Organic Wine Review continues to roll out its Organic Wines of the Year Awards. Week one was “Best Value” Organic Wine of the Year. Week two was Organic White Wine of the Year. This week opens the poll for Organic Red Wine of the Year.
Finalists for Organic Red Wine of the Year were rated as the finest examples of organic red wines that Organic Wine Review assessed this year. All have received 91 points. This is a diverse category with strong entrants across the board: three Californians (an Amador County Zinfandel, Dry Creek Syrah and Mendocino County blend of Grenache, Petite Syrah & Syrah) locking horns with a Red Mountain, WA blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah & Cabernet Franc and a fascinating Portuguese blend of Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo. Be sure to vote for your favorite.
“Backing up Red Mountain acclaim.” Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain 2007 is a blend of biodynamic grapes; predominantly Merlot (56%) Cabernet Sauvignon (30%) with Syrah (8%) and Cabernet Franc (6%). Red Mountain is the smallest AVA in WA. This is a wonderfully complex wine. Dark purple in color with aromas of juicy ripe fruit of cherry, blackberry and cassis combined with clove & cocoa. The palate is concentrated with black cherry, cranberry, toast, licorice with hints of smoke, earth and caramel. A full, lush mouth-feel with plenty of structure & a long, slightly earthy finish. 91 Points.
“Purple power with perfume plays with our hearts.” Herdade dos Grous 2006 is a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional from Alentejo, Portugal. The grapes are farmed organically, but not certified. This wine packs a powerful nose yet delivers it with finesse: violet, white chocolate, plum and licorice. Delivers on the palate with some sweet french oak. This wine is a knockout! 91 Points.
“Deep Red = big fun.” Paul Dolan Deep Red 2006 lives up to its name. It appears to be highly extracted dark, dark purple. Vineyards producing Syrah, Petite Syrah, Grenache are Demeter certified biodynamic; grapes are organically grown from Mendocino County. Wine expresses beautiful dark fruits such as blackberry and black cherry with the warmth of pie, vanilla and baking spice. 91 Points.
“Jam on raisin toast.” Sobon Estate “Old Vines” Zinfandel 2007 is from certified organic vineyards in Amador County, California. This is fragrant, rich, full bodied zin with very forward, fruit driven flavors. The wine is evokes jam spread on raisin toast. 91 Points.
“Teeth-staining blueberry, blackberry & bacon.” Verge Wine Cellars Syrah 2006 is from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. Verge is a young winery dedicated to producing expressive Syrah from unique parcels and vineyards throughout the North Coast – edge of the wild, end of the road, fringe vineyards, organic, biodynamic, yeah. This is a big fairly tannic wine with blueberry, blackberry and yummy bacon. 100% organic grapes. 91 Points.
Watch the reviews, share with your friends and vote for your favorite. Winners announced in December.