A t first I thought it was going to be a great tasting just because Roger threw in the Jennifer White Art Show and BBQ for Saturday’s tasting.
The Southern Smoke Show crew was there on Saturday there to provide plates of BBQ and sides and sold whole Boston Butts. “These butts are smoked with apple, pecan & cherry wood and cooked for 12 hours to produce “Fall-off-the-Bone” BBQ goodness,” Roger said. “Weighing in at 10 to 12 pounds, you may think you have enough but this BBQ doesn’t last long because everyone picks and picks at it till its gone. We will have samples at our Saturday tasting.”
But I stopped by on Friday and was very impressed with the lineup for the weekend. The Vineyard featured a line up of wines from “The Lost Colony Wine Company”, a Coppola Family wine property. That’s what Roger called them. Their website(s) has the wines under the Virginia Dare Winery brand. This was a great tasting for $9.
The Lost Colony is inspired by the disappearance of one of the first English settlements in the New World. The Lost Colony left behind one of the great mysteries in American history, and set the stage for the origin story of American wine.
But it’s no mystery that Coppola makes great wines.
The Vineyard showcased the wines of Francis Ford Coppola that many people don’t know about. Lots of folks know about the great movies he directed and have come to know his great wines. I was introduced to his everyday wine Rosso when I first started BottleReport with Dennis. Mr. Coppola is also has a healthy appetite for history. These wines are steeped in American lore and history, and I agree with Roger in that they are great go-to wines.
Here’s the line-up as presented in Roger’s newsletter. Farther below are the detailed notes:
The White Doe: 80% Chenin Bland, 20% Viognier: Winery price is $18; our price is $12.99!
Two Arrowheads: 71% Viognier, 29% Roussanne: Winery price is $23, The Vineyard price: $18.99!
The Lost Colony: 45% Syrah, 37% Malbec, 7% Petite Sirah, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot: Winery price is $23; our price is $17.99!
Manteo: 30% Syrah 30% Petit Verdot 25% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Petite Sirah: Winery price: $23, ours is $17.99!
Pitagora: Petite Sirah, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot: Winery price is $30, we have it for $26.99!
Vendetta: 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Malbec; $25 is the winery price; Our price is $22.99
All these wines have won Gold Medals and score over 90 Points! The Vineyard bought these wines in large quantities and therefore reduced the price drastically from the winery price.
Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, Sept. 17 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- The White Doe 2013
- Two Arrowheads 2013
- The Lost Colony 2014
- Manteo Sonoma Red Wine 2012
- Pitogora Red Blend 2012
- Vendetta 2014
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Here are the detailed wine notes:
The White Doe 2013 | California
THE WHITE DOE wine is a light and refreshing blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier. The Chenin Blanc provides bright, natural acidity and juicy flavors of white grapes, honeydew melon, and fresh citrus. The Viognier adds silky weight to the palate, classic white peach flavors, and exquisite floral notes.
Two Arrowheads 2013 |
TWO ARROWHEADS is a luscious blend of Viognier and Roussanne from the calcareous soils of Paso Robles. Made with grapes grown in the warm California sun and cooled by mild breezes from the Pacific Ocean, TWO ARROWHEADS is fermented partially in oak and finished in stainless steel. This is a round and aromatic wine, offering a beautiful perfume of white peaches, guava, orange blossom, and nutmeg followed by flavors of passionfruit, melon. Here is a link from their website explaining the name.
Grapes: 71% Viognier, 29% Roussane
The Lost Colony 2014 | Sonoma County, California
THE LOST COLONY is a distinctive, full-bodied blend of Syrah, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc sourced from warm reaches of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. Each glass of THE LOST COLONY invites you to uncover its secrets and surrender to earthy flavors of oak and tobacco, subtle notes of black and red berries, and harmonious hints of spices. Here is a link from their website explaining the name. Here is a link from their website explaining the name.
Manteo Sonoma Red Wine 2012 | Sonoma California
Carefully selected for intensity, weight, and texture, MANTEO is a rich and immediately drinkable red blend of Sonoma County Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah. Each varietal contributes a certain character, which when married together, gives the wine many layers of flavors, texture, and a solid tannin structure, thus making it robust enough for the warrior it’s named after. 13 months in French and American oak; 10% new oak, 90% 1- and 2-year oak.
Pitogora Red Blend 2012 | Geyserville, California
Robust, full-bodied and dripping with dark, ripe fruit, the flavors of briary blackberries, juicy plums, and black currants are enlivened by smoky, toasted oak, earthy notes and fragrant spice nuances. There is a rich entry on the palate and a generous tannin structure that frames the fruit. While this wine has weight and intensity, it also has a light creamy element on the finish, creating good texture for this highly expressive wine.
Grapes: 32% Syrah, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petite Sirah and 2% other red varietals
Vendetta 2014 | Geyserville, California
Abundantly spicy with notes of pepper and toasted wood, the debut vintage of Vendetta boasts juicy fruit, a velvety mouthfeel, and supple tannins. What begins with an intriguing nose of lavender, leather, and graphite emerges with rich layers of cassis, cherries, and wild raspberries. Concentrated yet elegant, it`s a wine you can’t refuse.