Well, the clock may have struck a New Year but I have some business in closing out 2010. It is an exciting time for the green movement, environmental consciousness and one filled with some hope for charting a more sustainable path forward amidst very challenging economic times. Given this I wanted to give mad props to the wines and wineries that recently were voted as the best organic wines of 2010 by the readers and fans of Organic Wine Review.
Rollingdale Winery was founded and is owned by a husband and wife team of Steve and Kirsty Dale. Their focus is on producing fine wines using only premium grapes made from the most conscientiously cultivated vines they can find. The winery makes Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon but where they really shine is their Icewines, including both a Pinot Gris and a very unusual Pinot Noir Icewine.
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. “Black & blue boy(sen) berries.” 92 points.
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. “Teeth-staining blueberry, blackberry & bacon.” 91 Points.
Sokol Blosser Pinot Gris 2008 demonstrates that Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley of Oregon is not only great for Pinot Noir but is also a wonderful climate for Pinot Gris. Grapes are certified organic. The nose of this wine is incredibly balanced with notes of peach, citrus, fig and orange blossom. It is full-bodied, unctuous, a little oily with a hint of bitter apricot. Food-loving wine. “No crocodiles – just Pinot Gris in Dundee Hills.” 90 Points.
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! “Soft stone fruits for shrimp alfredo.” 89 Points.
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up. All are worthy wines on their own. When you combine their qualities with their organic lineage, all are recommended for your drinking pleasure!