Blair Estate is a new micro estate established in the Arroyo Seco by the successful cattle rancher Jeffrey Blair. His estate- Delfina’s Vineyard-sits on family-owned property located in the cool eastern end of the Arroyo Seco AVA, which is exposed to the consistent winds off Monterey Bay. Beginning in 2007, the family began planting five acres of Pinot Noir, almost two acres of Chardonnay and one block of Muscat. Blair Estate has already produced two delicious wines sourced from neighboring vineyards and will soon release their 2012 Pinot Noir. While waiting for their Pinot Noir, we thought readers would welcome learning about Blair’s Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
Blair Estate 2012 Chardonnay Roger Rose Vineyard Monterey County ($28) 90 The 2012 Roger Rose Vineyard Chardonnay is a fresh tasting wine with melon and pear fruit aromas and flavors. Fermented in 75% French oak, 25% new and 25% stainless steel, it displays ripe and focused flavors, good mouth feel, excellent balance, and a persistent finish. This wine confirms our assessment that Arroyo Seco is a superb growing area in Monterey County for Chardonnay. Well done.
Blair Estate 2012 Pinot Gris Meador Vineyard Arroyo Seco ($26) 90 This Pinot Gris displays a yellow-gold hue and is pleasantly fragrant with aromas of ripe melon and passion fruit. Fermented in neutral French oak and aged in French oak and stainless steel with extended lees stirring, it is medium weight with concentrated fresh fruit flavors, good acidity and a long finish. This is Jeffrey Blair’s debut release of this wine, and it is showing very well.
Mike Potashnik and Don Winkler