OTTO – Marked Tree Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the OTTO white blend from Marked Tree Vineyard.

OOTO = Old Two Tops Oak. Impressive old oak on the property which continues to rise above the farm’s old homestead.

Vintage 2018

Predominantly Vidal Blanc, listed as a blend…so we suspect blended with estate grown Chardonel and Grüner Veltliner.

Light yellow in color, similar to corn silk.

Crest of the Blue Ridge (Henderson County)

Nose of honeysuckle, peach, clematis, jasmine, and eucalyptus.

Semi-sweet with crisp balanced acidity.

Flavor notes of wildflower honey, pineapple, honeysuckle, honeydew melon, and pink grapefruit, and lemon-lime.

12.5% ABV

$20 a bottle.

Winery Escapades scores 89 points.

Rosé – Stone Ash Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Stone Ash Vineyard.

Vintage 2019

Provence style.

Rosé of Cabernet Franc

Harvested fruit cold soaked for 12 hours and processed with a cool fermentation.

Crest of the Blue Ridge AVA (Hendersonville, N.C.)

Light salmon in color.

Nose of ripe melon, gooseberry, citrus, and flint.

Dry with tropical fruit notes on the front palate, pink grapefruit, red currant, with floral notes of daffodils and jasmine. Finishing notes of cold brew, almonds, and cocoa.

14.4% ABV

$24 a bottle.

Winery Escapades scores at 85 points.

Kan-gria – Parker-Binns Vineyard

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

KAN-GRIA

Estate grown red wine with natural spices.

Color of freshly squeezed cranberry juice.

The nose is tropical with hints of pink grapefruit and red plum.

12% ABV

Fruit forward profile bursting of red berries such as huckleberries, mulberries, and wild blackberries with pomegranate and bing cherry. Mid-palate unmask hints of citrus, blood orange, lime, and cilantro. The finish shows soft notes of lavender, vanilla, and strawberry.

Sangria is a Spanish term describing a mix of red wine and fruit! Sangria is really booming at craft wineries as a summer drink of choice. Could Sangria replace rosé as the next big summer wine? We think so!

Parker-Binns jumped ahead of the curve canning their sangria…..uh Kan-Gria!

Don’t be afraid to blend with a little coconut rum!

Sweet Ellie Mae Rosé – Marked Tree Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Sweet Ellie Mae Rosé from Marked Tree Vineyard in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

Vintage 2018.

Crest of the Blue Ridge- Henderson County AVA

Blend of estate grown Cabernet Franc and Vidal Blanc.

Light salmon in color.

The nose delicately shows evocations of red currants, citrus, rosé petals, and hibiscus.

Semi-sweet on the tongue. 2.5% residual sugar.

Flavor notes of sweet melon, blood orange, pink grapefruit, strawberry tarts, macintosh apples and light minerality on the finish. Elegantly balanced and refreshing.

12.5% ABV

$20 per bottle.

Winery Escapades scoring 90 points. Gold metal worthy.

The tasting room at Marked Tree Vineyard offers spectacular mountain views.

Check our recent blog for further details.

Chenin Blanc – Biltmore Estate Winery

Our wine tonight is the limited release Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.

Vintage 2019

Limited Release.

Fruit harvested from partner growers in California.

Pale gold in color.

Expressively floral bouquet and pleasantly aromatic of honeysuckle and lilac.

Semi-sweet on the tongue exhibiting crisp acidity. 4.1% RS

Citrusy layered on the palate with notes of lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, key lime, and star fruit, finishing with lingering tart notes of green apple and bosc pear.

12.5% ABV

$17 a bottle (at the winery).

The 2019 is perhaps more pleasantly balanced than the 2017 and 2018 vintages. This vintage is delightfully refreshing and elegantly balanced.

Winery Escapades scores 90 points.

Gold Medal worthy.

2019 Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery

Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in The U.SA. A tasting is included in the Biltmore Estate price of admission.

Biltmore Estate currently with 40+ acres under vine grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and has recently planted a vineyard of Petit Manseng. Area viticulturalist are seeing Petit Manseng grow very well in the Western North Carolina climate.

Chloe Rosé – Marked Tree Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Chloe Rosé from Marked Tree Vineyards in Flat Rock, North Carolina. 

Vintage 2018

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. 

12.5% ABV.

$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. 

Rosé all Day! 
Views are Post Card Picturesque! 
Tasting Room
Pisgah Vineyard 
Cheers!

Sunset Sippin’ – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Sunset Sippin’ from Burntshirt Vineyards.

Semi-sweet white wine blend of Petit Manseng and Traminette.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Beautiful light golden color.

Floral aromas of fresh rose petals, gardenia, honeysuckle, and crisp morning dew, and nicely balanced acidity with bright tropical fruit notes vibrant on the tongue,

13.2% ABV! Wow seriously high alcohol content for a porch pounder!!

Copied direct from BurntshirtVineyards.Com“This wine has won multiple international Gold, Double Gold and Best of Class from competitions such as Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, East Meets West Wine Competition, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition”

$19 a bottle. Ships most states via VinoShipper.

This particular bottle doesn’t have the vintage listed, though in the past I know we have enjoyed a 2014 vintage of this wine. Perhaps a dual vintage?

WineryEscapades.Com easily scores this wine as Gold Medal worthy! Color: 2 Nose: 5.5 Taste: 6 Finish: 2.5 Impression: 3 = 19 points on AWS scale

Thank you viewing our other blog at WineryEscapades

#NCWine #CrestoftheBlueRidge

O Cellars Meritage from Burntshirt Vineyards.

Our wine tonight in celebration of #OTBN #NCWine is the Meritage from Burntshirt Vineyards.

Vintage 2016.

Bordeaux blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon 48%, Petit Verdot 19%, Cabernet Franc 16%, Merlot 9%, Malbec 8%.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA

Keep in mind, Meritage rhymes with heritage, not garage. Click link above to learn more about Meritage.

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.

14% ABV

$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

#NCWineNight #Meritage #Burntshirt

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This wine is very special to us as this vintage was the toast wine at our wedding! So from us to all of you, Cheers to local wine 🍷 🍷

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.

Loco Lulu White – Parker-Binns Vineyard

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.

12% ABV.

WineryEscapades scores 93 points.

Lulu the winery dog has her paw stamp of approval on the cork.

Happy Easter!

He is risen!

Loco Lulu

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