Michael was pouring at the red table as usual

I t was time for Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting. I enjoyed all the wines this evening. My favorites on the white table were the Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay and the Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Torrontes. At the red table I really enjoyed the Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell and the Zin-phomaniac Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel, the last maybe the name influenced me a bit. Nice tasting with some nice cheeses. Next up for Wine World is First Friday tasting on June 1 and a Sake Seminar on Wednesday, June 6th.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
The lineup

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

  1. Laurent Miquel Cinsault Syrah Rosé 2017
  2. Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay 2015
  3. Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Torrontes 2016
  4. Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell 2016
  5. Tormentoso Old Vine Cinsault 2015
  6. Zin-phomaniac Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2012

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Laurent Miquel Cinsault Syrah Rosé 2017 | Pays d’Oc France
Characterized by a beautiful pale pink robe, this Cinsault Syrah epitomizes the best of southern French rosés with fruit-forward flavours and perfect balance. The Cinsault adds a fresh, smooth texture to the blend and the Syrah reveals delicious red fruit flavours with a dramatic colour. Delicious on its own or with salads, cold meats, chicken dishes and barbecues. You can even try it with shellfish or light spicy foods!
Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay 2015 | Edna Valley, California
Tropical notes of juicy Satsuma, ripe kiwi and mango are highlighted by aromas of candied lemon peel, apple blossom and refreshing minerality. The palate supports the nose, revealing the Stainless winemaking with its round, weighty mouthfeel. Crisp acidity and flavors of white nectarine, papaya and key lime pie round out the clean, lingering finish. Baked whitefish, Grilled Tarragon Chicken.
Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Torrontes 2016 | Mendoza, Argentina
Bright approachable nose of honeysuckle, canned peaches, Asian pear, vanilla bean, slight geranium. Light bodied, almost airy, but with reasonably strong pear, lemon, tangerine, peach, and cantaloupe notes. Mildly saline and perfumed, with gentle acidity and some minerals. Geranium floral elements more prominent in the finish than on the nose.
Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell 2016 | Alicante Spain
Bright ruby-red in color, this wine shows expressive notes of fresh black cherries and red berries mingled with hints of sweet spice, toast and cocoa. On the palate, this accessible red shows silky texture, liveliness and long length. Pair it with pork chops, Kobe beef, or parmesan-crusted asparagus tips. Wine Advocate 92pts
Tormentoso Old Vine Cinsault 2015 | Paarl South Africa
A ruby-red Cinsaut showing faint spice, cinnamon and red cherries on the nose, followed through by strawberries and cream on the palate. This juicy wine with silky berry-fruit flavours is backed by earthy, cigar-box-aromas and soft oak tannins. Will pair nicely with a wide range of dishes; try with margherita pizza, seafood pasta, cottage pie and spareribs. 90pts Wine Enthusiast
Zin-phomaniac Old Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2012 | Sonoma, California
The grapes for this old-vine wine come from various appellations within Sonoma, including Dry Creek and Sonoma Valley. The Zin is blended with mixed blacks and Mourvèdre. Aromas of tobacco, cola, plum and clove. Wild raspberry, plum, cherry and molasses flavors are complemented by white pepper, anise and clove flavors on the spicy lingering finish.


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