Wine Tasting Friday February 1 and Saturday February 2 at Specs 8102 Westhiemer at Old Farm

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My Thirsty Friends,

Following a run of successful tastings, I am excited to announce that we will offer some boutique gems and customer favorites for tasting on Friday February 1st and Saturday February 2nd at Specs 8102 Westheimer at Old Farm.  As you will see below, we will pull some corks on some wines with very limited production and availability:

On Friday we have Mariposa Viceroy, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mouvedre, with a dollop of Cabernet Franc.   It is produced by Cru Winery and winemaker Ken Post.  It is not surprising that the Cru Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays have a following.  Cru wines consistently deliver well-balanced wines at a price that hits the “sweet spot” just under $20.  Only 515 cases made, so quantities are limited.

We also have another favorite that just landed, the Brutocao Pinot Noir.  This Mendocino appellation wine was introduced to Texas in the second half of last year.  Already it has become a wine that people ask for by name.  The wine is fresh with black cherry, plum and an exotic and spicy finish. $20

On Saturday, we have the WH Smith Bronze Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Howell Mountain Napa CA.  We first saw this wine late in 2012.  The four cases we received were gone in four days. Needless to say, a lot of people were left wondering, “Is it that good?”  Saturday is your chance to find out.  I personally think mountain fruit produces the best wines in Napa. Napa mountain wines are typically firmer than their valley counterparts with a nice mineral streak.  The WH Smith Bronze Label Cabernet Sauvignon sells for around $35 and quantities are miniscule.

We will also taste a red blend called Maison Rouge from Michel Schlumberger on Saturday.  This wine is a “kitchen sink” blend of Merlot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec.  I have found quality and value in all the Schlumberger wines that I have tasted.  So, I wouldn’t expect anything less from this wine. Since the Schlumberger wines have become an exclusive at Specs, the prices have come down a bit, providing an even better value than before.  Maison Rouge is listed at $20 on the Michel Schlumberger website, we sell it for around $15.00,

We are looking forward to sharing these wines with you.  Hope to see you this weekend.  Forward this email to a fellow wine lover.

 

Stained Fingers, Purple Teeth, and Some Really Good Wines – Specs Liquors Bordeaux Cru Classe Tasting 2010 Vintage

I had an exciting opportunity to taste over 50 2010 Bordeaux at the Specs Liquors Cru Classe tasting last week.  The impressive list of wines included the newly elevated Chateau Angelus, Lynch Bages, Chateau Clinet, Pichon Baron, and Smith Haut Lafite. For the complete list click here.

With so many wines and the social atmosphere at the event, it was impossible to fully contemplate each wine.   When this is the case, I employ the speed dating approach, tasting relatively quickly, making note of wines that stand out from the bunch.

The first wine I tasted was Smith Haut Lafite Blanc.  I immediately thought “This wine is really good.”  This impression held throughout the tasting.  In a sea of red wines with only four whites offered at this tasting, the Smith Haut Lafite would definitely hit my top five list.  Other standouts were Leoville Poyferre, Leoville Barton, Chateau Angelus, and Chateau Clinet.   Don’t get me wrong.  There were many excellent wines,  This is just a short list of wines that

Early drinking wines would be Clerc Milon, d’Armailhac, Haut Batailley, Clos I’ Oratoire, Cannon la Gaffeliere, along with the sub-$30 wines and most of the seconds.

Based on this sampling, my impression is that the hype for 2010 Bordeaux is justified.  The Bordelais characterize the 2010 vintage as classic Bordeaux.  In comparison, the wines of 2009 are slightly fatter and rounder, and if you must, would be better for early drinking.  The majority of the 10s were understandably tight with plenty of teeth-staining tannin.  Nonetheless,   the wines were sleek, precise, and hinted at the magnificent wines they will become as they integrate and soften a bit.

Like the 2005 and 2009s, 2010 is another vintage that will provide value at the lower price tier.  it is a safe bet to pick a wine at any price point from this vintage and expect to find a relatively nice wine. While the inexpensive 2005s are drinking pretty well at the moment, a 2009 or 2010 could benefit from a year or two of cellaring or an hour in a decanter.

I left the Specs Cru Classe tasting with stained fingers, purple teeth and confirmation that all the hype regarding the 2010 vintage is justified.  It is seldom I taste over 50 wines and don’t find a single dog in the bunch.  This was that type of tasting.

Take a look at the list of available Bordeaux from this tasting.  Pricing is quoted on individual bottles and cases.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Tasting Friday January 25 and Saturday January 26 – 8102 Spec’s Westhiemer and Old Farm

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On Friday, we have Blason d’Aussieres 2010, Corbieres  a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carignan – Should be interesting.  A nice vintage.

Also, Tohu Pinot Noir 2008, Marlborough.  Just over 13% alcohol.  Should be light, fresh, and pleasant.

Both Friday wines are priced around $20.

I am excited about Friday.  i have never tasted either of these wines.  Its always fun to try something new.

On Saturday, we will visit two very popular wines, the Highway 12 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and Pietra Santa Sassolino 2008, a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot.  I have tasted both of these wines multiple times.  Both wines provide excellent value at under $20 and are consistent customer favorites.

Please don’t hesitate to forward this email to other thirsty wine aficionados that you may know.

I hope to see you over the weekend

-Rob