O nce again it was time for Wine World’s First Friday tasting. I was looking forward to it when I saw that Plungerhead Zin was on the list. I’ve had this wine before but had not tried the 2011. This nice old vine red is one that is a medium body, with fruit flavors not as bold as many old vine zins. A really nice sipper or something to pair with holiday sausage and hard salami hors d’oeuvres.

Another favorite of mine is the New Age White, whether served as is chilled or mixed it with lime over ice. I typically drink this Argentinian crowd pleaser as a summer sipper with the lime and ice but it’s sweet taste with that hint of acid tartness makes for a nice holiday sipper.

I don’t want to leave out the Acrobat Pinot Gris. This white has some body to it. Not a light Pinot Gris that seemed to have developed as a standard for some tasters, but something that is slightly creamy. The Acrobat label from King Estate is always worth checking out.

Last but not least was the JLohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot. There is a reason why this Pinot keeps popping up at area wine tastings. Its fruity, earthy aromas is very appealing as well as the cherry, strawberry notes. Doesn’t hurt to be from JLohr either.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2012
  2. Acrobat Pinot Gris 2012
  3. New Age White
  4. J Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir 2010
  5. The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
  6. Plungerhead Old Vines Zinfandel 2011

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2012 | Marlborough, New Zealand
Classy aromas of grapefruit, herbs, tomato bush, and freshly cut grass with lively flavors of grapefruit, gooseberries, lime, and pineapple. A beautiful New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Enjoy with shellfish, salads, and citrus-sauced dishes. Castello Soft Blue. Cablanca cheese (goat gouda).

Acrobat Pinot Gris 2012 | Oregon
Pale straw with golden highlights. Aromas of fresh pear and honeydew melon with beautiful flavors of orange, lemon, kiwi, pear and spice. A rich, full-flavor wine with a clean, refreshing finish.  (Grown & produced by King Estate in Washington State.) Certified Organically grown grapes.  No oak. Sur lees ageing for several months adds creamy texture & complexity. Fish, chicken, salads, vegetarian dishes. Kale, bean & sausage soup. A versatile food companion and a superb aperitif.  A Wine World favorite!

New Age White | Mendoza, Argentina
A fruity, slightly sweet blend of Torrontes and Sauvignon Blanc with a very slight effervescence. Fragrant tropical aromas. Flavors of honeydew melon, apricot and zesty citrus fruit. In Argentina New Age white is frequently served on ice with seltzer and a twist of lime. Spicy dishes. Appetizers. Chicken, seafood. (Bodega Valentin Bianchi)

J Lohr Falcon’s Perch Pinot Noir 2010 | Monterey County California
Monterey County vintage. Delicious pinot noir with true varietal character, ready to drink now. Aromas & flavors of cherry, strawberry, rose petals with notes of herb (sage & thyme) and earthy aspects. Full, rich fruit that is well-balanced by fresh acidity and silky tannins. Continues the high quality of J Lohr wines. Very food friendly. Seared Ahi tuna. Smoked salmon.  Grilled steaks. Stuffed mushrooms.

The Seeker Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 | Central Valley, Chile
Aromas of ripe black and blue berries with a touch of vanilla, loaded with juicy flavors of currants, blackberries, and spice with touches of chocolate and toffee.  Beautiful structure and texture with smooth tannins. Aged in French & American oak. “A stealthy, silky wine, perfect for stewed and braised meats, grilled vegetables, and righteous thievery.” (the website)  Steaks & burgers.  Robust cheeses.

Plungerhead Old Vines Zinfandel 2011 |Lodi, California
An excellent old vines Zin with that rich Lodi character.  Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, earthy mushroom with smoky notes.  Luscious fruit flavors suggest blackberries, plums and blueberries  with hints of black pepper and spice.  This terrific good value Zin is a project of The Other Guys (Don Sebastiani & Sons).   Complex with full Zin flavors. Robust beef stew (with Zinfandel!)  Steaks & burgers. Sausages & vegetables.  Dark  chocolate?                   


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