Cowhorn Vineyards is another great winery going back to basics. “Organic is a set of rules that focuses on eliminating adulterations, chemicals and additives while Biodynamic is the gold standard that does all of that plus focuses on cultivating life and health for the future,” says Barbara Steele, co-owner of Cowhorn Vineyards with her husband Bob. They ferment with only native yeasts from the field that they nurture and support with careful temperature control and sanitation. “This means each and every one of the vintages is affected by a unique combination of upwards of hundreds of distinct yeasts,” says Steele.
These methods have resulted in some great wine, the most essential being their Spiral 36, a Rhône style blend of equal parts Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne. The 2013, still available for purchase, exhibits the similar zingy tropical citrus flavor and sustained honey finish that landed it and the 2012 vintage 91 points on the Wine Enthusiast. With a little bit of time the 2013 might show as much complexity as the 2011 vintage of Spiral 36 that ended up on Wine Spectator columnist Matt Kramer’s top three wines of the year. Not to bad for little old Applegate valley.
Resiliency: 9/10 Drink all day!
Affordability: 6/10 Well executed and at least more affordable than there other vintages…
Cannabis Pairability: 8/10 Pair like with like, try Lemon Haze with its zingy citrus profile.