Revisiting the 2009 Baer, Ursa
Several years ago I estimated that the 2009 Baer Winery, Ursa, Columbia Valley could be drunk with pleasure this year. While the wine has gained some suppleness it still plays it close. It shows some bottle age with the floral aspects replaced by leather but the wine largely remains tight. There is still a good core of fruit with balanced acidity and structure so why not cellar it a few more years!
2009 Baer Winery, Ursa, Columbia Valley
This wine is a blend of 44% Cabernet Franc, 38% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Malbec which was aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak. Alcohol 14.5%. The nose revealed sweaty leather aromas which made way to a tight but slowly loosening core of black fruit that is wrapped around a dose of fine, drying tannins. Tasted over many hours this wine oscillates in openness. At time it does show some suppleness with cola like spices, other times the structure is evident with cinnamon spices, coffee, and a spicy tannic finish. ***(*) 2019-2026.