A Thrilling Ride-Sidecar-G-Force

{This wine was provided as a media sample, no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.}

Speed, gravity, acceleration.  If you’ve ever been a passenger in a vehicle that takes the curve with gusto, you’ve had a taste of G-force. It requires you to both hold on tight and let go. There is a push/pull effect, leaving you both taken aback and wanting more.

Was that the sensation Eric Eide was going for with his 2015 Sidecar-G-Force wine? Well, if so, it worked.

It is the wine I can’t stop thinking about.

With the Sidecar label, Aberrant Cellars is exploring varietals beyond Pinot Noir. Daring blends, roads less traveled, adventures in a glass. Here’s what is in this vintage:

*         Gamay (60%) – Havlin Vineyard, Van Duzer Corridor (WV), (Sustainable/Live Certified, Dry-Farmed)
*         Cabernet Franc (28%) – Eevee’s Vineyard, Applegate Valley, (Sustainable/Live Certified)
*         Pinot Noir (12%) – Julon Vineyard, Eola -Amity Hills, (Sustainable/Live Certified, Dry-Farmed

The Gamay and Pinot each spent 12 months in barrel, the Gamay was in neutral oak, the Pinot 20% new. the Cab Franc spent 15 months in barrel, 25% new. Each racked in tank for 3-6 months. They were blended a month before bottling.

And here is why I loved it:

This wine quickly accelerates with bursting red fruit-cranberry, raspberry, cherry. It hugs the curves with a gorgeous mouthfeel- elegant tannins, balanced acidity. It finishes like a champ-hints of white pepper, violets, rose petals. The wine is at once vibrant and restrained, hitting the push and pull.

There are so many good wines out there that it is rare for me to seek out a repeat that I have to special order. I usually note the wine, maybe make plans to visit when in the region, share with others. But Aberrant Cellars has done it again, producing a wine I can’t stop thinking about.

This is a ride I can’t shake, a thrill I want to revisit.


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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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