For years I’ve expressed my displeasure with Colorado’s wineries. Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of hard working farmers and winemakers here. But for one reason or another, their wines just don’t cut it. From what I’ve tasted over the years, two wineries have recently emerged above the rest.
The first is Sutcliffe Vineyards. I’ve tasted their wines in the past, but recently tasted through their new vintage. Their offerings included the 2009 Chardonnay, 2009 Cinsault, 2008 Field Blend, and 2008 Signature Merlot. The Chardonnay was a bit buttery for my taste, but all were well made. They were well balanced, structured wines. They have a new winemaker on the team, Joe Buckel. He’s best known for his recent work at Flowers, as well as B.R. Cohen. Nice job, Joe.
The second has been on my list since its inception, The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Winemaker/Owner Ben Parsons has gone against the grain of Colorado’s winemaking industry by opening up a winery in the back alley of our Santa Fe Art District. Ben is a man who makes good wine and is in touch with the pulse of the city. He’s also in progress of opening a restaurant (or two).
Bravo. Finally some Colorado wine that’s worth the buck. And there’s a connection between the two- Ben’s previously served as winemaker at Sutcliffe, before starting his own project. Some will say that Ben was fired, but just as many say he left on his own accord. But in the end, no one gives a shit because both wineries are kicking some ass.
Unfortunately my list of “Top Colorado Wineries” ends after #2. We have some work to do.