Tempranillo 2017 – Carlos Serres

Our wine tonight is the Rioja Old Vines Tempranillo 2017 from Carlos Serres.

Vintage 2017.

100% Tempranillo of Rioja Spain.

Dull Ruby in Color.

Dry, Medium Bodied.

Long Distintive Legs.

Nose of Fresh Tobacco, Cherry, Vanilla, Almond, and Oak.

Bold Flavor Tones of Red Licorice, Cherry, and Raspberry, Finishing with Blackberry , Plum, Oak and Walnuts.

13% ABV.

$15 a Bottle.

Decanted for 60 Minutes.

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

Appearance: 2 Nose: 3.5 Taste: 4 Finish: 2 Impression 2

Total Score: 13.5 Silver Medal Worthy.

I think this wine too young and should age another three plus years.

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Gewurztraminer – Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Our wine tonight is the Turckheim Gewurztraminer (Alsace) from Domaine Zind Humbrecht.

Vintage 2015.

Appellation: Alsace, France.

Color of sunshine.

Nose of green melon, munster cheese, pears, apricots, rose petals, and honeysuckle.

Flavor notes of limoncello, lemon custard, crème brûlée, and honeysuckle with a silky smooth finish lingering long with crisp notes of lemon zest and wildflower honey.

Very complex, dry with big tannins.

14% ABV.

$30 per bottle.

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

Appearance 3 Aroma 4.5 Taste 4.5 Finish 3 Impression 2

Total Score: 17 – Silver Medal Worthy.

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!

Springlot – Delaplane Cellars

Our wine tonight is the 2015 Springlot from Delaplane Cellars in Delaplane Virginia.

Red blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Cabernet Franc, and 20% Merlot.

Beautiful inky color with purplish rim.

Nose of oak, leather, cedar, dark fruit, and cocoa.

Full bodied.

Smooth on the palate, dry, and fruity with flavor notes of maraschino cherries, blackberries, red plums, black currants, and pomegranates, with a lingering finish of oak, leather, black licorice, and vanilla.

13% ABV

$52.00 a bottle.

Decant for 60 minutes.

Drinking superb now.

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

Bitchin Blackberry – Douglas Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Bitchin Blackberry from Douglas Vineyards in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

Grape wine with natural and artificial blackberry flavor.

Not sure of the base. I’d guess Chardonnay.

The nose is reminiscent of blackberry Kool-aid.

Sweet on the tongue.

Bursting with blackberry flavor on the tongue, just like a hot blackberry cobbler right out of the oven, fading with a slight tartness and subtle earthy tones.

9% ABV.

The owners suggested this one for us to take home as it is always one of their top sellers.

It did not disappoint. Very easy drinking.

Riesling – Heinrich Vollmer

Our wine tonight is the 2014 Riesling from Heinrich Vollmer.

2014 Vintage.

Bottled in Pfalz, Germany.

Color of Mountain Dew (soft drink).

Nose of spring time daffodils, tree pollen, apricots, and wildflower honey.

Off dry, crisp.

Balanced acidity.

Flavor notes of peppermint, green apple, pineapple, pink grapefruit, and tangerine.

12% ABV.

$15 a bottle.

Huia Marlborough Botrytis Riesling

Tonight we enjoyed a late season New Zealand Riesling – 2017 Huia Vineyards Marlborough Botrytis Riesling.

Light orange in color.

Late season Riesling harvest.

46 degrees brix at harvest.

Delicate floral nose with hints of nectarine, pear and green apples.

Sweet on the tongue, big flavor notes of hot Yellow tea sweetened with wildflower honey, and with a long mineral finish. The flavor notes of tea are lingering and prominent

This is one of those wildly unique wines. A Riesling unlike any you’ve ever tasted and meant to be shared with friends if for nothing more than the conversation it will generate.

11.5% ABV.

$23 a bottle.

Peach Grape Wine – Menarick

Our wine tonight, in celebration of Chardonnay day, is the Peach Grape Wine from Menarick Vineyard and Winery in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Pale yellow in color.

Chardonnay infused with real peaches.

Nose very expressive of fresh sliced peaches.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes of buttery Chardonnay on the tongue, mid-palate classic butteriness, butterscotch, and fresh baked lemon meringue pie, finishing with big notes of biting into a fresh picked ripe peach.

9% ABV

$21 per bottle.

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