Carignan – the grape growers in Mendocino can’t pronounce (they say it ‘kerrigan – like Nancy”, the French have forgot, and that got a bad rap during the jug wine days.
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Countdown to Rhone
If you are a Rhone style wine aficionado, March and April are your months.
March 24-25 is the Rhone Rangers “Weekend Celebration of American Rhones.”
Over 100 domestic Producers from California, Washington, Oregon, and even Virginia assemble in Ft Mason, San Francisco for two days of seminars, winemakers dinner, auctions, and tastings.
April 26-28th Rhone lovers head to Paso Robles for Hospice du Rhone, “the World’s Largest International Celebration of Rhone Variety Wines.”
This years event is even more special in that its the 20th anniversary. This event is a stunning immersion of seminars, lunches, dinners, & tastings.
In honor of these two do not miss events, I will be featuring a Rhone wine review each week.
Baxter Winery – Known For Pinot, Skilled At Everything
The Baxters, a small winery family in Anderson Valley, are renowned for their Pinot Noir. They clearly demonstrated this when they won my greenhouse Pinot Smackdown, by a large margin.
Winemaker Phil Baxter renewed my faith in the minimalistic, ‘natural’ style wine making approach, showing what skill, attention, and patience can do.
In addition to Pinot Noir, which they are most known for, Baxter producers many other, very small lot, all equally stunning wines, including Syrah, Cabernet,
and yes, even Merlot (that will change your opinion of the poor grape.)
I will review a Pinot Noir soon, and they are about to release a new Rose’ that is one of the best I have tasted in awhile, and look forward to reviewing (and buying more) when released.
Wine Review: Baxter Winery 2006 Carignan – Mendocino
I have had the pleasure to barrel taste and geek out with Phil Baxter several times, and its always an honor and a pleasure. Phil is humble, passionate, and entertains all questions with grace, never condescending or arrogant. I have to admire his patience – I’d be tempted to release many of his wines in barrel much earlier, and consumers would buy them, but Phil waits until he believes the wine is the best it can be, rather than going for the cash. That means dollars are tied up longer. Baxter wines can cost a few dollars more, but this is why, and they are worth it.
On the Nose: Complex Nose of spice, cocoa, black fruit, slight hint of leather.
In The Mouth: Layered flavors of bright red and black fruits, with soft tannins and nice acidity. A great wine that goes down well solo, but the acidity makes it perfect for food.
Recommendation: Highly Recommend. 92 Points. Only 150 cases made.
Where to Buy: Online at the Baxter website. $32
Take the time to make an appointment to visit Phil & Claire Baxter the next time you are near Anderson Valley. It’s a beat off the beaten path, but worth it. And then sign up for their wine club to keep the bottles in supply.