Eric Laumann rarely takes the path of least resistance. What’s the challenge or reward in that? His newest release — the 2014 Aero Bos — is a perfect example. While most red blends self identify as Bordeaux or Rhone based, Aero Bos is an international conglomerate that incorporates the following strange bedfellows:
- 40% Dornfelder (Santa Lucia Highlands) for purple/blue hues and vibrant, sweet fruit notes from start to finish.
- 35% Tannat (Monterey) for rustic flavors, balanced acidity and structure for longevity.
- 15% Cabernet Sauvignon (West Paso Robles) for cherries and dried herb, a strong mid palate and long finish.
- 10% Syrah (Monterey) for spicy notes, viscosity and richness.
Here’s a quote form Eric:
“Flying Cow. That’s what Aero Bos means – Flying Cow. It all started with dinner. While contemplating the glories of a well-marbled Rib Eye, I decided it was time to create my version of the perfect steak wine. Ignoring borders, languages, customs and conventional wisdom, I chose four of the boldest grape varieties found in Europe. The final mélange of Dornfelder, Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is one of the most exciting and dramatic wines I have ever produced. Blurring the line between art and science, it is intended to stimulate both sides of your brain.”
In our biased opinion the 2014 Aero Bos is among the greatest “power reds” ever produced in Monterey. Big, dark, aromatic, chewy and exotic, it is an outlier among cold-climate reds.