Some early birds at Thursday tasting
Some early birds at Thursday tasting

I wanted to make this tasting tonight because it featured one of my go-to wines. Mont Gras Carmenére . I first tasted this wine at Wine World some 5 years ago. I’ve recommended this wine to people over and over. Wine World is the only place in the area that stocks it. I love this wine.
I’ve said many times I’m always attracted to Zinfandels and Carmenére because of their “legends”. I’ve always thought of Zinfandel as an American grape but that’s not true. I built that belief on California having some great wines being made from 50 to 100-year-old vines. That’s something in this day and age when fickle winemakers will rip out vines in a heartbeat to grow what’s selling best. I was surprised to find that Zinfandel is really Primitivo which it happened to be the last varietal on tonight’s list. I would have never picked that out as being a Zin.
But Carmenére, the lost grape, has a certain appeal just because it was thought to be extinct yet thriving in Chile. Which leads me to a shout out for World Carmenere Day which is happening on Monday the 23rd. They are celebrating the 21st Anniversary of “finding the lost grape.” Bottle Report will be Tweeting along with WinesOfChile on 4 Carmenéres we’ll be tasting.
Having both Primitivo and Carmenére at one tasting is wine karma.
The whites were good. The Saveurs du Temps Chardonnay was a nice un-oaked chard. I debated with Andrew Benjamin whether I would have picked out the Esprit de Sarrail Saveurs Rosé as a Rosé in a blindfold tasting and I think I would. It was distinctly not white or red. Nice crispness and acidity.
The Book Walter Notebook 5NV is an interesting wine in that is a horizontal and vertical blend. What the heck does that mean? It means that it is a blend of several varietals (Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon) and then vintages from 2012, 2013 and 2014. This is their 5th such blend thus the name 5NV or 5 non-vintage.
Cheeses were great tonight as usual: El Greco Manchego (from Spain), Swiss Gruyere and Clawson Cotswold (from England).
Next up at Wine World is the Holiday Appetizers Tasting with Anna and David Sheets. If you need help in planning your holiday party food you need to attend. It’s Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7PM. Reservations are a must. Well worth the $20. Each appetizer will be paired with a great wine.
Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
When: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5 to 8pm
Cost: $5 fee—$3 rebate with your purchase of one bottle of featured wine.
Here are the wines presented (click to see more):

  1. Saveurs du Temps Chardonnay 2014
  2. Esprit de Sarrail Rosé 2014
  3. St. Francis White Splash 2011
  4. Bookwalter Notebook 5NV
  5. Montgras Carmenére 2014
  6. Primaterra Primitivo 2014

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Saveurs du Temps Chardonnay 2014 | Languedoc, France
Unoaked. White flower notes highlighted by a touch of citrus lemon. Enjoy with grilled or sautéed white fish.
Esprit de Sarrail Rosé 2014 | Carcassonne, France
Cinsault 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon %50. Flowers, pear and hints of lychee. Light and fruity with great finesse. Aperitif. Lighter dishes such as fish, salad. Roasted chicken. Website
St. Francis White Splash 2011 | Santa Rosa, California
Refreshing blend of Muscat, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Rousanne. Fruit forward, natural crisp acidity. Sweet fresh fruit flavors, aromas of pear , citrus & vanilla. Perfect with salads, seafood, chicken, soft cheeses. Chinese, Pacific Rim cuisine. Website
Bookwalter Notebook 5NV | Columbia, Washington
Vertical & Horizontal Blending of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauv. Vibrant red currant, black cherry and fig notes balanced by cedar, dried herbs and resin, a lush mid-palate and a long clean finish. Grilled skirt steak. lamb sliders. Tacos. This blend contains vintages from 2012, 2013, and 2014. Website
Montgras Carmenére 2014 | Colchagua, Chile
Deep ruby red, this wine shows complex aromas of fresh ripe currant and blackberries with spicy notes surrounded by subtle touches of vanilla and moch. Ripe blackberry, plum & spice. Steaks & burgers. Rich stews. Pâtés and duck liver. Pasta, Roast Chicken with herbs. Website
Primaterra Primitivo 2014 | Puglia, Italy
Ripe, juicy notes of black plums, cherries, and spice shine through with a soft, smooth finish. Italian-clone Zinfandel. Perfect wine for sausage pizza and eggplant pasta. Venison meatballs. Website


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