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NC Wine Month Week 2 Recap

Week 2 is now behind us and we’re now half way through the month and #WineChat with #NCWines is tomorrow!  The wine selections last week were just as good as the previous week.  Here’s what we had.  Don’t forget, you can also follow our progress on the NC Wine Month 2015 Challenge page.

9/8: Sauvignon Blanc from Iron Gate Vineyards – Medium-bodied with white peaches and honeysuckle.  A sure treat from the Haw River Valley.

9/9: Chardonnay from Laurel Gray Vineyards – A stainless steel Chardonnay that reminds you that not all Chardonnay needs to be oaked.  A creamy butter note with hints of baked apples and wet stone flavors.

9/10: Petit Verdot from Shelton Vineyards – This dark purple wine has a nose rich in plums and spices with flavors to match.  A delicate molasses finish added to the richness of the wine.

9/11: Cabernet Sauvignon from Parker-Binns Vineyards – An excellent example of what North Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon is like.  Delicate flavors with a softer edge than west coast cabs.  Charred fruits and cedar made for a delicious wine to kick off the weekend.

9/12:  We had a group of friends over to celebrate two milestone birthdays.  Up first we had the Blanc de Blancs from McRitchie Winery.  A chardonnay bubbly with a rich flavor and nice finish.  Next was the Dry Riesling from Dobbins Creek Vineyards.  Bone dry with notes of pears and honeysuckle with a delicate acid backbone.  We marinated our steaks in some Chambourcin from Misty Creek Vineyards and had a bit left over.  Soft flavors with a big spice note throughout.  For the entrée, we had the Barbera from Brandon Hills Vineyards.  This food friendly wine was rich in vanilla with a robust cherry undertone.  Finally, for dessert we had the Apple Tipper from Fair Game Beverage Company.  A fortified wine made with Hendersonville Apples, it was crisp and delicious with a slight caramel finish.  (There was also a Caymus Cab Sauv in there too, but we’re keeping it NC here.)  What a night!

9/13: Petit Manseng from Jones Von Drehle Vineyards – Tropical notes all around with this wine.  Heavy on the mango and pineapple on the nose, the palate was more apple-pineapple in profile.  It finished on a slight creamy note.

9/14: Girasole from Raffaldini Vineyards – We went from tropical one day to strawberries the next.  The nose was full of strawberry pie aromas.  The big strawberry flavors were plentiful and lasted until the very end.

Check out our other NC Wine Month postings:

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Posted by Matt Kemberling

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