2008 Chambourcin – Misty Creek Vineyards

Tonight we dusted off a bottle of 2008 estate Chambourcin from Misty Creek Vineyards in Mocksville, North Carolina.

100% produced of estate grown Chambourcin in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Lightly aged in Hungarian oak.

Beautiful color of violet.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, pluff mud, and sarsaparilla.

Light residual sugar. Off dry.

Mild tannins with flavor notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, tart raspberries, blueberries, currants, finishing with lingering hints of graphite and smokiness.

12.5% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

This is a really nice drinking #NCWine. We aerated it lightly prior to enjoying.

#NCWineMonth #YadkinValley #FrenchAmericanHybrid

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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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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)

Rockin’ Red – Rocky River Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Rockin’ Red from Rocky River Vineyards in Midland, North Carolina.

100% Noble Muscadine.

Dark ruby in color.

Nose of over ripe cherries, cranberries, and a woody, musky scent.

Sweet red wine. Best served slightly chilled.

Complex flavor notes of blackberries, cranberries, blueberries, over ripe plantain, bruised apples, rubber cement, huckleberries, and black licorice.

12% ABV

Muscadine is a species of grape called Vitis rotundifolia which is native to the Southeastern United States.

Muscadine, especially reds, are often called super fruit, offering bountiful health benefits.

Muscadine vibes often grow wild, especially in the Southeastern United States.

Rockin’ Red – Rocky River Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Rockin’ Red from Rocky River Vineyards in Midland, North Carolina.

100% Noble Muscadine.

Dark ruby in color.

Nose of over ripe cherries, cranberries, and a woody, musky scent.

Sweet red wine. Best served slightly chilled.

Complex flavor notes of blackberries, cranberries, blueberries, over ripe plantain, bruised apples, rubber cement, huckleberries, and black licorice.

12% ABV

Muscadine is a species of grape called Vitis rotundifolia which is native to the Southeastern United States.

Muscadine, especially reds, are often called super fruit, offering bountiful health benefits.

Muscadine vines often grow wild, especially in the Southeastern United States.

2015 Tenshen Red

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Santa Barbara County Red Wine.

Deep purple in color.

Opens nicely with 60 minutes of decanting.

Bursting of fruit on the nose, black cherry, black plum, wild blackberry, and eucalyptus.

Same fruit flavors on the tongue, plum, black cherry, blackberry, spiced rum and coke, fading to a lingering finish of prune, fig, mint, and spice.

Varietals: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvédre, Petite Sirah & Merlot

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy!

15.5% ABV

Priced at $25 a bottle.

Winemaker: Joey Tensley

Francis Coppola – Claret

Our wine tonight is the Francis Coppola Diamond Collection 2016 Black Label Claret. A California red blend dominate of Cabernet Sauvignon also featuring Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc.

Drinking fine now, may age moderately. Needs to breath, open up for 60 minutes.

Nose of cherry, mocha, and vanilla

Nicely balanced, medium bodied.

Complex flavor notes of oak, molasses, smoke, tobacco, and pepper opening up to hints of blackberry, raspberry, currant, and spice fading to a lingering finish of vanilla.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

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

Total: 14.5 – Bronze Medal worthy!

14.5% ABV

Priced at $17 a bottle.

Ships: All 50 States

Crush – Dreaming Tree

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Crush from The Dreaming Tree. A semi-sweet red blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, and Tannat.

A nose bursting of red fruit, coffee, currant, violet, rose, and vanilla. Beautiful dark ruby color with long legs, bold, rich, and complex with a full compliment of tannins. Flavor notes on the tongue of blackberry jam, black cherry, and cranberry. Mid palate smooths to leather, oak, smoke, and cedar. Lingering to a finish of tobacco, black pepper, and spice.

Winery Escapade scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 5 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2.5 Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 – Gold Medal worthy

13.5% ABV

Priced at $15 bottle.

Drinking nicely now. Improves as it opens up.

Thanks to our friends Mike and Danette for gifting us this excellent bottle.

Ships to AK, CA, CO, DC, FL, HI, ID, MA, MN, MT, NC, NH, NM, NV, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WI.

Dark Chocolate Red – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Dark Chocolate Red from CityScape Winery in Pelzer, South Carolina.

The Dark Chocolate Red won gold in the 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Nose of dark chocolate.

Notes of cocoa and rum on the tongue with a rich finish of chocolate covered cherries.

12% ABV

This wine is very indulgent!

Ships only in South Carolina.

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