I t was ime for Wine World’s First Friday tasting. Six wines were featured, 2 white, 3 red and 1 rosé. Don’t forget those cheeses.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC

When: Friday, May 4, 2018, 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. Charles Smith Wines Band of Roses 2017
  2. Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  3. Robertson Special Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2016
  4. Babylonstoren Babel 2015
  5. Masi Campofiorin 2015
  6. Terra D’Oro Petite Sirah 2015

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Charles Smith Wines Band of Roses 2017 | Washington State
100% Pinot Gris. Brand new from Charles Smith 100% Pinot Gris “A Very cool wine. Pure, vibrant, fresh, penetrating perfume giving way to lilac, guava, tangerine, and passion fruit. Delivered on a silky palate, this rosé has got the beat!” Website
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2016 | Marlborough, New Zealand
Succulent, fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are accented by Key lime, mango and ruby grapefruit notes. Shows nice intensity on the long, expressive finish. Lemon and Prawn Risotto, Fresh Fish, or a Cheese Platter. 90pts Wine Spectator. Website
Robertson Special Late Harvest Gewürztraminer 2016 | Western Cape, South Africa
Full bodied wine with honeysuckle and rose petals in bouquet. Rich and smooth with beautifully balanced sugar and acid give an extra interest by a touch of honeyed botrytis. Ideal with fresh fruit based desserts and mild soft cheeses. Website
Babylonstoren Babel 2015 | Western Cape, South Africa
39% Shiraz. 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. 10% Malbec 6 % Petit Verdot. This dry, full-bodied red wine is a fusion of blackcurrant and spice with a hint of chocolate, with sweet tobacco and fynbos on the nose. Perfect for rack of lamb and a good piece of beef. Website
Masi Campofiorin 2015 | Veneto, Italy
70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella and 5% Molinara. With an intense, ruby-red color and violet traces, the wine shows generous, ripe aromas of plum and cherry jam, with hints of spice. Bold and rich flavors of bitter cherries and berry fruits stand out on the palate, with good acidity, balance and velvety tannins. This very versatile wine is perfect with many different foods, including pasta with rich meat- or mushroom-based sauces, grilled or roasted red meats, game and mature cheeses. 90pts Wine Enthusiast. Website
Terra D’Oro Petite Sirah 2015 | Amador County, California
The color is almost black, with lots of dark berry and black pepper aromas. Flavors are of pepper, meat and boysenberries. Bold and spicy with mineral details and refined tannins. A dark and opulent aubergine color in the glass, the wine has a powerful nose of sweet oak vanillin and bright, juicy fruit. The palate is focused with crisp and captivating flavors of ripe blueberry and jammy blackberry cobbler, with a warm oaky spice note on the finish. For a delightful and mouth-watering pairing, serve this wine with roast tenderloin of wild Boar, or baked root vegetable lasagna. Tannins make the mouthfeel thick and layered. A lingering finish attests to its considerable concentration. 91pts Wine Enthusiast. Website


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