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.
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It’s not often we taste a Rosé in the dead of winter, but Denver has been so darn warm lately, it seemed like a good idea to sip on one, a 2010 offering from Sutcliffe Vineyards.
It’s been a little while since we’ve gotten our hands on a Garfield Estates selection. The 2009 Syrah reminded us not to take so damn long before we try another.
By Jacob Harkins | Local Winos Media founder When is a Petit Verdot not a Petit Verdot? Well, never. But there are different applications of the least known Bordeaux grape. Case in point, the Reeder Mesa Vineyards 2009 Petit Verdot. Most of the Colorado versions of this wine are spicy and bold and wound up. [...]
It’s always fun to taste a wine from one vintage to the next, especially if you can do so just a few days apart. It showcases differences in fruit characteristics and starts to enlighten you to the idea that one year can make a big difference.
There’s at least one similarity between the Colterris Wines 2008 and 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon: It opens up well.
Way out in Cortez, the red rock walls are chiseled with ancient hieroglyphics of the Anasazi, who left their mark with some of the craziest cliff dwelling settlements imaginable. Sutcliffe Vineyards likes to play off the magical stories of the vineyards it uses in the region.
There’s a segment of wine drinkers out there who just love crisp whites from Alsatian or German growing regions.
The 2009 Pinot Noir from Alfred Eames Cellars represents the first time I have been able to taste one style from one producer over the course of three vintages.
The New Mexico wine industry scored a coup when the Gruet family from Champagne fell in love with the soil south of Albuquerque and founded Gruet Winery in 1987. The producer of more than 100,000 cases of wine annually also happens to make some of the best juice in the country, not just the southwest. The sparkling wines are the draw.