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.