What We’ve Been Drinking: January 2016

It’s hard to believe that we’re already one month in to 2016!  So far this month, we’ve posted about 16 wines from across the state.  Also worth noting was the North Carolina Winegrowers Conference that took place January 22, 23, and 24.  This annual meeting of wineries, vineyards, and wine fans  in Winston-Salem is a great opportunity to talk wine with the experts. This year we actually had the opportunity to lead a session on how wineries can make the most of their social media outlets. It was a lot of fun and we can’t wait until next year.

Back to the wine. Our January wine summaries are found below. Click on a picture to expand and read more about the wine.

Instagram post 17852606080013719 Tonight we're having the 2012 Merlot from @jonesvondrehle! A this is a bold red with a fruit forward profile. The nose is ripe with fresh cut cherries with a hint of chocolate. The flavors are deep, starting with a bright cherry moving into a mild leathery mid-palate. The finish fades into a fruity cedar note which lingers on for quite a while. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're having the 2012 Merlot from @jonesvondrehle! A this is a bold red with a fruit forward profile. The nose is ripe with fresh cut cherries with a hint of chocolate. The flavors are deep, starting with a bright cherry moving into a mild leathery mid-palate. The finish fades into a fruity cedar note which lingers on for quite a while. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17853035152059473 Tonight we're having the 2013 Second Leaf from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A blend of Viognier and Roussanne, it offers up quite a delicious flavor. The nose is lightly tropical with wet shale stone lingering in the background. The flavors are full with creamed honey on the front, moving into a mild tropical mid-palate. The finish has a light citrus zip and fades out cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #juniuslindsayvineyard #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're having the 2013 Second Leaf from Junius Lindsay Vineyard! A blend of Viognier and Roussanne, it offers up quite a delicious flavor. The nose is lightly tropical with wet shale stone lingering in the background. The flavors are full with creamed honey on the front, moving into a mild tropical mid-palate. The finish has a light citrus zip and fades out cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #juniuslindsayvineyard #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17843889835105282 Tonight we have the Kaleidoscope Red from @ragapplelassie! A red blend of several of their estate grapes, this wine is complex yet it isn't overbearing. The nose is vibrant with black plums and brûléed red fruits. The flavor profile is leans more on the baking spice and warming savory notes. Black cherries, cinnamon and leather each come through at different points while sipping. The finish is light with a delicate acidity fading slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight we have the Kaleidoscope Red from @ragapplelassie! A red blend of several of their estate grapes, this wine is complex yet it isn't overbearing. The nose is vibrant with black plums and brûléed red fruits. The flavor profile is leans more on the baking spice and warming savory notes. Black cherries, cinnamon and leather each come through at different points while sipping. The finish is light with a delicate acidity fading slowly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17844000760087084 Tonight we're enjoying the Polk County Chronic Hard Cider from @overmountainvineyards!  Crisp with big apple notes and a slightly sweet finish, this cider is approachable and easy drinking!  A great local cider!  #NCCider #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're enjoying the Polk County Chronic Hard Cider from @overmountainvineyards! Crisp with big apple notes and a slightly sweet finish, this cider is approachable and easy drinking! A great local cider! #NCCider #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17852506231028301 For tonight's wine, we have the 2012 Merlot from @mcritchiewinery. This wine is full bodied and deliciously dark. The nose is ripe with black cherries and a hint of cedar. The flavor leads with bright cherries, then smooths out quickly into a mildly tannic mid-palate. The finish has a delicious leathery texture leaving on a soft, toasty note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

For tonight's wine, we have the 2012 Merlot from @mcritchiewinery. This wine is full bodied and deliciously dark. The nose is ripe with black cherries and a hint of cedar. The flavor leads with bright cherries, then smooths out quickly into a mildly tannic mid-palate. The finish has a delicious leathery texture leaving on a soft, toasty note. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17851878871038502 Tonight it's the Cherokee Red from Cellar 4201!  Cherry and plums greet you on the nose. Dark fruit of blackberries, cherries and currants fill the rich and lush palate. The finish is smooth and lingering. It's a great wine for a cold winter's night!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight it's the Cherokee Red from Cellar 4201! Cherry and plums greet you on the nose. Dark fruit of blackberries, cherries and currants fill the rich and lush palate. The finish is smooth and lingering. It's a great wine for a cold winter's night! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17852312230023134 Tonight we're having the 2014 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! A lesser known red grape, it makes a wine that is food friendly and easy to appreciate. This evening's wine is no exception. The nose is smokey with a touch of dark juicy cherries. The flavors are equally smokey, balanced with hints of raspberry and red apples. Vanilla comes and goes throughout the mid-palate and finishes with a gentle spice. #YadkinValley #NCWine #huttonvineyards #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're having the 2014 Barbera from Hutton Vineyards! A lesser known red grape, it makes a wine that is food friendly and easy to appreciate. This evening's wine is no exception. The nose is smokey with a touch of dark juicy cherries. The flavors are equally smokey, balanced with hints of raspberry and red apples. Vanilla comes and goes throughout the mid-palate and finishes with a gentle spice. #YadkinValley #NCWine #huttonvineyards #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17853039259027545 Tonight it's the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from @elkincreekvineyard! This cab is much softer than west coast cabs and has quite a bit more personality. The nose is complex, showing notes of tanned leather, cherries and plums. The flavors start off with bright red fruits and then moves it into a woody, oaky mid-palate. The finish is soft and delicate, fading away cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight it's the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from @elkincreekvineyard! This cab is much softer than west coast cabs and has quite a bit more personality. The nose is complex, showing notes of tanned leather, cherries and plums. The flavors start off with bright red fruits and then moves it into a woody, oaky mid-palate. The finish is soft and delicate, fading away cleanly. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17844659866079857 Tonight we're enjoying the Burch-Bleu from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery. A simply delicious wine made from 65% blueberry wine and 35% Chambourcin. The result is a slightly off-dry wine that's big on the blueberry flavors, yet still retains a great subtle baking spice note from the Chambourcin.  This pairs nicely with pork, but could also accompany strong cheeses or a custard dessert. #YadkinValley #NCWine #carolinaheritagewinery #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're enjoying the Burch-Bleu from Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery. A simply delicious wine made from 65% blueberry wine and 35% Chambourcin. The result is a slightly off-dry wine that's big on the blueberry flavors, yet still retains a great subtle baking spice note from the Chambourcin. This pairs nicely with pork, but could also accompany strong cheeses or a custard dessert. #YadkinValley #NCWine #carolinaheritagewinery #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17843979097120697 Tonight we're enjoying the 2009 Reserve Chardonnay from @grovewinery. Immensely full bodied, this wine has quite a bit to offer. The nose is toasty with notes of buttered popcorn. The flavor is well rounded starting with baked apples and moves quickly into an oaky mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with a light biscuit note on the end. #HawRiverValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're enjoying the 2009 Reserve Chardonnay from @grovewinery. Immensely full bodied, this wine has quite a bit to offer. The nose is toasty with notes of buttered popcorn. The flavor is well rounded starting with baked apples and moves quickly into an oaky mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with a light biscuit note on the end. #HawRiverValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17844023044113470 We're tasting the 2011 Synergy from Flint Hill Vineyards! A medium bodied red wine, it has a delicate nose of cherries and licorice with a matching silky smooth flavor profile. The finish is light yet lingering and beckons for you to take another sip. #NCWine #YadkinValley #flinthillvineyards #ncwgjan16

We're tasting the 2011 Synergy from Flint Hill Vineyards! A medium bodied red wine, it has a delicate nose of cherries and licorice with a matching silky smooth flavor profile. The finish is light yet lingering and beckons for you to take another sip. #NCWine #YadkinValley #flinthillvineyards #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17853243727035341 To help battle off the cold, were enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! Vanilla and dark plums on the nose have a delicate baking spice note to it. The flavors are just a fruity with a well balanced oaky mid-palate. The finish is dry with hints of cocoa nibs. #NCWine #ncwgjan16

To help battle off the cold, were enjoying the Cabernet Sauvignon from @parkerbinnsvineyardandwinery! Vanilla and dark plums on the nose have a delicate baking spice note to it. The flavors are just a fruity with a well balanced oaky mid-palate. The finish is dry with hints of cocoa nibs. #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17853597361044739 Tonight we're having the 2013 Epic from @overmountainvineyards! A white wine made from Petit Manseng, this offers big tropical notes on the nose with a hint of soft honey. The flavors are in the tropical family, playing up the pineapple and mango while keeping a creamy feeling throughout. #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're having the 2013 Epic from @overmountainvineyards! A white wine made from Petit Manseng, this offers big tropical notes on the nose with a hint of soft honey. The flavors are in the tropical family, playing up the pineapple and mango while keeping a creamy feeling throughout. #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17844076369112006 Tonight we have the 2011 Cabernet Franc from @chathamhillwinery! from the #YadkinValley, this wine is medium bodied with quite a lot going on. The nose is leathery with cherries and a subtle hint of green pepper. The flavor starts out with fresh red fruit then moves into a smooth mid-palate. The finish is slightly spicy with a lingering earthy profile. #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight we have the 2011 Cabernet Franc from @chathamhillwinery! from the #YadkinValley, this wine is medium bodied with quite a lot going on. The nose is leathery with cherries and a subtle hint of green pepper. The flavor starts out with fresh red fruit then moves into a smooth mid-palate. The finish is slightly spicy with a lingering earthy profile. #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17851909201047869 Since we're iced in today in Mooresville and unable to get to the NC Winegrower's Association Conference in Winston-Salem (hoping for tomorrow), we decided on an afternoon treat!  We're thinking warm thoughts, so we picked the semi-sweet white from @elkincreekvineyard!  It's the 2014 Mistela. This white blend of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay with a touch of a Viognier is that treat. A tropical nose gives way to lush tropical fruits. It moves to a sweetness that ends with an ever so slight tart finish!  This would be the perfect wine for a warm summer day. We're there in our minds!  #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Since we're iced in today in Mooresville and unable to get to the NC Winegrower's Association Conference in Winston-Salem (hoping for tomorrow), we decided on an afternoon treat! We're thinking warm thoughts, so we picked the semi-sweet white from @elkincreekvineyard! It's the 2014 Mistela. This white blend of Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay with a touch of a Viognier is that treat. A tropical nose gives way to lush tropical fruits. It moves to a sweetness that ends with an ever so slight tart finish! This would be the perfect wine for a warm summer day. We're there in our minds! #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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Instagram post 17853471559021346 Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Petit Verdot from @jonesvondrehle! A bold and complex red, it has a nose full of dried plums and sweet tobacco. The flavors are rich and leathery with dark red and purple fruits coming through on the mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with a subtle hint of cedar. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16

Tonight we're enjoying the 2012 Petit Verdot from @jonesvondrehle! A bold and complex red, it has a nose full of dried plums and sweet tobacco. The flavors are rich and leathery with dark red and purple fruits coming through on the mid-palate. The finish is long and lingering with a subtle hint of cedar. #YadkinValley #NCWine #ncwgjan16 ...

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A quick note: We have taken a short break this past week that will continue into the early part of next week. Never fear, we’ll get to posting soon and will have a great recap when the month is over.

Posted by Matt Kemberling

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Hey NC Wine Guys! Thanks for showcasing Chatham Hill’s Cabernet Franc. We hope all enjoy it and let us know any feedback. Have a great weekend!

You’re welcome! We do enjoy our Cabernet Franc and NC grows some of the best. Cheers!

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