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Trying the Concentrated 2009 Baer Winery, Ursa


During my recent Seattle trip I was excited to find bottles of 2009 Baer Winery, Ursa at Pete’s Wine Shop in Eastlake.  I have previously posted about Baer Winery and have been fortunate to drink a few bottles of the sauvage 2007 and the rippling 2008.  The 2008 received 95 points from Wine Spectator and was 6th in their top 100 wines for 2011.  So after letting the bottle settle in our basement I pulled the cork.  This vintage shows a shift with Cabernet Franc becoming the prime varietal and Petit Verdot disappearing from the blend.  Curious about the change I emailed Lisa Baer.  She responded that “our aim is to create blends that are consistently delicious and distinctive.”  The Ursa always contains both Merlot and Cabernet Franc complemented by other Bordeaux varietals which are always sourced from Stillwater Creek Vineyard.  The proportions are freely changed each year because they “blend it to a flavor profile,  until it tastes like ‘Ursa.'”.

Having now drunk my fourth vintage of Ursa I think it again tastes great.  While drinkable now the 2009 vintage will require more age to open up than previous vintages.  So if you manage to find a few bottles then I highly recommend you cellar them for the short-term.

2009 Baer Winery,  Ursa, Columbia Valley – $38
This wine is 44% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Malbec which was aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak.  The nose was subdued with low-lying fruit.  In the mouth there are gentle, concentrated floral black fruit flavors.  There is an understated violet component along with ripe, finely textured tannins which play a supporting role.  With air there is some spice along with a purple, inky flavor but the wine still plays it close.  This will benefit from short-term cellaring.  ***(*) 2015-2022.

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