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 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 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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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

2 comments

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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