Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Sugar Loaf Mountain Comus 2011 (MD)

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Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard opened its doors in 2006. It has been a highly regarded quality producer ever since. I first discovered them at the Drink Local conference in Maryland hosted by Dave McIntyre and co-hosted by The Cork Report's Lenn Thompson. It was a pleasant surprise to find as I was searching around the basement for something to go with a fresh pasta dish I was making.

The vines are grown in the  unique microclimate at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain. The winery’s 22 acres of vines are French vinifera clones grafted on American rootstock and were carefully selected by world-renowned viticulturist Lucie Morton. They currently grow five white varieties and five red varieties. The grapes are hand-picked, cold-soaked, cold-fermented and aged in stainless steel or French oak barrels.

The winery currently produces Chardonnay, Unoaked Chardonnay, Viognier, Penelope (dry white blend), and Siren(off-dry white blend). Their red list includes Cabernet Franc, plus their signature Bordeaux-style blends: Comus and EVOE!, Petite Merlot, Petitie Verdot,

The team consists of new owner Emily Yang, the winemaker Manolo Gomez, the Vineyard Manager: Julio Rivas, Jeffrey Lund managing the tasting room, along with Tasting Room Assistant Manager Dominique Forsman.

Comus is a traditional Meritage-styled wine, featuring a largely Merlot, with a nice quantity of Cabernet Sauvignon helping to round out the first 50% or so, with the balance being Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. The wine was agd approximately 18 months in new French oak.

I first had the wine at Drink Local event back some years ago, but kept a bottle in the cellar to wait and see what happened. The other day, we had a big plate of pasta and decided to check it out. Being an older vintage, I did not know what to expect. Afterall, the wine was eight years old. My children were still in middle school when I bough this (One's a chef now, and the other one is a salesman). It seemed a lifetime ago!

I had nothing to fear. Cherry exploded out of the glass! It was big ripe cherry, dark and fresh. With notes of cocoa, mocha, plum and blueberry and cranberry. Hints of cedar and toast and black pepper. The wine was fresh and vibrant. The finish was terrific, with a nice acidity followed by a lasting bright cherry-ish flavor. Amazing. A terrific wine and a lovely surprise.

If you like fine wine, you will LOVE Sugarloaf Mountain COMUS!!!