Here’s a funny thing: In the world of food, organics provide serious credibility: An organic food product is thought to taste better, be healthier, and is priced accordingly, often twice that of a conventional product.
But in the world of wine, being organic gets you just about nothing. Organic wines are generally thought to be cheap and inferior, as if the “organic” label was nothing but a marketing gimmick slapped on cheaper bottles.
I don’t get it, and obviously neither do the California Certified Organic Farmers, who raise the grapes that go into these wines. At a recent event the organization put on a tasting of a few dozen wines and beers, all organically made. Though I missed the beers, I found that quality on the wines is about on the same level with most of these wines as it is with ones made from conventionally farmed fruit.
A tasting report of 15 organic wines follows.
Tasting Report: 2010 CCOF Organic Wine Tasting
2006 Kelseyville Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon / B / young and tannic
2007 Terra Savia Meritage / A- / interesting mix of plum and spice
2007 Chance Creek Sangiovese / A- / lighter in style, with good herbal balance
2006 Hallcrest Cabernet Sauvignon / C+ / overly fruity, funky
2007 Hagafen Regulus Pinot Noir / B+ / Burgundy style, good character
2006 Hagafen Proximus Pinot Noir / A- / better balance
2007 Hagafen Merlot / A- / fruity
2007 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills / B+ / thin on the finish
2007 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills La Encantada Vineyard / A / fantastic richness, perfect balance
2007 Amapola Creek Syrah / A- / good body, big and lush
2006 Amapola Creek Cabernet Sauvignon / B / tough, tight
2007 Emtu Estate Pinot Noir / B- / very fruity
2006 Emtu Estate Pinot Noir / B- / similar
2006 Silver Mountain Pinot Noir / B+ / tart, good fruit
2004 Silver Mountain Alloy / B+ / juicy