There are serious wines and not-so-serious wines. Then there are wines that are simply seriously cool in concept. The annual Wild Cañon Harvest blush rosé from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is one that falls into that latter category.
What a treat. Seriously. This Carlson Vineyards 2000 Riesling has held up beautifully over the last dozen years and even impresses a tad more than the Carlson Riesling from 2003 that won “best in the world” bragging rights.
Garrett Estate Cellars is still one of the new kids on the Colorado wine block with its first vintages dating to 2008, and to date, its white wine production has outshone its darker half.
There seems to be new wineries popping up all over the place. Desert Sun Vineyards, being one of them.
In a way, Cork This! Winery is a bold, risk-taking venture. It’s producing Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Barbera and a “Riesling type wine,” which is quite a variety of varietals, especially since none of them are ideal for Texas (though the grapes generally come from Texas at this winery)
Wilbur, a pot-bellied pig attired in a tuxedo and wearing a monocle, adorns the label of Milagro’s 2007 Zinfandel. And while one may find the label a bit amusing, the wine is definitely serious.
The name Colorado Crimson doesn’t really tell you much about this wine, but if you know anything about Tom Bueb, the Turquoise Mesa Vineyards winemaker, you’ll know it’s right up his alley. He likes his Rhone wines.
Gordon Steels’ Zinfandel from the Mesilla Valley AVA in southern New Mexico is not shy. With the label carrying the vintage date of 2007, I confess I had a bit of curiosity as to what this wine, with its three year bottle age, would offer.
Cinsaut (or cinsault) is a grape that has thrived in the Languedoc region of France for centuries. Sutcliffe Vineyards is one of the few Colorado wineries to notice it may also thrive along the Western Slope.
This Merlot is a good indication of the style of wine Sutcliffe Vineyards winemaker Joe Buckel is shooting for. Sure, it’s fruit driven. It kind of has to be to some respect in Colorado where high summertime temperatures ratchet up the sugar in our grapes. But there’s a solid attempt at producing a wine with structure and acidic backbone that can age.