Sep 24 2010
In the spirit of the autumnal equinox this week—the beginning of fall, and when the earth’s equator is level with the center of the sun—we’re showcasing our organic and biodynamic wines here at Just Grapes.
The definition of what constitutes an organic or biodynamic wine can be a bit fuzzy at times, but generally speaking, an organic wine is made with grapes that have not been sprayed with pesticides, and without adding sulfites.
A biodynamic wine goes several steps further: Grapes are grown using a heightened form of organic farming that eliminates all chemicals and pesticides while treating the land as a living organism and promoting diverse animal, bird, and insect populations that allow the grapes to grow within a natural ecosystem.
Organic and biodynamic vineyards are in tune with Mother Nature, and while Mother Nature lines earth up with the sun this week, producing a harvest moon to boot, the cosmic forces are definitely aligned for you to try these bottles, and more:
2009 Pircas Negras Cabernet Sauvignon, Famatina Valley, Argentina [$8.79]
Scents of blackberry, tea and spice. On the palate, layers of cassis and currant fruits intersect with nuances of allspice and earth. Pairing suggestions: Filet Mignon, aged Pecorino or wild mushroom risotto.
This biodynamic estate has made a blend with an almost episcopal purple coloring and a nose which effortlessly combines notes of violets, blackberries, licorice and truffle. A perfect accompaniment to rich meat casseroles.
2005 Porter Creek Chardonnay, George’s Hill Vineyard, Russian River Valley, California [$21.59]
91 pts – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Impressively complex nose shows pear skin, green papaya, smoky leeks and tarragon.