I t was a great night to celebrate finishing the Christmas Shopping. Haven’t finished? Well it was still a great place to be. Six great wines as usual. Some that will make great housewarming gifts this time of year.

Where: Wine World, 133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, SC
803-279-9522

When: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 5 to 8pm
Cost: $5 per person with rebate on purchase of a featured wine.

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

  1. Trivento Torrontés Reserve 2011
  2. Dr. L Riesling 2011
  3. Acrobat Pinot Gris 2011
  4. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz / Cabernet 2010
  5. Can Blau “Blau” 2009
  6. Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2011

Here are the detailed wine notes:
Trivento Torrontés Reserve 2011
Opens with fragrant aromas of peach, roses, and lychee. followed by flavors of peach with a hint of grapefruit. Fruity aspect, but basically dry. Crisp finish with nice acidity.
From: Argentina
Winery: Trivento
Year: 2011
Goes with: A good match for fresh salad, chicken, pork, and seafood. Works very well with spicy cuisine: Thai, Indian, Chinese, Cajun.

Dr. L Riesling 2011
Classic Mosel Riesling at its best—refreshing and fruity, with a fine mineral edge typical of the region. Just slightly sweet. Grapes for this wine come from traditional vineyards with steep slopes and slate soil. Fresh fruit flavors suggest pear, apricot, with hints of mango and lime, perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity.  Wonderful aperitif.  Excellent match for many foods. Sushi, fusion cuisine, spicy, hot dishes
From: Mosel Valley, Germany
Winery: Loosen Brothers
Year: 2011

Acrobat Pinot Gris 2011
Pale straw with golden highlights. Aromas of fresh pear and honeydew melon with flavors of orange, lemon, kiwi, pear and spice. A nice balance between acidity and residual sugar. A clean, refreshing finish. A versatile food companion and a superb aperitif.
From: Oregon
Winery: King Estate
Year: 2011

Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz / Cabernet 2010
A Penfolds classic known for quality and value price. Rich ripe fruit suggests red raspberry and cherry with hints of spice. anise, dark olive and dark chocolate. Well-integrated tannins give a pleasing structure and finish. The blend is about 75% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.
From: South Australia
Winery: Penfolds
Year: 2010
Goes with: BBQ, burgers. Roast beef. Full-flavor cheeses.

Can Blau “Blau” 2009
Full-bodied blend of Mazuela (Carignan) 50%, Syrah 25%, and Garnacha 25%. Aromas of black fruit (black cherry and plum) with intense hints of anise and herbs. Flavors of black cherry and plum with attractive minerality and a hint of bitter chocolate. Long finish. A beauty. Very like a really good Priorat, but at a more attractive price. A terrific find! One of the Wine Spectator’s  “Top 100 Wines of 2012.”
From: Montsant, Spain
Winery: Can Blau Cellars (Gil Family Estates)
Year: 2009
Goes with: Try it with ossobuco, lamb shank, or duck. Or with Parmesan.

Predator Old Vine Zin
Predator Old Vine Zin

Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2011
A blend of 97% Zin, 2 % Syrah, and 1% Petite Sirah from 50-year old vines. Earthy, meaty, smoky aromas with a rich mouth feel. A beautful Zin!  Blackberry and cherry fruit with hints of mocha, bacon, spice.  Smooth texture and long finish. A terrific choice for grilled steak, sausage, venison.  BBQ and spicy dishes. (The “predator”  here is the lady bug, which feeds on insects harmful to plants and provides a “sustainable vineyard practice” that helps eliminate the need for synthetic pesticides.)

From: Lodi, California
Winery: Rutherford Wine Company
Year: 2011

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