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.

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.

Lower Vineyard – St. Paul Mountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Lower Vineyard (Riesling) from St. Paul Mountain Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Golden yellow color.

Aged in Stainless Steel.

Nose of lemon drops, honeysuckle, light corn syrup, white lilies, freesia, and gardenia.

Semi-sweet with flavor notes of ripe pears, peach, pineapple, lemon-lime, beeswax, naval orange, tangerine, and pink grapefruit.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 16.5 – Silver Medal worthy!

11.5% ABV

Priced at $22.50 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via VinoShipper.Com

Christmas at Biltmore Red – Biltmore Estate Winery

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Christmas at Biltmore Red from Biltmore Estate Winery.

Off-dry blend of Merlot, Sangiovese, & Zinfandel

Nose of ripe red cherry, medium bodied, medium-high tannins, bursting with fruit flavors of cherry, red plum, and pomegranate.

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!

14% ABV

Priced at $13 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Biltmore website

The label is designed by North Carolina artist Terry Owensby, whom personally signed our bottle.

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the non-vintage Pea Ridge Red from Parker-Binns Vineyard and Winery located in North Carolina’s Tryon Foothills. A blend of dual vintages of estate Chambourchin masterfully bottled to produce an expressive red.

A nose of cola and over ripe red berries, tart raspberry on the tongue and a lingering earthy finish. Beautiful dark ruby in color and high acidity producing a full bodied wine with great legs.

We have a real fondness for regionally grown Chambourchin and this offering from Parker-Binns doesn’t disappoint.

13% ABV

$20 a bottle

Ships to 34 states (see website)

Maggie – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Maggie from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills. This 2017 off dry white is produced from 100% Muscat Giallo.

Soft citrus on the nose, tropical flavor notes on the tongue with a lingering finish of pear and jackfruit.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 5.5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Ships: Only in North Carolina

Dry Rosè – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the Limited Release Dry Rosè from Biltmore Estate.

This Dry Rosè wine of American grown grape was in our recent wine club shipment. A delicate fruit nose with layers of berry flavors which linger on the finish.

We thoroughly enjoy being Biltmore Estate wine club members and annual pass holders. We often drop in Sunday evening for a bottle of wine and dinner at the Bistro.

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