Dave and Anna try the Clean Slate Riesling
Dave and Anna try the Clean Slate Riesling

I was pleased to see Wine World’s wine selection for its Third Thursday. The last wine of the evening is one my most favorite, Mont Gras Carmenere Reserva 2010. This year’s vintage is a bit young but it shows very nice oak. I really like this wine.

It was popular with other tasters, like Anthony and Nadia, who also said they really liked the Robertson Pinot Noir 2012. time.

The Havarti Dill and the Extra Sharp Cheddar were excellent cheeses.

A great tasting. And don’t forget, Wine World will having a beer tasting tomorrow night (Friday, June 21). See you there.

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

When: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 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. Cave de Pomerols Picpoul de Pinet 2012
  2. King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2012
  3. Clean Slate Riesling 2011
  4. Robertson Pinot Noir 2012
  5. Emiliana Natura Malbec 2011
  6. Mont Gras Carmenere Reserva 2010

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Here are the detailed wine notes:
Cave de Pomerols Picpoul de Pinet 2012
Refreshing, dry white made from the ancient Picpoul grape. Intriguing citrus aromas with a hint of melon and minerality. Light, fresh white peach and kiwi fruit flavors. A beautiful crisp white. Sautéed flounder filet with a lemon-butter sauce. Creamy cheeses. Cold cuts. Pasta with sage, artichokes, walnuts & Parmesan. Sushi. Delicious summer aperitif!
From: Coteaux de Languedoc,  France
Winery: Cave de Pomerols
Year: 2012

King Estate Acrobat Pinot Gris 2012
A marvelous Pinot Gris at an easy-on-your-budget price. Lively aromas and flavors of pears and citrus, a nice note of honeydew melon with just a hint of spice.  Fermented in stainless steel; aged sur lie for 3 months. This technique gives complexity & creamier texture.  King Estate vineyards are certified organic. King Estate is considered the U.S. “benchmark” producer and pioneer. Herbed roast chicken. Creamy cheeses. Mustard & coriander crusted salmon.  Aperitif.
From: Oregon
Winery: King Estate
Year: 2012

Clean Slate Riesling
Clean Slate Riesling

Clean Slate Riesling 2011
Crisp, pleasant aromas of ripe granny smith apple, pear, and spice. Lightly sweet flavors of peaches, apricots, honeydew melon, sweet pear. Refreshing, with nice acidity and a lingering finish. The light sweetness makes it
a good match for spicy foods and for Asian cuisine.  And, of course, with traditional German dishes such as bratwurst, knockwurst and weisswurst. Pad Thai. Pasta with shrimp & zucchini. 

From: Mosel, Germany
Winery: Clean Slate
Year: 2011

Robertson Pinot Noir 2012
A bright & lively Pinot Noir which emphasizes its fresh fruit flavors. Medium ruby with aromas and flavors of rich red cherry & ripe strawberry with light earthy notes. Long finish. An easy drinking, inexpensive Pinot.    Braised pork. Herbed couscous. Mushrooms. Grilled chicken. Seared tuna. Fontina cheese. 
From: South Africa
Winery: Robertson
Year: 2012

Emiliana Natura Malbec 2011
A terrific organic blend of 85% Malbec and 15% Syrah from certified organic & bio-dynamic vineyards. Deep ruby-red in color, with intense aromas of black plum and blackberries, combined with mild notes of white pepper & spice. Lush flavors of blackberries.  Silky ripe tannins and a long, balanced finish. Outstanding value!  Beef, game. Grilled steak with bleu cheese. Pastas. Aged cheeses.
From: Rapel Valley, Chile
Winery: Emiliana
Year: 2011

Mont Gras Carmenere Reserva 2010
Powerful aromas of dark fruit with herb & spice notes. Ripe blackberry & plum with herbal hints. Round texture, soft tannins. A longtime Wine World favorite! Steaks. Burgers. Grilled Sausages & green peppers. Mushroom Ragout with creamy grits.
From: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Winery: Mont Gras
Year: 2010

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