NCWINE Virtual Tasting

A look back at our participation in the September 9th #NCWineMonth virtual tasting on Twitter.

Twitter virtual NC Wine Tasting 9/9/19

We tasted three wines and our Twitter notes are below.

1. Blanc du Bois – Hinnant Family Vineyards

2. Fig Orange Mead – Honeygirl Meadery

3. Côte-Soleil Syrah – Elkin Creek Vineyard

1. Blanc du Bois – Hinnant Family Vineyards

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level, NC

Dry, 12% ABV. $13 a bottle

Pale yellow in color

Nose of grapefruit, lemon, butterscotch, and honeysuckle.

Flavor notes of grapefruit, green apples, pineapple, and bananas foster finishing with hints of lemon and wildflower honey and a certain dull minerality.

Flavor profile similar to a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Hybrid Grape developed at the University of Florida

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2. Fig Orange Mead – Honeygirl Meadery

Durham, NC

Beautiful golden color 12% ABV.

Roasted locally sourced figs fermented with NC wildflower honey

A Melomel is a Mead that contains fruit…either fermented with or infused after fermentation.

Nose of honey, fig, caramel, and butterscotch.

Bold Flavor Notes of honey, orange slices, caramel, and Fig.

Bronze medal in Finger Lakes Int’l Wine Competition.

Pair with a nice charcuterie plate.

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3. Côte-Soleil Syrah – Elkin Creek Vineyard

Right outside of Elkin—-Yadkin Valley AVA

Côte-Soleil Syrah 2016

Syrah blended with 12% Viognier

12.5% ABV

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Big nose of over ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, vinaigrette, graphite, smoke.

Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with prunes, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, black licorice, cloves, tobacco, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, and graphite.

Long finish with fine tannins with notes of chocolate covered cherries.

This is a delicious Syrah blend from the Yadkin Valley AVA. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A great sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (60 minutes). We actually decanted for 2 hours.

Still young and will continue to mature in the bottle.

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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

2017 Riesling – Fish Hippie

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Riesling with the Fish Hippie branding of Old North State Winery.

Read more about the Fish Hippie brand.

100% Riesling grown in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

A delicate floral nose with hints of apricot and lemon zest.

Off dry.

Flavor notes of tart green apple slices, lime juice, apricots, and pears, finishing with a bit of nuttiness.

12.5% ABV

Learn more about Old North State Winery.

Spiker Dude – Slightly Askew Winery

Our wine tonight is Spiker Dude from Slightly Askew Winery In Elkin, North Carolina. Slightly Askew claims to be “not your average winery” and produces a lot of unique and interesting wines.

Lime infused Pinot Grigio.

Light golden color with a slight green hue.

Nose of lime and citrus.

Sweet on the tongue with notes of lime, coconut, pink grapefruit, mint, and lemon tart, and finishing like a coconut creme puff.

Fresh easy sipping summer wine.

9% ABV.

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.

Riesling. – Shelton Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the 2017 Riesling from Shelton Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley AVA.

Light straw in color.

Nose of Fuji Apple, Bosc Pear, lemon juice, and apricots.

Semi-sweet, 3% RS.

Flavor notes of fresh baked apples, sliced pears, honeysuckle, lemon, apricots, pineapple, and finishing with delicate notes of ginger.

12.75% ABV

$15 a bottle.

This vintage won gold in the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Sweetheart White – Medaloni Cellars

Our wine tonight is the Sweetheart White from Medaloni Cellars in the North Carolina Yadkin Valley AVA.

Non-vintage. White blend.

Golden color like summer rays of sunshine.

Explicit nose of state fair cotton candy.

Semi-sweet.

Flavor notes Earl Gray hot tea, wildflower honey, nutmeg, clove, honeysuckle, and lighter notes of vanilla and cream.

12.9% ABV

Vinho Branco – Menarick Vineyards

Our wine tonight is the Vinho Branco from Menarick Vineyards in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Vinho Branco is Portuguese for white wine.

Portuguese style white table wine.

Blend of Chardonnay and Albariño.

Unfiltered.

Color reminiscent of early morning rays of sunshine.

Nose of lemon, vanilla, coconut, and early spring floral aromas.

Dry on the tongue with flavor notes of juicy fruit gum and lemon drop, finishing with soft hints of underripe pear and chalk.

11% ABV

Ships to most states. See Menarick Vineyards website.

Rosé – Brandon Hills Vineyard

In celebration of #NationalDrinkWineDay, our wine tonight is the 2017 Rosé from Brandon Hills Vineyard in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

100% Cabernet Franc.

Beautiful light rose in color.

Nose of strawberry creamsicle, honeysuckle, and light rum.

Flavor notes of strawberries, red plums, over ripe raspberries and cherry cola fading to notes of soft vanilla bean with noticeable minerality.

12% ABV

Recommended pairing: grilled or pan seared chicken. 

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