Eric Asimov in his January 6, 2014 column in the New York Times, states his ambition for 2014 is to drink adventurously. Obscure wines can offer a great value, a better quality to price ratio. He also states that the greatest values in wines can be found in the region of $20. He selects twenty winter wines for under $20, read the full article here. We have made several selections from his picks.
On Eric Asimov's "Your 2014 Resolution: Drink Adventurously"
Bloomer Creek's White Horse is a Bordeaux style blend of about 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot. The nose is characterized by earthy notes, tobacco, tea, and herbs. On the palace the wine has flavors of plum and cranberry with firm tannins and nice structure.
The winery has since grown to around 6000 cases and is located in the former Northern Michigan Asylum for the Insane in Traverse City, Michigan. The urban environment has served to bring the terroir to the people. LFC is a Michigan version of an Austrian Heuriger - a place where aromatic and flavorful wine is an everyday event. This OMP vineyard is at the southern edge of Old Mission Peninsula. The plants are digging into very dense clay and gravel packed layers. The site is warm and tends to produce small clusters that struggle in the sparse conditions. The Antrim Vineyard is a silt dominant site. It sits on the Kalkaska shale and is going to be a significant site as it ages. The Leelanau sit is amid the Sleeping Bear Dunes and carries all the bright fresh acidity we expect from sandy soils.