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Canyon Wind Cellars 2008 Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a grape I’d love to see grown more in Colorado. It seems to have so much potential in the Grand Valley, yet it’s pretty darn hard to find a local bottle of it. Most popular in Spain, Tempranillo is also very common throughout South America, which features some of the only high elevation [...]

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Two Rivers Winery 2008 Riesling

If I hear anyone else say they don’t like Rieslings because they are too sweet, I might just explode. Or at least open another bottle and sip it quietly on my porch and leisurely watch the sun set over the trees in front of my north Denver home. To say Rieslings are too sweet is [...]

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Carlson Vineyards 2008 Tyrannosaurus Red Lemberger

If you’ve ever met winemaker Parker Carlson and happen to know what a good lemberger tastes like, you can almost imagine it’s a grape that describes him well. It’s bold, but soft. Grand, but playful. Serious is not a word that would be a good descriptor of either, at least on first impression. So it’s [...]

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Verso Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Verso Cellars is playing an interesting game. The winery focuses on one grape: cabernet sauvignon. Instead of offering a horizontal tasting of various grapes, blends and styles, Verso offers a vertical of cabernet sauvignon. Available in the tasting room now are four offerings from 2003 through 2006. We hear a 2008 is on its way. [...]

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Varaison Vineyards Bin 3115 Merlot

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 [...]

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Varaison Vineyards 2007 Bin 405 merlot

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 [...]

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Mesa Park Vineyards 2006 Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of those local wines that has a ton of personality. The 2006 Cabernet Franc from Mesa Park Vineyards might just have the most to date. This bottle of wine is that wild red head you used to date in college. It has spice. Red pepper flakes mixed with jalapenos with a [...]

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Creekside Cellars 2005 Merlot

Two months ago, sitting at a table at Creekside Cellars, something happened: I became a believer in Merlot again. Not just any Merlot, but Colorado Merlot. The movie Sideways did a lot of things: It overhyped Pinot Noir and helped Merlot. Yes, you heard me, it helped Merlot. Sure there have been numerous reports of [...]

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Canyon Wind Cellars 1997 Merlot

To understand the following wine review—heck, any of our wine reviews—it’s good to know the practices in which each bottle is enjoyed. Basically, I try to taste the bottles in a consistent manner in which I think most readers drink wine. So I don’t decant bottles for review purposes (although I will often pour the [...]

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Carlson Vineyards 2008 Laughing Cat Gewurztraminer

Parker Carlson has figured out the Colorado wine business pretty well. He favors a good, crisp dry white wine, but knows what the tourists that flock into his tasting room buy. So his menu is ripe with sugars, fruit wines and sweets, and the 2008 Laughing Cat Gewurztraminer is right in line with his philosophy: [...]

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