Granda – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.

Our wine tonight is the Granda from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.

Red blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chambourcin.

Fermented in French Oak Barrels.

Burgundy in color.

Intensely fruit forward on the nose, off dry with mild tannins. Flavor notes of black cherries, red plums, blackberries, and red licorice. Finishing long with subtle earthy and nutty tones.

A really nice easy drinking red blend.

12.5% ABV

Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard is rooted on a 100 plus year old dairy farm. The soil is fertile and rich in nutrients and not over farmed. Originally planted in 2003, much of those original vines remain.

Merlot – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Merlot from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina.

Vintage 2017

Estate grown Merlot.

Deep maroon in color with a short purple rim.

Aromatic bouquet of red plum, bing cherry, fresh blueberry, vanilla extract, black tea, and mocha.

Dry, medium-plus bodied, pleasantly sultry with long cascading legs.

Fruit forward with notes of black currants, pomegranate, cherries, blackberries, and fresh figs, gently fading with hints of cedar, cigar box, black licorice, and leather.

12% ABV.

$22 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Check ParkerBinnsVineyard.Com

Winemaker Justin Taylor.

NC Fine Wines Showcase award winner 2020

NC Fine Wines Showcase Award Winning

Loco Lulu – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Loco Lulu from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina.

Loco Lulu – Soft Red Blend

Non-vintage on the bottle, though we believe this to be of the 2018 harvest.

Classic Bordeaux blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Dark purple in color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose expressive of fresh Bing cherries, think of a freshly baked hot out of the oven cherry pie, cocoa, soft florals, cinnamon, vanilla, and smoke.

We aerated for 60 minutes.

Medium bodied, medium tannins, with beautiful cascading long legs.

Flavor notes of black currants, blackberries, cherries, red plums, and spice, finishing toward more subtle notes of cedar, vanilla, black pepper, and pipe tobacco.

$12.8% ABV

Winemaker: Justin Taylor

$20 a bottle.

Lulu’s paw of approval is stamped on the cork.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Check the website for ordering.

Named for Lulu the winery rescue dog. $1 from every bottle sold is donated to her favorite local pet adoption organization.

Lulu

Parker-Binns Vineyard is close to our home and therefore we visit often. We hope to see you visiting one day soon!

From the Tasting Room looking out over the vineyard

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.

Merlot – Parker-Binns Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the award winning Merlot from Parker-Binns Vineyard in Tryon, North Carolina.

Vintage 2017.

Estate grown Merlot.

Tryon Foothills wine region.

Dark ruby in color with a soft garnet rim.

Decanted for one hour.

Soft bouquet of blackberry jam, red plum, tobacco, vanilla, and cedar.

Long slow cascading legs.

Medium to full bodied and velvety with lush tannins.

Dry yet fruity and complex with notes of red plums, dark cherries, raspberries, dried figs, pomegranate, boiled peanuts, damp forest, Earl Grey tea, and a lingering earthy finish.

13% ABV

2020 NC Fine Wines Showcase Winner!

Winemaker Justin Taylor.

NC Fine Wines Competition Winners

King’s Mountain Rosé – Overmountain Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the King’s Mountain Rosé from Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon, North Carolina.

Fermented of 100% Merlot grape.

Vintage 2017.

The 2017 growing season in the Tryon Foothills was challenging with overly excessive rainfall.

Gorgeous color of light rust or red-orange.

Fruity nose, hints of strawberries, raspberries, honeydew melons, and rose petals.

Crisp on the palate, with big citrus notes, hints of pink grapefruit, cranberry, tangerine, and lime, fading to a dry creamy finish.

13% ABV

$23 a bottle.

White Merlot – Victoria Valley Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the newly released White Merlot from Victoria Valley Vineyards in the South Carolina mountains.

Vintage 2019

White Merlot is essentially a rosè, produced by allowing minimal skin contact.

Light strawberry in color.

Nose of pink grapefruit, cranberry, orange, and honey.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of lemon curd, strawberries and cream, raspberries, kiwi, guava, and bananas foster.

12.25% ABV.

$15 a bottle.

Victoria Valley Vineyards is currently the only Winery in South Carolina producing estate grown vinifera wines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.

The winery serves lunch on the open air terrace overlooking the mountainside vineyard.

Les Cailloux Bordeaux 2018

Our wine tonight is the Les Cailloux Bordeaux Rouge 2018.

Dark ruby in color with a soft purple rim.

Red wine from Bordeaux, France.

Blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Some decanting recommended.

Nose of cherries, plum, vanilla, and smoke.

Dry with medium plus body and medium plus tannins.

Flavor notes of black currents, red plums, cherry cola, cocoa, vanilla flavoring, with a lingering oak finish.

12% ABV.

$14.99 a bottle.

We really enjoyed this fruit forward Bordeaux blend. Drinking well now.

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Rosé – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills.

Rosé of estate Merlot.

Light salmon in color.

Cold pressed. Provençal Style.

Nose of fresh sliced strawberries, blood oranges, and spring floral.

Light and crisp.

Dry on the palate, notes of strawberries, cranberries, lemon drops, pink grapefruit, watermelon, apple blossoms, and honeysuckle.

13% ABV.

$20 per bottle.

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