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!

Rosé – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Mountain Brook Vineyards.

Vintage 2018.

Grape sourced from North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Bright beautiful salmon in color.

Nose of apricots, almonds, dates, and fresh herbs.

Dry, balanced, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of fresh sliced pears, strawberries, cherries, lime, tangerines, and pink grapefruit.

12.3% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

Ships to most states via VinoShipper.

Mountain Brook Vineyards and Winery is located the Tryon Foothills of Western North Carolina.

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#NCWine #TryonFoothills #MountainBrook #YadkinValley #828isgreat #winelocal

White Merlot – Brandon Hills Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the White Merlot from Brandon Hills Vineyard in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Vintage 2012.

Pale orange in color.

Processed of 100% Yadkin Valley AVA grown Merlot grapes.

Nose of grapefruit, orange, cranberry, and strawberry.

Mild tannins.

Semi-sweet. 3.5% residual sugar.

Flavor notes of cherry pie, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi, guava, and bananas foster.

12.5% ABV.

We recently picked up this one and a second bottle at the winery and saw even more recently they had opened the very last case of this vintage.

White Merlot is looked down on in the wine “snob” industry, Placed in the same category as White Zinfandel, and perhaps in the past rightfully so.

However, this Yadkin Valley AVA vintage is undoubtably a cut above. We’ve enjoyed bottles of this vintage for a few years now and it’s still drinking well. We’re saddened to realize that we are down to most likely the very last bottle we’ll ever enjoy of this vintage.

Thanks for the memories 2012 White Merlot!

Cheers!

WineryEscapades scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance 3: Aroma 4: Taste 6: Finish 3: Impression 2

Total Score 18 – Gold Medal

Rosé – Barefoot

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly. Light Salmon in color.

Fruit forward nose of raspberries, strawberries, ted plums, and fresh sliced watermelon.

Light, delicate, and sweet yet not syrupy.

Slightly effervescent.

Bursting of summer fruit on the tongue, with notes of watermelon, bing cherries, tangerines, lime, pink grapefruit, and honeysuckle.

The finish lingers with a crisp tartness.

10% ABV.

$5 a bottle in your local grocery store.

Barefoot strives to offer wines which are fun, flavorful, and approachable. This Rosé hits the mark on all three points.

Barefoot is the most awarded wine brand in the world, so they are obviously doing something right.

Winemaker Jennifer Wall has been awarded over 2,000 medals for her wines.

This blog is sponsored, doesn’t change that this wine is good, and certainly an exceptional value.

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Merry Christmas and Cheers!

Dennis & Jenni

Rosé of Pinot Noir – Veronét Vineyards & Winery

Our wine tonight is the Rosé of Pinot Noir from Veronét Vineyards and Winery.

Vintage 2018.

Varietal and Terroir: Pinot Noir of California.

Bright Salmon in Color.

Nose of watermelon Jolly Rancher, wet forest, and peppermint.

Light, delicate medium bodied.

Flavor notes of strawberries, cherries, fresh watermelon slices, pink grapefruit and a nice lingering finish of mint, black pepper, and hints of minerality.

13.8% ABV

$22.00 per bottle.

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

Appearance: 3 Aroma: 4 Taste: 5 Aftertaste: 2 Impression: 1.5

Total: 15.5 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!

2018 Rosé California – Lorenza

Our wine tonight is the 2018 Rosé California from Lorenza Wine in Acampo, California.

Bright Salmon in Color.

Blend of 38% Grenache, 36% Carignan, 23% Mourvèdre, 3% Cinsault.

Dry true rosé of old vines.

Delicate nose of strawberries, sliced watermelon, raspberries, and rose petals.

Expressive flavor notes of navel oranges, ripe strawberries, kiwi, lime, hibiscus, spice, and finishing with a lingering minerality.

11% ABV

$20 per bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society 20 point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 4

Taste: 5

Aftertaste: 2

Impression: 2

Total: 16

Silver medal worthy.

Rosé of Malbec – Doña Paula

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Rosé of Malbec from Doña Paula, Mendoza Argentina.

Region: El Alto Estate, Luján de Cuyo.

Vintage 2017

Salmon pinkish/ light amber in color.

Rosé of 100% Malbec.

Early harvest. Hand picked.

Nose of Bartlett pear, strawberries, raspberries, violets, and hot buttered croissants.

Off dry. 1.8% RS

Crisp on the palate with notes of raspberries, strawberries, cherry, red plum, almonds, tea, and minerals. A lingering finish of biscotti, toasted almonds, cedar, and orange peel.

12% ABV.

$10 per bottle.

WineryEscapades.Com scoring on the American Wine Society 20 point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 3

Taste: 4

Aftertaste: 2

Impression: 1.5

Total: 13.5

Bronze medal worthy

Rosé – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Rosé from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills.

Rosé of estate Merlot.

Light salmon in color.

Cold pressed. Provençal Style.

Nose of fresh sliced strawberries, blood oranges, and spring floral.

Light and crisp.

Dry on the palate, notes of strawberries, cranberries, lemon drops, pink grapefruit, watermelon, apple blossoms, and honeysuckle.

13% ABV.

$20 per bottle.

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