H urricane Hermine finished her visit around 6. Downtown Augusta decided to forgo First Friday. Thankfully Wine World did not cancel their First Friday.
Groups started to show as the weather cleared. I asked several tasters what they liked for the evening and it seems the Luma Reserve Carmenére was a hit. Chela, Jonathan and Sally all liked it. “Tasting different” was one response and I have to admit this wine has some body and flavors that took some head scratching. “Pepper flavor” was a comment that everyone started to agree on but it wasn’t that “peppery flavor” most think about, like black pepper or white pepper. They were leaning toward a more earthy pepper, like green bell pepper.
I scratched my head to join the debate and yes, there was a bit of green bell pepper, on both the nose and the palate. “A curry dish would go great with this.” I liked this wine. But that’s not the one I bought as the way out of the door.
As I have commented the last few tastings I’m glad to see 2014 Zins coming in. The Hayes Valley Zinfandel 2014 is one of the smokiest, oaky zins I’ve ever had. I had to take home a bottle.
I liked the Villa Rosa Moscato D’Asti 2015 especially when pairing it up with the Mango and Ginger White Stilton cheese they were sampling tonight. Nice match up. They also had the Creamy Danish Havarti and the Cotswald Pub Cheddar with onion and chives.
Next up for Wine World is Third Thursday on Sept. 15th from 5-8.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Friday, Sept 2, 2016, 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 details):
- Glatzer Grüner Veltliner Carnuntum 2012
- Altosur Torrontes 2015
- Villa Rosa Moscato D’Asti 2015
- Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend 2015
- Hayes Valley Zinfandel 2014
- Luma Reserve Carmenére 2012
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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Glatzer Grüner Veltliner Carnuntum 2012 | Austria
Offers peppery and spicy aromas with lively fruit flavors. Green pear peel, fresh cucumber and ripe, golden pears. Delicious with fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes.
Altosur Torrontes 2015 | Mendoza, Argentina
Intense floral aromas combined with tropical fruit and citric notes. The palate is intense and concentrated with citric, orange peel hints. Oysters, Crab Cakes, Grilled Tuna Steak.
Villa Rosa Moscato D’Asti 2015 | Piemonte, Italy
Mildly fizzy with a fresh, aromas of peaches and apricots. On the palate, it is clean and pleasantly sweet with a crisp finish. Apple Crumble, Blue Cheese, Chocolate, Fruit Crepes
Hayes Valley Zinfandel 2014 | Central Coast, California
Very dark, almost opaque purple. Blackberries and raspberries cinnamon, allspice and vanilla. Flavors blackberries and cherries, spicy pepper. BBQ Beef Ribs, Black Olives Pizza, Eggplant Parmesan, Venison.
Luma Reserve Carmenére 2012 | Maule Valley, Chile
Dark violet color. Bold aromas and flavors of raspberry, black cherry, smoke, and mocha with a supple, soft, dry medium-to-full body. Duck w/Mushrooms, Empanadas, Osso Buco, Vegetable Curry.
Columbia Winery Composition Red Blend 2015 | Columbia, Washington
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. Medium‑bodied, blackberry aromas and ripe red fruit flavors of cranberry, cherry and plum that are framed by hints of spicy oak. Duck, grilled rack of lamb, ratatouille, Shepard’s Pie, Cheese Burger.