2015 Tenshen Red

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Santa Barbara County Red Wine.

Deep purple in color.

Opens nicely with 60 minutes of decanting.

Bursting of fruit on the nose, black cherry, black plum, wild blackberry, and eucalyptus.

Same fruit flavors on the tongue, plum, black cherry, blackberry, spiced rum and coke, fading to a lingering finish of prune, fig, mint, and spice.

Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre, Petite Sirah & Merlot

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy!

15.5% ABV

Priced at $25 a bottle.

Winemaker: Joey Tensley

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Müller Two-Goats – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Müller Two-Goats from CityScape Winery. Produced from the German Müller-Thrugau varietal and bestowed a name more fitting of this small rural craft winery.

Named of it’s creator, Professor Müller of Thurgau, Switzerland, who created it in 1812 by crossing Riesling and Gutedel.

Beautiful golden color.

Nose of dandelion, unripe peach, and green apple.

Semi-sweet with flavor notes of apricot, lemon, green melon, gardenia, freesia, and a soft honeysuckle finish.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Awards: Gold – 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition

12.% ABV

Priced at $16 a bottle.

Ships: Only in South Carolina

First Degree – Wide River Winery

Our wine tonight is First Degree from Wide River Winery in Clinton, Iowa. This is our first craft wine from Iowa. We were excited to open and give a taste.

Beautiful rosè in color.

A sweet raspberry wine. Very light and subtle nose. A burst of tartness on the tongue, lingering to a bold raspberry liqueur finish.

Would pair extremely well with cheesecake.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 2.5 Taste: 4 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 14 – Bronze Medal worthy!

Priced at $18 a bottle.

Ships: Most States via VinoShipper

I searched but could not locate ABV listed on the label. Shows moderate legs.

Thanks to our friends Mike and Danette Myers for gifting us this bottle. Overall, it’s a nice drinking sweet wine.

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Francis Coppola – Claret

Our wine tonight is the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2016 Black Label Claret. A California red blend dominate of Cabernet Sauvignon also featuring Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

Drinking fine now, may age moderately. Needs to breath, open up for 60 minutes.

Nose of cherry, mocha, and vanilla

Nicely balanced, medium bodied.

Complex flavor notes of oak, molasses, smoke, tobacco, and pepper opening up to hints of blackberry, raspberry, currant, and spice fading to a lingering finish of vanilla.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 2.5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 14.5 – Bronze Medal worthy!

14.5% ABV

Priced at $17 a bottle.

Ships: All 50 States

Crush – Dreaming Tree

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Crush from The Dreaming Tree. A semi-sweet red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, and Tannat.

A nose bursting of red fruit, coffee, currant, violet, rose, and vanilla. Beautiful dark ruby color with long legs, bold, rich, and complex with a full compliment of tannins. Flavor notes on the tongue of blackberry jam, black cherry, and cranberry. Mid palate smooths to leather, oak, smoke, and cedar. Lingering to a finish of tobacco, black pepper, and spice.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy

13.5% ABV

Priced at $15 bottle.

Drinking nicely now. Improves as it opens up.

Thanks to our friends Mike and Danette for gifting us this excellent bottle.

Ships to AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, HI, ID, MA, MN, MT, NC, NH, NM, NV, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI.

Zin Garden – 2016 Riesling

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Riesling from Zen Garden in Pfalz Germany.

Ringing in the New Year with GREAT friends at Level 10 downtown Spartanburg, S.C.

We wish you all a Happy New Year. The wine? Who cares…..it’s a German Riesling.

Christmas in a Bottle – Locklear Vineyard & Winery

Our wine tonight is the Christmas in a Bottle from Locklear Vineyard and Winery in Maxton, North Carolina.

Blush colored spiced muscadine wine which I believe to be a blend of Carlos and Noble with spices added before bottling.

Definitely very distinctively Carlos on the nose.

Tropical fruit and expressive spices on the tongue. Fruit flavors of orange, tangerine, grapefruit and spice notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg,

We enjoyed the first glass slightly chilled and the second warmed such as a mulled wine.

Although we enjoyed both……we agreed it’s best served warm.

This is a very nice wine that we really enjoyed.

13% ABV

$10 a bottle.

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Merry Christmas from Winery Escapades

Black Spanish – Enoree River Vineyard

Our wine yesterday was Black Spanish, an estate red wine from Enoree River Vineyard in Newberry, South Carolina.

This American hybrid grape varietal is known by many names, Black Spanish, Spanish Black, Lenoir, Jacquez , El Paso, and others. The grape produces red juice, and a rich fruit forward wine. This estate wine from Enoree River is an excellent example of the bold wine which can be produced from Black Spanish grape. Nose is of black cherry, perhaps a bit musky. On the tongue it’s very fruit forward, with explosive notes of fruit jam, blackberry, elderberry, and cherry. Lingers sweet on the tongue, but not overpowering.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy

12% ABV

Priced at $16 bottle.

Rosè Malbec – Cuvelier Los Andes

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Rosè Malbec from Cuvelier Los Andes in Mendoza Argentina.

Nose of ripe red berries

Flavor notes of strawberry, passion fruit, and over ripe red plum. Lingering finish.

100% Malbec.

Off-Dry

Direct Press Rosè

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17 – Silver Medal worthy

12.5% ABV

Priced at $20 bottle.

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