04242015-Vineyard_01R oger called this a Rosé Tasting but he’s really only featuring 2 and they are real good. He had a last minute swap from what he posted on his newsletter but I think the one he added was most excellent. The Chateau des Annibals Coteaux Varois-En-Provence Rosé 2014 is a Rosé I would love to offer guests during summer. Not sweet, not too dry. Very nice. Roger added “Rosé wines are perhaps the most versatile, food-friendly wines around. They have had an image problem to overcome, thanks in part to the run of “White Zin,” as many consumers mistake Rosé wines to be overly sweet and in the category of ‘starter wine.’ However, Rosé wine sales are on the rise as savvy wine lovers have discovered that many of these pink wines fall into the definitively “dry” category, not sugary sweet, and the vast majority of Rosé wines offer a very good wine value for the money. Rosé wine hues come from the short contact time that the grape juice has with the grape skin. Serve them chilled for best flavor and refreshment.”

Some first time Vineyard tasters stop by
Some first time Vineyard tasters stop by

I stopped by Friday afternoon. I was also impressed with the Tamarack Cab. But at $34.99 I should be. The average cost of these wines are $25 so this is well worth the $10 tasting fee.
The lineup
The lineup

Where: Vineyard Wine Market (map), 4414 Evans to Lock Road, Evans, GA. (706) 922-9463
When: Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:30-6:30PM. Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3 to 6 pm.
Cost: $10
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris 2013
  2. Chateau des Annibals Coteaux Varois-En-Provence Rosé 2014
  3. A to Z Oregon Rosé 2014
  4. Carabella Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir 2005
  5. SLO Down Stand Out California Red 2012
  6. Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Pouring some Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon
Pouring some Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon

Here are the detailed wine notes:
King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris 2013 | Oregon
The 2013 vintage has a silky, supple texture that fills out into a lush and complex wine. Notes of lemon zest, honeysuckle, and slate are found in
this wine that has a perfect balance between fresh acidity and ripe sweetness.
Cost: $17.99
Chateau des Annibals Coteaux Varois-En-Provence Rosé 2014 |
The vintage “Suivez-moi jeune homme” of the Château des Annibals Rosé 2014, possess a very meaning nose, fruits with soft flesh (nectarine, nectarine, peach), touches of exotic fruits, that to ask furthermore? A slightly acid mouth? It is the case, the mouth of this Château des Annibals en Coteaux varois Rosé 2013 is refreshing. We are gladly allowed pull by very tonic rosé 2013 to which a mineral freshness and notes of flowers and citrus fruits give of the relief. Website. Cost: $19.99
A to Z Oregon Rosé 2014 | Dundee, Oregon
The 2014 A to Z Oregon Rosé leads with aromas of strawberries, tangerine, watermelon and grenadine with hints of thyme and hibiscus then opens to reveal plum, apricot and more strawberry notes. Clean, balanced and approachable with generous fruit, the crisp and juicy A to Z Rosé integrates excellent texture with firm acidity finishing long and pretty.
Website. Cost: $14.99
Carabella Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir 2005 | Chehalem Mountains Oregon
We produce elegant estate Pinot Noir, Dijon Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. “It is all about vineyard site.” That’s the belief of geologist and winemaker Mike Hallock. The vineyard is located in the Chehalem Mountains AVA in Oregon’s Northern Willamette Valley. It was the culmination of a twelve year search for a site combining the best criteria of top quality Oregon and French terroirs. Trained as a winemaker in Colorado (really!), Hallock brought his tanks and equipment over the mountains on a flatbed for the first vintage in 1998. The winery is virtual (shared space with winemaking colleagues), but the vineyard is very real.
Pinot noir is the main emphasis, with seven different clonal blocks fermented separately, then blended prior to bottling to exhibit the complex potential of the vineyard. Making modest use of new French oak, the focus is on purity of fruit and elegance of style. Website. Cost: $39.99
SLO Down Stand Out California Red 2012 | California
Like a taco at a sausage party, this is one blend that doesn’t blend in. Aromatics of black cherry, vanilla, cola and clove pop from the glass while brown spice, blackberry and bright red fruit attract attention with a truly lively palate that finishes smooth, sophisticated and simply delicious.
Cost: $23.99
Grapes: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 1% MAGIC
Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 | Columbia Valley, Washington
Full bodied with black currant jam, honey glazed dates and black peppered seasoned T-bone steak aromas intertwined with piercing boysenberry, rosemary rack of lamb, balsamic, blue cheese, bacon wrapped figs and intriguing tannins extended out over an intricate and balanced finish. Website. Cost: $34.99
The nibbles
The nibbles


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