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.
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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.
Indigenous to Spain but better known as a Rhône varietal, Mourvèdre isn’t, on its own, necessarily accessible to wine novices. Though the heavy oaking with which Americans have become familiar contributes an easy-to-like toastiness, the red grape can be gamey, earthy and/or herbaceous.
When is a Cabernet Franc not a Cabernet Franc? Technically, never. If the grape is in the wine, then the wine is the grape. Or something like that. But ask Kenn Dunn about a typical Cabernet Franc and he’ll sputter. There’s nothing normal in his mind when it comes to a vintner’s wine, and his [...]
A well-done fruit forward wine can be an absolute pleasure in a glass. It tricks the palate into thinking there is a good portion of sugar even when the wine itself is actually dry. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Reeder Mesa is a prime example. It’s jammy with strawberries and raspberries stealing the show on [...]
If I were to ask Jackie Thompson to name one wine she could not live without, my guess is she would say a Bordeaux. That’s just a hunch based on more than a few tastings of her Boulder Creek Winery wines. She loves the grapes from one of the most famous wine regions in the [...]
It’s been awhile since I’d popped a bottle Cabernet Franc, perhaps the star grape of Colorado’s reds. I’ll try to come back to it quicker next time. The 2007 version from Whitewater Hill Vineyards brought me back to all those typical flavors that have made this such a solid Colorado wine. On the nose, rich [...]
When a bottle of wine carries a label such as vintner’s blend, the assumption is the wine is a top-rate mix of the best juice available from that vintage, according to the winemaker. So it should be good. That theory goes only as far as the talents of said vintner. Well, we are starting to [...]
Varaison Vineyards in Palisade managed to get three bottles of its wine poured at a U.S. Department of Agriculture wine tasting at the in Paris. Two were merlots. Varaison bottles more than one each year, labeling each based on the single vineyard on East Orchard Mesa were harvested from. The Bin 3115 is the smaller [...]
The 1,100-case Varaison Vineyards Bin 405 merlot is similar to the smaller-batch Bin 3115 version, yet there are some obvious changes from one version to the next. The Bin 405, which was poured at the U.S. Embassy tasting in Paris in March, smells of licorice, brown sugar, leather and port. The fruits are pretty much [...]