NCWINE Virtual Tasting

A look back at our participation in the September 9th #NCWineMonth virtual tasting on Twitter.

Twitter virtual NC Wine Tasting 9/9/19

We tasted three wines and our Twitter notes are below.

1. Blanc du Bois – Hinnant Family Vineyards

2. Fig Orange Mead – Honeygirl Meadery

3. Côte-Soleil Syrah – Elkin Creek Vineyard

1. Blanc du Bois – Hinnant Family Vineyards

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level, NC

Dry, 12% ABV. $13 a bottle

Pale yellow in color

Nose of grapefruit, lemon, butterscotch, and honeysuckle.

Flavor notes of grapefruit, green apples, pineapple, and bananas foster finishing with hints of lemon and wildflower honey and a certain dull minerality.

Flavor profile similar to a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Hybrid Grape developed at the University of Florida

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2. Fig Orange Mead – Honeygirl Meadery

Durham, NC

Beautiful golden color 12% ABV.

Roasted locally sourced figs fermented with NC wildflower honey

A Melomel is a Mead that contains fruit…either fermented with or infused after fermentation.

Nose of honey, fig, caramel, and butterscotch.

Bold Flavor Notes of honey, orange slices, caramel, and Fig.

Bronze medal in Finger Lakes Int’l Wine Competition.

Pair with a nice charcuterie plate.

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3. Côte-Soleil Syrah – Elkin Creek Vineyard

Right outside of Elkin—-Yadkin Valley AVA

Côte-Soleil Syrah 2016

Syrah blended with 12% Viognier

12.5% ABV

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Big nose of over ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vinaigrette, graphite, smoke.

Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with prunes, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, black licorice, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, and graphite.

Long finish with fine tannins with notes of chocolate covered cherries.

This is a delicious Syrah blend from the Yadkin Valley AVA. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A great sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (60 minutes). We actually decanted for 2 hours.

Still young and will continue to mature in the bottle.

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Oaked Black Cherry – Wandering Bard Meadery

Our wine tonight is the Oaked Black Cherry Mead From Wandering Bard Meadery In Mauldin, South Carolina.

We enjoyed on our back patio taking in the neighborhood fireworks show.

Silver medal winner in the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Light cherry in color.

Still, not sparkling.

Nose of traditional wildflower honey.

Semi-Sweet.

Flavor notes of black cherry and vanilla on the tongue, light oak, charcoal notes finishing with the traditional honey notes.

12% ABV.

Wandering Bard Meadery opens to the public the first Saturday of each month. We hope to see you there.

Siri knows the way!

Cheers!

Bananas Foster Forever – Artisan Crafted Meadery

Our wine tonight is a mead; Bananas Foster Forever from Artisan Crafted Meadery.

Dark gold to light orange in color.

Still (no carbonation).

Nose is true to a bananas foster, strong banana, syrup, honey, vanilla rum, and coffee aromas.

Flavor notes of bananas, honey, cinnamon, vanilla rum, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, cappuccino, caramel and a light finish of walnuts.

6% ABV

Back label reads………

It is said that once, long before the Birds and the Bees, there was the Banana and the Bee. The rowdy Banana came from the wrong side of the tracks, so it was instantly a scandalous relationship. Things were hot for a while, practically a flambé. Their love didn’t last long, though, as it was steeped in good times and a heavy dose of a certain Caribbean libation. After the flames settled settled they decided it would be best to stay BFF’s.

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