T he storm that hit just before 5 kinda of slowed things up. I stopped by just as the rain was ending. That meant more time for me to enjoy these wines this evening.
The first wine was most definitely a West Coast style Pinot Gris. It has a nice firm body. Nothing like the lighter wines coming out of the southern hemisphere. Crisp but firm. Some fruit tempered by a bit of minerality. No grassy or “green” notes.
The E Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé shown its red backbone nicely. Not sweet but not hiding all the fruit either.
Jumping to the red table I was discussing first and second sips with several tasters. I thought the Prime Cuts Red Blend was a bit too dry on first taste. Then on the second sip I was able to taste the nice red fruit. I wouldn’t go as far as the tasting notes to say it had a creamy finish.
The Sierra Batuco Pinot Noir to me had the most usual aroma I’ve ever sensed. The tasting notes described it as having a “forest floor smoky nose”. I thought it was more mechanical, like under the hood of old car that’s been leaking a bit of oil. I know that doesn’t sound appealing but combined with the flavor of the wine it made for an incredibly dark tasting wine that isn’t all jammy like so many super dark wines are tasting like recently. I might have to buy a bottle and see if it my nose was out of whack. The flavors were unlike any Pinot I’ve had recently (I have to quality that a bit because I’ve been tasting a lot of Pinots that are nothing like the Pinots I usually associate with Pinot Noir, light of body and seldom fruit forward. Many I’ve tried have firmer bodies or more fruit. This one has flavor that I’ve never associated with Pinot Noir).
On the cheese side there was Havarti Dill, Orange Windmill Mediterranean Herb, and Point Reyes Blue Cheese. All very yummuy.
Next up for Wine World is their Wines of Bordeaux Seminar presented by Jean-Pierre Chambas on August 26 Better make your reservations now.

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Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, August 18, 2016, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines to be presented (click to see more):

  1. J Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015
  2. Hopler Pannonica White Blend 2015
  3. E Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015
  4. L Bosio Barbera d’Asti 2013
  5. Prime Cuts Red Blend 2015
  6. Sierra Batuco Pinot Noir 2013

Here are the detailed wine notes:
J Vineyards Pinot Gris 2015 | Russian River, California
Crisp, with bright fruit and a touch of minerality from an outstanding producer. Lime and Asian pear plus tropical notes of pineapple and jasmine flowers. Asian Thai cuisine, Tomato Gazpacho. Goat Cheese with Rosemary Crackers. Crab Salad. Website
Cost: $13.99
Hopler Pannonica White Blend 2015 | Burgenland, Austria
Grüner Veltliner 40%, Chardonnay 35%, Pinot Blanc 25%. Light yellow green. Spicy aromas of pear and apricot, hint of roses and lime. Crisp Grüner Veltliner give vibrant notes, citrus and minerality. The Chardonnay gives texture and fruity sensation. Seafood. Roasted Chicken or pork. Spicy Shrimp, Wiener Schnitzel. A versatile food wine. Best Buy,” Wine & Spirits Mag. Website
Cost: $12.99
E Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2015 | Rhône Valley, France
Grenache 60%, Cinsault 30%, Syrah 10%. Fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and red currant. Fruity, fine and round. Charcuterie, Lamb. Enchiladas, Gyros. Margarita Pizza. Website
Cost: $16.99
L Bosio Barbera d’Asti 2013 | Piedmont, Italy
“Leda Truffle Hunter” Ruby red in color, shows ample red fruit on the nose. It has silky tannins that give it a smooth mouthfeel. Fresh and approachable. Antipasti, Chicken Yakitori (Korean style grilled chicken with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sherry). Osso Buco. Neapolitan Pizza.
Cost: $14.99
Prime Cuts Red Blend 2015 | Swartland, South Africa
The nose is very bright, appealing. Masses of strawberry, raspberry and red fruit flavors with a slightly creamy finish. Burgers. Grilled Roast, Pasta and Aged Cheeses.
Cost: $10.99
Sierra Batuco Pinot Noir 2013 | Maule Valley, Chile
Aromas of plum and vanilla, spice and eath, open in the mouth with notes of cherries and toffee and just a touch of lingering licorice notes. With its good acidity, this wine is a great wine for rich foods with heavy sauces. Beautiful match for duck. pasta or meat with full sauces. Serve cool. 88 pts “Best Buy” Wine Enthusiast Mag.
Cost: $14.99


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