There are some wineries out there that you know you can just trust implicitly. Whatever they put out, whether it is their old standard or some strange Slovenian varietal in a new aluminum can package, you know it’s going to be good. Owen Roe has always been one of these wineries for me. And, it’s not just because I happen to know winemaker David O’Reilly personally, and know that he is both an awesome person and a rock star in the winery.
Okay maybe it is. But regardless, I trust that
if they put their label on it, it’s worth
drinking. They make wines that you can even take to dinner at your boss's house (if you’re lucky enough to have a boss right now) without tasting them first.
This new label put out by Owen Roe is another
in their line of more affordable wines, along with Sharecropper’s and
Murphy’s Law. Corvidae is named for the family of birds that includes
ravens, the mythical birds ever present in folklore and legend. Each wine is named for a particular story or fable. The Mirth Chardonnay takes its name from the nursery rhyme about magpies which reads, “One for sorrow, two for mirth, three for a wedding, four for birth.”
Though Owen Roe winery is located in Oregon, they source their grapes from both Oregon and Washington. The 2008 Mirth Chardonnay comes in at under $15 a bottle and is made from grapes sourced from Columbia Valley in Washington. The wine is a beautiful light golden color, with a perfumed bouquet of lemon, mandarin orange and white flowers. On the palate the wine is soft with pear and peach fruit and just the slightest touch of oak. The finish is long with light buttery notes. Once again Owen Roe has made a fantastic wine at an unbelievable price, with a beautiful label to boot.