Valvin Muscat – Fireclay Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Valvin Muscat from Fireclay Cellars in Siler City, North Carolina.

Valvin Muscat is a hybrid grape developed at Cornell University.

Vintage 2017.

Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

Nose of wildflower honey, peach cobbler, orange blossom, and freshly cut grass.

Semi-sweet to sweet, but not Moscato sweet.

Exhibits a nice full mouth feel.

Complex flavor profile with notes of fresh apricot, sweeten peach slices with cream, lemon meringue pie, pear, orange peel, star fruit, and pineapple.

Lingering lemon-lime finish.

12% ABV.

$16 a bottle.

WineryEscapades scoring on the 20 point scale.

Appearance 3 : Nose 3.5 : Taste 6 : Finish 3 : Impression 2

Overall Score 17.5 – Gold Medal

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Bordeaux Blend Tasting

Our wine tonight was a Bordeaux Blend tasting at our favorite local wine bar, Bond Street Wines in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

First was 2016 Margaux from Château Mongravey.

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc.

Average age of the vines 25 years!

Aged 14 months in French Oak.

13% ABV.

Red berries on the nose, Earthy on the tongue with notes of charred oak and black licorice.

Rated 92 points by James Suckling.

$40 a bottle.

Second was 2016 Pessac-Leognan from Château Picque,

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot.

13.5% ABV

Fruit forward nose with flavor notes of black currants, oak, and smoke.

My favorite of the three Bordeaux blends tasted tonight.

$40 a bottle.

92 points.

Final of the night was the 2011 Saint-Estèphe from La Chapelle de Meyney.

Tannic woodsy nose with flavor notes of leather, black licorice, and peppery spice.

Cabernet Sauvignon is dominate in this blend with Merlot.

13.5% ABV.

$40 a bottle.

90 Points.

Cheers!

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Peach – Huffman Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Peach table wine from Huffman Vineyards in Richlands, North Carolina.

Fermented of peaches.

Color of sweet tea.

Nose of a cooled peach cobbler.

Semi-sweet, guessing about 2-3% residual sugar.

Flavor notes of peach cobbler, caramel, vanilla, and sarsaparilla…giving way to a lingering finish much like a Werther’s Original hard candy.

Labeled as table wine which by law means between 7 and 14% ABV. We’d guess this wine approximately 8% ABV.

$11 a bottle.

Available only at the vineyard.

Certainly not your traditional peach, but good.

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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Prunus Private Selection – Gota Wines

Our wine tonight is the 2016 Dão Prunus Private Selection.

Vintage 2016.

Red blend of 80% Jaen, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Alfrocheiro, and 5% other varietals.

Dão, Portugal wine region.

Aged six months in French Oak and six months in the bottle.

Dark garnet color.

Nose of plum, blackberry, rose petals, light oak and vanilla.

Recommend decanting for 60 minutes.

Medium bodied, dry with modest acidity.

Flavor notes of chocolate covered cherries, raspberries, cinnamon, smoke, black pepper, plum, and oak.

13% ABV.

This is a really nice drinking red blend for under $15 a bottle.

Holiday Red – Burntshirt Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Holiday Red from Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Blend of Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.

Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.

Non-Vintage.

Though we did buy this bottle during the 2018 Christmas season.

Beautiful dark ruby color with a bright garnet rim.

Nose of chocolate covered cherries, fresh brewed Colombian coffee, pomegranate, and clove.

Off dry, medium bodied, with subtle tannins.

Nutty on the palate, with depths of red plum, strawberry, bell pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, all spice, oak, mint, and gingerbread cookies.

13% ABV

Enjoyed in this beautiful snowman wine glass hand painted by our talented friend Sonnette.

Stay frosty!

Please check out Sonnette’s work. We love supporting small businesses and ask that you consider shopping with your local small businesses this Christmas season.

Merry Christmas from the Turner’s!

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

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