Wine With A View
The first stop along the Colorado Wine Trail brings us to Garfield Estates Vineyard and Winery in Palisade, Colorado. Located almost a mile above sea level in the Grand Valley AVA, the 17 acre vineyard faces the picturesque Mount Garfield, for which the vineyard is named. The combination of high altitude (4,720 feet), hot, dry summers and cool nights provide the ideal climate for growing Syrah, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscat Ottonel. Committed to quality, Garfield Estates is helping put Colorado on the wine map.
Garfield Estates provided the wines for my taste of Colorado. The first pour was the 2008 S2, a Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon blend fermented in stainless steel with no oak aging. A beautiful wine in glass; grapefruit and lemon dominate the nose. On the palate, crisp and clean with nice citrus notes. The second wine tasted included the 2007 Cabernet Franc. A consistent award winner, the polished and balanced red leaves you wanting a second (and third) glass. A crowd-pleasing wine that would pair well with food. I’d love to put this in a blind tasting and see this wine kick some serious butt.
If you live in Colorado, what are you waiting for! Grab a wine map and head out to Garfield Estates for great wine and a fabulous view. If your planning your next vacation, why not visit Colorado’s growing wine industry!
Be sure to check back later this week for a taste of Canyon Wind Cellars. Cheers!
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