This Bordeaux-style blend is Baer’s top wine. A bright bouquet of violet, berry, pepper and stone greets you at first sniff, and it gets better and better from there. Dark fruits weave through a supple and striated flavor palette, long and detailed.— P.G.
Baer’s Arctos blend is about three fifths Cabernet Sauvignon, and here the grape shows less fat, and more structure than in the previous vintage. It’s a better wine, sleek and yet fruity, with a pleasing mix of blackberry and cassis. The tannins are forceful, herbal, and sturdy, giving the finish a firm spine. The…— P.G.
A five-grape Bordeaux blend dominated by Merlot and Cab Franc, this is a deft mix of grapes nicely melded into a complete and satisfying wine. It’s anchored by black cherry and cassis fruit, supple and focused. Surrounding that core fruit are layers of smoke, black olive, pencil lead and coffee grounds. It resonates…— P.G.
For this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah and 10% Petit Verdot, all the fruit comes from Stillwater Creek Vineyard. The wine offers notes of mocha, coffee, woodspice, herbs and dark cherry. It’s palate-coating and full in feel, with verve to the blackberry and cranberry flavors that are backed by a firm…— S.S.
Merlot and Cab Franc are the stars of this five-grape Bordeaux-style blend. It begins sweetly, with a pretty mix of ripe berries, spicy toast and dark chocolate. The flavors spread across the palate, adding hints of black pepper and sandalwood. Lush, deep, and slightly exotic, this is a real palate-pleaser.— P.G.
Soft, smooth, rich and supple, this delicious blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc also includes a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. There’s loads of black cherry and blackberry fruit flavor, but beyond that the wine shows real stuffing. It gently evolves in the mouth, opening up to reveal layers of tobacco…— P.G.
This wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It offers notes of mocha, herbs, blackberries, black cherries, vanilla and woodspice. The style is restrained but it’s still fully flavored with sumptuous black fruits and a lick of tannins that need some time to settle.— S.S.
This blend of Merlot (81%), Cabernet Franc (11%) and Cabernet Sauvignon is directly appealing with accents of baker’s chocolate, vanilla, blackberry, crushed flowers and raspberries. It’s soft and supple in feel with focused fruit flavors and a finish that won’t quit.— S.S.