Before I head off to Taste Washington, I have a quick rave about a new wine coming from William Church Winery — 2 Spires. If you like blends, you will absolutely want to add this one to your cellar. Wow! 2 Spires is a blend of 63% Syrah and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon that is a tribute to the talents of winemaker Rod Balsley and assistant winemaker Marcus Rafanelli.
Unfortunately, we have to wait for its November release. But we have the 2006 Bishop’s Blend to keep us happy until then. This vintage of Bishop’s Blend is made up of six different varietals — 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Syrah and 4% Sangiovese. It’s our favorite blend at $19 a bottle.
But we still can’t wait for 2 Spires. We know that it will meet the goal of William Church: “Wines that are approachable and delicious upon release but will also express themselves well over time.”