Organic Wine Review just announced their first annual Organic Wines of the Year Awards. Over the next 5 weeks a different category of organic wine will be open for your votes! First up is “Best Value”.
Finalists for “Best Value” Organic Wine of the Year must have received a rating of 89 points or higher and retail for $15 or less. This is an exciting category with an Italian Pinot Grigio, Chilean Chardonnay, French Carignan, Californian Grenache Rosé and a Californian Sauvignon Blanc. Be sure to vote for your favorite.
“A ceviche-craving chard.” Emiliana Vineyards Natura Chardonnay 2009 is from organically grown and certified grapes in the Casablanca Valley of Chile. An enticing and inviting tropical nose of pineapple and mango with some creaminess – but it’s not oaky. It makes us want to sit down with a plate of peaches and get busy. Fruit is balanced with present acidity there – it would go great with ceviche. Nice finish and round mouth feel. Not overdone and not over-oaked. 90 Points.
“Sweet raspberry pencil lead.” The south of France is home to the Languedoc and Le Chant de Marjolaine Carignan 2008. The wine is made from organic grapes. Smells of pencil lead, licorice and raspberry. It is sweet, oaky, charcoal, lots of fruit on the nose. Watch the Savvy Sommelier come close to a “Meg Ryan moment” while reviewing this wine. An outstanding pairing with lamb – which is nice, unless you are the lamb. 89 Points.
“Soft stone fruits for shrimp alfredo.” Italy’s Veneto Region provides us the 2008 Pinot Grigio by Perlage. An inexpensive wine from certified organic grapes. Straw color. Nectarines and other stone fruits, with minerality on the nose. The palate is hit with a wine that is soft and round with good acidity. Ideal with shrimp alfredo! 89 Points.
“Subtle sweet, scintillating salmon-eque ‘cidity.” A California Rosé with 90% Grenache Rose, 10% Mouvedre from Quivira Wine Creek Ranch 2009 vintage. The grapes are biodynamic certified by Demeter. Beautiful salmon color. The nose provides intriguing cherry, orange peel and juicy fruit. There are also floral aspects reminiscent of potpourri. Dry yet sweet but clean finish. 89 Points.
“What the truck!?” Green Truck Sauvignon Blanc 2008 is from Lake County, California. Made with organic grapes certified by California Certified Organic Farmer (CCOF). Citrus fruit, honey, kiwi and other stone fruits on the nose. Great acidity, balance, length of finish. Try it with oysters. 90 Points.
Watch the reviews, share with your friends and vote for your favorite. Winners announced in December.