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Jan 28, 2008 07:02 PM

Thoughts on Heron wines.

What do people think of the Heron wines?

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  1. Love Heron Wines, her first wine was a French Merlot, give that a swirl. The chardonnay is not overoaked, very pleasant and drinkable. I also like her syrah. All in all, it is a great product at a moderate price. Perfect if you need a large quantity of under the radar wine.

    1. So, the question might be: What do YOU think, ellraystingray?

      Do you like the wines? Heron seems interesting; is she? Seems like she acts as something of a negotiant/winemaker, IIRC. Don't the grapes come from all over the world?
      What's the story?

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      1. re: maria lorraine

        Good question Maria. The story is interesting and the jucie does from all over the world. I don't have any more than what is on the website at this point, but, while it is a broad generalization, your negoc analogy is probably pretty accurate.

        The reason I ask is becuase these wines somehow completely missed my rader screen previously. I "think" I'd heard of them, but thought it was a much lower price point. However, they are by no means expensive at 10.99 to 14.99.

        I was just sorta surprised I'd missed them as now having tasted them, I'll be buying them regularly. I thought I'd check with this board--which I am guessing has more than a few "early-adopters"--and see if anyone shared my feelings. I suspect she will be pretty successful if her sourcing can reamain consistant at those prices as she grows case levels.

        1. re: ellaystingray

          Would you share with us what you've tasted and your impressions? I'd be willing to try Heron's wines, especially if they're a good value.

          1. re: maria lorraine

            Here is a quick and dirty re-cap of what I've tasted.

            Chardonnay: A prototypical California Chardonnay (in a good way) that balances rich fruity flavors with a nice shot of acidity. Good for nights where you have guests that are "Chard People" and you don't want to open that Muscadet just for yourself.

            Pinot Noir: Since the grapes are sourced from France, it makes sense that this is a more austere, less ripe edition than what we are often seeing from California--think more dried fruit than stewed. Subtle Pinot flavors of brown spice and cherries with bracing acidity make this a really easy glass (bottle) of wine to drink.

            Merlot: While displaying more forward fruit than an average French merlot based wine that doesn't cost $900 a bottle, it shows just that right touch of restraint and a slight sense of place that makes you think, "hmmm this isn't California, is it?"

            Sexto: I don't know what to say about this wine becuase I am not sure what to say about Spain these days. This is a blend of six Spanish grapes that is just as interesting and confounding as the question: Is Spain today a New World or Old Word producer?

            I am fascinated by the idea of sourcing grapes for ostensibly American labels from out of the country and when it is done properly, there are some really interesting results. My cynical nature says they can't keep it up, but for now, I have been smitten by these wines.