We get it. Come the New Year, your body is a temple. And so far you’ve actually kept to your resolution to hit the gym, eliminate junk food, and avoid deliciously sweet cocktails. It’s admirable, really, but if you’re anything like us, by now you’re itching to revert to bad, but oh-so-tasty ways.
Cue: Wine Enthusiast. Here are ten 10 recently rated organic wines that will take the edge off while helping preserve that temple. Sure, it’s not your run-of-the-mill deprivation-focused juice detox, but you can rest easy knowing these wines are pesticide- and chemical-free.
Bonterra 2012 Made With Organic Grapes Pinot Noir (Mendocino County); $16, 91 points. Well made, complex and complete, this offers a tantalizing whiff of lightly toasted oak that mingles with cinnamon and berry aromas, all carrying through to the palate. It’s nicely balanced between assertive flavors, fresh acidity and full body. Nuances of rosemary, plum and cherry linger on the finish. Editors’ Choice. —Jim Gordon
Chacewater 2011 Made With Organically Grown Grapes Syrah (Sierra Foothills); $20, 92 points. A meaty, gamy Syrah boasting aromas of bacon and duck-liver mousse, this wine delivers tremendous flavor and quality for the price. It offers plenty of body around a core of plush, savory tannins and a long finish of pepper and cinnamon spice. Start slicing the charcuterie. Editors’ Choice. —Virginie Boone
Christian Leperchois 2011 Lunar Apogé Made with Organic Grapes Red (Lirac); $20, 91 points. This biodynamic producer has hit in two consecutive vintages. The 2011 is a bit funky at first, so you may want to decant it before serving, but once some cabbage-like aromas dissipate, the wine delivers plenty of blackberry fruit, some garrigue notes and a touch of licorice. It’s full bodied and creamy in texture, with a long, silky finish. Editors’ Choice. —J.G.
Domaine Jean Bousquet 2013 Reserve Made with Organic Grapes Cabernet Sauvignon (Tupungato); $17, 87 points. Plum and berry aromas are mildly jammy. This is fast moving on the palate, with racy acidity pushing berry flavors that veer toward tartness but pull back in time. An aggressive finish is also almost sour but not, while oaky coffee and bitter chocolate flavors wrap it up. —Michael Schachner
Domenico 2010 Made With Organically Grown Grapes Estate Grown Syrah (Amador County); $30, 90 points. Big, bodacious but balanced—like a pro football player who practices yoga—this combines power with flexibility and grace. We love the rich, black-fruit aromas, chewy texture, ripe boysenberry flavors and lingering finish. Firm tannins meld with full body for a pleasantly bold mouthfeel. —J.G.
Horse & Plow 2013 McFadden Farm Made From Organically Grown Grapes Pinot Gris (Mendocino); $22, 89 points. A savory, mineral aspect makes this dry wine especially interesting. It has slightly herbal aromas, white peach flavors, rather full body that adds lushness, and a lingering finish. —J.G.
Les Hauts de Lagarde 2013 Made From Organically Grown Grapes (Bordeaux Blanc); $13, 91 points. Rich and full, this is a concentrated and well-balanced wine. It has a good mix of herbaceousness, fresh citrus and pineapple, all intense and fruity. It could age a few months, so wait until 2015. —Roger Voss
McFadden Vineyard 2013 Estate Grown Made With Organically Grown Grapes Pinot Gris (Potter Valley); $16, 90 points. Distinctive citrus and wild sage aromas and a dazzlingly crisp balance characterize this wine. Clean, bracing fruit flavors linger on the lively finish. Grown in a small organic vineyard, this brings authenticity at a very reasonable price. Editors’ Choice. —J.G.
Navardia 2013 Made with Organic Grapes (Rioja); $12, 86 points. Cherry and cassis aromas are a touch flat and jammy. This shows grabby tannins as well as loamy, earthy, lightly bitter flavors of black fruits. The finish lumbers along with size and tannic grip, but overall this blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Graciano and 10% Garnacha shows well. —M.S.
Pratsch 2013 Made With Organic Grapes Grüner Veltliner (Niederösterreich); $15/1 L, 88 points. Crisp green pear, a touch of lemon and even some of that much-vaunted pepperiness find their way into this unobtrusive but refreshing white, which also boasts some welcome spritz. Best Buy. —Anne Krebiehl
Spiropoulos 2013 Made with Organic Grapes Moschofilero (Mantinia); $17, 90 points. This organic offering from a lauded Moschofilero producer starts with aromas of lemon blossom, rose and wet stone, followed by fresh flavors of citrus, peach and white fruits. Floral and elegant, it should be paired with grilled chicken or full-flavored fish. —Susan Kostrzewa