Bordeaux Blend Tasting

Our wine tonight was a Bordeaux Blend tasting at our favorite local wine bar, Bond Street Wines in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

First was 2016 Margaux from Château Mongravey.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Average age of the vines 25 years!

Aged 14 months in French Oak.

13% ABV.

Red berries on the nose, Earthy on the tongue with notes of charred oak and black licorice.

Rated 92 points by James Suckling.

$40 a bottle.

Second was 2016 Pessac-Leognan from Château Picque,

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot.

13.5% ABV

Fruit forward nose with flavor notes of black currants, oak, and smoke.

My favorite of the three Bordeaux blends tasted tonight.

$40 a bottle.

92 points.

Final of the night was the 2011 Saint-Estèphe from La Chapelle de Meyney.

Tannic woodsy nose with flavor notes of leather, black licorice, and peppery spice.

Cabernet Sauvignon is dominate in this blend with Merlot.

13.5% ABV.

$40 a bottle.

90 Points.

Cheers!

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Wines of 2019

While scrolling back through our pictures of 2019, found some really interesting wines which we never wrote about. Our goal remains to promote locally produced, yet certainly that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy other wines from around the world. In fact, we feel tasting other wines from around the globe helps us to understand, judge, and appreciate locally produced wines.

We go regularly to our local wine bar, Bond Street Wines in Spartanburg, South Carolina where proprietor Jeff House shares and teaches about unique wines from around the word. Jeff is one of the most knowledgeable wine people we have encountered. He has a penchant for sharing unique, small batch, affordable and amazing wines with interesting back stories.A tasting at the wine bar generally consist of whites and reds which normally share a general characteristic, such region, varietal, or wine maker.

This one, vinhas Atlas, while a nice fruit forward flavor, was crystal clear, not sure that’s a good thing though….it’s wine not water.

This mead we tried at Savannah Bee Company in Myrtle Beach. Our niece gifted us this rosé in a lighthouse shaped bottle.

The tastings often include Whites and Rosé
Yet Big Bold Reds are Prevalent!
Pinot Nero

Pinot Nero is Jenni’s “regular” at our favorite local Italian restaurant, Renato’s downtown Spartanburg. Pinot Noir fermented without skin contact to produce a full bodied white!

A nicely aged bold red likewise makes us smile!

Wine is such a great field to study. There exist so many different varietals and different wine regions along with different wine making techniques. There is really only one way to learn, and that is to drink it! Cheers!

Prunus Private Selection – Gota Wines

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Dão Prunus Private Selection.

Vintage 2016.

Red blend of 80% Jaen, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Alfrocheiro, and 5% other varietals.

Dão, Portugal wine region.

Aged six months in French Oak and six months in the bottle.

Dark garnet color.

Nose of plum, blackberry, rose petals, light oak and vanilla.

Recommend decanting for 60 minutes.

Medium bodied, dry with modest acidity.

Flavor notes of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, smoke, black pepper, plum, and oak.

13% ABV.

This is a really nice drinking red blend for under $15 a bottle.

Cork and Pork – Rock of Ages Winery

Our wine tonight is the Cork & Pork wine from Rock of Ages Winery.

Red blend of dry vanifera and sweet muscadine grapes.

Dark plum in color with a bright purple rim.

Muscadine on the nose, hints of cheap cigar, red currants, and cherry cola.

This red blend is sweet!

Served chilled.

Bold on the palate, chewy, notes of red and black currants, blackberry jam, fresh baked cherry pie, plums, cranberries, and raisins. Oaky on the back end with a lingering vanilla finish.

Absolutely one of the most unusual wines we have tasted. Not bad just unusual.

13.1% ABV

$14 a bottle.

Blended to pair with pork BBQ.

Les Cailloux Bordeaux 2018

Our wine tonight is the Les Cailloux Bordeaux Rouge 2018.

Dark ruby in color with a soft purple rim.

Red wine from Bordeaux, France.

Blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Some decanting recommended.

Nose of cherries, plum, vanilla, and smoke.

Dry with medium plus body and medium plus tannins.

Flavor notes of black currents, red plums, cherry cola, cocoa, vanilla flavoring, with a lingering oak finish.

12% ABV.

$14.99 a bottle.

We really enjoyed this fruit forward Bordeaux blend. Drinking well now.

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Mosaic – Kefi Estate Winery

Our wine tonight is the Mosaic from Kefi Estate Winery in Monroe, North Carolina.

Blend of estate grown Greek varietals Aglianico, Negro Amaro, Mavron, and Nebbiolo.

Deep purple in color.

Long distinctive legs.

Nose of fresh rose blooms, anise, red plums, red currants, and black licorice.

Dry. Chewy.

Flavor notes of red cherries, raspberries, black licorice, peanut butter cups, and cranberries finishing with lingering profiles of leather, and tobacco.

12.5% ABV.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4.5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 1.5

Total Score: 16 – Silver Medal Worthy

Rosé Blend – Leftie Wine

Our wine tonight is the Final Frontier Rosé Blend from Leftie Wine Company.

Light salmon in color.

Red blend that undergoes a secondary fermentation with peach juice.

Expressive nose of peach schnapps, bing cherries, apricots, coconut, and buttery.

Fruity on the tongue, expressive notes of freshly sliced peaches, vanilla beans, cashews, and finishing buttery and dry.

12% ABV

$9 a bottle.

Produced in California.

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WineryEscapade.Com scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 2.5 Aroma: 4 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2 Impression: 2

Total: 15.5 Silver Medal worthy!

Springlot – Delaplane Cellars

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Springlot from Delaplane Cellars in Delaplane Virginia.

Red blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Merlot.

Beautiful inky color with purplish rim.

Nose of oak, leather, cedar, dark fruit, and cocoa.

Full bodied.

Smooth on the palate, dry, and fruity with flavor notes of maraschino cherries, blackberries, red plums, black currants, and pomegranates, with a lingering finish of oak, leather, black licorice, and vanilla.

13% ABV

$52.00 a bottle.

Decant for 60 minutes.

Drinking superb now.

Cuveé Richeaume – Domaine Richeaume

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Cuvée Richeaume from Domaine Richeaume in France.

Dark ruby in color with a purple rim.

Red Provence wine.

Expressive nose of cedar, damp forest leaves, tobacco, black tea, black licorice, and earthy spices.

Blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Syrah, 8% Merlot, 3% Carignan.

Richeaume Vineyard on the red flanks of Cézanne’s beloved Mt. Saints Victoire.

Dry on the palate.

Flavor notes of black currents, cloves, black cherries, plums, espresso, vanilla flavoring, coffee liqueur, and finishing bold with hints of leather, chewing tobacco, bitter herbs and earthy spices.

Decanting recommended.

14.5% ABV.

$30 a bottle.

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