Our wine tonight is the limited release Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.
Fruit harvested from partner growers in California.
Pale gold in color.
Expressively floral bouquet and pleasantly aromatic of honeysuckle and lilac.
Semi-sweet on the tongue exhibiting crisp acidity. 4.1% RS
Citrusy layered on the palate with notes of lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, key lime, and star fruit, finishing with lingering tart notes of green apple and bosc pear.
$17 a bottle (at the winery).
The 2019 is perhaps more pleasantly balanced than the 2017 and 2018 vintages. This vintage is delightfully refreshing and elegantly balanced.
Winery Escapades scores 90 points.
Gold Medal worthy.
Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in The U.SA. A tasting is included in the Biltmore Estate price of admission.
Biltmore Estate currently with 40+ acres under vine grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and has recently planted a vineyard of Petit Manseng. Area viticulturalist are seeing Petit Manseng grow very well in the Western North Carolina climate.
Our wine tonight is the award winning Strawberry wine from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.
Lazy Bear Winery focuses on award winning fruit wines and meads.
Produced from 100% strawberries.
Many of the strawberries are grown on-site and the rest sourced from local South Carolina farms.
Bright salmon in color.
Light nose of strawberry starburst and strawberry twizzlers.
Semi-sweet on the tongue, not overly sweet throughout the tasting.
Flavor notes reminiscent of fresh strawberry shortcake dripping with strawberry syrup, mid-palate lingers with notes of a hot-out-of-the oven strawberry cobbler, finishing similar to a strawberry tart.
This is an excellent representation of a true strawberry fruit wine.
Lazy Bear Winery is a micro-producing family owned winery. They may be small yet they have rack up multiple domestic and international awards!
The Lazy Bear Winery team poising with medals won at the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.
Our wine tonight is the Chloe Rosé from Marked Tree Vineyards in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Estate grown blend of 90% Cab Franc and 10% Lemburger.
Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.
Produced in the Saignee style.
Light salmon in color.
Off dry and light. Strikingly refreshing.
Nose of stone fruits with subtle tones of red currant, strawberry, basil, and soft minerals, showing a bright acidity with flavor notes of blood orange, ripe apple, red plum, watermelon, and honeydew melons.
Fruit grown in their Upper Pisgah block planted in 2015. So for young fruit this produced a nice rosè.
$23 a bottle.
Winemaker: Justin Taylor
We visited Marked Tree Vineyards On their opening weekend, which was Memorial Day weekend 2020.
We enjoyed a bottle of this Rosé on our visit and of course brought a bottle home. Blow are a few pictures from our visit.
Our wine tonight is the Granda from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.
Red blend of estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Chambourcin.
Fermented in French Oak Barrels.
Burgundy in color.
Intensely fruit forward on the nose, off dry with mild tannins. Flavor notes of black cherries, red plums, blackberries, and red licorice. Finishing long with subtle earthy and nutty tones.
A really nice easy drinking red blend.
Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard is rooted on a 100 plus year old dairy farm. The soil is fertile and rich in nutrients and not over farmed. Originally planted in 2003, much of those original vines remain.
Our wine tonight is the Bearly Sweet Rosé from Serenity Cellars in North Georgia.
Blend of estate grown Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon combined with Traminette.
Nose of strawberries, freshly sliced strawberries! A little cinnamon, tart cherries, cedar, and spice.
Light copper in color with orange hues.
Semi-sweet and medium bodied on the palate with notes of strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, and cloves, and most definitely cream soda on the finish with hints of blood orange.
Labeled as table wine with no ABV. Therefore by law this wine can range between 7 and 14 percent ABV. We estimate approximately 11% ABV.
$25 a bottle.
Owner and Winemaker Joe Smith is one of the more established winemakers in the North Georgia wine region. Joe continues to assist as the winemaker for several other North Georgia wineries. He is well respected in the region and has up and coming winemakers learning as apprentice under his tutelage.
Our wine tonight is the Loco Lulu White from Parker-Binns Vineyard
Non-vintage on the label, though this wine is was very recently bottled.
Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina.
Blend of estate grown, Chardonnay, Petit Manseng, and Muscat.
Pale yellow in color.
Floral and citrus nose of honeysuckle and lemon-lime. Delicate and very approachable, semi-sweet on the tongue. Tasty notes of lemon meringue pie, a little key lime pie, and honeysuckle, quickly fading into a lingering finish of freshly opened can pears in syrup which pleasantly just coats your palate.
WineryEscapades scores 93 points.
Lulu the winery dog has her paw stamp of approval on the cork.