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.
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 lovely Chardonnay, from Stillwater Creek vineyard grapes, is the first from Baer in some years. Ripe and tropical, it nonetheless retains its firm acidity, given the vintage and the vineyard location in the Frenchman Hills. A very fine effort by Lisa Baer, it slides into a satisfying, lightly butterscotch finish.— P.G.
The 2005 Ursa is similar in style to the previous blends – 55% Merlot, 28% Cab Franc, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot. A nice ripe vintage, it’s a beefy version of this popular Bordeaux blend, with more black fruits than red, and somewhat rugged, substantial, lightly earthy tannins. As always…— P.G.
A lighter Ursa than recent vintages, the 2009 is a young purple-violet color, with grapy aromas and a broad, fruity palate. Hints of roasted nuts express barrel aging, and the wine has good grip, though the fruit flavors at this stage are still primary. Give this one some further bottle age to smooth out.— P.G.