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.

Scout’s Honor – Venge Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Scout’s Honor Napa Valley Red from Venge Vineyard, Calistoga, California.

Semi-Sweet blend

Seventy-eight percent Zinfandel

Sixteen percent Charbono

Ten percent Petit Sarah

Six percent Syrah

15.3 percent ABV

Unfiltered

$40.00 a bottle

Cruse Wine Tasting (NAPA)

Our wine tonight is a Cruse Wine Company tasting at Bond Street Wines downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina. This California winery is producing small batch table wines from fine NAPA valley vineyards.

First we started with the 2017 Chardonnay. Light and crisp, orange and vanilla nose, not overly buttery, nice mineral finish. Only 24 barrels produced, $42 a bottle.

On to the 2015 Tannat, expressive nose, dark fruited, medium tannins, medium bodied. Only 10 barrels produced, $36 a bottle.

Finishing with the 2017 Valdiguié blend, peppery nose, light smooth red, with a lingering light floral finish. Only one barrel produced, $36 a bottle.

Burly Tasting – Napa

Our wine tonight is a tasting of several Burly Napa Valley. Both Cab Sauv’s are really spectacular.

We tasted the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon at $80 a bottle.

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