White Merlot – Victoria Valley Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the newly released White Merlot from Victoria Valley Vineyards in the South Carolina mountains.

Vintage 2019

White Merlot is essentially a rosè, produced by allowing minimal skin contact.

Light strawberry in color.

Nose of pink grapefruit, cranberry, orange, and honey.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of lemon curd, strawberries and cream, raspberries, kiwi, guava, and bananas foster.

12.25% ABV.

$15 a bottle.

Victoria Valley Vineyards is currently the only Winery in South Carolina producing estate grown vinifera wines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay.

The winery serves lunch on the open air terrace overlooking the mountainside vineyard.

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!

White Merlot – Brandon Hills Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the 2012 White Merlot from Brandon Hills Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina.

Often White Merlot is classified such as a White Zinfandel. This is unfair, as the Merlot is in my opinion a superior wine grape. White Merlot is produced by quickly removing the skins from the Merlot grape, as the skins are where the dark ruby color is derived.

This 2012 has aged beautifully and is currently drinking well.

Color is much paler than a standard Merlot….extra light ruby but darker than your standard rosé.

Fruity nose expressive of raspberries, chocolate covered strawberries and pink grapefruit.

Semi-sweet, light tannins, and delicate in mouth feel.

Flavor notes of raspberries, cranberries, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, reminiscent of a fruit sorbet, finishing with light tones of cashews and pine nuts.

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

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

Total: 17 Silver Medal worthy!

12.5% ABV

Priced at $15 a bottle.

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