2013 Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Vintage 2013 Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards Wines in North Carolina are typically produced for immediate consumption. Though we certainly know some will cellar well for up to 8-10 years! So with this 8 year old Merlot, there was naturally some concern. Well rest assured, this wine has held up remarkably well. Amazingly, this MerlotContinue reading “2013 Merlot – Mountain Brook Vineyards”

Sweet Red – Oliver Winery

Sweet Red Wine Oliver Winery and Vineyards. Soft Wine Collection. Non-vintage. Red blend dominate of Concord. Medium nose cherry cola, watermelon, cranberry, and orange blossom honey. Color is medium ruby.. Light body with medium acidity and low tannins. Best served lightly chilled. This wine is sweet. Medium flavor intensity of cherry cola, raspberry, red plum,Continue reading “Sweet Red – Oliver Winery”

Where We’ve Wined Local Lately – Jan-Feb 2021

Covid took our New Years Eve celebration, however we still managed a few visits to several local establishments. Warmth and wine are the theme of our January escapades! January 2 – we start the year off right and take advantage of the mountain top open air tasting room at Point Lookout Vineyards in Hendersonville. Doesn’tContinue reading “Where We’ve Wined Local Lately – Jan-Feb 2021”

Alfred Graf 2016 Riesling Spätlese Mosel

Following are my tasting notes from WSET Level 2 study exercise. Alfred Graf Erdener Treppchen Mosel 2016 Spätlese Riesling Appearance: Pale Lemon Nose: Light, aromas of lemon, grapefruit, pear, and green apple. Palate: Sweetness: MediumAcidity: HighAlcohol: LowBody: Light Light, with flavors of green apple, pear, lemon, grapefruit, and wildflower honey.  Finish: short Conclusion: Good QualityContinue reading “Alfred Graf 2016 Riesling Spätlese Mosel”

Pikes Clare Valley 2018 Riesling

Following are my tasting notes from WSET Level 2 study exercise. Pikes Clare Valley 2018 (Hills & Valleys) Riesling  Appearance: Pale Lemon Nose: Medium-Pronounced, aromas of lemon, lime, green apple, peach, petrol, honeysuckle, and daffodil. Palate: Sweetness: DryAcidity: HighAlcohol: MediumBody: Light Medium-Pronounced flavors of lemon, lime, green apple, peach, nectarine, petrol, honeysuckle, and dried dillContinue reading “Pikes Clare Valley 2018 Riesling”

Snapped – Elevation 966 Winery

Snapped is a Holiday wine offering from Elevation 966 Winery in Greenville, South Carolina. Grape wine with natural flavors. We would guess a Riesling base. Deep lemon in color. Sweet with nicely balanced acidity. Pronounced nose of cinnamon and nutmeg, with notes reminiscent of holiday spiked eggnog. Flavor notes of freshly baked gingerbread cookies, prominentContinue reading “Snapped – Elevation 966 Winery”

Classic Rosé 2018 – Chateau Pigoudet

Our wine tonight is the Classic Rosé 2018 from Chateau Pigoudet located in the mountains of Provence, extreme Northeast quadrant of Coteaux d’ Aix.  Vintage 2018 Blend of 35% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 15% Cabernet, 10% Syrah, and 5% Ugni Blanc.  Pale copper in color. Strawberry, citrus, and hints of mineral on the nose. Crisp withContinue reading “Classic Rosé 2018 – Chateau Pigoudet”

Rosé Blend – Leftie Wine

Our wine tonight is the Final Frontier Rosé Blend from Leftie Wine Company.  Light salmon in color. Red blend that undergoes a secondary fermentation with peach juice. Expressive nose of peach schnapps, bing cherries, apricots, coconut, and buttery. Fruity on the tongue, expressive notes of freshly sliced peaches, vanilla beans, cashews, and finishing buttery andContinue reading “Rosé Blend – Leftie Wine”

Reserve Merlot – Red Rock Winery

Our wine tonight is the Reserve Merlot from Red Rock Winery. Non-vintage Vinted by Red Rock Winery in Modesto, California. We’ve found notes though without confirmation of less than five percent Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Sirah blended in. Inky purple in color with a soft purple rim. Nose of red plum, strawberry, raspberry, cherry, andContinue reading “Reserve Merlot – Red Rock Winery”

Christmas Red – Biltmore Wine

Our Christmas night wine is the Biltmore Christmas Red. Vintage 2020 Blend of California grown Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Dark ruby in color with long cascading legs. Nose of plum, blackberry jam, pepper, and nutmeg. Medium bodied with soft tannins and balanced acidity. Semi-sweet with notes of fresh fig, cherry cola, vanilla, and nutmegContinue reading “Christmas Red – Biltmore Wine”