The Winery at Holy Cross: No reservations



So ... following up this post from early last month on The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey's reserve wine releases:

The winery was kind enough to send us an unsolicited sampling of reserve wines, which we (of course begrudgingly) broke into. Thus far, we've sampled the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and 2008 Colorado Merlot Reserve. (No ... not at work.)

Both wines were produced with 100 percent Colorado-grown grapes (the best from that year's harvest), making them totally fair game for the stringent locavore crowd. Only 150 cases of the Sauvignon were released last month and only 250 of the Merlot.

The Merlot can be stored for up to seven years, should you decide to not drink it now. From what we tasted, another year or two should be just about the perfect time to pop it open, not that it's at all bad now. The most notable feature is the 16 months of oak it has seen, followed by hints of cherry that were probably implanted in our minds by the accompanying press release. It's definitely a rich, dense wine that after about 15 minutes of breathing in the glass (we did not decant) really hit a nice balance. Overall comment (keeping in mind that I'm far from a sommelier): highly drinkable and pleasant. Definitely a good option if you're not one of those tools who goes around actually living by Paul Giamatti's character's quip from Sideways: "I am not drinking any fucking Merlot!"

  • Really, Merlots aren't so bad ..

The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc was bright and crisp, with initial sweet and tangy notes that faded into melon. The release spoke of grass flavorings that we couldn't quite pick out, but a very pleasant wine overall, perfect for lighter fare like apples and dense, white cheese.

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