BAER WINERY RECENT SCORES

Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley 2012

# 28 in the Wine Spectator Top 100 list for 2015

94 points | $39 | 1,219 cases made | Red Wine from Washington state

The core glows with ripe blackberry, dark plum, mint and floral flavors, gliding over the lightly prickly tannins into a long and compelling finish. Feels almost weightless but has tremendous depth. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2020. — Harvey Steiman for Wine Spectator

Baer Winery Shard Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2015

91 points $25

Head winemaker Erica Orr has developed a very strong following for her 'Shard' Chardonnay. This stainless Chardonnay begins with aromas of poached pear, brioche, and star jasmine. There are flavors of poached pear, Gala apple and suggestions of Meyer lemon rind that sit alongside the bright minerality. This shows nice balance considering the heat of the vintage. (Best 2016-2021) - April, 2016 (OB) - International Wine Report

Baer Winery Callisto Columbia Valley 2012

92 points | $39 | 250 cases made | Red Wine from Washington state

Sleek and supple, this shapely wine features layers of red berry, cinnamon, currant and spice that glide into a long and surprisingly delicate finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2022. — Harvey Steiman for Wine Spectator

Baer Winery Star Columbia Valley 2012

# 26 The Enthusiast 100

94 points | $32 | 605 cases made | Red Wine from Washington state

Made with 75% Merlot with the rest Cabernet Franc, this wine commands attention with aromas of dried and fresh herbs, black fruit, toast and flowers. The dark fruit flavors are rich, layered and tightly coiled, captivating attention with spot-on balance. Sean Sullivan for Wine Enthusiast

Baer Winery Arctos Columbia Valley 2012

# 94 Top 100 Cellar Selections 2015 Wine Enthusiast

93 points | $43 | 605 cases made | Red Wine from Washington state

Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) takes the lead on this wine followed by Merlot (15%) and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Aromas of high-toned dried herbs, flowers, blackcurrant, coffee and barrel spices lead to densely packed black fruit flavors that need time to strut their stuff. Drink after 2021. Sean Sullivan for Wine Enthusiast

2015 Baer 'Shard' Chardonnay- Head winemaker Erica Orr has developed a very strong following for her 'Shard' Chardonnay.  This stainless Chardonnay begins with aromas of poached pear, brioche, and star jasmine. There are flavors of poached pear, Gala apple and suggestions of Meyer lemon rind that sit alongside the bright minerality. This shows nice balance considering the heat of the vintage. Drink 2016-2021. 91 points Owen Bargreen for Washington Wine Report

Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley 2008
95 points

#6 TOP 100 WINES WINE SPECTATOR 2011

Winemaker Lance Baer founded Baer Winery in 2000, producing his wines in Woodinville, Wash., using grapes from Columbia Valley vineyards. After his death in 2007, his sister Lisa and his father, Les, took the reins and hired consulting winemaker Erica Orr. Baer’s signature wine, Ursa, Latin for “bear,” has always been impressive for its suppleness and pure flavors. The 2008, a blend that focuses on Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is the winery’s best wine yet. — Harvey Steiman for Wine Spectator

Baer Winery Star Columbia Valley 2011
92 points

This lithe red is sleek, seductive and medium-weight, brimming with exotic spice nuances to its flavors of black cherry and plum, which sidle into the long and expressive finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2015 through 2019. 502 cases made. — Harvey Steiman for Wine Spectator

Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley 2009
93 points

Good deep, bright ruby-red.  Explosive aromas of black raspberry, mocha, smoke and tobacco. Sweet, seamless and shapely, with thoroughly ripe, complex flavors of plum, currant, leather and mocha.  In a powerful style but not overly sweet. Finishes with lively blueberry and boysenberry fruit and building tannins. This lovely blend avoids the liqueur like quality shown by many 2009 reds. —Stephen Tanzer for IWC

Baer Winery Shard Chardonnay Columbia Valley
89 points

Subdued aromas of peach, nut meats and mint, plus a hint of crab apple.  Supple rich and broad, with good chewy extract to the stone fruit and spice flavors.  Finishes saline, tactile and persistent.  I certainly don't miss the oak. — Stephen Tanzer for IWC