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T his was a nice way to celebrate the first Monday of the New Year. Eleven wines that I might otherwise miss. The big winner of the night was the Geyser Peak Uncensored. When I first received the tasting notes on this wine it left off the fact it was from Geyser Peak. I’ve always liked their wines. This one is quite the red blend. They even provided Uncensored with its own website.

It’s got 8 grapes: Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel. This wine has something for just about any palate. Fruit forward. Bold yet light tannins to keep it under control. There’s a hint of oak…. although a bit musty oak… that makes this a very interesting wine.

The second surprise of the night was the Cherry On Top Red. Looking at the label I thought this was a cherry flavored dessert wine. No, it is a legit wine with a misleading label. Actually the label says it’s a sweet red wine but it’s not as sweet as something like a Dornfelder. It has some very nice flavors which I found surprising. After seeing the grapes used in this blend I can see why I’m surprised.

Their website says “the epitome of a ‘jammy red,’…..Just like fresh-baked berry pie . . . juicy, sweet and tart.” But look at the blend—–syrah, zinfandel, merlot, tempranillo and grenache. I can’t imagine a wine with tempranillo and grenache that is sweet. But it this wine didn’t have those two grapes then this wine might be too sweet.

The question is whether or not this wine would go with sweet desserts. By itself it is dessert. But then again this could be a sipper for someone who doesn’t like dry wines.

And I have to praise Suzanne for providing some great nibbles tonight.

Where: Ninth Street Wine Market
12 Ninth Street, Augusta, GA 30901

When: Monday, January 7, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm
Cost: $10 per person. 706-724-1442.

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

  1. Casa Mateo Sauvignon Blanc 2011
  2. Earth 3.0 Especial Tempranillo/Cabernet 2008
  3. Terra Nostra Chianti Riserva 2003
  4. Borgo Reale Pinot Grigio 2011
  5. Borgo Reale San Giovese di Puglia 2008
  6. Red Hawk Cabernet Franc 2010
  7. Jade Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
  8. Cherry On Top
  9. Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
  10. Geyser Peak Uncensored 2010
  11. Gnarly Head Authentic White 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Casa Mateo Sauvignon Blanc 2011
From: Curico Valley, Chile
Winery: Casa Mateo
Cost: $7.99 SRP
Year: 2011

Earth 3.0 Especial Tempranillo/Cabernet 2008
“Our climate is very rough, very dry and very windy,” says winemaker Francisco Parra. “This makes it quite easy to produce pest-and mildew-free wines without the use of pesticides and other chemicals.”
From: La Mancha, Spain
Winery: Earth 3.0
Cost: $13.99 SRP
Year: 2008

Terra Nostra Chianti Riserva 2003
Terra Nostra Chianti Riserva is made in the fashion of a young Bordeaux. Unlike the Gran Crus of the Medoc or the Chianti Classico Riservas of Tuscany, these dry reds are vinified to capture the quality and essence of more austere and longer-lived counterparts, but in a classy, easy, friendly style. A careful selection of premium vinifera grapes (primarily Sangiovese) is followed by a temperature controlled fermentation and a minimum of one year of aging in large oak casks, plus 3 months more in the bottle. The resulting dry reds are pleasant, vibrant and delicious, without the tannins of more costly Tuscan reds. If you are looking for excellent value in Chianti, try Terra Nostra. Enjoy it young, although it will develop with moderate cellaring.–From their Website
Winery: Terra Nostra
Cost: $15.99 SRP
Year: 2003
Goes with: Poultry, pizza, burgers, pastas with tomato and meat sauces, stews, chicken or veal parmigiana. Steaks, roasts, grilled veal.

Borgo Reale Pinot Grigio 2011
Borgo Reale Pinot Grigio has a slightly herbal bouquet with a light, fresh, crisp, apple/quince/citrus character and a touch of almonds in the finish. A good choice for fish, appetizers, or something like chicken with a tomato sauce.
From: Venezie, Italy
Winery: Borgo Reale
Cost: $16.99 SRP
Year: 2011

Borgo Reale San Giovese di Puglia 2008
This variety famous all over the world has found the ideal conditions in Puglia to enhance its characteristics. The color is bright, intense ruby red and the bouquet is delicate and smooth with intense fruity cherry aroma. Very harmonious taste with a clean acidity
From: Venezie, Italy
Winery: Borgo Reale
Cost: $16.99 SRP
Year: 2008

Red Hawk Cabernet Franc 2010
A medium bodied fruit forward wine with touches of rose petal on the nose and cranberry, cassis and dark berry flavors underscored by faint vanilla. The lingering finish suggests hints of cedar.
From: Salem, Oregon
Winery: Red Hawk
Cost: $19.,99
Year: 2010

Jade Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Jade Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon offers intriguing aromas of ripe, dark red fruits laced with violet, chocolate and mocha. The velvety flavors are filled with Marion berry, blueberry and red cherry, with complex hints of mineral and leather. All these delicious aromas and flavors come from grapes grown in California’s North Coast appellation. Nuances of vanilla from oak aging complement the array of fruit, spice and mineral flavors. The wine’s solid tannins structure the wine and carry the lush fruit expression through the lingering finish.
From: Napa California
Winery: Jade Mountain
Year: 2009

Cherry On Top
Deliciously sweet and lusciously rewarding, our wines capture the enjoyment of the simple pleasures. With juicy, fruit-driven flavors and lively, inviting character, these wines are the irresistible choice for any occasion—because everything is better with a cherry on top!
A combination of Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, Tempranillo and Grenache, our 2010 Sweet Red wine displays juicy fruit flavors and sweet baking spices reminiscent of fresh summer pie. The fruit’s inherent cherry–berry flavors make up the filling, while the subtle influence of oak imparts the rich aromatic vanilla, cinnamon and brown sugar of the crust. The succulent, mouth filling flavors and round, balanced finish maintain a lively, pleasing impression that makes this an ideal sipping wine
From: California

Cost: $11.99

Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Broad shouldered and muscular, yet food friendly and approachable, our 2010 Uppercut Cabernet Sauvignon makes the perfect match for a sizzling steak. The wine’s generous black cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors draw you in and then, with each swirl and sip, reveal complex hints of mocha, anise, tamari and mineral, plus a racy hint of smokiness. Well-structured tannins give this wine the backbone to stand up to boldly flavored foods, as well as a plush texture that carries the rich dark-fruit flavors through the lingering finish. This wine’s multilayered personality is unmistakably Napa Valley Cab.
From: Napa California
Winery: Provenance Vineyards
Cost: $22.99 SRP
Year: 2010

Geyser Peak Uncensored 2019
Experience wine Uncensored. Our winemaker took an untethered approach to create a rich, Merlot-based red blend to tantalize your taste buds. Ripe raspberry, tart pomegranate, succulent blackberry, dark chocolate, roasted bacon, and a whiff of toasted marshmallow doused with vanilla bean.

From: Geyserville, California
Winery: Geyser Peak
Cost: $16.99
Year: 2019

Gnarly Head Authentic White 2011
Authentic White is a gnarly blend of tasty white varietals including Riesling, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. It is lush and juicy on the palate with aromas of pear, green apple and honeysuckle and flavors of melon, nectarine and crisp lemon zest finish. Authentically delicious, Gnarly Head Authentic White is a great food fine! Serve with spicy Asian cuisine, soft cheeses and salads.

From: California
Winery: Gnarly Head
Cost: $11.99 SRP
Year: 2011

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