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

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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.

2012 Rock and Rail – Jones von Drehle

Our wine tonight is the 2012 Rock & Rail from Jones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

A Boudreaux styled estate blended table wine

Floral nose, medium bodied, lingering flavor notes of black cherry.

AVA: Yadkin Valley

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 4.5 Aftertaste: 3 Impression: 2

Total: 16.5 – Silver Medal worthy!

Awards: Multiple Silver & Gold

12.5% ABV

Priced at $24 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Wine Direct

Villa Rosa – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Villa Rosa from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina. A sweet red blend table wine.

Soft nose of plum and jam

Ripe blueberries on the tongue

Lingering finish of coffee and chocolate

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 2.5

Aroma: 4.5

Taste: 5.5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 17.5 Silver Medal worthy!

13% ABV

Priced at $20 a bottle.

Ships: Multiple States via Vino Shipper

2016 Bordeaux – Chateau Vieux Manoir

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Bordeaux from Chateau Vieux Manoir.

A classic French red Bordeaux. Nose of current and berry, perhaps a hint of tobacco.

Medium bodied red bursting with over ripe fruit flavors lingering through the finish.

Right Bank

Average age of vineyard 30 years

14% ABV

$15 a bottle

Pea Ridge Red – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the non-vintage Pea Ridge Red from Parker-Binns Vineyard and Winery located in North Carolina’s Tryon Foothills. A blend of dual vintages of estate Chambourchin masterfully bottled to produce an expressive red.

A nose of cola and over ripe red berries, tart raspberry on the tongue and a lingering earthy finish. Beautiful dark ruby in color and high acidity producing a full bodied wine with great legs.

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)

Mulled Spiced Wine – Cupcake Vineyards

It’s a cold rainy evening in the South, so our wine tonight is hot mulled spiced wine. Our wine base is the 2014 Black Forest Decadent Red from Cupcake Vineyards.

Easy to blend, but choosing your wine is critical. You certainly wouldn’t want mull one of your better aging reds….save those. A nice red blend works best for mulling. Perfect for a cold rainy day.

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