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