Merlot – Hill Family Estate

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Napa Valley Merlot from Hill Family Estate.

Vintage 2015

94% Merlot blended with 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec.

Deep purple in color with a bright ruby rim.

Nose of blackberry jam, slightly burnt toast, dark roasted coffee, and chocolate covered strawberries.

Medium tannins with a smooth texture.

Off dry on the palate.

Flavor notes of blackberries, red plums, cherries , blueberries, red licorice, charred oak, smoke, and a traditional long spice and peppery finish.

14.5% ABV.

$40 a bottle.

Wines of 2019

While scrolling back through our pictures of 2019, found some really interesting wines which we never wrote about. Our goal remains to promote locally produced, yet certainly that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy other wines from around the world. In fact, we feel tasting other wines from around the globe helps us to understand, judge, and appreciate locally produced wines.

We go regularly to our local wine bar, Bond Street Wines in Spartanburg, South Carolina where proprietor Jeff House shares and teaches about unique wines from around the word. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable wine people we have encountered. He has a penchant for sharing unique, small batch, affordable and amazing wines with interesting back stories.A tasting at the wine bar generally consist of whites and reds which normally share a general characteristic, such region, varietal, or wine maker.

This one, vinhas Atlas, while a nice fruit forward flavor, was crystal clear, not sure that’s a good thing though….it’s wine not water.

This mead we tried at Savannah Bee Company in Myrtle Beach. Our niece gifted us this rosé in a lighthouse shaped bottle.

The tastings often include Whites and Rosé

Yet Big Bold Reds are Prevalent!

Pinot Nero

Pinot Nero is Jenni’s “regular” at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Renato’s downtown Spartanburg. Pinot Noir fermented without skin contact to produce a full bodied white!

A nicely aged bold red likewise makes us smile!

Wine is such a great field to study. There exist so many different varietals and different wine regions along with different wine making techniques. There is really only one way to learn, and that is to drink it! Cheers!

Rosé – Barefoot

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. Light Salmon in color.

Fruit forward nose of raspberries, strawberries, ted plums, and fresh sliced watermelon.

Light, delicate, and sweet yet not syrupy.

Slightly effervescent.

Bursting of summer fruit on the tongue, with notes of watermelon, bing cherries, tangerines, lime, pink grapefruit, and honeysuckle.

The finish lingers with a crisp tartness.

10% ABV.

$5 a bottle in your local grocery store.

Barefoot strives to offer wines which are fun, flavorful, and approachable. This Rosé hits the mark on all three points.

Barefoot is the most awarded wine brand in the world, so they are obviously doing something right.

Winemaker Jennifer Wall has been awarded over 2,000 medals for her wines.

This blog is sponsored, doesn’t change that this wine is good, and certainly an exceptional value.

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Merry Christmas and Cheers!

Dennis & Jenni

Rosé of Pinot Noir – Veronét Vineyards & Winery

Our wine tonight is the Rosé of Pinot Noir from Veronét Vineyards and Winery.

Vintage 2018.

Varietal and Terroir: Pinot Noir of California.

Bright Salmon in Color.

Nose of watermelon Jolly Rancher, wet forest, and peppermint.

Light, delicate medium bodied.

Flavor notes of strawberries, cherries, fresh watermelon slices, pink grapefruit and a nice lingering finish of mint, black pepper, and hints of minerality.

13.8% ABV

$22.00 per bottle.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2 Impression: 1.5

Total: 15.5 Silver Medal worthy!

Rosé Blend – Leftie Wine

Our wine tonight is the Final Frontier Rosé Blend from Leftie Wine Company.

Light salmon in color.

Red blend that undergoes a secondary fermentation with peach juice.

Expressive nose of peach schnapps, bing cherries, apricots, coconut, and buttery.

Fruity on the tongue, expressive notes of freshly sliced peaches, vanilla beans, cashews, and finishing buttery and dry.

12% ABV

$9 a bottle.

Produced in California.

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

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

WineryEscapades scores 84 points on 100 point scale.

Total: 15.5 Silver Medal worthy!

2018 Rosé California – Lorenza

Our wine tonight is the 2018 Rosé California from Lorenza Wine in Acampo, California.

Bright Salmon in Color.

Blend of 38% Grenache, 36% Carignan, 23% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault.

Dry true rosé of old vines.

Delicate nose of strawberries, sliced watermelon, raspberries, and rose petals.

Expressive flavor notes of navel oranges, ripe strawberries, kiwi, lime, hibiscus, spice, and finishing with a lingering minerality.

11% ABV

$20 per bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society 20 point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4

Taste: 5

Aftertaste: 2

Impression: 2

Total: 16

Silver medal worthy.

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

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.

Wayward Son – KivelStadt Cellars

Our wine tonight is Wayward Son from KivalStadt Cellars in Sonoma, California. An “orange wine” 50/50 blend of Marsanne and Roussanne.

Co-fermented on the skins and aged sur lie in barrel for six months

Vintage: 2017

Bottle: 621

12.8% ABV

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