Organic Wine of the Year

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. Week three was Organic Red Wine of the Year.  This week the awards approach their apex with the opening of much ballyhooed poll for Organic Wine of the Year.

Finalists for Organic Wine of the Year were rated as the finest examples of organic wines that Organic Wine Review assessed this year.  All have received ratings of 92 points or higher.  This is a wonderfully diverse category both varietally and geographically: a Chianti Classico Riserva, Cabernet Franc from Mendocino, Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Oregon and a Pinot Noir Icewine from Canada.  Be sure to vote for your favorite.

“Sweet cherry tomato arrivederci!” Casina Di Cornia Chianti Classico Riserva 2000 is made from organically certified Sangiovese grapes in Chianti, Toscana Italy. Aromas of plum, cranberry and sweet cherry tomato combine with solid tannins and balanced acidity. Still showing very well after 10 years of age. At $40, excellent value for outstanding food-loving Chianti. 92 Points.

“Cassis, cedar, cocoa California flair.” Fairchild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is from the Lake Hennessey area of Napa Valley, California. Paul Hobbs is the winemaker consultant. An exclusive wine with just over 100 cases produced. Vineyard adheres to organic practices, however is not yet certified as such. Grapes were hand-picked. This Cabernet Sauvignon shows like a Bordeaux: blackberry, cassis, cedar, cocoa, and saddle leather. 93 points.

“Apricot caramel crème brûlée.” Rollingdale Pinot Noir Icewine 2007 comes from Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Rollingdale Winery is committed to organics – the Pinot Noir grapes are certified organic by USDA, Canadian and Provincial organic certification bodies. The wine has a beautiful and unusual copper/amber hue. With the grapes picked after frost, there is heavy concentration of sugar making this wine sweet yet with exceptional acidity. Fantastic flavors of apricot, caramel, crème brûlée deliver gloriously on the palate. The finish is long and to be savored. 92 points.

“Pinot speaking of place.” Sokol Blosser Estate Cuvée Pinot Noir 2007 comes from organic certified grapes grown in Dundee Hills, Oregon. (The winery’s buildings are also LEED certified). This wine is delicate yet complex. It delivers cherry and blackberry with an earthy character reminiscent of a forest floor. There is also an iron-rich quality to the wine. Great balance. 92 points.

“Black & blue boy(sen) berries.” Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Franc 2007 is from Yorkville Highlands AVA in Mendocino County, California. The grapes are organically certified. The wine delivers fruit of blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry along with green peppers and herbal notes. It is enticingly juicy yet dry. Surprisingly complex for a single varietal expression. 92 points.

Watch the reviews, share with your friends and vote for your favorite.  All the polls are open until Sunday December 19th.  Winners of all categories will be announced the week of December 20th.

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