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A Portuguese Gem in the $25-30 Range Oct 2022
2018 Niepoort, Bairrada DOC, Baga, Lagar de Baixo (RT92) You’ve not had the Baga variety before? Here’s an outstanding one to sample! Lagar de Baixo is the passion of Dirk Niepoort and reveals the soaring heights Baga can achieve as a single variety. Crafted from 40-60 year-old vines, then fermented in lagares and aged for 19 months in large, old barrels. Reminiscent of Mencia “light”, with a bit firmer, yet still elegant tannins. Perhaps the most telling aspect of the style is the 12.5% alcohol. This excellent food wine also makes a fine sipper as notes of red berries, dried herbs, hints of underbrush and a puff of smoke rise. It’s translucent, medium density ruby hue coats the mouth with a savory lathering of fruit, lovely fresh acidity, and clean ripe tannin. Highly enjoyable, if you lean toward lighter styled reds this is a wine to check out! Drink now-2028
A Pair of New Gems from Rasa Vineyards September, 2022
These wines are in the +/- $20 price range.
2021 Rasa Vineyards, Columbia Valley AVA, Occam’s Razor, Pinot Gris (RT93) The recently released 2021 Occam’s Razor Pinot Gris shows a bit paler than its predecessor but, reflects remarkable wine making skills that appear to be on the rise. Billo and Pinto – the owner/winemaker brothers – continually impress and these new releases set a high bar for this set of wines. Crafted from Pinot Gris grown in the Gamache and Frenchman Hills Vineyards. Laser focused aromatics reveal a core of tangerine, white peach and hints of fresh almond and white flowers. The palate is equally focused, yet generous in its mouth texture, with its ripe, succulent fruit balanced with bright, fresh acidity. In a few words, this is a fabulous Pinot Gris outperforming its price point and setting a standard of excellence. Catch it while its fresh and alluring. Drink now-2025
2019 Rasa Vineyards, Columbia Valley AVA, Occam’s Razor, Red Blend (RT91) A creative blend of seven varieties: 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 9% Grenache, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Touriga Nacional, 2% Petit Verdot, the 2019 vintage is showing exceptionally well and transcends the rusticity that characterized previous vintages. Aged 19 months in oak, of which only 15% is new, it expresses the mouth texture of cask aging yet shows no toasted oak characteristics. Deep ruby in hue, notes of blackberry, plum, dark ripe cherry, brambly brush and hints of white pepper frame a masculine bouquet. In the mouth this conveys a sense of sophistication and refined wine crafting with bright, ripe fruit, fresh acidity, and sweet, ripe tannins. This wine is a real beauty for the price point, simply outstanding! Drink now-2028+