Our wine tonight is the Chloe Rosé from Marked Tree Vineyards in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Estate grown blend of 90% Cab Franc and 10% Lemburger.
Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.
Produced in the Saignee style.
Light salmon in color.
Off dry and light. Strikingly refreshing.
Nose of stone fruits with subtle tones of red currant, strawberry, basil, and soft minerals, showing a bright acidity with flavor notes of blood orange, ripe apple, red plum, watermelon, and honeydew melons.
Fruit grown in their Upper Pisgah block planted in 2015. So for young fruit this produced a nice rosè.
$23 a bottle.
Winemaker: Justin Taylor
We visited Marked Tree Vineyards On their opening weekend, which was Memorial Day weekend 2020.
We enjoyed a bottle of this Rosé on our visit and of course brought a bottle home. Blow are a few pictures from our visit.
Meritage is an American term, not French, originating out of California, which signifies a wineries best blend of Bordeaux noble varietals. A winery must license the right to label a blend “Meritage.”
Aged in French oak.
We aerated for 60 minutes.
Dark burgundy in color showing long sleek legs.
Nose of blackberries, think hot blackberry cobbler just out of the oven, black currants, rum (black) cherries, vanilla, tobacco, and cocoa.
Dry on the palate with expressive notes of bramble berry jam, dark chocolate, blackberries, vanilla, sage, and pipe tobacco, finishing with cedar, spice, and dried herbs.
$30 a bottle.
This vintage of Meritage accumulated an impressive collection of medals.
Double Gold. – International East Meets West Double Gold – China Wine and Spirits. Gold – Asheville Food and Wine. Gold – New York International. Gold – North Carolina State Fair. Silver – Finger Lakes International Competition. Silver – Grand Harvest Competition
Our wine tonight is the Baby Doll Legs from The Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Cleveland, Georgia.
Rosé of Blanc du Bois
Blanc du Bois is a Hybrid grape cultivar developed at the University of Florida.
Blanc du Bois wines can be difficult to achieve a commercially acceptable clarity and is therefore often used in blends. We suspect this wine was lightly blended with small percentages of estate grown Syrah and Merlot.
Brownish orange in color. Shows long thick legs legs more expected of a red wine.
Aromas of pink lemonade, orange, lemon zest, and honeysuckle.
Semi-sweet with a moderate mouthfeel, notes of citrus explode prominently on the palate, pink grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pink lemonade, and finishing with a subtle woodsy tone and hints of vanilla ice cream and can pears.
Produced under the consultation of iconic North Georgia winemaker Joe Smith. Nathan Beasley is the assistant winemaker learning as an apprentice under Joe’s tutelage.
The Cottage Vineyard and Winery sits atop a North Georgia mountain offering stunning views.
Our wine tonight is the Loco Lulu White from Parker-Binns Vineyard
Non-vintage on the label, though this wine is was very recently bottled.
Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina.
Blend of estate grown, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, and Muscat.
Pale yellow in color.
Floral and citrus nose of honeysuckle and lemon-lime. Delicate and very approachable, semi-sweet on the tongue. Tasty notes of lemon meringue pie, a little key lime pie, and honeysuckle, quickly fading into a lingering finish of freshly opened can pears in syrup which pleasantly just coats your palate.
WineryEscapades scores 93 points.
Lulu the winery dog has her paw stamp of approval on the cork.