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

Two New Rosé ~ Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight…well yesterday….was two new Rosé releases from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills wine region.

PB Rosé and Loco Lulu Rosé

These two are both new releases.

The Rosé Wine is a new release of Parker-Binns traditional rosé.

The Loco Lulu Rosé is the first release.

Both are produced from a blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

Similarly each Rosé was produced from the pressed top run off of each varietal in saignée style.

How each was handled from that point is what makes them different.

The Parker Binns Rosé Wine is produced more in the traditional Provence style.

The Lolo Lulu Rosé was produced with longer skin contact and back sweetened to off dry.

Both are expressively fruit forward on the nose and palate.

The Rosé is salmon in color while the Loco Lulu a very light pinkish hue.

Parker Binns Rosé Wine is 13% ABV

Loco Lulu Rosé ~ 12.5% ABV

We thoroughly enjoyed both, with Jenni slightly preferring the Loco Lulu Rosé and Dennis leaning more toward the dryer PB Rosé Wine.

Winemaker Justin Taylor has hit it out of the ballpark with these two releases.

We rated both as gold medal worthy.

Parker-Binns Rosé Wine ~ 92 points

Loco Lulu Rosé ~ 91 points

Reserve Cabernet Franc – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our second wine for #NCWineNight is the 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc from Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Vintage 2015

Estate grown Cabernet Franc

Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina

Winemaker Justin Taylor

Aerated for 60 minutes to open

Dark plum in color with a dark garnet rim.

Nose of wild cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, a subtle smokiness, black pepper, and spice

Full bodied with medium plus tannins and wide cascading legs

Complex and dry showing bold notes of spice, black pepper, pomegranate, cranberries, and cherry cola. Lingering finish with more herbal tones while showing a bit of oak, vanilla, and green bell pepper

13% ABV

This wine just drinks beautifully.

Exceptional vintage of single vineyard estate grown Cabernet Franc

WineryEscapades scores 93 points.

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 – 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

Cabernet Franc – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Tonight we celebrate Cabernet Franc day with one of our favorites. Our wine tonight is the Cabernet Franc from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina.

Vintage 2016

Blend of 77% Cabernet Franc and 23% Chambourcin.

Dark ruby color with a gorgeous garnet rim.

Aromatic nose of cocoa, coffee, lavender, cranberry, and graphite.

Dry, medium bodied, with mild tannins.

On the palate exhibits notes of cherry cola, dark chocolate, fresh baked cinnamon buns, vanilla bean, sweet tea, and leather.

13% ABV.

$23.00 a bottle.

We may somewhat better enjoy the 2015 vintage however this 2016 certainly drinks very nice.

Decant for about 30 to 60 minutes to open.

Contact Parker-Binns Vineyard direct for ordering/shipping info.

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Pea Ridge Red from Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Dual vintage blend of estate grown Chambourcin.

Dark ruby in color with a purple hue.

Expressive nose of raspberries, blackberries, Cranberries, and smoke.

Flavor notes of raspberries cranberries, black cherries, blackberries, black pepper, flat cola, and finishing with lingering tones of leather, smoke, and earthiness.

We have a real fondness for regionally grown Chambourchin and this offering from Parker-Binns doesn’t disappoint.

13% ABV

$20 a bottle

Ships to 34 states (see website)

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