What We’ve Been Drinking — March 2017

In like a lion and out like a lamb, they say. March has come to a close and with it starts the growing season in the vineyards. The vines are starting to wake up and bud break is eminently upon us (for better or worse). Midway through the month, we were lucky enough to attend the Showcase of Fine North Carolina Wines. This showcase featured the twelve winning wines in the NC Fine Wines competition. More details on that in our post soling soon.

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Instagram post 17863013806118809 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Girasole from @raffaldinivineyards!  This dry rosé gives a big strawberry nose. Those strawberries continue on the palate along with watermelon. It's a perfect pairing with grilled salmon or just about anything! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Girasole from @raffaldinivineyards! This dry rosé gives a big strawberry nose. Those strawberries continue on the palate along with watermelon. It's a perfect pairing with grilled salmon or just about anything! #SwanCreek #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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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 17865830884072617 Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @jonesvondrehle! This rich red wine is bold in flavor with a refined profile. The nose big with caramelized figs and vanilla. The flavors lean more toward leather and tar with dried berries on the mid-palate. It finishes long with a subtle vanilla carrying through to the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're having the 2014 Cabernet Franc from @jonesvondrehle! This rich red wine is bold in flavor with a refined profile. The nose big with caramelized figs and vanilla. The flavors lean more toward leather and tar with dried berries on the mid-palate. It finishes long with a subtle vanilla carrying through to the end. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17851261042167304 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! This delightful red wine is complex and deep. The nose has a subtle hint of baking spices with an underlying tomato jam note. The flavors starts with the tomato jam and move quickly to an earthy mid-palate. The finish has gentle tannins and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine 
As we sip on this wine, we are also paying tribute to a recently departed figure in the wine industry. Earlier this week we learned of the passing of Glenn Kelly, our local Riedel glassware salesman. His appreciation for North Carolina wine and fine glassware was truly an inspiration for many. He will be missed by all who knew him. #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Chambourcin from @hanoverparkvineyard! This delightful red wine is complex and deep. The nose has a subtle hint of baking spices with an underlying tomato jam note. The flavors starts with the tomato jam and move quickly to an earthy mid-palate. The finish has gentle tannins and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine As we sip on this wine, we are also paying tribute to a recently departed figure in the wine industry. Earlier this week we learned of the passing of Glenn Kelly, our local Riedel glassware salesman. His appreciation for North Carolina wine and fine glassware was truly an inspiration for many. He will be missed by all who knew him. #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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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 17875090078061399 Tonight we're having the 2013 Petite Sirah from @juniuslindsayvineyard! This dark red is delicate yet leaves quite the impression. The nose is inky with dried fruit skins and a hint of black cherry. The flavors start with juicy red fruits and move quickly to a black pepper mid-palate. The finish is long with a drying sensation that lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're having the 2013 Petite Sirah from @juniuslindsayvineyard! This dark red is delicate yet leaves quite the impression. The nose is inky with dried fruit skins and a hint of black cherry. The flavors start with juicy red fruits and move quickly to a black pepper mid-palate. The finish is long with a drying sensation that lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17866408378075739 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from @lazyelm! This cab is bigger than what you would expect from an east coast cab. The nose is complex with woody notes mixing with a lighter plum undertone. The flavor is bold and leathery with dried dark fruits on the mid-palate and finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from @lazyelm! This cab is bigger than what you would expect from an east coast cab. The nose is complex with woody notes mixing with a lighter plum undertone. The flavor is bold and leathery with dried dark fruits on the mid-palate and finish. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17880238756026622 Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! A few years in the bottle has done great things to this wine. The nose is earthy with dried herbs. The flavors are complex and refined. There are rich fruits balanced by violets and subtle graphite on the finish. If you still have a bottle of this around, you're in for a treat! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2011 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! A few years in the bottle has done great things to this wine. The nose is earthy with dried herbs. The flavors are complex and refined. There are rich fruits balanced by violets and subtle graphite on the finish. If you still have a bottle of this around, you're in for a treat! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17875856569053944 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Barrel Chardonnay from @raylenvineyards! This wine is intense for a Chardonnay. The nose is ripe with fresh yellow apples balanced with toasty oak. The flavors are rich and vibrant, leaning on well ripened apples and soft vanilla. The bright acidity carries through into the finish and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 Barrel Chardonnay from @raylenvineyards! This wine is intense for a Chardonnay. The nose is ripe with fresh yellow apples balanced with toasty oak. The flavors are rich and vibrant, leaning on well ripened apples and soft vanilla. The bright acidity carries through into the finish and lingers on. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17864479780107850 Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 vintage of The Triangle from @sanctuaryvineyards! This blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Albariño is crisp and refreshing. The nose is balanced between ripe pears and tropical fruits. The flavors start out tropical with pineapple upfront. It moves to a mineral rich mid-palate and finishes clean. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2015 vintage of The Triangle from @sanctuaryvineyards! This blend of Viognier, Roussanne, and Albariño is crisp and refreshing. The nose is balanced between ripe pears and tropical fruits. The flavors start out tropical with pineapple upfront. It moves to a mineral rich mid-palate and finishes clean. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17852396764154491 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mountain Brook Vineyards! A nice full-bodied red, it is well balanced between fruit and tannins. The nose is rich with dark red fruits and a warm vanilla. The flavors start with fresh black plums. It moves to a nice oaky mid-palate that turns to back to dried red fruits on the finish. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Mountain Brook Vineyards! A nice full-bodied red, it is well balanced between fruit and tannins. The nose is rich with dark red fruits and a warm vanilla. The flavors start with fresh black plums. It moves to a nice oaky mid-palate that turns to back to dried red fruits on the finish. #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17870405671064362 We had a fun day in the Yadkin Valley!  We tasted and bought wine at Cellar 4201, @divinellamavineyards, Flint Hill Vineyards and @brandonhillsvineyard! A fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

We had a fun day in the Yadkin Valley! We tasted and bought wine at Cellar 4201, @divinellamavineyards, Flint Hill Vineyards and @brandonhillsvineyard! A fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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Instagram post 17875264234036273 Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Petit Verdot from @roundpeakvineyards!  Plums, coffee, vanilla and leather make for a complex nose. The palate begins dark fruits. It moves to slight leather note at the mid-palate and finishes with a hint of coffee. The color is inky and dark. A big, full bodied wine!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight we're enjoying the 2013 Petit Verdot from @roundpeakvineyards! Plums, coffee, vanilla and leather make for a complex nose. The palate begins dark fruits. It moves to slight leather note at the mid-palate and finishes with a hint of coffee. The color is inky and dark. A big, full bodied wine! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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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 17854852717132034 Tonight, we're enjoying the 2013 Chambourcin from @thefarmatdovervineyards!  The nose shows cherry with a hint of licorice. The palate is cherry then oaky vanilla finishing with a hint of licorice. There's also a bit of that classic Chambourcin baking spice!  A fantastic wine! #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017

Tonight, we're enjoying the 2013 Chambourcin from @thefarmatdovervineyards! The nose shows cherry with a hint of licorice. The palate is cherry then oaky vanilla finishing with a hint of licorice. There's also a bit of that classic Chambourcin baking spice! A fantastic wine! #NCWine #ncwgMarch2017 ...

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