sf wine pressThere are lots of health and environmental reasons to consume organic foods, but the jury is still out on whether they taste better than conventionally-grown products. Jeriko Estates thinks they do.

Located in Hopland Ca. near Mendocino, Jeriko Estates produces fine Pinot Noir and Syrah using exclusively organic and bio-dynamically-grown grapes.  This is Jeriko Estate’s second label, a blend of 45% Syrah, 23% Merlot, 22% Sangiovese, and some Grenache, named in tribute to the early immigrants who brought vineyards to the San Francisco area.

Bright, fresh, red berry aromas mingle with prominent clove and cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. The juicy, lively, medium-bodied palate is promising, with smooth but persistent tannins giving this wine surprising structure for the price. But the acidity is not integrated and turns sour and angular on the finish. It will cut through rich foods but as a sipper it falls apart just when satisfaction seems at hand.

Style: Fresh, spicy, tart

Score: 87

Price: $15

Alc 13.9%

Spicy like  a Mark Knopfler guitar lick but as Bobby Dylan laments “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight”