Organic Winemaking & Viticulture2007 Badger Mountain N.S.A. Organic Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)
Finding drinkable wines made without the use of sulfites can be a challenge, unless you’re fond of aromas like pond water and manure. (A side note: Sulfite allergies, which are rare, do not cause the classic “red wine headache.”) Washington’s Badger Mountain has a knack for clean, organic winemaking, as evidenced by reds like this one: juicy and bright, with ripe cherry fruit.2003 Coturri P. Coturri Family Vineyard Zinfandel ($45)
Coturri’s wines are never shrinking violets, and this ultra-lush Sonoma Zinfandel is no exception. Full of sweet black-cherry and plum-jam flavors, it’s also organically grown and vinified, using only natural yeast—as are all Coturri wines.
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Organic Viticulture2006 Bonterra Mendocino County Zinfandel ($15)
Bonterra has been a leader in organic viticulture in California’s wine industry, utilizing techniques such as composting and integrated pest management (the use of beneficial insects to eliminate pests) along with traditional organic tactics, such as eschewing chemical fertilizers. Among the payoffs is this boysenberry-scented red.