Our wine tonight is the 2018 Argentine Malbec from Alamos.
We just love Malbec from Argentina.
Cultivated of the Mendoza, Argentina Vineyards. These vineyards are among the highest elevations of any of the world’s vineyards.
The most respected James Suckling rated at 91 points.
Decanted for 60 minutes.
Deep inky purple color.
Nose very expressive of black cherries, plum, cocoa, fresh violets, cedar and a pronounced smokiness.
Dry, medium bodied, with low to medium tannins.
Flavor notes of black cherry, blackberry, red plum, and a distinctive mid-palate of vanilla, black currants, black pepper, and spice, while the lingering finish is reminiscent of a freshly baked hot out of the oven blueberry pie.
An excellent traditional Argentine Malbec.
9 months aged in 60% French oak and 40% American oak.
At the price, often under $10, this is a great drinking wine.
Our wine tonight is the limited release Chenin Blanc from Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, North Carolina.
Fruit harvested from partner growers in California.
Pale gold in color.
Expressively floral bouquet and pleasantly aromatic of honeysuckle and lilac.
Semi-sweet on the tongue exhibiting crisp acidity. 4.1% RS
Citrusy layered on the palate with notes of lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, key lime, and star fruit, finishing with lingering tart notes of green apple and bosc pear.
$17 a bottle (at the winery).
The 2019 is perhaps more pleasantly balanced than the 2017 and 2018 vintages. This vintage is delightfully refreshing and elegantly balanced.
Winery Escapades scores 90 points.
Gold Medal worthy.
Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited winery in The U.SA. A tasting is included in the Biltmore Estate price of admission.
Biltmore Estate currently with 40+ acres under vine grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot, and has recently planted a vineyard of Petit Manseng. Area viticulturalist are seeing Petit Manseng grow very well in the Western North Carolina climate.
Our wine tonight is the award winning Strawberry wine from Lazy Bear Winery in Easley, South Carolina.
Lazy Bear Winery focuses on award winning fruit wines and meads.
Produced from 100% strawberries.
Many of the strawberries are grown on-site and the rest sourced from local South Carolina farms.
Bright salmon in color.
Light nose of strawberry starburst and strawberry twizzlers.
Semi-sweet on the tongue, not overly sweet throughout the tasting.
Flavor notes reminiscent of fresh strawberry shortcake dripping with strawberry syrup, mid-palate lingers with notes of a hot-out-of-the oven strawberry cobbler, finishing similar to a strawberry tart.
This is an excellent representation of a true strawberry fruit wine.
Lazy Bear Winery is a micro-producing family owned winery. They may be small yet they have rack up multiple domestic and international awards!
The Lazy Bear Winery team poising with medals won at the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition.
Packaged in a fuchsia colored mesh gift bag, comes six different wines in 50ml mini bottles all for $20. Available in a dry or sweet selection, we’re enjoying the sweet mini tasting tonight.
A wine sheet is included and provides the following tasting notes.
Lime in Da Coconut – A Pinot Gris bursting with a perfect blend of tantalizing coconut and zesty lime. One sip and your taste buds will be swept away to a tropical paradise of flavor. (Bronze Medal – 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition)
Crab-Apple Zinger – This sweet Chardonnay zings the tongue with a deliciously flavored blend of tart green apples and juicy white cranberries.
RaspberryGiggles – With a mouth watering raspberry flavor, this White Zinfandel will leave you giggling with delight. (Gold Medal – 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition)
Peachy Keen – This Chardonnay is bursting with such delectable preachiness you will feel like you have just bitten into a juicy, ripe South Carolina peach! (Silver Medal – 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition)
Raspea Sangria – Flavors of juicy peach and tart raspberry envelop the senses with every taste of this sweet red wine!
Blackberry Banger – A sweet red wine that is surprisingly rich with a blackberry taste that will make your jaw bang the table with delight!
Our favorites in this tasting were the Cran-Apple Zinger and the Lime in Da Coconut.
An absolute great, unique gift idea so we wholeheartedly encourage you to pick up one for yourself…..and yes of course also to give as Birthday, Mother’s Day, or Christmas gifts. Honesty, just perfect for any gift idea!
Our wine tonight is the Chloe Rosé from Marked Tree Vineyards in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Estate grown blend of 90% Cab Franc and 10% Lemburger.
Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County AVA.
Produced in the Saignee style.
Light salmon in color.
Off dry and light. Strikingly refreshing.
Nose of stone fruits with subtle tones of red currant, strawberry, basil, and soft minerals, showing a bright acidity with flavor notes of blood orange, ripe apple, red plum, watermelon, and honeydew melons.
Fruit grown in their Upper Pisgah block planted in 2015. So for young fruit this produced a nice rosè.
$23 a bottle.
Winemaker: Justin Taylor
We visited Marked Tree Vineyards On their opening weekend, which was Memorial Day weekend 2020.
We enjoyed a bottle of this Rosé on our visit and of course brought a bottle home. Blow are a few pictures from our visit.