Hello friends. Two wines today that have punchers’ chances of ending up on Wine Spectator’s soon-to-be-released Top 100 list; one a new wine, the other a reoffer:
As I mentioned when we offered the 2011 vintage a few weeks ago, the winery wanted to sell through the remainder of the 2011 (which we helped them accomplish) and then was hoping to release this well-reviewed 2012 in time for the holidays. I’ve already received a number of requests for this wine, and I’m sure many of you are wondering whether this will be a repeat of the 2008 vintage, which landed at the #6 spot in Spectator’s 2011 Top 100 list.
I doubt it will end up that high, but I do think it has a solid chance of ending up on the list. The five previous northwest wines that have landed on the Top 100 with 94pt reviews had prices ranging from $30-$58 (median $42), and production ranging from 775 to 2020 cases (median 1185, and Ursa is at 1219).
This is such a new release that tech information isn’t even published yet, but we can assume that – as in past years – it will be a blend mostly of Cabernet Franc and Merlot (with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), all from Stillwater Creek Vineyard, and raised in 100% new French oak.
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.” [Note: prior to this review, aMaurice’s highest score from Spectator was a 92pt review; Harvey obviously feels that Anna Schafer is taking her winemaking to another level here.]
Originally offered September 11, 2015. Excerpts from original offer:
The Ivey is the latest Bordeaux-style blend (50/29/21 Cab/Merlot/Cab Franc) bottled under aMaurice’s Artist Series label (Anna was an art history major, and these labels are consistently gorgeous; here is the 2012). So too is the wine inside, and it helps that Anna continues to work with some of the finest fruit grown in the state. This comes from old vines (1972 and 1985-planted) at Bacchus, Dionysus, Weinbau, and Gamache vineyards.
All that good fruit sees two years in French oak, 40% new, and it begins with a double-take-good nose of black cherry fruit, cherry blossom florals, and red chile pepper (thank you Cab Franc). Oh my goodness the texture. This is masterful winemaking, with all rough edges sanded to a fine sheen. Supply-fruited, seamless across attack, mid-, and finish, this has ample inner-mouth perfume, insistent earth-and-flower complexities from Cabernet Franc, and sneaky tannic punch on the finish (ripe and sweetly cherry tea flavored). What fun to have done the blending trials for this one, I bet, and my, how Anna and team nailed it. This is one of the finer late-release 2012s I’ve tasted this year. Lovely stuff.
Please limit order request to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.