I ‘m going to cut to the chase here. I loved the Peirano Estate Viognier tonight at Wine World’s Third Thursday tasting. This is an oaked Viognier. Nice and aromatic. I could sense gardenias (my mother’s favorite flower). This is much darker white than a typical Viognier. The oak mellows it out and gives it a smooth mouthfeel. I can drink this all the time.
Now that I got that out of the way I should say I enjoyed all the wines tonight. My favorite red was the …. well I have to say my two favorite reds were the Ventoux Les Traverses, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2015 and the Banfi Centine Rosso. The cheeses were great as well. I loved the DaneKo Fontina which has a sour dough bread kind of taste to it.
Next up for Wine World is their First Friday on Dec. 1.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 5 to 8 pm
Cost: $5, with $2 rebate on the purchase of 1 bottle of the featured wines.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):
- Chapoutier Bila Haut Rose 2016
- Peirano Estate Viognier 2015
- Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Dry Riesling 2016
- Château Pilet Rouge 2014
- Ventoux Les Traverses, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2015
- Banfi Centine Rosso 2014
Here are the detailed wine notes:
Chapoutier Bila Haut Rose 2016 | Pays d’Oc, France
Grenache, Cinsault. Light, pleasant nose, offering soft peach, mango, floral and mineral aromas. Strawberry, red currant and mineral citrus notes, a round palate that finishes dry. Superb with charcuterie and soft cheeses. Website
Peirano Estate Viognier 2015 | Lodi, California
Peaches, pineapple, and tropical fruit are complemented by the scent of lemons and ginger. Lush flavors of fresh ripe peaches, apples, pears and orange marmalade, with a hint of spice. pork loin with apricot stuffing, chicken Kiev, rich, spicy fare. Website
Dr. Loosen “Dr. L” Dry Riesling 2016 | Mosel Germany
Crisp, refreshing, well balanced ripeness and acidity. Dense and concentrated, but delicate and graceful. Spiced duck leg, seafood enchiladas, Lemongrass chicken, crab cakes. Website
Château Pilet Rouge 2014 | Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux France
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Aromas combining ripe black fruits and roasted scents. The mouth is fleshy with a dense and tannic flavor which hints of red fruits, moderate structure and tannins with a hint of spice and cedar on the lingering finish. Charcuterie, especially paté and terrines. Cold roast beef. Steak frites, Sausage with chips, Shepherd’s pie, Goat and sheep cheeses. Website
Ventoux Les Traverses, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 2015 | Rhone Valley, France
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah deep garnet with violet hues. Its nose shows notes of tart red berries, with a final note of pepper and liquorice flavors of blood orange, raspberry, fresh pepper and wild herbs rich red berries with hints of pepper and liquorice. steak, sausages, Cassolette of black pudding with cinnamon, Steak tartare, Mignon de porc in a sweet and sour sauce.
Banfi Centine Rosso 2014 | Toscana Italy
60% Sangiovese, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon Intense ruby red. Fragrant nose, with dark fruit and floral nuances. Medium-bodied, with black cherry and plum flavors and hints of spice. roasts, game, pastas and cheese. Website