SpierHead Winery 2010 Vanguard - 88pts
Availability: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Production: 265 cases
Date Tasted: November 14th, 2012
Tasting Notes: This is the winery's flagship release, a New World ode to Bordeaux with a final blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, and 4% Cabernet Franc offering a lovely, impressively ripe nose of cassis, blackberry, sweet pepper, spearmint and light, toasted oak aromas. The palate that follows doesn't match the diversity of the nose but does keep to the house style of a restraint, elegant presentation, though, a little more tannin and intensity would be welcomed. Lively acidity, medium tannins and a good balance of dark fruit, charred oak and lingering spice on the finish makes the Vanguard an excellent match for prime rib with all the fixin's. Another 6 months of bottle age is prudent here but don't hold beyond 4 or 5 more years. Drink 2013-2015.
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