15 Jun Spire Collection Tasting Sat. 6/17
Saturday, June 17
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space
Join us for a very special tasting of spectacular wines from The Spire Collection. The wines in this collection are selected for their quality and sense of place. As a special treat, we are including 2009 red blend from Cenyth (aged in our own cellar), which has had some time in the bottle and is drinking beautifully.
2015 Galerie Sauvignon Blanc Knight’s Valley “Equitem”
On Sale $24.99
A mineral-driven white, this is waxy and lemony on the palate. Light bodied, crisp and vibrant, it doesn’t hold back on complexity, weaving a lengthy story of perfumed near-perfection.
94 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
2013 Windracer Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
On Sale $34.99
Delicious aromas of rose petal and tea leaves are followed by bright cherries. On the palate, the elegant personality is revealed by pomegranate and blueberry with subtle black licorice. Supple and silky with structed tannins exhibits the restrained quality that Anderson Valley lends to the overall impression of a wine.
2009 Cenyth Proprietary Red Blend, Sonoma
On Sale $49.99
The 2009 Cenyth is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec that achieved 14% alcohol, and was aged in 100% French oak for 15 months. Many 2009s are in the process of shutting down slightly, especially wines made from Bordeaux varietals. This wine shows sweet tannin and a more open knit personality, no doubt due to the 28% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of licorice, incense, forest floor, mulberries, black cherries and black currants. Pierre Seillan believes that using four separate Sonoma County terroirs balances the wine beautifully, with high tannins from the mountain top vineyards and softer, silkier tannins from lower elevation sites. This full-bodied, attractive red is approachable, but should age effortlessly for 15-20 years.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Galerie Cabernet Sauvignon “Pleinair”
On Sale $46.99
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, The Wine Advocate
Also 93 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
2012 La Jota Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain
On Sale $62.99
Cabernet Franc has always done well on Howell Mountain and La Jota’s 2012 Cabernet Franc (100% Cabernet Franc aged in 80% new French oak) exhibits attractive notes of forest floor, brambleberries, truffles, licorice and blue and black fruits. Medium-bodied and dense, with terrific fruit intensity, lots of glycerin, but no sense of heaviness or astringency, it should drink well for a decade.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate
2013 Mt Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder
On Sale $64.99
The mountain appellation speaks loudly in this wine, contributing juicy blackberry, tar and leather, all within a forested context of wild truffle and crunchy leaves. Concentrated and robust in body and ripeness, it unwinds slowly in the glass, imparting jolts of black pepper as it goes.
95 Points, The Wine Enthusiast
Also 93 Points, The Wine Advocate & 93 Points, Antonio Galloni