Looking back at 2017, notes on wine, events, and what we’re excited about in 2018.

Looking Back at 2017

2017 has been another great year for NC Wine. As we look back at the year, we reflect on some of the highlights of the year as well as what we’re looking forward to in 2018.

Looking Back

If we go back three harvests to the 2015 vintage, our notes promised it would be a season for the record books. Fast forward two years and you find that several wineries already released their 2015 vintages. White wines of this vintage are selling out, but in general are fresh and crisp with brilliant fruit. 2015 reds are still drinking young but show great potential.

2014 red wines also show great potential. Many wineries in the state have already released their 2014 reds. We’ve actually compiled a collection of some of the highlights of the 2014 vintage. As the year went on, we noticed the 2014 vintage is only getting better. To summarize this vintage; 2014 red wines have a wonderful balance of rich fruits and well-developed tannins.

Instagram post 17851052584168618 We had a fun afternoon touring some of the Vineyards of Swan Creek Trail! 
Our first stop was @raffaldinivineyards for the reveal of their new collaboration with @jolovineyards. The blend of Montepulciano from Raffaldini and Chambourcin from JOLO is called RaRa Sisboombah. Jay and JW hope to make this an annual collaboration!

Our next stop was @piccionevineyards for the 2014 Sangiovese release. This wine was full of cherry, vanilla and oak. It paired nicely with the risotto from the visiting food truck.

Finally, we stopped in to try the newly released 2014 Cabernet Franc from Dobbins Creek Vineyards!  Earthy with a big cherry finish, this wine would pair well with pork or mushrooms! 
It was a fun day! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine

We had a fun afternoon touring some of the Vineyards of Swan Creek Trail! Our first stop was @raffaldinivineyards for the reveal of their new collaboration with @jolovineyards. The blend of Montepulciano from Raffaldini and Chambourcin from JOLO is called RaRa Sisboombah. Jay and JW hope to make this an annual collaboration! Our next stop was @piccionevineyards for the 2014 Sangiovese release. This wine was full of cherry, vanilla and oak. It paired nicely with the risotto from the visiting food truck. Finally, we stopped in to try the newly released 2014 Cabernet Franc from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! Earthy with a big cherry finish, this wine would pair well with pork or mushrooms! It was a fun day! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17851974295152156 Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @divinellamavineyards! This lively red wine is filled with fresh cherry and a light finish. The nose is light with subtle leather supported by ripe cherry. The flavor starts with the cherry up front, then it moves to a vanilla mid-palate before finishing cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine

Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @divinellamavineyards! This lively red wine is filled with fresh cherry and a light finish. The nose is light with subtle leather supported by ripe cherry. The flavor starts with the cherry up front, then it moves to a vanilla mid-palate before finishing cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17853488188147511 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Sangiovese Classico from @raffaldinivineyards! The nose is filled with dark fruits and subtle baking spice. The flavors are bbold with plums and leather. The mid-palate is smooth and it flows evenly into the finish. Nice tannins linger on and fade out slowly. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Sangiovese Classico from @raffaldinivineyards! The nose is filled with dark fruits and subtle baking spice. The flavors are bbold with plums and leather. The mid-palate is smooth and it flows evenly into the finish. Nice tannins linger on and fade out slowly. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17852496445192404 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Arcturus from @mcritchiewinery! This blend of Sangiovese and Merlot is both soft and full of flavor. The nose has medium cherry notes and a subtle leathery undertone. The flavors start out with cherry that moves to a mildly woody mid-palate. The finish has a gentle tannin structure that shows a soft vanilla at the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #2014ncwine

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Arcturus from @mcritchiewinery! This blend of Sangiovese and Merlot is both soft and full of flavor. The nose has medium cherry notes and a subtle leathery undertone. The flavors start out with cherry that moves to a mildly woody mid-palate. The finish has a gentle tannin structure that shows a soft vanilla at the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17878684450124240 Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Cabernet Franc from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! This medium bodied red wine is light enough for a summer evening and packs a flavorful punch. The nose shows cherry and a subtle plum. The flavors start with a dark red fruit flavor up front. It moves to an earthy mid-palate that finishes with a light tannins to the very end. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #2014ncwine

Tonight we're enjoying the 2014 Cabernet Franc from Dobbins Creek Vineyards! This medium bodied red wine is light enough for a summer evening and packs a flavorful punch. The nose shows cherry and a subtle plum. The flavors start with a dark red fruit flavor up front. It moves to an earthy mid-palate that finishes with a light tannins to the very end. #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17911699951028660 To celebrate #RepealDay we decided to open a 2014 Synergy Syrah from Flint Hill Vineyards! This wine has a complex nose of charred fruits, a hint of leather, and a subtle touch of fresh tar. The flavors start with a blast of juicy red fruits. It turns to an oaky mid-palate and finishes with a slight spice. #YadkinValley #NCWine #2014ncwine

To celebrate #RepealDay we decided to open a 2014 Synergy Syrah from Flint Hill Vineyards! This wine has a complex nose of charred fruits, a hint of leather, and a subtle touch of fresh tar. The flavors start with a blast of juicy red fruits. It turns to an oaky mid-palate and finishes with a slight spice. #YadkinValley #NCWine #2014ncwine ...

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Instagram post 17922461836023316 Tonight we’re enjoying the 2014 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! This is another great example of how the 2014 vintage is turning out to be excellent. The nose is dark with dried berries and a undertone of ground coffee. The flavors are bold yet complex. It starts with a delicate black cherry which melts into a leathery mid-palate.  It is well balanced between juicy fruit flavors and mellow tannins that fade out with a stony-mineral finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #GotToBeNC #DrinkLocal #2014ncwine

Tonight we’re enjoying the 2014 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! This is another great example of how the 2014 vintage is turning out to be excellent. The nose is dark with dried berries and a undertone of ground coffee. The flavors are bold yet complex. It starts with a delicate black cherry which melts into a leathery mid-palate. It is well balanced between juicy fruit flavors and mellow tannins that fade out with a stony-mineral finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #GotToBeNC #DrinkLocal #2014ncwine ...

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Our First Event

2017 was an important year for us as we hosted the very first NC Wine Month Kickoff event. It was an intimate gathering of 13 wineries and about 70 media and blogger guests. Plus, we had a very special guest appearance by Governor Roy Cooper! We were  honored to have him there, officially endorsing NC Wine Month. We learned a lot from hosting our first major event and we’re looking forward to hosting again!

Looking Forward

2018 promises to be another great year. Here’s a list of things we’re excited about:

More 2014 and 2015 wines

We tasted so many great wines from these two vintages.  The remaining releases are something to look forward to.

More wine reviews on our site

We want to expand our wine review presence so we’ll be adding new reviews more often.

Enhanced Social Media presence

We want to start using some of the things we learned at the wine bloggers conference. Stay tuned!

More support for the industry

We are always looking for more ways to support the NC Wine industry. We have a few ideas that we will start in 2018.

What excites you most about 2018? Leave a comment to share your thoughts. We would love to hear from you!

Posted by Matt Kemberling

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