Monday, April 9, 2012

Introducing... Part II: Elizabeth Spencer Wines

Continuing along in our introductions, we are delighted to present the wines of Elizabeth Spencer. Established by Elizabeth Pressler and Spencer Graham in 1998, Elizabeth Spencer Wines are characterized by their purity of flavor and balance. With a beautiful tasting room in Rutherford (built in 1872, it was once the post office), Elizabeth Spencer Wines source their grapes from  Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Mendocino. Working closely with a small number of growers to monitor each vintage's growing cycle and fruit development, Elizabeth Spencer strives to achieve their model of "intensity without excess weight, purity, persistence and length" for each of their varietally focussed wines. Wine Wizards is thrilled to offer the Rhode Island market Elizabeth Spencer's Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.

Image by Elizabeth Spencer Wines.
Pursuing parallel careers in the food and wine industry before joining together in the mid-1990's, Elizabeth and Spencer, in Elizabeth's words, "both grew along with the industry. We did not make our fortune in another walk of life and come here to fulfill our dream. This always was our life, and we've been blessed to love our dream." Wine Wizards Nick and Barbara Zeiser knew Elizabeth from her incredibly successful marketing career for California labels including Etude, Franciscan, Harlan, and Viader, among many others. It has been a very happy coincidence to reconnect with Elizabeth in her new role as the Elizabeth behind Elizabeth Spencer Wines.

Our belief is that wine should be delicious and representative of its appellation of origin. We make wines to drink -- inviting wines that we and our friends, and by extension our customers, truly enjoy.                 -Elizabeth Spencer Wines

Spencer and Elizabeth. Image by Wine Country This Week.
We have incorporated four Elizabeth Spencer Wines into our portfolio...
Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Mendocino County
Certified Organic, this wine is a pale lemon green with fresh apple and grass aromas. High acidity and notes of citrus and stone fruit resolve into a clean, fresh finish. 107 Barrels Produced

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Napa Valley
An excellent vintage for Napa in general, this wine has a floral and red raspberry nose. The red fruit notes continue on the palate with a bit of chocolate, offering volume and a long finish. Aged in French oak for twenty four months, the wine was bottled without fining or filtering. 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc. 60 Barrels Produced

Pinot Noir 2009 Sonoma Coast
Dark ruby in color, the nose offers tart red fruit notes. Ripe flavors of black fruit, cedar, and herbs finish with a hint of pepper and bright cherry. 20 Barrels Produced

Syrah 2008 Sonoma Coast
Well structured, the wine has aromas of blackberry and plum. The palate is defined by black cherry and apricot, finishing clean and long with persistent tannin. 25 Barrels Produced

Elizabeth Spencer Wines' website offers details tasting notes with information related to vineyard site, vintage, and winemaking approaches should you find yourself thirsting for more information. Your Wizards rep is also happy to help, as always.

Image by Elizabeth Spencer Wines.

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