Every once in a while a wine just stops me in my tracks. Like this Graham’s Six Grapes Special Old Vines Edition. It really blew me away! So I ordered up right then and there, that was five months ago. I wanted you to have it for Thanksgiving and Christmas but hey that’s life.
The complexity on this wine is amazing! Spices, minerals, orange peel, rich coating vibrant blue and black fruits, no brandy burn, this wine is so complex it makes me giddy! Age on these vines runs to sixty years. Quantity at harvest is half ton or less. Some of the older vines are only yielding two to three ounces of fruit! This is a blend of 2011 and 2012. 500 cases were produced. For a more detailed report go here.
I have 16 bottles a paltry amount but for the luck few…………..
One bottle limit.
To order phone 907 677 9050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Wine available at Huffman only.
Mike McVittie CSW
Anchorage Wine House
Wednesday, March 18th at 6pm will see us back at Suite 100 for a dinner and tasting with none other than Chris Bilbro owner and founder of Marietta Cellars! I am so excited to have Chris do an event for us! I have sold Marietta almost since it’s inception. All through the 80’s and 90’s Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red continued to be top rated (90+ points) in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. This was well before the red blend craze. Top that off with the Arme, Christo and the legendary Cuvee Angeli and we have a power house tasting.
Ed Lopez Marietta’s head of sales will also be on hand. Ed and I have worked together for years with myself in retail and Ed in supply. He is a wealth of knowledge and a blast to be around.
Today Chris is letting his sons take over as the winery moves into a new realm producing just four red wines. The everyday table wine Old Vine Red Lot # 61, Christo Lot #2, Arme Lot #1 and the top of the line vintage dated 2011 Angeli Cuvee.
I’ve preached this before but the icon of winedom, France, has always produced blends. They are called Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne and so on. In fact they don’t even tell you they are made from grapes. Hence it is perfectly logical for me to see the beauty in offering a Rhone blend “Christo” and a Bordeaux blend “Arme”.
The wines are further enhanced by barrel aging the components and blending across vintages providing both complexity and consistency. Lessons learned from years of making Old Vine Red. This is quite brave but the results in my book are exceptional!
Kelly Nichols chef/owner at Suite 100 is working on the menu as we speak. In fact it’s Kelly’s cooking that fills these tastings so quickly!
Tariff for this function is $65.00 per reservation. Reservations may be made by phone at 907 677 9050 or by emailing email@example.com.
Meet & Greet
Lucian Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Rose
Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #61
Marietta Christo Lot #2 Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Vioginer
Marietta Arme Lot #1 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot
Marietta Angeli Cuvee 2011 Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane