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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey 2011 Wild Cañon Harvest

There are serious wines and not-so-serious wines. Then there are wines that are simply seriously cool in concept. The annual Wild Cañon Harvest blush rosé from the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey is one that falls into that latter category.

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Carlson Vineyards 2000 Riesling

What a treat. Seriously. This Carlson Vineyards 2000 Riesling has held up beautifully over the last dozen years and even impresses a tad more than the Carlson Riesling from 2003 that won “best in the world” bragging rights.

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Garrett Estate Cellars 2009 Pheasant Run Red Cabernet Sauvignon

Garrett Estate Cellars is still one of the new kids on the Colorado wine block with its first vintages dating to 2008, and to date, its white wine production has outshone its darker half.

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Desert Sun Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

There seems to be new wineries popping up all over the place. Desert Sun Vineyards, being one of them.

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Infinite Monkey Theorem 2011 Carbonated Black Muscat in a can

Infinite Monkey Theorem tried to can a sparkling wine in 2010. Like every thing the Denver winery has packaged, it was an instant success. So IMT is back with a 2011 version of the Black Muscat.

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The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey 2009 Reserve Merlot

Experience One with The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey was memorable for the wrong reasons (evaluating a sweet, tasting room wines just isn’t my thing). So it was a pleasant surprise during my first visit to the gorgeous Canon City winery to learn that this style of red as just the toasting on an oak stave, so to speak.

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Turquoise Mesa Vineyards 2008 Colorado Crimson

The name Colorado Crimson doesn’t really tell you much about this wine, but if you know anything about Tom Bueb, the Turquoise Mesa Vineyards winemaker, you’ll know it’s right up his alley. He likes his Rhone wines.

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Sutcliffe Vineyards 2009 Cinsaut

Cinsaut (or cinsault) is a grape that has thrived in the Languedoc region of France for centuries. Sutcliffe Vineyards is one of the few Colorado wineries to notice it may also thrive along the Western Slope.

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Sutcliffe Vineyards 2009 Merlot

This Merlot is a good indication of the style of wine Sutcliffe Vineyards winemaker Joe Buckel is shooting for. Sure, it’s fruit driven. It kind of has to be to some respect in Colorado where high summertime temperatures ratchet up the sugar in our grapes. But there’s a solid attempt at producing a wine with structure and acidic backbone that can age.

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Sutcliffe Vineyards 2008 Trawsfynydd

Those who call northern Wales home will think of Trawsfynydd as a village. Those who call Colorado home will scratch their heads in wonder as they try to pronounce the name on the label of a rich red wine blend from Sutcliffe Vineyards.

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