Christmas White – Biltmore Estate

Our wine tonight is the Christmas at Biltmore White Wine from Biltmore Estate Winery.

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

Grape sourced from California.

Vintage: 2018

Soft pale yellow in color.

Semi-sweet.

Nose of freshly sliced pears, peaches and cream, red grapefruit, ginger, honeysuckle, and rose petals.

Gewürztraminer is prominent and easily detectable in the nose.

Flavor notes of fresh baked hot apple pie, ginger snaps, cantaloupe, tangerine, pineapple, lychee, lemon drops, and big hints of dried apricots finishing with lingering notes of soft herbs and spice.

12.5% ABV

$15 a bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Nose: 5 Taste 4.5 Mouth Feel/Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 17 – Silver Medal worthy.

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Riesling – Point Lookout Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Point Lookout Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Vintage 2016.

Riesling from North Carolina.

Light golden color.

Nose exhibiting soft minerality, pink grapefruit, lemon, and freshly sliced golden delicious apples.

Off dry on the palate.

Crisp with medium acidity.

Flavor notes of lemon meringue pie, Bosc pears, green vegetables, Granny Smith apples, and soft herbs with a lingering minerality.

11% ABV.

The vineyards sit high atop the Southeast slope of Point Lookout Mountain in North Carolina’s Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Pea Ridge Red from Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Dual vintage blend of estate grown Chambourcin.

Dark ruby in color with a purple hue.

Expressive nose of raspberries, blackberries, Cranberries, and smoke.

Flavor notes of raspberries cranberries, black cherries, blackberries, black pepper, flat cola, and finishing with lingering tones of leather, smoke, and earthiness.

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)

Muscat Canelli – Biltmore

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Muscat Canelli from the Biltmore Estate Winery.

Pale yellow in color.

Enticing floral aromas of violets, lavender, and honeysuckle.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of grapefruit, peach, pear, and lime, while finishing softly with hints of nutmeg.

12.5 % ABV.

$17 a bottle.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5

Aftertaste: 2.5. Impression: 1.5

Total: 16 Silver Medal worthy!

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.

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.

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