Reserve Cabernet Franc – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our second wine for #NCWineNight is the 2015 Reserve Cabernet Franc from Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Vintage 2015

Estate grown Cabernet Franc

Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina

Winemaker Justin Taylor

Aerated for 60 minutes to open

Dark plum in color with a dark garnet rim.

Nose of wild cherry, pomegranate, blueberry, a subtle smokiness, black pepper, and spice

Full bodied with medium plus tannins and wide cascading legs

Complex and dry showing bold notes of spice, black pepper, pomegranate, cranberries, and cherry cola. Lingering finish with more herbal tones while showing a bit of oak, vanilla, and green bell pepper

13% ABV

This wine just drinks beautifully.

Exceptional vintage of single vineyard estate grown Cabernet Franc

WineryEscapades scores 93 points.

Cabernet Sauvignon – Piccione Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the 2014 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon from Piccione Vineyards in North Carolina.

We opened this bottle in celebration of OTBN North Carolina.

Vintage 2014

Estate Grown

Swan Creek AVA

Decanted 60 minutes.

Gorgeous dark ruby color with a bright purple rim

Expressive bouquet of dark fruits, blackberries Black Cherries, Caramel, Truffles, and Mint.

Full bodied with strong tannins and showing beautiful long legs

Dry on the palate with complex flavor notes of Black Currents, Black Cherries, Dark Roasted Coffee, Chocolate Covered Cherries, Vanilla Latte, Pipe Tobacco and Mint, with a lingering finish of Eucalyptus and Burgundy Truffles.

13% ABV

This vintage is sold out. However, Piccione ships to most states via VinoShipper.

We paired with a grilled steak!

This wine is exceptional!

WineryEscapades scores 95 points!

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Riesling – Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Riesling from Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard just outside of Shelby, North Carolina.

American Riesling

Non-Vintage. Estate grown Riesling. Vineyard is planted on a 100+ year old former dairy farm.

Light straw in color, hue of goldenrod.

Complex nose expressing aromas of apricot, pear, banana, honey, petrol, jasmine, lemon, and pineapple.

Semi-dry on the palate with bold fruit flavors, nectarine, apricot, mango, apple cider, lemon-lime, and pear, with finishing notes of cream cheese, diesel, wildflower honey, ginger, and beeswax.

11% ABV

Available only at the winery or select local retailers.

A really good example of a Southern American Riesling.

WineryEscapades scores 89 points!

Chenin Blanc – Biltmore Estate Winery

Our wine tonight is the Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery.

Vintage 2018.

Limited Release.

Color of light straw.

Bright floral and tropical aromas.

Semi-sweet with refreshingly crisp acidity.

Layered on the palate with notes of lemon-lime, green apple, bosc pear, star fruit, pink grapefruit, and pineapple.

12.5% ABV.

$17 a bottle.

We enjoyed this vintage, perhaps more so than the 2017 Chinen Blanc from Biltmore. We still feel it was lacking some balance.

WineryEscapades scores at 88 points.

Silver medal worthy!

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Adama – Kaya Vineyards and Winery

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Adama from Kaya Vineyards and Winery

Vintage 2016.

Estate grown blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Touriga National.

Full bodied, silky, and perfectly balanced.

Color of deep purple.

Shows long consistent cascading legs.

Nose of blackberries, black currants, toasted marshmallows, charcoal, and nutmeg.

Medium-plus tannins.

14.5 months aged in new French oak.

Bold flavor notes of blackberry jam, red plums, blueberries, cocoa, chocolate mint, oak, smoke, vanilla bean extract, and pipe tobacco.

13.2 % ABV.

$39 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Click Here.

Aerated and decanted for 30 minutes. May benefit from additional decanting.

AVA: Dahlonega Plateau (only AVA within the state of Georgia).

Winemaker KJ Bell gifted us this bottle and we fell in love with this bold blend.

2016 Estate Grown Red Blend

Merlot – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Merlot from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina.

Vintage 2017

Estate grown Merlot.

Deep maroon in color with a short purple rim.

Aromatic bouquet of red plum, bing cherry, fresh blueberry, vanilla extract, black tea, and mocha.

Dry, medium-plus bodied, pleasantly sultry with long cascading legs.

Fruit forward with notes of black currants, pomegranate, cherries, blackberries, and fresh figs, gently fading with hints of cedar, cigar box, black licorice, and leather.

12% ABV.

$22 a bottle.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Check ParkerBinnsVineyard.Com

Winemaker Justin Taylor.

NC Fine Wines Showcase award winner 2020

NC Fine Wines Showcase Award Winning

Müller Two-Goats – CityScape Winery

Our wine tonight is the Müller Two-Goats from CityScape Winery in Pelzer (Greenville), South Carolina.

Produced from the German Müller-Thrugau varietal and bestowed a name more fitting of this small rural craft winery.

Named of it’s creator, Professor Müller of Thurgau, Switzerland, who created it in 1812 by crossing Riesling and Gutedel.

Beautiful golden color.

Nose of dandelion, unripe peach, and green apple.

Semi-sweet with flavor notes of apricot, lemon, green melon, gardenia, freesia, and a soft honeysuckle finish.

12.% ABV

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

Priced at $17 a bottle.

Awards: Gold Medal winner 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition: Gold Medal winner 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition

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

Total: 18 – Gold Medal worthy!

Ships: Only in South Carolina.

The 2020 Palmetto Wine Competition is scheduled for May 12th. Email WineryEscapades@Gmail.Com for details.

Elderberry – Wandering Bard Meadery

Enjoying a bottle of Elderberry from Wandering Bard Meadery in Mauldin, South Carolina

Reddish in color, close to shade of cranberry.

Melomel style is a mead fermented or flavored with fruit.

Perennial Series Mead with Elderberries.

Produced of locally sourced South Carolina Wildflower Honey.

375 ml bottle

Nose is true to honey and fruit.

Naturally flavored with elderberries.

Semi-sweet with elderberry fruit notes on the front of the palate with more subtle notes of blueberries, red grapes, honeysuckle, grapefruit, and kumquats. The lingering finish is true to a Wildflower Honey mead.

$14.99 a bottle.

12% ABV

Silver Medal award winner in the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Click link to purchase from their website.

Serve (cellar temperature) 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

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The 2020 American Mead-Cider-Fruit Wine Competition is scheduled for October. Email WineryEscapades@gmail.Com for details.

Loco Lulu – Parker-Binns Vineyard

Our wine tonight is the Loco Lulu from Parker-Binns Vineyard in the Tryon Foothills wine region of Western North Carolina.

Loco Lulu – Soft Red Blend

Non-vintage on the bottle, though we believe this to be of the 2018 harvest.

Classic Bordeaux blend of estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Dark purple in color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose expressive of fresh Bing cherries, think of a freshly baked hot out of the oven cherry pie, cocoa, soft florals, cinnamon, vanilla, and smoke.

We aerated for 60 minutes.

Medium bodied, medium tannins, with beautiful cascading long legs.

Flavor notes of black currants, blackberries, cherries, red plums, and spice, finishing toward more subtle notes of cedar, vanilla, black pepper, and pipe tobacco.

$12.8% ABV

Winemaker: Justin Taylor

$20 a bottle.

Lulu’s paw of approval is stamped on the cork.

Ships most states via VinoShipper. Check the website for ordering.

Named for Lulu the winery rescue dog. $1 from every bottle sold is donated to her favorite local pet adoption organization.

Lulu

Parker-Binns Vineyard is close to our home and therefore we visit often. We hope to see you visiting one day soon!

From the Tasting Room looking out over the vineyard

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