Niagara – Rocky River Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Niagara from Rocky River Vineyards in Midland, North Carolina.

Niagara wine is often reviewed as”foxy.” I’m not sophisticated enough to understand what exactly that means….so…..

Color of light straw.

Nose of country fresh honeysuckle, jasmine, and diesel, with slight hints of cinnamon.

Semi-Sweet. Light bodied and delicate.

Flavor notes of lemon drops, pear, green apple, and pine, it’s like biting into a juicy white table grape.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 – Silver Medal worthy!

12.5% ABV

Priced at $14 a bottle

Ships: Only in North Carolina

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Rocky River Vineyard

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Maggie – Parker-Binn’s Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Maggie (Muscat) from Parker-Binn’s Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills.

Nose of pink grapefruit, lime, peach, brandy, plus white lily.

Off dry, bright and crisp.

Bursting with tropical notes on the tongue, mango, orange, pink grapefruit, hints of lemon, lime, and star fruit fading to a lingering complex finish reminiscent of juicy fruit gum.

Varietal: 100% Muscat Giallo

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 18.5 – Gold Medal worthy!

13 % ABV

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Winemaker: Justin Taylor

Rosé – Winery at Catawba Farms

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from the Winery at Catawba Farms in Newton, North Carolina.

Varietals: Cabernet Franc and Merlot blend.

Floral nose of fresh garden roses and violets.

Off-dry.

Flavor notes of fresh cut strawberries and raspberries transitioning to a long lingering tart cranberry finish.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 – Silver Medal worthy!

AVA: Yadkin Valley

12.5 ABV

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Montepluciano D’abruzzo – Citra

Our wine tonight is the Montepluciano D’abruzzo from Citra.

100% Montepluciano.

Dark purple in color, long legs.

Nose of dark over ripe wild berries.

Off dry, ripe morello cherries on the tongue transitioning to notes of cigar box, toast, and black pepper with chewy tannins and bright acidity.

13% ABV

Aged in stainless steel tanks

$7 a bottle

Enjoying this one at the bar of one of our favorite restaurants, I didn’t feel the environment conducive to scoring.

Drinking well now.

I’ve had wine!

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

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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Wide River Winery

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.

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