Vail Valley Finds from the Vine: Australian vineyard escapes fires
VAIL, Colorado The recent fires in the southeastern peninsula of Australia brought peoples focus on this little-known wine region, albeit for horrible reasons. Kirby Family Vineyards reported no major damage, and no deaths, so their production of Cooralook wines should remain unaffected. Try the 2008 Cooralook Pinot Noir, mainly from their vineyards in the Strathbogie Ranges appellation. The whole area is rather cool, so this Pinot Noir is medium bodied, with crisp raspberry and brambly flavors and aromas, light rose petal scents, a little white pepper and acidity on the finish, and just a hint of toasty oak. A perfect wine to just sip after a day at work, or drink this with grilled tuna or salmon, grilled chicken, lighter tomato-based pasta dishes, or ham and lamb (speaking of holiday food, the Cooralook would be great at an Easter brunch!) Cooralook is tied in with Yabby Lake Winery and Heathcote Estate, and winemaker Tod Dexter oversees the production for all three wineries. Robert and Mem Kirby established Kirby Family Vineyards in 1992. This wine is $16.49.Jarrett Osborn is the wine buyer at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards.