Century Sweet – Biltmore

Our wine tonight is the Century Sweet White Wine from Biltmore Estate Winery.

Blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat Canelli, and Symphony.

Very citrusy nose, lemon, pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, though also presenting complex aromas of minerals and early spring wildflowers.

Flavor notes of green apples, blood oranges, honeydew melons, tangerines, lemons, limes, and finishing much like a banana cream custard.

This wine is less than perfectly balanced, sweetness is overpowering at 2.2% residual sugar.

12.5% ABV

$16 a bottle

The Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in the world.

May be cheating though as a wine tasting is included with admission to view Biltmore Estate.

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Queen – St Paul Mountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Queen from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards.

Sweet Red blend, 80% Cabernet Franc.

Aged 6 months in oak.

Expressive red plums, blackberries, cherry cola, and fresh vanilla bean on the nose.

Flavor notes of overripe blackberries, figs, fresh baked cherry pie right out of the oven, black currants, red currants, raspberries, freshly ground dark coffee beans, and rich mocha, while finishing with hints of tobacco leaf and smoke.

13% ABV

$23 a bottle

Ships most states via VinoShipper. See St. Paul Mountain Vineyards.

Pomegranate Pinot Noir – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Pomegranate Pinot Noir from CityScape Winery in Pelzer, Southern Greenville County, South Carolina

Pinot Noir blended with fresh pomegranate juice.

Medium ruby color.

Nose of pomegranates, wild blackberries, and black cherries.

Semi-Sweet on the tongue, flavor notes of pomegranate juice, red plums, and hot just out of the oven blueberry pie, finishing with light tones of earthy spices and lingering notes of fresh harvested black truffles.

11% ABV.

$16 a bottle.

Double Gold winner in the 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Black Rose – Wellborn Winery

Our wine tonight is Black Rose from Wellborn wine in the woods located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Rosé of 100% South Carolina grown Lenoir.

Beautiful dark rosé color.

Shows nice legs.

Nose of freshly cut ripe strawberries and orange cream soda.

Sweet on the tongue though not overly.

Flavor notes very jammy, ripe elderberry, raspberry, strawberry, tangerine, pink grapefruit, and finishing like an orange creamsicle smoothie.

12% ABV

Vin Chocolate Du Barista – St. Paul Mountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vin Chocolate Du Barista from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Dark ruby color.

Decadent semi-sweet red blend of undetermined varietals.

Nose of robust fresh ground Colombian coffee and truffles.

Flavor notes of white chocolate, rich mochachino, vanilla bean, peanut butter cups, and chocolate covered cherries.

12.5% ABV

Ships most states via VinoShipper, see St. Paul Mountain Vineyards website.

Vinho Branco – Menarick Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vinho Branco from Menarick Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Vinho Branco is Portuguese for white wine.

Portuguese style white table wine.

Blend of Chardonnay and Albariño.

Unfiltered.

Color reminiscent of early morning rays of sunshine.

Nose of lemon, vanilla, coconut, and early spring floral aromas.

Dry on the tongue with flavor notes of juicy fruit gum and lemon drop, finishing with soft hints of underripe pear and chalk.

11% ABV

Ships to most states. See Menarick Vineyards website.

Vidal Blanc – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vidal Blanc from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Light straw in color.

Nose of lime zest, flint, honeysuckle, green apple, and pear.

Off dry.

Flavor notes of juniper, green melons, fresh peach, ginger ale, over ripe bananas, and lemonade, finishing with hints of mango and orange slice candy.

12% ABV.

Non-Vintage.

Rosé – Brandon Hills Vineyard

In celebration of #NationalDrinkWineDay, our wine tonight is the 2017 Rosé from Brandon Hills Vineyard in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

100% Cabernet Franc.

Beautiful light rose in color.

Nose of strawberry creamsicle, honeysuckle, and light rum.

Flavor notes of strawberries, red plums, over ripe raspberries and cherry cola fading to notes of soft vanilla bean with noticeable minerality.

12% ABV

Recommended pairing: grilled or pan seared chicken. 

White Merlot – Brandon Hills Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2012 White Merlot from Brandon Hills Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.

Often White Merlot is classified such as a White Zinfandel. This is unfair, as the Merlot is in my opinion a superior wine grape. White Merlot is produced by quickly removing the skins from the Merlot grape, as the skins are where the dark ruby color is derived.

This 2012 has aged beautifully and is currently drinking well.

Color is much paler than a standard Merlot….extra light ruby but darker than your standard rosé.

Fruity nose expressive of raspberries, chocolate covered strawberries and pink grapefruit.

Semi-sweet, light tannins, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, reminiscent of a fruit sorbet, finishing with light tones of cashews and pine nuts.

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

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

Total: 17 Silver Medal worthy!

12.5% ABV

Priced at $15 a bottle.

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