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Best (Organic) Wine in America
Posted By Alana On April 20, 2012 @ 3:23 pm In Learn About Wine,Varietals,Wine Picks | 3 Comments
Bonterra loosely translates from Italian as good earth. Bonterra Winery’s good earth seems to bring out the best in their grapes. I can not remember a time when I was more pleasantly surprised by a group of wines. Added bonus…they are $13.99 for whites and $15.99 for reds, have a lovely fresh label  and are widely available in the states and overseas.
I first opened the 2009 Chardonnay  and thought, wow, this is lovely. I like to keep Chardonnay in my fridge for a week to enjoy a small glass with Hubby  in the evening after work. I’ve experienced other organic wines turn ugly quickly even though I always use a VacuVin , but the slight changes that occurred with Bonterra’s wine were not unpleasant in the least. I am very picky about Chardonnay and I really love this wine. It has all of the elements of a thoughtfully-made, restrained Chardonnay: 70% of the fruit went through malolactic fermentation  in French and American oak. It was then blended with 30% fruit from stainless steel tanks and finished off in neutral oak. For me, that is a winning combination; the malo cuts out the bitter acidity that I find nasty in “naked” Chardonnays and grapes from the the stainless steel tanks keep the wine from being overwhelmed by oak flavors.
I was also thoroughly surprised by the delightful 2008 Merlot . Blended with a bit of Syrah, Zinfandel, and Carignane, it’s a very special wine in that the grapes were subjected to a rare 50-year frost with a long growing season which resulted in (low-yield) concentrated fruits. Events like this showcase a winemaker’s ability and palate. Winemaker Robert Blue turned a potential disaster into a must-try Merlot.
The winemaker’s handling of Bonterra’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon  is just my style. It’s a food friendly, flexible Cabernet Sauvignon. Folks who don’t want a tannic big red wine, this is your Cabernet Sauvignon. It has plenty of structure and flavor but I found that it pairs nicely with basic Mediterranean or Italian food. I would even recommend a high-quality pizza and salad with blue cheese. A non-stuffy Cabernet Sauvignon – nice!
Bottomline: The fact that the winemaker is making fabulous wines from organic farming is interesting to me as an oenophile and it’s fun to show others what organic wines can be, but you don’t have to be “into organic” wines to enjoy these refreshing, flavorful and delicious food friendly wines.
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 label: http://www.bonterra.com/uploadedFiles/Products/Whites/BT%202009%20Chardonnay%20Tasting%20Note.pdf
 2009 Chardonnay: http://www.bonterra.com/our-wines/whites/default.aspx
 Hubby: http://girlwithaglass.com/blog/2009/10/13/marriage-laughter/
 VacuVin: http://girlwithaglass.com/blog/2008/03/21/preserving-wine/
 malolactic fermentation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malolactic_fermentation
 2008 Merlot: http://www.bonterra.com/uploadedFiles/Products/Reds/BT%202008%20Merlot%20Tasting%20Note_new%20pkg.pdf
 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon: http://www.bonterra.com/uploadedFiles/Products/Reds/BT%202009%20Cab%20Sauv%20Tasting%20Note.pdf
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