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 – 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.

Twenty-Fifteen BDX – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Twenty-Fifteen BDX from Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina.

Vintage 2015

Bordeaux blend of North Carolina grown fruit.

We aerated for 90 minutes.

Aged in a combination of French and American oak.

Dark ruby in color with a bright ruby rim.

Consistent uniform cascading full legs.

Expressive bouquet of blackberries, plums, prunes, fig preserves and dark chocolate.

Dry, medium-full bodied with medium tannins.

Black currant is forefront on the tongue, with subtle hints of blackberries, raisins, black licorice, and graphite, finishing with lingering notes of pipe tobacco and oak.

13.5% ABV

$38 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper.

Mountain Brook Vineyards is a beautiful venue should you ever be in Western North Carolina.

Below are a few iPhone shots from a recent visit.

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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

Rustic Red – Wellborn Winery

Our wine tonight is the Rustic Red from Wellborn Winery in the Woods in beautiful Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Produced of locally grown South Carolina Chambourchin. 75% Estate grown at Wellborn Winery Vineyard and 25% grown at Calico Vineyards in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

Chambourcin is a French-American hybrid with deep purple skins.

Vintage 2019

Aerated. Did not decant.

Ruby in color with a bright purple rim.

Aromatic nose of fresh baked blueberry muffins, elderberries, raspberries, and chocolate covered cherries.

Semi-sweet.

Medium mouth feel, juicy acidity, with a low tannin structure.

Layered notes of tart raspberries, red currants, cinnamon spice, pepper sauce, and a fresh hot cherry tart, slight smokiness on the finish with a lingering tartness of a Christmas fruitcake.

12% ABV

This wine is racking up awards.
Gold medal winner in the 2019 Wine of the South Competition. Silver medal winner in the 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Rustic Red

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Tempranillo – Pedernales Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Texas Tempranillo from Pedernales Cellars in Stonewall, Texas.

Vintage 2016.

Pedernales River Valley.

Dark burgundy in color with a ruby red rim.

Fruity nose, expressive of chocolate covered cherries, strawberries, blackberries, and vanilla cola.

Medium bodied, nice balance, long legs.

Flavor notes of cherries, cranberries, green peppers, oak, pipe tobacco, and leather, with a mild spicy and earthy finish.

13% ABV.

We’d easily score this wine a gold medal winner.

We aerated for 45 minutes, could use more time to breathe.

This bottle was graciously gifted us by our great friends Tom and Nancy.

This wine should age beautifully when cellared.

Blue Grass – B & C Winery

Our wine tonight is the Blue Grass (Blueberry Shiraz) from B and C Winery in Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

Blueberry infused Shiraz.

Light purple in color.

Nose of blueberry, vanilla, and spice.

Light -medium bodied with mild tannins.

Semi-sweet.

On the palate bursting flavors of fresh blueberry pie, cherry cola, and mild spices.

8% ABV.

Scoring on the twenty point scale. Appearance 2. Nose 4. Flavor 4 Finish 3. Impression 2.

Total Score 15 – Bronze Medal

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.

Holiday Red – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Holiday Red from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Non-Vintage.

Though we did buy this bottle during the 2018 Christmas season.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed Colombian coffee, pomegranate, and clove.

Off dry, medium bodied, with subtle tannins.

Nutty on the palate, with depths of red plum, strawberry, bell pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, oak, mint, and gingerbread cookies.

13% ABV

Enjoyed in this beautiful snowman wine glass hand painted by our talented friend Sonnette.

Stay frosty!

Please check out Sonnette’s work. We love supporting small businesses and ask that you consider shopping with your local small businesses this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas from the Turner’s!

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