jimjacks66 wrote:At least this 2009 vintage does not contain a bit of Forte (Port) as the 2006 vintage did as offered on wine.woot in December 2010. Not a fan of Scott Harvey's wines when supplemented with a bit of forte (port). IMHO
Quite! And this, at about $15 a bottle is half price, the most generous SH woot yet.
Scott is a consummate winemaker and one of the most generous, welcoming and decent men in the business I have ever met. He is also happy to converse and expound on winemaking topics with you, and his hospitality is beyond comparison!
He also makes a few of the most sublime wines I've had the fortune to taste. However, I've had issues with his Zins and Syrahs in particular for the port added, which to me muddled them badly. EDIT: But, Scott's the most honest and open about his additions and any hidden winemaking techniques of all the winemakers I've ever encountered, and explains the secrets. Which means you can have a friendly and frank discussion! Now I hope he's keeping the port out of all his better label wines. Without the port I can recommend them wholeheartedly.
Hierarchy of SH reds in ascending order:
-One Last Kiss brand (table red): Red Blend. Fun, zingy acid like Ty Caton, sweetish red for your auntie. Great mouthwatering fun and sort of "everyfruit" wine for parties.
- Everyday: Mountain Selection (red label): Zin, Barbera, Syrah. All with some port added, and other little amounts of more traditional blending grapes here and there. The Syrah actually stands it well for things like lamb stew if you let it open up, and the 06 Barbera was very fun, but the 06 Zin and 07 Barbera were a mess IMO! $20 at the winery.
- InZinerator: Zin. Deliberately sweeter for the mass market Zin. This is actually great fun, and the additions make this the deepest off-dry big-hearted BBQ red wine on the market. Your non-wine pals will love it! Needs an hour or so to to open up.
- Reserve THIS WINE (white label): Zin, Barbera, Syrah. Until now, all except the (outstanding autobuy, hint hint) Barbera still had some (though significantly less) port added, but the grapes were from proportionately better sources. Now also 100% pure varietal, this Zin ought to be excellent. $30 at the winery.
- 1869 (black label): Zin. Remarkable complexity, and the depth of flavour from the predominantly 1869 vineyard grapes is remarkable but he still puts a tiny bit of port in it, damnit! This time because of the quality of the grapes he just gets away with it, but it'd be even better without!
- Jana Cathedral: Bx Blend. The Bordeaux blend is a deep rich dark fruited, yet not a fruit bomb, a more balanced amazing wine! Good acidity, moderate but weighty tannins (grape over oak, a good thing) and length. The 05 will age another decade yet, and has just started drinking very well. Recently on woot. Great stuff.
As for the whites, they can be even better, especially his cold-climate Jana Leelanau Peninsular Michigan Riesling if he ever makes it again, IMHO America's best Riesling.