sale $24.99
Pale yellow, the 2015 Equitem shows notes of grapefruit, lime, ripe pineapple and wet grass. Very complex with nuances of minerality. Beautiful and bright, presenting a fresh palate.
2010 Cenyth Proprietary Red Wine
On Sale $44.99
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, Robert Parker
2013 Cardinale “Cardinale” Proprietary Red Wine
(Please inquire for our great price!!)
A brilliant wine from winemaker Chris Carpenter and the Kendall-Jackson family, this blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot, mostly coming from mountain vineyards owned by the Jackson family, is fabulous. The 2013 Cardinale Proprietary Red Wine is dense purple-colored, a big, sweet kiss of crème de cassis as well as licorice, blackberry and espresso are all present in this full-bodied, rather sublime and intense Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 25 or more years. This was aged in about 91% new French oak for 18-20 months prior to bottling. It is certainly one of the finest Cardinales I have tasted in my experience.
96 Points, Robert Parker
2013 Galerie Cabernet “Pleinair,” Napa
On Sale $42.99
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, Robert Parker
2012 Mt. Brave Cabernet Sauvignon “Mount Veeder”, Napa Valley
On Sale $64.99
“The star of the Mt Brave trio of new releases is the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. There are nearly 5,800 cases of this fairly priced Cabernet. Blueberry, licorice, beef blood, tobacco leaf and forest floor aromas soar from the glass of this ripe, full-bodied, opulent wine. A blend of 87.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5.5% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, it was aged in 81% new French oak. The oak component is well-concealed behind the extravagant fruit. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.”
92 points, Robert Parker