Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an amazing evening of Bordeaux wine and vintage education.
Château Gloria is one of the premier wineries of Saint Julien, in the "left bank" or Cabernet Sauvignon dominant region of Bordeaux. Their wines are consistently stunning, and a favorite of critics around the world.
In this special class, we will taste a five year vertical of Château Gloria, detailing the key qualities of all recent vintages. This will, no doubt, be one of the top Bordeaux education classes this year.
We will start the night with an overview of Bordeaux followed by a specific look at the left bank (including understanding the 1855 Classification, of which Chateau Gloria was not a part of since they were not founded until nearly a century later). We will learn the ins and outs of all the key sub-regions and what they represent for your dollar.
Then we'll dive into our vertical, discussing each vintage individually (weather patterns, harvest schedules, pricing, etc.) to determine how much of an influence vintage has on wines such as these (hint: a lot).
I hope you can join us for this special class. EXTREMELY LIMITED SEATING.
Robert Parker on the wines we will be tasting:
A stunning sleeper of the vintage, this beautiful, already irresistible, plum/garnet-colored 2008 is a wine to purchase by the case. It possesses a dense plum/purple color, a glorious perfume of Christmas fruitcake, cedarwood, black currants, jammy cherries and licorice, medium to full body and a silky personality. It will provide both a hedonistic and intellectual turn-on over the next 10-15 years.
Gloria has long been one of the most popular wines in America, but I do not believe they have ever made better wines than they have over the last decade, and the 2009 is one of their finest. While this estate is not a classified growth, it certainly performs like one in 2009. A dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by an expressive, flamboyant bouquet of black fruits, Christmas spices, licorice and roasted Provencal herbs. Fuller-bodied, more concentrated and extracted than most vintages with soft tannins, its low acidity and a sumptuous, plump style remind me of a modern day version of the 1982 (which is fully mature but still in great shape). The 2009 Gloria is a very smart purchase for those looking to maximize their buying power. In fact, this may be the value of the vintage.
The 2010 Gloria is an ass-kicking, fabulous value once again from this estate, which would probably be classified if the 1855 hierarchy of the wines of the Medoc were ever done again. Abundant notes of cedar wood, fruitcake, flowers, creme de cassis and kirsch are all present in this full-bodied, opulent, dense, dark ruby/purple wine. It is slightly more restrained than the flamboyant 2009, but equal in quality. This is a juicy, well-proportioned, sensationally concentrated, super-ripe Gloria to drink over the next decades. Of course, it is a sleeper of the vintage, given the reasonable price it normally sells for.
This estate continues to go from strength to strength. Another sleeper of the vintage, the 2011 is excellent, possibly outstanding. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by abundant aromas of cassis, forest floor, tobacco leaf and a vague hint of oak. Ripe for the vintage with excellent texture, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and a delicious, savory, broad appeal, this wine should drink well for at least a decade.
Another winner from this estate, which has been on a hot streak over recent vintages, the 2012 Gloria is unquestionably of classified growth quality. It offers a dark ruby/purple color, attractive, elegant, herbaceously-tinged black currant fruit, soft tannins, a satisfying, fleshy mouthfeel, a good mid-palate and ripe tannin in the finish. I would not be surprised to see it evolve for 10-12+ years.
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