Dick Benjamin offers a pour
Dick Benjamin offers a pour

T was a good start to the New Year. I spoke to one taster, Katherine, who said she liked all of the wines and how well they tasted with the cheeses they had this evening.

One wine she especially liked, which I have to agree was a very nice wine, was the Peirano Estate Petite Sirah, which has some nice fruit forward yet dark flavors, with some nice tannins that went well with a slight smokey taste.

I have to say that I was also impressed with the Chateau St Jean Signature Red. This is a great wine to sit and sip with friends and nibble on some cheese. I’ve come to appreciate blends more and more and this one has lots to offer.

There was definitely a good crowd Friday night. When I left around 6:20 they were lining up at the door. I’m already looking forward to the Third Thursday tasting on the 17th.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, January 4, 2013, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.

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

  1. Louis Metaireau Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2011
  2. Schreckbichl Pfefferer Moscato Gallio 2011
  3. Oppenheimer Krötenbrunner Spätlese 2009
  4. Chateau St Jean Signature Red 2010
  5. Malbec Cèdre Heritage 2010
  6. Peirano Estate Petite Sirah 2011
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    Here are the detailed wine notes:
    Louis Metaireau Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2011
    One of the world’s great fish wines from the mouth of the Loire River in France. It is pale straw with a hint of green. Fresh herbal and citrus aromas with distinct minerality. Nicely defined flavors, with straight, well defined acidity. Buoyant, mineral and lemon flavors. spiced up by an appealing spritz. An ideal companion to fish and shellfish.
    From: France
    Winery: Louis Metaireau
    Year: 2011

    Schreckbichl Pfefferer Moscato Gallio 2011
    Pfefferer Moscato Giallo is a dry muscat with racy, snappy fruit. Loaded with a festive, zesty personality! Intense, beautiful flavors.  Mouthwatering, slightly off-dry character.  A perfect aperitif.  Fine match for with spicy foods.
    From: Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT, Italy
    : Schreckbichl
    Year: 2011

    Oppenheimer Krötenbrunner Spätlese 2009
    Late-harvest Riesling of exceptionally good quality for a bargain price. Enticing floral aromas lead to rich, ripe fruit flavors. Its late-harvest light sweetness is well-balanced by a pleasant, refreshing acidity.  Aperitif. A fine match for a wide variety of dishes: Asian cuisine, spicy lighter 
dishes, salads with a fruit element.
    From: Rheinhessen, Germany
    : Schnitziour Muller
    Year: 2009

    Chateau St Jean Signature Red 2010
    A stunning blend of blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Malbec which shows plush notes of blackberry, mocha and spice. The nose erupts with black currants, spice, strawberry and cherry notes, dark chocolate and ripe plums. It’s a symphony of flavors in the mouth, with lovely supple tannins, acidity for balance, nice integration of oak and bold fruit flavors.

    From: California
    Winery: Chateau St Jean
    Year: 2010

    Malbec Cèdre Heritage 2010
    Dick recalls in his early days of wine exploration, reading about the exciting red wines from southwest France– the “black wine of Cahors”, Malbec from just upriver from Bordeaux. This is a great example of Cahors. Plenty of vibrant acidity graces this muscular red, with flavors of blackberry preserves and dried plum and a finish with notes of dried herb and spice.  (Malbec–but not from Argentina.) Drink it with grilled red meat and rich cheeses like extra aged Gouda.
    From: Cahors, France
    Winery: Château du Cèdre
    Year: 2010

    Peirano Estate Petite Sirah 2011
    The senses are tempted by an array of black raspberry, spice, coffee, cocoa, cola and white pepper. The palate is filled with ripe boysenberry, black raspberry, plum and sweet black cherry and firm tannins, with a hint of smoke and dark chocolate. Enjoy this wine along with a nice grilled steak, baked potato with all the fixings, and good friends. This is a wine that can please immensely now and age gracefully for several years to come.

    From: Lodi, California
    Winery: Peirano Estate
    Year: 2011

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