The signature wine of Baer Winery is the 2004 Ursa, a velvety Bordeaux-style red that may be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 10 years. This elegant wine–a blend of 47% Merlot, 40% Cab Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec–received 91 points from Wine Spectator. The wine is luscious and rich, but not heavy, and well worth $30.
Most of Baer’s wines are sold to customers on the winery’s mailing list. You can also findÂ them at some fine restaurants and select retail outlets. We tasted ours at our favorite local wine bar, Vino Bello.
Baer Winery made its first signature Ursa blend in 2000 out of a small apartment and rented space in another winery. Now, the small, family-owned-and-operated winery is located on six acres in Woodinville. At the beginning of 2003, Baer Winery produced 200 cases. By this year, the annual output reached 1,200 cases.
Sadly,Â owner-winemaker, Lance Baer, died unexpectedlyÂ in May at the young age of 39. According to The Wine Press Northwest Blog, his friends and other winemakers were stunned by the loss of their popular friend. Baer was the sole winemaker, so many WoodinvilleÂ colleagues pitched in to help out at Baer Winery.
Lance Baer lives on through his fine wines. We highly recommend his signature 2004 Ursa.