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Organic Red Wines
Mikasa Cheers

"Grapegrowing like most other farming is organic by origin, but like most other farms, most vineyards today are not organic."

2008 Pircas Negras

Torrontés (Argentina; organic grapes, vegan) - Luscious white made from a grape originally indigenous to Galicia in Spain; floral, tropical fragrances suggesting papaya and avocado; off-dry (i.e. whisper of sweetness) on the palate, with slightly lemony, zesty qualities giving fresh, easy sensations. (Note: "vegan" wines are those filtered or fined without the use of animal products like egg whites, casein, gelatin and isinglass).

2006 Paul Dolan

Mendocino Chardonnay (California; organic grapes) - Ripe, slightly tropical fruit aroma with creamy oak embellishments; medium-full, crisp and fruit-forward on the palate; finishing soft and lush.

2007 Alois Lageder

Benefizium Porer Pinot Grigio (Alto-Adige, Italy; biodynamic) - Very minerally, crisp edged, linear and refined, delicate Alpine style (as opposed to soft, simple, fruity) of the grape; fleshed out on the palate with sweet pear qualities, finishing smooth and stony dry.

2007 Meinklang

Grüner Veltliner (Austria; biodynamic) - This would not be the biggest, most complex Grüner Veltliner you might find on the market; but ounce per ounce (just $12 retail), you won't find a better buy; fresh lemon and lime on the palate, with a distinctive flintiness in the nose and on a light, breezy palate; finishing lightly tart, utterly fresh.

Organic Red Wines

2007 Organic Vintners, Mendocino Pinot Noir (California; organic grapes, vegan) - Totally clean, lush, pure, sweet berry jam aroma with vanillin oak and peppermint leaf nuances; unabashedly soft, lush, juicy qualities on the palate; ready to drink now, while still young, plump and palpitating.

Cat Cora, Chef Cora, Iron Chef Cat Cora

2005 Parducci, True Grit Mendocino Old Vines Petite Sirah (California; organic grapes) - The Mendocino Wine Company (owner of the Parducci as well as Paul Dolan labels) applies both organic and biodynamic growing regimes. The color here is black and blue, and the nose deep and intense; studded with blueberry, blackberry, roasted coffee, toasted oak and sweet, balsamic-like nuances. Thick, bouncy, juicy qualities on the palate; the aggressive fruitiness wrapped in vanillin and dill-like oak, plumped out by slightly chewy, wham-bam tannin.

2004 Saracina, Mendocino Syrah (California; organic grapes) - A literal larder of twiggy herbs, hard spices, violets and liqueur-like blackberry sweetness in an aggressive nose, filled out by toasty oak; dense, full throttled weight and tannin, punching out sinewy, smoky flavors, finishing with more bang than finesse.

2006 Ceágo, Redwood Valley Camp Masuit Merlot (California; biodynamic) - Classic red berry/black cherry aroma with floral, violet-like perfume; round, fleshy, very polished texture to luscious berry flavors, buoyed by soft tannins.

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