WINE OF THE MONTH
August 2, 2018 by PWM
2014 DEL RIO MERITAGE
SOUTHERN OREGON 1ST GROWTH
$19.95 BTL./$102.00 6-PACK
On every weekend in neighborhoods throughout Mexico, Texas & or anywhere that a Hispanic community thrives there is a respected ritual taking place & it is called Barbacoa. Barbacoa is a form of cooking meat (usually lamb) slowly cooked over an open fire or more traditionally in a hole dug in the ground covered with Maguey leaves & cooked until falling apart tender. Usually enjoyed with nothing more than corn tortillas, cilantro, onions and your favorite form of sauce, Barbacoa is the root for the word us gringos know as Barbecue.
Now one of my favorite winemakers & an old school Barbacoa loyalist from my days in California joined me at what has to be the only place you will find this delicacy in the Northwest & while he is famous for his vineyard designated Pinot Noirs he knows all too well that this needs something bigger, something bolder & something that can stand up to the Beast we know as Barbacoa. And while his Claret under his Tyrus Evan label is no more, like a phoenix rising from the ashes out of a brown paper bag comes a bottle of this 2014 Del Rio Claret from the Del Rio Vineyard in southern Oregon. Del Rio was the source for one of Tyrus Evan two Claret bottlings & what many considered the best!
Let me just say that anybody who enjoyed the Claret under the Tyrus Evan label is in for a treat! A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec & Cabernet Franc with the complete Cadillac treatment that was enjoyable with my Barbacoa but will match up well with anything that calls for a World Class wine.
The Del Rio estate is in the process of going through a label change & has made us an offer that is almost too good to believe on the last 48 cases of the 2014.