Happy news this month from three distinguished sources, helped to shape the wine list for our Spring Vertical Tasting, the weekend of April 11 and 12. Underneath all the honors, the wines always appeal to us in their own voice, to gather at our semi-annual Tasting weekends, and revisit vintages of interest to us all. But recent news is especially gratifying.
Last week, upholding a Virginia tradition in hospitality to Britain's Royal Family, Governor McAuliffe presented the Prince of Wales with a bottle of Octagon 2010 at Mount Vernon, on his brief state visit with the Duchess of Cornwall. A predecessor, Governor Tim Kaine, had served Octagon 2001 to the Queen, as her host in 2007 for the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown colony. And in 2011, the British Embassy had requisitioned Octagon 2006 to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to the Duchess of Cambridge. We could not refuse to pour Octagon 2010 at this Spring's Vertical Tasting -- and for still another reason, just in --
Tasting "the best of the best," the 12 Gold Medal wines comprising the Governor's Case from the 2014 Virginia Governor's Cup Competition, the widely respected former editor of Wine Spectator,James Suckling, gave highest ratings to the 3 wines from Barboursville in that case -- Octagon 2010, 93 points; Malvaxia Passito 2008, 93 points; Nebbiolo Re-serve 2010, 91 points. Reserved for Lib-rary 1821, they will appear in the Tasting.
Just this week, the Texas Sommeliers International Wine Competition awarded the Gold Medal to three other wines, now destined to be presented at the Vertical Tasting weekend. Paxxito 2010 and Ver-mentino Reserve 2013, already holding 2 and 3 international Gold Medals respectively, gained very gratifying luster at this tasting in Dallas. They were led there by our rarest Octagon, the 200th Anni-versary Edition of Octagon 2010, which has been poured only once before, at last year's bicentennial celebrations for the historic Ruins of the mansion of Governor Barbour. This special edition is inspired by Octagon III (1998 non-vintage), in which we included Nebbiolo in happy "violation" of the limits of a Bordeaux blend. To round out our Wine List at the Tasting, we offer these collectors' vintages -- and we hope you can join us!
Octagon 2008 and 2004
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2010, 2009, 2007 and 2006
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2010, 2006, 2005 and 2004