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.
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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.
It’s easy to enjoy the 2006 Mesa Park Vineyards Merlot. It’s just a nice, easy-going Merlot that has spent the last five years in barrel and bottle, mellowing out to an everyday drinking wine.
Some still question whether Pinot Noir is a viable grape option in Colorado. Well, it is in Paonia most years. Need proof?
If you live in the Sunnyside (you know who you are), then you should be aware that you have your own wine! What other neighborhood in Denver can claim that?
There’s a rich, meaty smell to Syrah. You can’t hide it, no matter the growing region or style. It’s the rest of the wine that can set itself off on a unique path. The 2008 Bonacquisti Wine Co. Syrah certainly blazes its own trail. The requisite earthy and gamey aromas are there, but the wine takes a twist in the glass.
When putting the sweet into Riesling, it’s all about balance. Too much sugar, and the result will be Kool Aid (unless, of course, we’re talking delicate dessert sugar). Too little and you may wind up with a dry Riesling that isn’t dry enough for those who loath the touch of sweet. Whitewater Hill Vineyards 2010 [...]
When you crack a bottle of Mesa Park Vineyards wine, you should know what you are going to get: A big, Bordeaux-style red. Producers of just Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, the choices at this family-run vineyard in Palisade are limited. That’s OK, because they can make all three well. The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon [...]
Late last year, one of the experts at the International Wine Guild told me lemberger was a unique wine style that thrived in Colorado, indicating that one version he’d tasted was arguably world class. Interest piqued, I ran to the wine store and found a bottle of 2005 lemberger from The Olathe Winery. It wasn’t impressive, [...]
Enjoying a Riesling is all about finding one that has the perfect amount of sweet, or lack thereof, for a particular palate. Some come bone dry, others stretch all the way into the dessert category. Debating which is better is a conversation I have before opening almost any bottle of Riesling with guests. Most of [...]