T ime for Wine World’s First Friday tasting. I can’t think of a better place to end the week. We stopped by around 6:30. There was quite a crowd and it kept getting bigger.
Right off the bat we really like the Howling Moon Chardonnay. This would be a good crowd pleaser during Holiday parties. Nice and smooth. The Velata Mer Seguera Sauvignon Blanc 2015 was a bit more sophisticated but a much lighter wine but not light on taste. A bit lemony but not lemony sour. The Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio was not what I was expecting after reading the tasting notes. It was crisp but not as fruity. More body that many of the Pinot Grigio’s/Gris I’ve had lately.
The red table the Peter Lehmann Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like an Australia cab. More to the cab grapes strengths without the extrusion that many California cabs go through. Not a lot of oak influence.
The Oscar Tobia Rioja Crianza Seleccion is a wine that definitely needs to open before serving. Mike was decanting the wine and I think it helped a lot. The decanting let the fruit have a chance to show. Dark black current flavors. Nice dry finish.
Our favorite of the night (we bought a bottle) was the last, Peirano Estate “Illusion” Red Blend. This is a wine I think would have placed in the recent CoCo Wine Festival. Nice chocolate flavors. I intend to enjoy this with the in-laws during the Holidays.
Next up for Wine World is a Michele Chiarlo “Wines of the Piedmont” Italian Wine Tasting Seminar Friday, November 10th, at 7pm.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, 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):
- Howling Moon Chardonnay 2015
- Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2016
- Velata Mer Seguera Sauvignon Blanc 2015
- Peter Lehmann Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Oscar Tobia Rioja Crianza Seleccion 2010
- Peirano Estate “Illusion” Red Blend 2015
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Velata Mer Seguera Sauvignon Blanc 2015 | Valencia, Spain
Bright light gold, aromas of yellow apples, delicate grapeyness, pressed linen, and lemon pith with a body and a finish of cottony tannins. Paella, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas.
Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio 2016 | Tuscany, Italy
Lovely white-gold color. Fresh bouquet with notes of pear, peach, anise and honey. Fruity and crisp, refreshing. Aperitif, or light dishes such as grilled vegetables, a range of seafood, Pasta with Shrimp & Zucchini. Website
Howling Moon Chardonnay 2015 | Lodi, California
Shows peaches and cream flavors, goose berries, citrus and green apples, with a bit of sharpness and green herbs on the finish. Medium-bodied. Greek Sweet Potato Fries, Shrimp and Grits, Yogurt-Marinated Apricot Chicken Skewers.
Oscar Tobia Rioja Crianza Seleccion 2010 | Rioja, Spain
80% tempranillo, 10% graciano, 10% garnacha. Medium ruby, Nose of bouquet of ripe cherries and blackcurrant with slight undertones of liquorice, black pepper and nutmeg. Persistent finish with hints of ripe red fruit and toffee. Shepherds Pie, Chili con Carne, Manchego Cheese. RP-90pts
Peter Lehmann Portrait Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Barossa, Australia
Deeply colored, shows black forest fruits a structured palate with soft, firm tannins. Mocha notes add some elegance to the easygoing, smooth plum and cassis flavors, while accents of herb, spice and toast linger on the finish. Drink now through 2026. Steak, Lamb Shank, Ribs, London Broil, Burgers, BBQ. Website
Peirano Estate “Illusion” Red Blend 2015 | Lodi, California
Rich deep burgundy hue. Aromas of opulent chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. Palate of blackberries, black currants, plums and dark fruit. Long, seductive finish of black licorice and has firm, round, supple tannins. sweet potato poutine with black beans and a mild cheese, Spicy Sausage Rigatoni, Moussaka. Website