Bearly Sweet Red – Serenity Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Bearly Sweet Red from Serenity Cellers in Cleveland, Georgia.

Red White blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Traminette.

The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Sangiovese are Estate grown. The Traminette is local to North Georgia.

Non-vintage, but this is a young wine. We aerated but did not decant. Served very slightly chilled.

Labeled as Georgia table wine, no ABV is listed. We estimate the alcohol level at about 11-12%.

Bright ruby in color. Medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate tannins.

Expressive fruit forward nose and balanced bouquet. Sweet on the tongue, more so than barely yet not cloyingly sweet. Flavor profile of ripe dark fruits, with prominent notes of blueberries and black plums. Lingering finish with peppery and subtle nutty tones.

$20 a bottle.

Owner and winemaker Joe Smith is an icon in the North Georgia wine region. He’s the guy everyone turns to for assistance and Joe is currently mentoring other upcoming winemakers in the region.

The winemakers descriptor suggest this wine pears well with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. We’ll just take his word for that.

Kaya Blue – Kaya Vineyards and Winery

Our wine tonight is the Kaya Blue, Merlot blush, from Kaya Vineyards and Winery in the Dahlonega Plateau AVA.

A crisp light semi-sweet blush with a tempting nose of red currant and flavor notes of strawberries and ripe cherries.

Kaya Vineyard and Winery is a rebirth of closed Blackstock Vineyards. One of the largest and oldest vineyards of the Dahlonega Plateau featuring stunning views from of the surrounding North Georgia mountains.

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