Sangiovese – Mountain Brook Vineyards

Sangiovese North Carolina grown. Mountain Brook Vineyards in Tryon, North Carolina. Vintage 2019. Decanted for 30 minutes. Medium ruby in color. Medium pronounced aromas of cranberries , dried cherries, cocoa, lilac, and black tea. Medium high body with high acidity and high tannins. Medium pronounced flavor notes of cherries, cranberries, red plums, dried figs, cedar,Continue reading “Sangiovese – Mountain Brook Vineyards”

Dry Riesling – Biltmore

Dry Riesling. The Winery at Biltmore Estate. Vintage 2020. Limited Release. Serve chilled. Medium Lemon in color. Beautiful, just shimmers! Medium-high intensity aromas of grapefruit, lemon tart, mango, peach, pear, cantaloupe, apricot, mint, and dried herbs. Off-dry with medium-high acidity and medium-light body. Complex flavor profile with notes of lemon, grapefruit, pear preserves, apricot, slicedContinue reading “Dry Riesling – Biltmore”

Baby Doll Legs – The Cottage Winery

Baby Doll Legs from The Cottage Vineyard and Winery in Cleveland, Georgia. Rosé of Blanc du Bois Blanc du Bois is a Hybrid grape cultivar developed at the University of Florida.  Blanc du Bois wines can be difficult to achieve a commercially acceptable clarity and is therefore often used in blends. We suspect this wineContinue reading “Baby Doll Legs – The Cottage Winery”

14 Hands – Hot to Trot

14 Hands Winery Hot to Trot Vintage 2016 Columbia Valley Smooth Red Blend Predominantly Merlot and Syrah, with much smaller percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvèdre, and Grenache. Medium purple in color. Medium nose of black plum, blackcurrant, chocolate covered cherries, blackberry jam, and lavender, and vanilla. Medium bodied,Continue reading “14 Hands – Hot to Trot”

Virginia Virginia Virginia! Discover NCWine Now!

As I formulate this writing in my mind, I feel it’s important to stress that I intend not to isolate, call out, nor pick on any one individual. Though as I listened to the recap of the NC Wine Guys zoom presentation of Open That Bottle to kick-off NC Wine Month, this one thought continuedContinue reading “Virginia Virginia Virginia! Discover NCWine Now!”

Tyku Saki

Tyku Sake Tasting two – Cucumber sake and Coconut sake. Produced at famed Umenoyado Brewery in Nara, Japan. The Coconut is a Nigori (unfiltered) sake. The Cucumber is Junmai (filtered) sake. The coconut has structured body, sweet with pronounced flavors of coconut and lingering hints of vanilla. The cucumber is lighter in body, crisp andContinue reading “Tyku Saki”

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon A naturally occurring cross varietal of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Black grape varietal originating from the South of France, notably the Left Bank of Bordeaux. Notable for pronounced black fruit and herbaceous aromas and flavors. Can produce outstanding wines that will age in the bottle for many, many years. Requires moderate toContinue reading “Cabernet Sauvignon”

Cabernet Franc – Marked Tree Vineyard

Marked Tree Vineyard in Flat Rock, North Carolina. AVA: Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County. Vintage 2018. Medium ruby in color. Medium nose of raspberry, cranberry, redcurrant, baker’s chocolate, and pepper . Dry with medium tannins, medium acidity, and medium alcohol. Medium intensity flavor profile with notes of redcurrant, raspberry, bell pepper, pipe tobacco,Continue reading “Cabernet Franc – Marked Tree Vineyard”

Rosé – M. Chapoutier

Vintage 2017 Belleruche Rosé Appellation Côtes-Du-Rhône Contrôlée M. Chapouttier France A blend of 75% Grenache with lesser amounts of Cinsault and Syrah. Medium pink-orange in color. Prominent nose of redcurrant, raspberry, pink grapefruit, and ripe peaches in syrup. Dry, medium bodied with crisp acidity. Prominent notes on palate of pink grapefruit, strawberry, raspberry, redcurrant, ….Continue reading “Rosé – M. Chapoutier”

Roth Estate Heritage 2016

Vintage 2016 Roth Estate, Healdsburg, California. Sonoma County Alexander Valley. Proprietary Red. Decant for 60 minutes. Medium-Deep ruby in color. Still appears youthful in the glass. Pronounced nose of blueberry jam, black cherry, blackcurrant, mocha, nutmeg, hot cocoa, and vanilla. Red Blend: 25% Syrah, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Malbec, 8% Zinfandel, 8% Petit Verdot, 15%Continue reading “Roth Estate Heritage 2016”