In May of 2007, Lance Baer – founder of Baer Winery – unexpectedly passed away at age 39. Recently, I had the opportunity to sample the 2004 releases from this winery.
|Baer Arctos 2004||Light black pepper and spicy plum aromas with touches of blackberry syrup. A good, although fairly subtle nose. Up front on the palate with smooth tannins on the back end and finish. 45% Cabernet; 30% Petit Verdot; 9% Cab Franc; 8% Merlot; 8% Malbec.||$30|
|Baer Ursa 2004||Blueberry and other blue fruit with traces of spice, chocolate, and espresso. Spice becomes bolder as the wine opens up. Very well balanced on the palate with silky tannins and a good finish. 47% Merlot; 40% Cab Franc; 8% Cabernet; 5% Malbec.||$30|